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Welcome to KS4 Event - Thursday 22nd Sept 2016 for Year 9, 10 and 11 

 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.

GCSE Results Show Improvement at Tong 

Students at Tong High School are celebrating today after collecting the GCSE results, which show a improvement on last year’s performance. 

40% of students achieved the government’s benchmark of A*-C grades in Maths and English – up by 6 percentage points on last year.

Today’s results demonstrate the strong progress the school is making, and shows that the hard work the school is undertaking to drive up standards is having a positive impact on the life chances of students. 

The school is set to become an academy in September and it is confident this will help to bring further improvement to students’ educational achievements. 

Steve Curran, Principal at Tong High School, said: “Well done to all out GCSE students today on their hard work – there are some wonderful achievements. We want to thank students, parents and staff for their efforts, which have been crucial in helping the school progress. 

“We are pleased to see that results have improved on last year’s, and we’ll be working hard in the coming months to ensure we build on this progress.”

Cllr Michael Johnson, Chair of Governors at Tong High School, said:  “Congratulations to all our GCSE students on their achievements.  This year we have seen significant improvement, which means the school is heading in the right direction. 

“We are pleased that the work changes we are making at the school are already having a positive impact on the students’ achievements.  We are looking forward to becoming an academy and ensuring the school continues on this path and delivers the very best education to young people in Bradford.”

Tong’s results demonstrate and reflect the dedication and hard work of both students and staff.  Positive stories include;
  • Jessica Quan achieved an outstanding 9 GCSEs with 4 A* (Maths, Science Additional Further, Science Additional, Chinese) 4 A’s (English Lit, English, History and Science) and a B (French). Jessica said; “I am so happy with my results. I revised hard, didn’t miss any lessons and was determined to learn.” Jessica is planning on studying Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Tong Sixth Form. 

  • Inspirational student Holly Durno-Gumbley achieved an impressive 8 GCSEs including 2 A* (Science and Additional Further Science), 5 A’s (English Lit, English, History, Maths, Science) and B French. Holly says; “I really enjoyed school and learning. I was focused and determined to achieve as I knew I needed good grades in order to follow my dream.” Holly hopes to study medicine in order to become a Reconstructive Surgeon in the Army.  Holly says; “My Grandad was in the Army and my cousin who tragically died recently, I am determined to become a surgeon in order to help others.” Holly is currently fundraising and planning a trip to Marangu in Tanzania in August 2017 with GAP Medics to shadow a surgeon on a 2 week summer work placement.
  • Neel Herar achieved 4 A* (Maths, Science Additional, Science Additional Further and Science), 2 A’s (English Lit and History), B in English and C in French. Neel says; “I am so pleased with my results. I worked hard and focused on the subjects I want to study further at A Level and university.” Neel is hoping to study Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Tong Sixth Form. 


  • Ivy Maminimini had outstanding 100% attendance during her 5 years studying at Tong. She achieved 6 A’s (Englsih Lit, English, History, Science Additional, Science Additional Further, Science) and 2 B’s in Maths and French.  Ivy says; “I am really happy with my results. I worked really hard and revised a lot.” Ivy hopes to study medicine in the future.
  • Hollie Farmer has taken part in many of Tong’s productions, Hollie was one of the leading roles in our incredible school production The Wizard of Oz and she was also part of the team who were crowned Rock Challenge northern champions this summer. Hollie has done incredibly well receiving A*’s in Dance and Maths, 4 A’s (English Lit, English, Science Additional, Science), B in Spanish and C in History.  Hollie says; “I am really pleased with my results. I put so much effort in and tried to improve where I needed to. I am coming back to Tong Sixth Form to study Performing Arts and hope to become a dance teacher.”
  • Lauren Sykes also played a key part in many of our school productions and she recorded an exception A* in Drama and A in Dance, she also received an A* in English and 2 further A’s in English Lit and Maths and B’s in Science. Lauren says; “The dance and drama courses were great and we all worked together as a team and the teachers were so supportive.  I am hoping to pursue performing arts at Tong and my future dream is to become an actress or radio presenter.” 
  • Chloe Murgatroyd, has been a student leader from all the way through her high school life and today she has lead the way with her incredible results, achieving 6 A’s (English Lit, English, Maths, Science Additional Further, Science Additional, Science) 2 B’s in French and History.  Chloe says; “I am so pleased. My hard work has finally paid off.” 
  • Qasim Zubair achieved an exceptional A* in Child Development, A in Science Additional, 3 B’s (English Lit, History, 
  • Maths) and a C in English. Qasim says; “I am so happy that I managed to turn it around and achieve these great results. I put the effort in and got what I deserved. Thanks to the incredible support of my teachers and a special thanks to Mr Hirst for believing in me and motivating me to succeed.” Qasim going to study Law, English, Sociology and Psychology at Tong Sixth Form and hopes to become a Judge one day. 


  • Daniel Swift also turned it around and received a fantastic Distinction Star in BTEC Construction, 3 B’s (English Lit, English and Science Additional) and 4 C’s in History, Maths, PE and Science). Daniel hopes to do an Industrial Electrical Apprenticeship, he says; “I am over the moon with my results.” 

Tong Sixth Form is Celebrating Fantastic Post-16 Advanced Level Exam Results 

The school’s Year 13 sixth form students have recorded an impressive 99% overall pass-rate at A-Level with 25 out of 26 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

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.

  • Psychology led the way this year with the most A* grades. Congratulations to student Zahra Khan who achieved 100% on both her Psychology papers, she says; “I am in shock! I absolutely loved my course and enjoyed it so much. I revised really hard to achieve these grades and I am so grateful to my teachers who supported me every step of the way and even gave me additional mentoring.”

  • Hina Ismail also did really well in Psychology this year and she says; “The teachers have been amazing offering me one to one support and after school sessions. I am so happy that my dream has come true.” Hina will be studying Psychology at Leeds Beckett.

  • Tong student Danny Marshall was delighted with his A in Maths, he says; “I stepped up my game and worked hard and revised hard. My maths teachers were brilliant and kept me motivated all the way through my studies.” Danny will be heading to Leeds University in September to study Architectural Engineering.

  • Aqsa Mushtaq achieved a Distinction Star (equivalent of 3 A* at A Level) in BTEC Sport and has just flown to the USA to the sun-kissed fields of North Carolina, as she embarks on an overseas full football scholarship at the Lenoir Rhyne University, where she will combine full-time training with studying for a sports psychology degree.

  • Mira Devi led Tong to victory in the MicroTyco enterprise challenge for the third consecutive year which included her delivering an exceptional presentation to the Chairman of Deloitte. Mira has received her grades today with Distinctions in Business and A in Sociology, she says; “I am lost for words and really please with my results.” Mira will be studying International Business and Marketing at the University of Leeds.

  • Some students completed an extended project qualification (EPQ) which provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university or their future career. As part of her extended project qualification (EPQ) Alisha Jabeen wrote an incredible children’s book which she achieved an A* for.

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.”  

Find out more >>>>> http://www.tongschool.co.uk/sixth_form.htm 

Tong Raises £2821.58 for Charities in Memory of Mr Goodyear 

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

Thank you.

Tong Crowned Champions of the North in Performance Competition 

Tong has beat other schools from across the North to be crowned champions in a performance competition.  Tong High School won the Northern finals of the Rock Challenge on 1st July with their visually striking re-telling of the story of Pandora's Box.
The school finished first in the Be Your Best South Yorkshire Rock Challenge in April, winning them a place in last night's finals, held in Grimsby Auditorium.
School teams made up of 20 to 100 performers decide on a theme, then create the choreography for their five to eight-minute dance-drama performance, select and record the medley of music for their soundtrack, and design and make their sets and costumes.
Tong's production involved more than 60 students, aged between 11 and 17, and was an eight minute performance called Curio, based on the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box.
They competed against 11 other schools from across nine northern counties to win the contest.
As well as coming top in the overall competition, they picked up awards for choreography, costume and set design.
Be Your Best Foundation Vice Chair Mervyn Bishop said: “I think the performances have been absolutely brilliant, and it’s all credit to not only the schools that everybody comes from but everybody in the North of England. I think the whole country should be very proud.”

Sport Relief Triathlon

On Friday 18th March in every minute of the school day from 8:15am-2:15pm, Tong High School, the Accelerate team, Tong and Sixth Form students took part in a 6 hour continuous triathlon.

At Tong High School our aim is to 
promote in all local students (primary and secondary), an understanding and appreciation of the positive benefits of health and physical activity.

In the run up to Sports Relief on Friday 18th March, Accelerate offered local primary schools a half day taster session. The triathlon involved different members of staff throughout the day swimming lengths in our 25m swimming pool and cycling and running in the middle of the school’s atrium on treadmills and exercise bikes.

Tong Win National Enterprise Contest Third Year in a Row 

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.”

Deloitte UK Chairman Kicks-off Month-long Entrepreneur Challenge at Tong

Deloitte UK chairman was in school (27/01/16) to help Tong students kick-off month-long entrepreneur challenge.


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.”

NEWS ARCHIVE

Exam Results 2015

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.


Thabie Nyathi achieved an impressive 9 GCSE’s - 5 As (English, English Lit, Psychology, Core Science, Additional Science) and 4 Bs (History, Maths, Spanish, Further Science). Thabie says; “I am so happy with my results, it is not what I expected! I spent so much time revising and working hard and would like to thank my teachers for supporting me and always being there for us.”

Steve Curran continues; “I would like to thank all students for their hard work and dedication and wish you all the best for the future and your next steps.”

To find out more or to discuss anything further please call 01274 681455 or e-mail office@tongschool.co.uk

Tong Student Secures a Place at Cambridge

Tong High School student Arcellia Sasu-twum has secured her place at Cambridge University to study Psychology.  Arcellia Sasu-twum has achieved 2 A*’s and a B in her A Level exams (A* grade in Psychology, A* in Sociology and a B in English). 

Arcellia has become the school’s first student to secure a place at Cambridge University to study Psychology.

Arcellia studied Psychology, Sociology and English at Tong High School Sixth Form and says; “I have worked really hard and delighted to get my results. The sixth form team have supported me every step of the way and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Bernie Leonard, Assistant Head teacher, Post 16 said; “I’m incredibly proud of Arcellia’s achievements and wish her all the best in her future studies at Cambridge University. At Tong High School Sixth Form we are committed to helping young adults reach their full academic, career and personal potential. Tong offer a wide range of Level 2 and 3 courses to choose from, there is something for everyone.  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.”

Back in January 2014, Arcellia along with three other students from Tong High School, Bradford were accepted onto the Cambridge Shadowing Scheme which brings UK students from schools to Cambridge for three days. Prospective students stay with a current undergraduate, studying a subject that they are interested in, who they then 'shadow'.

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.”  

With a wide range of courses to choose from, there is something for everyone at Tong High School Sixth Form.

Knowles Park Fence Full of Familiar Faces - 'For the Community by the Community' 

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."

Tong High School Receive a Visit from a Member of the House of Lords

Dec 2012

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.

Tong Creates Global Citizens With International School Link Up

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.

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