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Carlton Bolling College celebrates outstanding Ofsted success

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Aliya Azad Y11, Head Girl commented: “Carlton Bolling is a place where teaching is outstanding and learning is enjoyable. A very safe environment for children to learn and have fun. A few of the reasons why I enjoy coming to school.”

Aliya Azad Y11, Head Girl commented: “Carlton Bolling is a place where teaching is outstanding and learning is enjoyable. A very safe environment for children to learn and have fun. A few of the reasons why I enjoy coming to school.”

 

Aniq Atif Mir Y11, Head Boy added: “Our school is built up of four walls. These walls hold tomorrow.”

A Bradford secondary school has been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted just over two years since it was in special measures.

Carlton Bolling College has been given the top Ofsted rating in a recent report published, after the inner city Bradford school was inspected last month.

Inspectors rate the school’s leadership and management, its teaching and learning, pupils’ results and the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students as being outstanding. The school’s post-16 provision is rated as good.

At its previous inspection two years ago it was rated as requires improvement and before this was in special measures.

Now staff and pupils at the school are celebrating after Carlton Bolling was found to be outstanding in a glowing Ofsted report.

Inspectors say all staff and pupils share Headteacher Adrian Kneeshaw’s highly aspirational vision for the school and are “absolutely committed” to being successful.

Teaching at the school is said to be outstanding. Carlton Bolling’s teachers are praised for using their subject expertise and knowledge of the progress being made to ensure lessons meet the needs of all pupils exceptionally well.

The report says that as a result of the very effective action taken at the school, teaching, learning and the school’s achievements have all significantly improved and are now outstanding.

Inspectors are also full of praise for pupils at the school. Ofsted says their behaviour and attitude to learning is exemplary and that students are working hard to achieve their potential.

The report adds: “The Headteacher and his senior leaders have absolute passion, commitment and vision for Carlton Bolling College. The Headteacher has successfully created a culture and ethos in which pupils and staff are enthused and excited to excel.”

Leaders are said to ensure that pupils are prepared exceptionally well for life in modern Britain. Ofsted highlights the fact that the work done at Carlton Bolling College to educate young people on the dangers of extremism is recognised both locally and nationally.

Governors have been praised for providing excellent support and challenge to school leaders.

Bradford Council had previously helped support Carlton Bolling College with the creation of an Interim Executive Board which helped to lead on governance after Ofsted had raised concerns in 2014. Now a new governing body is in place and Ofsted has praised the way in which this process has been managed.

Headteacher Adrian Kneeshaw said: “This report shows the fantastic progress Carlton Bolling College has made. We knew that we could achieve this. Everyone at the school from our leaders, teachers, pupils, governors and parents have worked incredibly hard to ensure our young people achieve their potential. The school and its pupils can now look forward to a bright future.”

Teens head to recording studio in aid of massacre victims

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CHARITABLE: (l-r) Ayesha, Shakeeb and Areeba Hussain brought their own money together to record and release the charity single in hope of raising vital funds for children and their families who attend the Peshawar Army Public School

CHARITABLE: (l-r) Ayesha, Shakeeb and Areeba Hussain brought their own money together to record and release the charity single in hope of raising vital funds for children and their families who attend the Peshawar Army Public School

Teens head to recording studio in aid of massacre victims

Three musical siblings from Bradford have taken their fundraising to a whole new note this week after releasing their own song in aid of those affected by a Taliban attack on a Pakistan school last month.

16-year-old Shakeeb Hussain, and his sisters, Ayesha, 19, and Areeba, 15, all from Undercliffe, pulled together their own money to record and release a track in aid of the Peshawar School shooting victims.

On 16th December 2014, nine members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan opened fire inside the Army Public School, killing 132 schoolchildren and 13 members of staff.

Vigils were held across the world in the days and weeks that followed with touching candlelight tributes seen locally in Bradford and Leeds.

Now, after deciding to do something ‘different’, the Hussain siblings released their song, a cover of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’, in hope of raising money for those affected.

University of Huddersfield student, Ayesha, explained where the idea for the song came from at their official launch at Carlton Bolling College.

“When the attack happened on the school it was all over the news and I think everybody was watching it in disbelief,” she said.

“It made us think that this could have been us, and what can we do to help. That is when we decided upon recording a song.

“We wanted to do something to show how much we care and decided that we should record this single and donate the proceeds to help our brothers and sisters affected by this tragedy.”

After gathering their own money together, the three singers took to the recording studio and after some help from their father, launched it as a purchasable download from a number of music outlets.

“We don’t want people to download this track once, but five or ten times as it is only 99p so the more times it is purchased, the more money goes to those who need it.

“We need to let these children and parents know that they are not alone and people are still thinking of them all around the world.”

Mr Adrian Kneeshaw, head teacher at Carlton Bolling College, said his school holds a sense of affinity and unity with Peshawar Army Public School, due to many students coming from Pakistan, including some from the Peshawar area.

Praising the efforts of the two current students, and one former pupil, he said: “This is a typical response from Carlton Bolling students who, time after time, show their caring nature and spring into action to help others.

“The situation in Peshawar shocked us all and I am very proud of Ayesha, Shakeeb and Areeba for leading the way by releasing this single to help the families affected.”

‘All of Me’ by Ayesha, Shakeeb and Areeba is available to download on iTunes, Google Play as well as many other music outlets with all proceeds going to children and families of the Peshawar School Massacre.

The funds are to be used to provide medical care, rehabilitation and long term care for the surviving students as well as helping grieving relatives by providing counselling services.

‘Overwhelmed’ by public generosity

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FAMILY: The siblings have been offered free food, travel and even an employment opportunity as well as monetary donations

FAMILY: The siblings have been offered free food, travel and even an employment opportunity as well as monetary donations

Teenagers in difficult family situation, with just £57 a week to live on, receive immense kindness from society

Three teenagers, who were left to care for themselves in Bradford after their mother was seriously injured in a car accident in Bangladesh, say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the public’s support.

18-year-old Yeasin Mohammed, younger brother Ismail Mohammed, 15, and sister Jasmin Akter, 13, had an appeal sent out on their behalf from Carlton Bolling College after the situation was brought to the school’s attention by a support worker.

The three young people were left to live off only £57 a week in benefits at the time as they were unable to access their mother’s benefits whilst she was in hospital.

Since the initial ‘call for help’ more than £5,000 has now been donated to the three siblings which will help cover the costs of living and soaring medical bills.

However, it isn’t only monetary donations which have been made. The offer of food, furniture and even employment opportunities have been offered by businesses in and around the city.

SUPPORTED: (l-r) Jasmin Akter, Yeasin Mohammed and Ismail Mohammed, were living off just £57 a week after their mother was seriously injured in a car accident before support was offered

SUPPORTED: (l-r) Jasmin Akter, Yeasin Mohammed and Ismail Mohammed, were living off just £57 a week after their mother was seriously injured in a car accident before support was offered

Eldest brother, Yeasin, said the support had been ‘unbelievable’ and thanked the public for their response.

“People we don’t know are helping us in amazing ways and giving us money which they don’t even have to give away in many cases,” he said.

“One lady donated £600 and she was crying when I spoke to her on the phone.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who has been helping us and would ask for the support to continue to help my brother and sister.”

After the car accident in Bangladesh, the family were left with huge hospital bills as the children’s mother, Mahfuza Khatun, did not have travel insurance.

To fly Ms Khatun home, it cost the family £7,000 whilst a further £2,500 was lost when a travel agency allegedly booked the wrong flight and refused to refund the payment.

Now back in the UK, the children’s mother is recovering in Pinderfields Intensive Care Unit, in Wakefield, with the siblings visiting every day.

Sayyeda Khan, vice-chair at the Hamara Centre, has been working closely with the family since hearing of their plight.

Acting as the single point of contact for the teenagers and establishing the needs of the family, Ms Khan has also helped develop a long term action plan which will enable Yeasin to support himself and his siblings in the future.

“It is amazing to see how the city, and even wider public, have come together to help the family but they do continue to need support and help,” she said.

“I have been doing call-backs to every person who has donated through the college and have heard some extremely generous stories. One woman I recall donated a large amount of money out of her family’s Christmas fund.”

Amongst the businesses currently providing support to the family is Bradford-based SaveCo which has offered free food to the teenagers even before the initial appeal was launched.

Sharaz Ahmed, store manager, said: “We started helping the family around three months ago when a social worker contacted us through a friend.

“Without any hesitation we knew we would be able to help them and have been providing food and drink for around three months now.”

The next fundraiser for the family is set to be staged on Sunday 28th December as the InTouch Foundation host an event for the siblings and other families living in poverty.

Held at the Willowfield Centre on Legrams Lane, Bradford, the evening starts at 5pm until 9pm and will include talks about poverty and a meal.

Keep Syria Warm

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A group of students from Bradford spent a few more hours in college than their classmates last week as they gave up their Saturday to help a local charity prepare hundreds of items to be shipped off to Syria.

Around 50 teenagers and a handful of staff members, from Carlton Bolling College headed back into their weekday habitat where they helped with the sorting and packing of tonnes of donated items.

Volunteering for the Keep Syria Warm project, launched by the Intouch Foundation in association with the Keighley-based Al Hikmah project and Dawah North, students spent more than two hours organising the goods before they were sent off to some of the world’s most vulnerable.

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Items such as food, drink, medicine and clothes have all been donated since the scheme was launched, with three containers worth of goods already sent over to the war-ravished country.

Last Saturday’s contribution will help fill the fourth huge container as more than 120 boxes were needed to pack all of the donations.

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Osman Gondal, Founder and board member of the Intouch Foundation, was delighted with the enthusiasm of the students and hopes that this was just one of many projects the college will be involved with in the near future.

“All these kids gave up their own time to help out with the Keep Syria Warm initiative and for that we are of course very thankful,” he said.

“The college got in touch with us because they wanted to get involved with the initiative and of course we were more than happy for them to do so.

“The students came in and sorted everything out and did a brilliant job. It took them approximately two and a half hours to complete and they did a phenomenal job.

“To see the children giving up their own time was great and the drive they had really motivated everybody involved.”

Hanif Khan, community and partnerships manager at Carlton Bolling College added his praise for the students and spoke of how the college became involved with the project.

He said: “It was actually a group of students who approached some members of staff in the week before the event asking if they could do something for Syria,” he explained.

“We have worked with Osman and the Intouch Foundation before and as they were currently involved with the Keep Syria Warm campaign it seemed the perfect thing for us to help with.

“On the Friday before the big pack, the Intouch team dropped off a huge range of goods from the Keighley Warehouse and our students and staff brought it inside to store for Saturday.

“On Saturday tens of students from all the years, as well as teachers and members of the local community came on down to help sort the vast amount of clothes which were then loaded into the van, ready to be sent off to Syria.”

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He added: “To see our students involved in something like this was a very proud moment as when they came together, they gave 100 per cent.

“Not only were they giving up their own time but they were character building and learning all the day and that is really important.”