School of the Year
It really was a case of 'third time lucky' for Birkwood, as it scooped the School of the Year award.
Having been nominated twice already, staff had everything crossed before heading into the ceremony.
It is considered an outstanding school by Ofsted, and it was noted by the inspection team: “Something special and something of excellence happens at Birkwood.”
As well as high educational standards, the children are also taught life skills and to be the best they can be.
Upon receiving the award, headteacher Julie Allen said: “I'm so overwhelmed and I'm thrilled to bits for our whole school community and especially our children - they so deserve this.
“They all wished us luck and said they hoped we would win - they're going to be ecstatic.
“I'm delighted to receive the award. On one hand we think we deserve it and on the other it is very humbling.”
We know that there are some brilliant primary and secondary schools in Barnsley who inspire pupils to achieve more than just great exam results.
For our School of the Year award we want to look beyond the traditional measures of a great school – although achievement is important, this award will go to the school who inspires its pupils to be the best they can be.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Tell us something the school seems to be really good at.
- Describe things the school does to welcome you and make you feel comfortable? How does the school listen to people’s views and ideas?
- How does the school go that extra mile? Do they do something that you wouldn’t expect them to?
- Has the school done something really special for you or someone you know?
- What sort of things does the school do to be part of the local area or community?
- What has the school done to help pupils reach their potential?
- Tell us how this school inspires people and raises aspirations, regardless of exam results.
Our winner will offer something extra to its pupils and will give parents, carers and guardians the added assurance that this school listens and truly meets the emotional and intellectual needs of their child.
Barnsley S71 1AN
Telephone: 01226 730060http://bpl.org.uk/
Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) is a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable company that was established in 1999.
BPL seeks to provide affordable, value for money, health, sport and leisure facilities and activities to the local community, with centres across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster and Pontefract.
BPL's diverse sports and leisure facilities include unique venues, multi-use leisure centres, public golf courses, school out-of-hours amenities, and standalone health and fitness facilities.
This includes the award-winning Metrodome Leisure Complex, which draws in visitors from across the Yorkshire region.
The Metrodome's Calypso Cove Waterpark, Metrodome Bowling alley, Rigby Café and Lounge dining facility, Metrodome Arena and Fitness Flex gym offer unrivalled entertainment and fitness opportunities to local residents, and is the true embodiment of BPL's mission statement: 'working together to enrich lives'.
The Rigby Café and Lounge received considerable investment last year, to ensure it continues to offer excellent service. Thanks to its recent refurbishment, the Rigby Cafe and Lounge now boasts a venue space available to hire for corporate functions, meetings and the celebration of special occasions.
Similarly, Hoyland Leisure Centre has received considerable investment and has recently undergone a complete refurbishment of both its large and small pools, offering a better environment and upgraded facilities to local people.
It wasn't just the Hoyland pools which received an upgrade, as BPL also invested in state-of-the-art fitness equipment in the facility's gym. The gym now has several Pulse Fitness machines with interactive consoles, which have enhanced cardiovascular equipment at the centre.
Tim Wilson, BPL chief executive, said: “Here at BPL we are delighted to be involved in a cause as worthwhile as the Proud of Barnsley awards.
“We are particularly excited to be sponsoring the prestigious School of the Year award. It’s important to remember that these young people are the athletes of tomorrow, and will shape the development of our society for years to come.
“Our own Maxx membership is designed to make access to all our facilities affordable, and encourage young people and their families to be active as often as possible.
“It is a key strategic aim of ours to engage with young people and encourage them to take pride in their health and wellbeing from an early age.
“Having the opportunity to support this award is a real honour, and it continues to further our commitment to community health in the local area – something we take real pride in.”