-Newsletter- June 2001

The OFSTED inspection of the school was completed on May l8th. We await a draft version of the report but the initial feedback from the inspectors was very positive and complimentary. As soon as we receive the summary report we will be distributing a copy to everyone via the students.

Well done to Chris Kearns, Adam Lee and James Marshall of Year 8 who took part in The Guardian Newspaper's "The School that I'd like Competition". The boys took one of the major prizes from an entry of more than 20,000. This is a wonderful achievement.

Ivy Bank has won a DfEE School Achievement Award in recognition of the quality of work in recent years.

Many thanks to the anonymous donor who presented a large amount of fabric to The Technology Faculty.

R.E.(Year 7)
Thirty two Year 7 students in 7B have been taking part in an exciting and original photography project "Spirituality in Focus". Students were given disposable cameras to capture their vision of Religion in Bumley in the new millennium. More news to follow.

Many congratulations to our colleagues in The Physical Education Department who have won a Sport England "Sports Mark', for the second time. The award recognises commitment to Physical Education and Sports provision during both lessons and the extra curricular programme.

Following the success of 28 appeals we will have a new intake of approximately 210 students in August. The County Council has given an undertaking that additional accommodation will be provided.

Well done to the Year 10 soccer side which beat St Theodores in The Keighley Cup Final at Turf Moor by 2 goals to 1, James Keogh hit both Ivy Bank goals, This is the first time that Ivy Bank has won the prestigious competition since it began in 1922, A fantastic achievement!

Everyone is reminded of the School rules on appearance: Baseball caps and denim jackets are not appropriate and we ask that parents ensure that students do not set off to school with these items.

Preparations are underway for the 20th Sports Awards Presentation Evening that will be held in the James Hargreaves Executive Suite, Turf Moor on Thursday June 281h.

R.E (Yrs 10 and 11)
Thirty four Year 10 and Year 11 students enjoyed a visit to Bradford where they met members of local faith communities, visited a Mosque and Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Manchester United Soccer Schools Roadshow will be at Ivy Bank on the 16th and 17th of June. Talented soccer players from across Burnley will be taking part.

Three of our Science labs have now been refurbished to the highest possible standards; all have the finest IT facilities available. Work in the dining room will be finished shortly and the cashless system will be operational before the end of term.

70 of our girls will be involved this term as we have entered 7 teams in the Burnley School Rounders Tournament.

We have attracted additional finance for the building of 2 new Science labs. Work should begin in the Autumn.

The Year 7 and 8 team pIayed Barden recently. In a tense final we lost in the final over to what appears to be an accomplished side.

On Wednesday June 20th we will be completing in the town championships at Seedhill, Nelson. Good luck to all competitors.