School ticks all the boxes with a new name and a new look

School ticks all the boxes with a new name and a new look

A SCHOOL in Batley will have a new name and uniform from September as its transformation continues.

Batley Business and Enterprise College will become Upper Batley High School – backed by a colourful logo and smart new attire.

The Blenheim Drive secondary is no longer receiving extra funds for its two specialisms.

Pupils and parents were asked if the current name was still appropriate – and the answer was ‘no’.

It was felt that ‘business and enterprise’ makes people think that is all the school does, while ‘college’ was associated with post-16 education.

Children were asked to think of a new name and plumped for Upper Batley to reflect the school’s location.

They also designed a logo based on multi-coloured ticks arranged in a circle to symbolise the school’s forward momentum.

The marketing firm which helped was so impressed that they hired pupils to work on accounts for clients like Specsavers.

Headteacher Samantha Vickers said: “Until 2011, schools got additional funding if you had a specialism.

“That’s all gone now, so in a sense it’s a bit dated to keep the name that we have.”

The former Batley High School for Boys was branded inadequate by Ofsted inspectors in January.

A return visit in February showed improvement and another last month is expected to show that the school is on course to be rated ‘good’.

Miss Vickers said the key is recruitment and added: “A lot of new staff joined us in January and five more start in September.

“We won’t employ a teacher unless they are a subject expert with a good degree and teaching experience.

“And we will only recruit outstanding teachers – and I think that is one of the reasons why the school is going from strength to strength.”

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