We would like to invite all Y9, 10 and 11 families to attend our ‘Welcome to Key Stage 4’ event at Tong School on Thursday the 22nd September. You will be given information about Key Stage 4 and the national changes that have been made to qualifications and assessment. This will include guidance on how you can support your son/daughter in their studies and what additional support is available in school. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about the courses that your son/daughter is studying and department staff will be available to answer any questions you may have about how Key Stage 4 differs from lower school. Session 1 from 5.30pm-6.30pm or Session 2 from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Bernie Leonard, Associate Deputy Head and Sixth Form Director said; “At Tong Sixth Form we are committed to ensuring the success of every student and our priority is to make sure that all our sixth formers progress from school into the futures of their choice. We are committed to helping young adults reach their full academic, career and personal potential. We want students to be the best they can be and I am delighted with this year’s results which demonstrate the dedication and hard work of all.”
Tong School’s sixth form is a centre of excellence for sixth form studies in Bradford. Tong’s impressive record of improvement over the past couple of years has cemented it as one to the highest performing school sixth forms in the area.
At Tong Sixth Form, you will find committed teaching staff, excellent facilities and strong academic and personal development programmes. Students can choose to follow a very academic A Level programme, or take a more vocational pathway.
Mrs Leonard continues; "As a school we are committed to providing a high quality learning environment where every possible limiting factor is eradicated, enabling all our students to maximise their full potential and thrive to excel and be outstanding.”
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Mr Goodyear taught English at Tong High School for many years. After a long battle with leukaemia, Mr Goodyear sadly passed away in July 2015. As a school, during the academic year 15/16 we were committed to raising money for two very special charities which are important to Mr Goodyear’s family and friends: The Annette Fox Unit at the B.R.I. and Bloodwise– Leukaemia Research.
Thanks to the support of pupils, staff, partners and families we are delighted to announce that we have been able to raise £2821.58 in memory of Mr Goodyear.
Throughout the year we held collections, hosted bun sales, book sales, raffles, sold badges and much more… our corporate Christmas Cards this year were bought from The Annette Fox Unit and in June alongside 5,000 triathletes staff member Rachel Le Borgne (Timetable, Assessment & Examinations Manager at Tong) entered the Leeds Triathlon. Rachel is raised £500.62 for Bloodwise.
Mr Goodyear was a dedicated teacher, friend and encourager. He enriched the lives of countless young people at Tong and he is sorely missed.
We know many others gave directly via Just Giving in memory of Mr Goodyear. We also know his friends recently raised and additional £2,000 for The Annette Fox Unit by doing an Iron Man challenge.
We would like to thank everybody for their support. If you would like to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/bloodwise orhttps://www.justgiving.com/aflr
Tong school has won the national MicroTyco contest testing entrepreneurial skills for the third year in a row.
The team from Tong High School beat off competition from other schools, businesses and universities to claim top place in the latest Micro-Tyco contest. After being given just £1 to invest, the team managed to generating £3,674.29.
Made up of Sixth Form student entrepreneurs, the team were mentored by staff from the school and also staff from the Deloitte Leeds office.
Teams taking part in the contest are given the micro-loan and challenged to grow that amount over the course of a month. This year Tong High School won the Secondary Schools category, and also generated more than the primary school and company teams – winning overall.
Tong High School initially won the project in 2014 by generating £3,657 from the initial £1, and repeated the feat a year later by turning £1 into £5,030.
All money created by the Micro-Tycos is invested by WildHearts in micro-loans for poor entrepreneurs in the developing world.
For this year's contest, students hosted tombolas, raffles, bun and samosa sales, a Valentine Fair, charity football matches and a Business for Good Networking Event sponsored by global IT recruitment specialist, Talent International. At the networking event Tong hosted a raffle and charity auction prizes including a signed One Direction jumper, Aston Martin driver experience, Bradford City Tickets, signed football boots from Jordan Henderson and a recording Studio session.
Over 34,000 people have taken part in Micro-Tyco across 19 countries. In February 2016, over 5,000 took part and the results were announced over the Easter holidays.
The money created will transform the lives of micro-entrepreneurs globally for many years to come. Money raised will be invested in WildHearts microfinance, helping people in the developing world set up businesses to work their own way out of poverty.
Headteacher Stephen Curran said: "I would like to thank the students, staff, Deloitte mentors, and partner organisations who have supported us. This entrepreneurial challenge has once again been a huge success, and we are delighted with the results. The students worked extremely hard on the project, which has enabled them to learn fundamental business concepts. Throughout the process, they have been inspired and have used their entrepreneurial thinking for a greater cause.”
Tong High School are attempting to win a national enterprise charity project for the third consecutive year.
As part of his visit to West Yorkshire, Nick Owen is visiting our school to talk to students about our bid to win the 2016 Micro-Tyco project, in which school teams are given a micro-loan of £1 and challenged to grow that amount over the following month.
All money raised through Micro-Tyco is invested by the charity WildHearts into micro-loans for entrepreneurs to start their own businesses in developing countries around the world.
Tong High School won the project in 2014 by generating £3,657 from the initial £1, and repeated the feat a year later by turning £1 into £5,030.
This year, students are already planning a range of events – including tombolas, raffles, sponsored supermarket bag packs and charity football matches – in the hope of keeping the Micro-Tyco title in Bradford.
Staff from Deloitte in Yorkshire will once again be supporting the students in their endeavours, through the firm’s mentoring programme with the school.
Deloitte has partnered with the school since 2013, providing students with mentors to help them with future career options, running workshops on core employability skills – such as CV writing and interviewing – and offering valuable insights into the business world.
Nick Owen, Chairman at Deloitte, said: “Hearing some of the stories of how the students apply entrepreneurial thinking to the Micro-Tyco challenge was very inspiring, and it is clear that the support provided by Deloitte in the region has been extremely valuable.
“We have established a very positive and fruitful working relationship with Tong High School and we will continue to build on this to provide the students with practical steps to releasing and realising their potential.”
Tong staff, students and their families are celebrating GCSE and A Level exam results.
Continuing to build on the record-breaking success of 2014, last week Tong recorded exceptional A-Level exam results with a 99.7% overall pass-rate and today, Tong High School celebrates GCSE results.
Tong has seen an increase in Maths results, with a rise in the number of students achieving an A-C grade from last year. Tong has also recorded notable results in PE, Art and Drama.
Steve Curran, Head teacher; “At Tong High School we encourage every single one of our students to reach their full potential. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students. They have worked incredibly hard towards achieving the best possible grades and have conducted themselves in a focussed and assertive way. The students have been a credit to themselves, their families, and Tong High School. Many students have achieved some exceptional results this year and should be proud of their achievements.”
Positive stories include;
Hanita Kaur achieved an impressive 10 GCSEs including 7 A*s (English Lit, Maths, History, Core Science, Additional Science, Further Science, Sociology) and 2 As (Spanish, English) and B (ICT). Hanita said; “I am so happy with my results, I worked really hard for them.” In July, Tong arranged for Hanita to visit Oxford University to find out more about university life, Hanita continues; “The Oxford visit was really informative and I am hoping to go to Oxford or Cambridge to study medicine after completing my A Levels at Tong sixth form.”
Anushka John has achieved an impressive 9 GCSEs including 7 A*s (English Lit, Maths, Psychology, Spanish, Core Science, Additional Science, Further Science) and 2 As (History, English).
Wesley Condren recorded 11 GCSEs which included 4 A*s (Maths, Core Science, Additional Science and Further Science), 2 As (English Lit, Graphics).
Kate Chwiecko has achieved an impressive 11 GCSEs and a BTEC in Business. She received 3 A*s (Psychology, Further Science and Sociology), 7 As in English, English Lit, Humanities, Maths, Polish, Core Science, Additional Science) and 1 B in ICT. Kate says; “I am so happy, I have to put a lot of it down to the support of the teacher plus my own determination.” Kate will now go onto study at Tong High School Sixth Form and hopes to study medicine in the future.
Haroon Hussain achieved 8 GCSE’s, recording an impressive 3 A*s in Sciences and 2 As in English and Maths.
Tong joined the community celebration last week at Knowles Park as new community-inspired artwork is unveiled.
The community around the Tong Street corridor, one of the busiest main routes into Bradford, will be greeted by a new piece of artwork specially commissioned as part of a regeneration project for Holme Wood and Tong.
The fence at Knowles Park is artistic impressions of some very familiar faces, including One Direction singer, Zayn Malik, a former Tong High school pupil, and Bradford-born artist David Hockney alongside other recognisable faces from local community.
Haworth Sculptor Craig Dyson was chosen to who work with the community and create the fabrication from their ideas. Craig says; "It has probably been one of the most hands-on community involvement projects I have done - the sense of community, it is incredibly strong. People help people."
Local school students had the opportunity to see Craig at work in his studio in Haworth. Craig then worked with students from Carrwood and Tong High School to lead workshops that inspired ideas. Students then created images that the artist took away, to translate into this fabulous bespoke fencing.
The project began in January when members of the local community were asked for ideas on how to regenerate the area around the park. This collaborative project has been between; Bradford Council (Housing Development Team & Parks & Landscapes), Sculptor Craig Dyson, Tong High School, Carrwood Primary school, Holmewood Christian Community Centre: The Daylight Centre(senior citizens group) and The Edge (youth group.)
Tracy Uren, Bradford Council's housing development officer, explains;“This partnership project is a small step towards a bigger strategy for redeveloping the area. This new piece of artwork has really added a welcoming feel to the area - something functional yet visually appealing and helping to create a better 'sense of place'. Because lots of people have been involved with this project we hope that it will give the community ownership. It is their fence - they have made it and designed it."
Part of the House of Lords’ Peers in schools outreach programme, Professor the Lord Patel of Bradford visited Tong High School today (Friday 7 December), to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process.
Lord Patel met with over 40 Tong High School students to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster in general.
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford has advised the UK government on its national strategy for the prevention of terrorism with a particular focus on the need to broaden and deepen engagement of local communities. In his role as an advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government he has brought his experience of community engagement as a researcher and practitioner to the issue of extremist radicalisation and vulnerability to supporting or participating in terrorism.
Trude Feiweles, Associate Headteacher at Tong High School said; “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out. As part of Lord Patel’s visit, we also heard about his role as leading advocate of community engagement models in the UK for addressing a wide range of issues and link this to the work which the school undertakes around cohesion and diversity.”
This visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker .
Prior to Lord Patel’s visit, Tong High School has been working in partnership with Rewind, discussing anti-racism, extremism and community cohesion - exposing the myths that have been created around issues of ‘Race’ and ‘Racism’ using factual and practical evidence. This will be followed up after Lord Patel’s visit.
Students from Tong High School Visit School in Uganda
Global citizenship is on the curriculum at Tong High School in Bradford as students return from a week at the Masaka Secondary School in Uganda.
The initiative forms part of the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ scheme in which students and teachers visited the school to improve cultural awareness and develop global awareness.
The model has been developed to connect teachers with students in other countries and develop connections between secondary and primary schools in the UK. As part of the scheme Tong High School has connected with schools in Uganda and Nigeria.
Year 12 students Asad Khan, Aqib Khan and Connor Clancy supported the delivery of lessons in classrooms with up to 90 children and managed cricket and football training. The students also led three one hour sessions on A-level revision techniques with their counterparts.
Teachers Mr Hickling and Miss Holden from Humanities joined Mr Beresford, who taught a class of 66 using innovative teaching techniques including students pretending to be particles on the first morning. On the journey from Entebbe to Masaka the group crossed the Equator and had one foot in each hemisphere.
Student Asad Khan said: “The experience has been a real eye opener. I was so grateful for the opportunity to visit the school in Uganda and to be selected from all the pupils at Tong. Before the visit I had already decided I would like to be a teacher. This is definitely something I am going to –pursue now. The school in Uganda was so welcoming and has offered me the opportunity to go back and take part in further teaching to support my development. I am going to ensure I maintain the links with the school and do everything I can to help them and fundraise so they can send students over to Tong High School.”
Jim Beresford, Deputy Head Teacher, said: “I am enormously proud of the students involved in this initiative for the commitment they have shown to this scheme. Global citizenship is very important in this increasingly small world we live in.
"This is an important scheme as it supports the global citizenship curriculum. Asad, Aqib and Connor are already planning fundraising initiatives to ensure we continue these interesting and important connections."
Tong High School is a multi-cultural co-educational school for 11-19 year olds which serves a wide area of south east Bradford with 1,600 pupils. The school was one of 105 secondary schools across the country to recently receive personal congratulations by Schools Minister Nick Gibb because of its progress in English and maths GCSE results based on grades A* to C between 2008 and 2011. Follow the school on Twitter at @Tong_HighSchool.