Parkside offers the high quality education that students deserve and that parents, quite rightly, demand for their children. It is our main aim that all students will achieve their potential in a positive and harmonious working environment. The school creates an atmosphere of calm endeavour within which teaching and learning are valued as the key activities.
Students are set clear targets for their own personal achievement and these are developed and fostered by a team of professional and caring teachers and support staff. The School’s results at the end of Key Stage 3 have been excellent and place Parkside not only as a top performing school for students in Bradford but also nationally. We are now building on this firm foundation for both Key Stage 4 and Post 16.
In September 2003 the school underwent its first Ofsted inspection and the report was good. In the summary the lead inspector commented:
Parkside is a good school which has many very good and some outstanding features. This is an ambitious school with high aspirations that has made a very good start to its life and has a very considerable capacity for further improvement. It provides its students with a good quality education in a safe and caring environment, where their achievement, progress and personal development are at the heart of the school.
The school has been in the vanguard of secondary education developments in Bradford. In September 2004 the school was designated a specialist school in the Performing Arts. This has further enhanced the facilities for both the students and the local community. A totally refurbished theatre with state of the art technical facilities was opened in 2005. Our new £8m building extension opened in September 2006. This contains many facilities including new Performance Arts areas for Music and Dance, new Art facilities, a new Learning Resources Centre as well as classrooms for the Humanities and English faculties. This is the final phase of our new school and is an excellent example of the Building Schools for the Future initiative.
The school offers high quality, brand new facilities in all subject areas and excellent student facilities for study and recreation. The school prepares students for life in a 21st century environment and the delivery of the school curriculum employs the use of the most up to date information technology. .
Today, the education of young people is about a successful partnership. The students, school staff and parents form this partnership and together we can make the difference for your child’s future. Together we can achieve ‘Excellence for all’.
Dr Tony Rickwood
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