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UPDATE: Teen arrested after teacher stabbed

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SCENE: Dixon’s Kings Academy in Bradford

SCENE: Dixon’s Kings Academy in Bradford

Teen arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 14-year-old student from Dixon’s Kings Academy has been arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing a teacher this morning.

The 50-year-old male teacher, understood to be Vincent Uzomah, was stabbed at 8.55am according to West Yorkshire Police, and has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as ‘stable’.

Police searched for the 14-year-old male throughout the day and confirmed his arrest after 4pm.
Det Supt Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said the teacher was attacked in front of other pupils.

“There were a number of pupils who witnessed this incident, which took place in a classroom, and they are currently liaising with specially trained officers who are obviously supporting them at this difficult time,” he said.

“This is believed to be an isolated incident and the police are continuing inquiries to establish the facts.”

In a statement the school’s website, they said: “There has been an incident at Dixons Kings Academy this morning. The police and the academy are working together to investigate the incident.
“There is currently no ongoing risk to pupils or staff at the school.

“The school is continuing to operate as normal and police officers, including safer schools officers, are on site to support staff and students.”

Parents ‘toast’ to breakfast initiative

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YUM: Pupils at Thornbury Primary School receive their toast and juice, prepared by a team of volunteers, every Friday morning

YUM: Pupils at Thornbury Primary School receive their toast and juice, prepared by a team of volunteers, every Friday morning

Friends of Thornbury continue ‘earning their crust’ with morning fundraisers

A team of parents from a Bradford school have raised more than £1,400 by selling toast and juice to pupils every Friday during their weekly ‘Crust sessions’.

Volunteers at Thornbury Primary School, have been taking part in the fundraising activity for almost a year now, with all money raised reinvested back into the school.

On average, they make around £70 per week selling 280 slices of toast and about 220 cartons of juice to the children – something which on these cold winter mornings goes down a treat.

The parents toast and butter bread, store it in microwave ovens on trolleys and, with the juice packs, wheel the tasty treats to the playground for the Key Stage 1 break at 9.45am and the Key Stage 2 break at 10.15am.

The parents are all members of the Friends of Thornbury Primary School group and head teacher at the school, Clare Daddy, praised them for all their work.
She said: “The children love the Friday Crust. When they see the parents coming with the trolleys they shout ‘It’s the toast ladies’.

“The Friends of Thornbury Primary are an asset to the school. They raise money through the Friday Crust and other activities. They have held other successful fund-raising events and their efforts are really appreciated.”

Nasreen Khan, a mother-of-three whose children attend the school, brought the initiative to Thornbury after seeing a similar project being run at Westbourne Primary School.

“Since we’ve been doing this every Friday morning, the response from the children has been fantastic,” she said. “They all look forward to it and we feel like celebrities when wheeling in the trolleys because they love seeing us.”

Nasreen added that because Friday’s are only half-days at Thornbury, the crust sessions are even more important for the pupils.

“School finishes at 12.20 here on a Friday and some of the kids go straight off to an afterschool club which won’t finish until around half past one,” she continued.

“For this reason, the toast is very important because it might be the only thing they eat between breakfast and going home.”

Other works that the Friends of Thornbury group held previously include a Ladies Night fundraiser and the sale of arts and crafts kits to parents and pupils.


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Frizinghall primary School was awarded a rating of Good with Outstanding features

Frizinghall primary School was awarded a rating of Good with Outstanding features.

Bradford school praised by assessors

Teachers and pupils at a primary school in Bradford have been celebrating this week after receiving a glowing reports from the education inspectors, Ofsted.

Frizinghall Primary School was found to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features following a visit by officials earlier this year.

In a glowing report the Ofsted inspectors judged all areas in the Bradford Council school to be good with outstanding leadership and management and also gave the ‘school’s systems for keeping pupils safe and secure’ its top accolade.

The report says: “The inspirational headteacher is very well supported by a strong team of leaders and an excellent governing body.  They have ensured that standards have risen consistently in the last three years.”

Pauline Chilvers, the ‘inspirational headteacher’ who was singled out by assessors, said it was a great achievement to see the results and all 400-plus children and staff should be proud of themselves.

Ms Chilvers said: “We are delighted with this latest report which has seen us sustain the good overall judgment since the last inspection.

“We are particularly pleased with the outstanding elements and also that ‘parents have a very positive view of the school and hold it in high regard’.

“To see a school with such a mixed community as ours succeed as well is very pleasing for our local community.”

Pauline Chilvers, headteacher at the school was labelled ‘inspirational’ by Ofsted inspectors

Pauline Chilvers, headteacher at the school was labelled ‘inspirational’ by Ofsted inspectors.

Also highlighted in the official report was the quality of the curriculum on offer, described as ‘exciting’ and one which ‘prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain’.

The quality of the teaching was also praised, form the leadership roles to the speed of learning.

David Servant, Chair of Governors at the school, said: “I am pleased that the Ofsted inspectors have rated Frizinghall Primary a good school and recognised the achievements and progress made by the pupils.

“This has been made possible by the dedication and hard work of the headteacher , staff and governors of the school.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said it was great news for the two-form entry establishment.

“This is great news for Frizinghall Primary School and all the pupils, staff, governors, parents and the wider community who have worked so hard to bring about this positive outcome should be justly very proud,” he added.