Brian Jackson College provides education for students in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). The colleges’ ethos of; care, guidance and support for all students and parents was noted favourably by the visiting Ofsted inspector in March 2016.
“All leaders and managers are passionate about providing opportunities for all pupils to fulfil their potential in a safe and suitable learning environment. This passion is wholeheartedly shared by other staff in the school.”
We have wonderful students and parents/carers who are so appreciative of the intensive individualised support that we offer at Brian Jackson College. We have proud, enthusiastic and especially dedicated Governors and staff. In addition Brian Jackson College is supported by the board of Trustees of Yorkshire Children’s Centre. All our stakeholders have a deep desire to enable vulnerable young people to have access to improved life chances. We all work well together to enable each student to become increasingly believing in their own abilities and the unlimited heights of their own potential. At the heart of our individual approach is our mindfulness that all students are unique and every student really matters.
We are currently updating the website ready for the new term but if you have any questions about the college, you can contact us on 01924 408306 with the knowledge that you are welcome to visit.
In 2001 ‘Project Cool’ was set up to meet the needs of young people (15-16) who were experiencing difficulties with school education. The aim was to help young people to:
- Gain new skills
- Improve reading and writing
- Improve attendance
- Be more confident about getting work
Project Cool was developed by the young people who attended – it was their ideas, their interests, and their needs that led the way.
Project Cool was mainly well received by those attending. One pupil is quoted as saying:
“I would like to thank all the staff at Project Cool for all the help they have given me. I think that I have learnt more in the last 5 months than at 3 yrs at High school.” Pupil A.
In 2005 Project Cool grew into the Brian Jackson College of Open Learning, (BJ COOL) and was registered as an Independent School with OFSTED. In 2009 the school moved to new premises in Heckmondwike and is now successfully supporting pupils from all areas of Kirklees. During 2011 we renamed ourselves Brian Jackson College and integrated our programmes for 14-16 year olds into the College in order to help ensure our pupils had a positive destination at the end of their time with us.
We are still growing and welcome your ideas and input in order to do this.
Brian Jackson College still follows the main ethos of the original Project Cool:
- We treat all pupils as individuals
- We support and encourage pupils to develop and achieve
- We provide a wide range of academic and vocational subjects
- We help pupils become more confident about their next steps, whether that is further education, employment or training
Our mission is to offer a fresh start to all students challenging and supporting them to achieve; developing self belief and aspirations to support and encourage positive progression.
Our vision is a future where all young people achieve their full potential in life.
Comments from pupils include:
“The support staff are really good, they take time and listen to you. I like the environment here it has fewer people and does not feel like school whilst still learning.”
Comments from parents include:
“Liked staff, got on well with them and was able to talk to them”
“Felt staff were good – had contact with them”
Comments from other people/agencies linked with Brian Jackson College:
“Staff actually care about the kids and take the trouble to engage with them”
“Would certainly refer again”
Introducing our staff team
We are proud to introduce our staff team who work hard to support and encourage all pupils at our College.
All our staff approach their role with nurturing at the forefront of their mind. By building positive relationships with our pupils our staff are able to challenge pupils to develop socially, emotionally and behaviourally and ensure they are prepared for their next steps in life.
We are a child centred school and believe that pupils all have a voice and will be listened to. We welcome ideas and suggestions from pupils, parents/carers and other stakeholders and constantly strive to improve our educational offer to meet the varying needs of our pupils.
Our staff are all trained in Safeguarding and operate to high standards of care and emotional well being for our pupils.
We hope that your child will be happy here at Brian Jackson College and we look forward to working together with you over the next two years.
Head of Brian Jackson College
|Subject Tutors||Pastoral Support|
|Jacqueline Green (Bsc Hons)(QTLS) – Head teacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead||Nicola Atkinson – Inclusion Manager, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Mark Kilburn – Deputy Head & Maths Tutor||Suzanne Makin – Pastoral/Nurture|
|Aysha Summan – (PGCE) English||Hazel Sykes – Learning and Behaviour Support Worker|
|Matthew Lumb – Food Technology Instructor, Learning Mentor||Johney Myers – Learning and Behaviour Support Worker|
|Brig Barrowclough – Employability, PSHE||Joanne Warwick – Accelerated learning
co-ordinator and pastoral/nurture
|Hazel Sykes – Arts award Assessor||Franklyn McLeod – Learning and Behaviour Support Worker|
|Louise Osborne – Exams Officer|
Katrina Hodgson & Louise Osbourne
At Brian Jackson College, we have Learning Support Assistants – inclusion support volunteers who support our staff to deliver our training packages. They help support individual students who need extra help in a particular discipline e.g. literacy and numeracy. For more information about becoming a volunteer at Brian Jackson College – call or email our volunteer coordinator, Jacqui Smith, for a chat about how you can best help out. Call Jacqui on 01924 479082 or email email@example.com
If you are unsure or have any questions just visit Brian Jackson College or alternatively call the school on 01924 408306 between 9am and 4pm daily and one of our staff will be happy to help.
We also have a separate booklet for pupils starting at the school which provides information specifically for pupils about the College and how we work – just ask at Reception and they will be happy to give you a copy of our ‘Pupil Booklet’.
As another school year comes to an end it is time to say a final farewell to our year 11 students. It is fast becoming tradition here at the college that we send our year 11’s off in style with a fun filled prom and cruise around. This year students were sent invites and we quickly received an influx of replies. The atmosphere around the college during the build up was excitable and students were keen to show staff their chosen outfits. Students were excited to see what the college had in store for them and rightly so with the red carpet, disco, photo props, buffet, awards ceremony, leaver’s books, party bus and not forgetting the knighting of the prom king and queen. This prom was set and ready to go.
During the day our year 10 students helped get everything ready. They helped put up balloons, banners and even helped prepare the buffet. Once the room was set with disco lights and music the red carpet was laid ready for the arrival of the year 11 students.
On arrival students received a glass of pink lemonade and posed for their pictures on the red carpet. Students took this time to take full advantage of the photo props and read their leavers books, leaving their own comments for their friends. Excitement began to build as more students arrived just in time for the arrival of the party bus. The students were blown away with the bus which was fully equipped with disco lights, music, karaoke and of course some sparkling fruit punch. Students and staff were sent off for an hours cruise and entertainment.
When students arrived back at the college they had worked up an appetite and they soon dived into the buffet. Some students enjoyed dancing and having photos taken with friends and staff members. Students and staff then all came together for the awards ceremony. Staff had chosen awards for all the students and certificates were given to the students.
Now prom wouldn’t be prom without a prom king or queen so let us introduce to you Brian Jackson College prom king and queen 2015, CJ Jones and Milli’Lou Gallagher with head teacher Jacqui Green.
We wish all our year 11 students the best of luck for the future and hope you come back and visit us soon.
Parenting Skills Put To The Test
Pupils at Brian Jackson College, Heckmondwike, took home imitation babies mapped with sensors to test out their parenting skills.
Headteacher Jacqui Green said: “It was so they could see motherhood is not as easy as they might think.
They all had sleepless weekends – it was a real eye opener.”
Jacqui is pictured with Codie Robinson, Chloe Mitchell, Mia Pickup, Natalie Kelly and Leah Wisher.
Our curriculum consists of compulsory core subjects and a choice of vocational subjects. Listed below is a brief outline of each of the subjects we offer. All pupils are supported throughout their studies with Individualised Learning Plans (ILPs).
OCR Functional Skills English is taught to pupils in an engaging way that aims to develop their individual needs.
Our staff encourage pupils to build on their own knowledge of English, and make it relevant to every day situations they will encounter – both now and in the future. To help our pupils progress quickly and ensure they feel comfortable with the subject we use OCR as our Examining body which enables them to build individual Unit Awards into Entry Level Certificates and ultimately Level 1 & Level 2 qualifications.
English Language GCSE (AQA)
In Maths our pupils will learn and gain important skills that they will use throughout their lives. What we offer is simple :
First we add all the pupils together, giving them a promise of commitment and respect. Then we multiply our nurturing approach and divide it equally to all learners. We then subtract any negativity and end with a total amount of success!!
OCR Functional Skills. OCR is our accrediting body for Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 qualifications.
Maths GCSE (AQA)
Being able to use ICT is a skill no pupil can be without in the 21st Century. Pupils need the opportunity to apply and develop their understanding of ICT and acquire a range of skills and knowledge that will be relevant and transferable so they are equipped for the technological demands they will meet at home, in their communities, in education and in their future careers. Pupils are supported to develop a broad and balanced view of a range of ICT systems, their applications and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations.
We deliver AQA Entry Level Certificate which is a unit based qualification, progressing to ECDL (European, computer driving licence) Level 1 – Level 3 from September 2016.
The pupils at Brian Jackson College have the opportunity to engage in creative Art sessions.
Pupils’ cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences. At Brian Jackson College the children have the opportunity to engage in art workshops that focus on global cultural artefacts; making masks and totem poles, looking at global influences, geography and history of their origins.
The pupils have an opportunity to use different media; pastel, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, junk modelling, clay, textiles, wood and develop understanding of artists and genres (Mary Cassat; impressionism, Warhol; pop art, Banksy; graffiti) and develop an enjoyment in the aesthetic and creative skills.
Students can achieve an accredited arts award at Bronze, Silver or Gold
In Science we aim to encourage pupils natural inquisitive nature by basing lessons around everyday experiences and the modern technological world that encourages them to ask the important ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about the world around them and develop an understanding of ‘how science works’. We aim to encourage pupils to understand the importance of Science in the wide world and inspire them to continue to build their skills and knowledge in this area.
We deliver AQA Entry Level Science which is a unit based qualification. Pupils work towards building a portfolio that covers the 3 branches of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As well as BTEC levels 1 & 2 first award in principles of Science (from September 2016) – Units include: principles of Science, Chemistry and our earth, energy and our universe and biology and our environment.
Exercise is good for you – it is healthy – it gives you the opportunity to meet other people enjoying activities that you enjoy.
- Football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, climbing, bowls, badminton, squash, etc. can all be accessed at the Sports Centre.
- Climbing, abseiling, canoeing, walking, camping, navigation etc can also all be completed locally
All of our sports courses are taught off-site at local sports facilities with qualified instructors and trainers.
Students can achieve Sports leadership – level 1 & level 2
All pupils have the opportunity to engage in a variety of vocational subjects during their time at Brian Jackson College. These are:
This AQA programme is designed to introduce pupils to food handling, preparation and storage.
It is delivered practically in the college’s food technology room and will prepare the pupil for unit 5 which looks at cooking food for consumption. Each pupil will prepare food for a specified function and they will assess the suitability of various foodstuffs. This programme will enable the pupil to prepare and cook a meal where eventually it will be served in the college refectory.
This vocational qualification is a basic introduction to Engineering and Mechanics and is delivered in partnership with ‘Bumpy’. Pupils are taught in a practical environment where they will dismantle and rebuild motor cycles. This will include changing tyres and repairing punctures.
Health and Safety is also an integral part of the programme and pupils are taught how to work safely in a workshop environment, identifying tools and equipment.
The programme also includes basic servicing and more complex mechanical skills where major components of the machines are dismantled.
Students can achieve an accredited course entry level 3 – level 1
Crossroad skills training is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get involved in a vocational option that they enjoy taking part in. The programme teaches the young people road awareness skills and how to ride safely in different settings.
Students are able to attend a professional setting and gain the knowledge and experience required for hairdressing. Students are taught by professionals how to wash, set and style hair also looking at basic beauty treatments such as manicures. This is an accredited course which will allow students to achieve up to a Level 1 in hair and beauty.
This course is designed to give students the skills required that are crucial for competing in today’s challenging employment market. It provides students with the confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills required to enter and progress into the workplace/apprenticeships/college.
Students can achieve an accredited course OCR entry level 1 – level 2 (award/certificate)
Staff and Trustees believe that school visits are an essential resource for the teaching of the School’s Curriculum. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and school visits are one aspect of this. When planning for a visit, staff should consult with the Head.
When organising a visit, staff should:
- Ensure that the safety of the children is the first priority
- Ensure that all adults in their charge expect children not to take any risks, to behave appropriately and following instructions at all times.
- Visit the proposed venue if at all possible, which will enable them to plan more effectively and check the availability of essentials e.g., toilets, eating areas etc.
- Ensure that they have complete a risk assessment.
- Provide a full costing for the educational visit, as to determine the level of voluntary contribution that will be need.
- Seek permission from the coordinator for the education visit, as he/she has ultimate and final responsibility for the children within the school (whether he/she is present on the educational visit or not).
- Organise for a coach or other transport to be booked via the office, well in advance (At least a month before the educational visit). It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure the coach or other transport has been booked. It is the offices job to book the coach or other transport.
- At least 3 weeks before the educational visit a letter should be sent to parents, including all relevant details, venue, subject, justification, times, parental contribution, clothing and money for children to bring.
- Always seek parental permission in the form of written permission before going on a visit, verbal permission is not sufficient.
- Remind children of the maximum amount of money to bring for souvenirs, possible include in the letter to parents.
- It is the teachers responsibility to keep a record of parent permission slips returned to ensure that all the children have permission.
- Check parent volunteers know what they are doing, have a full understanding of their role and responsibilities, and ensure that they are assigned to a group of children which do not contain any relatives, e.g. son, daughter, cousin.
- Ensure children not going on visits are set appropriate work to do and prior arrangements made.
- Ensure the method of transport chosen has the safety of the children in mind.
- Prepare pupils for the educational visit by explaining the expected standards of behaviour and the importance of following any rules
- Ensure a first aid box plus ‘sick bags’ are always taken on visits.
- Ensure that children always wear the correct shoes, where appropriate.
- Take a complete class list with children’s medical requirements and emergency contact numbers.
- Ensure a suitable eating environment for the children.
- Remember that they (the staff) are responsible for all aspects of the education, preparation, duration of the visit and afterwards.
The current College policy on mobile phones, MP3, ipods and other telecommunication and recording devices takes regard of the Department for Education, Educations and Inspections guidelines 2006 as regards new powers to confiscate mobile phones and music players on the school premises and is as follows:
Pupils are not allowed to use mobile phones during timetabled sessions. No pupil is allowed to use his or her mobile phone in lesson times. All phones are to be handed in at the beginning of the day and will be returned at lunch time break. The phones will otherwise be returned to the pupils at the end of the day. No pupil is allowed to use his or her mobile phone in lesson times. If a pupil does not hand in his or her mobile phone then it will be confiscated and returned to the pupil on the earliest Friday following the confiscation or collected in person by the pupils’ parents at an appropriate time. If a pupil refuses to give up their phone, parents/carers will be called to retrieve the phone or take the child home.
The technology of mobile phones has developed such that they now have the facility to record sound, take photographs and video images. This new technology is open to abuse leading to the invasion of privacy. Taking of such images, without permission, contravenes the Data Protection Act of 1998.
In the event of a mobile phone being used to record sound, photographic or video images of any persons in the school, pupils or staff, the mobile phone will be confiscated.
If a pupil is caught using their phone in this manner parents will be asked to collect the mobile phone and the individual pupil concerned will be banned from bringing a mobile phone into school for an indefinite period. In the case where a mobile phone is used to record sound, pictures or video images that are deemed to be an invasion of privacy the College will reserve the right apply an appropriate sanction that could include exclusion from College and, in extreme cases, permanent exclusion. It is also possible that the individual pupil or tutor may wish to exercise their human right and take legal action this would initially engage outside agencies including the police.
Mobile phones are expensive items and the College will not take any responsibility for the phone if it happens to be stolen or lost whilst in school.
This policy to be read in conjunction with the Admissions policy, Attendance policy, Behaviour policy, Safeguarding Policy and Key Stage 4 Pupil Referral Service hand book.
Brian Jackson College provides for its community, real opportunities for learning in a caring, supportive and above all positive environment. Standards and expectations are high with individuals encouraged to take responsibility for themselves, it also recognises that not all pupils needs will be met at this College.
In the event of behavioural issues then sanctions laid out in the Behaviour policy will be followed.
Serious incidents involving serious assault on pupils or staff, serious damage, supplying controlled substances and malicious wounding with a weapon with intent will result in re-referral to Key Stage 4 Referral panel.
Download our latest policy document here:
If a child is absent parents/carers must:
- Contact school as soon as possible on the first day of absence.
- Send a note in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence – parents/carers should do this even if they have already telephoned us.
- Or parents/carers can call into school and report to reception, who will arrange for a member of staff to speak with them.
If a child is absent school will:
- Telephone parents/carers on the first day of absence if we have not heard from them.
- Invite parents/carers in to school to discuss the situation with our Attendance Panel if a child is persistently absent.
- Inform the Attendance and Pupil Support Service if attendance falls below 85%.
It is the intention of the College, that after any inspection by regulatory bodies to send a copy of the full report to the parents of every registered pupil, within 28 days of receipt of the final report.
Download Ofsted’s March 2016 Report here:
The following curriculum plans will be instrumental in the delivery of Brian Jackson College curriculum:
Some or all of the subject areas will be addressed with the pupils in line with the following accreditation organisations:
- Assessments and Qualifications Alliance (A.Q.A.) Unit Award Scheme and Entry Level Certificate
- British Safety Council – BSC-Entry Level qualification in work place hazard awareness
- Oxford and Cambridge and RSA- OCR Functional Skills Maths, English & ICT
- Preparation for Working Life
- Beauty Therapy
- Art & Design
- Food Technology
- Wood Occupations
- Motorbike Maintenance
- Sport and Leisure
(Full plans available upon request)
All pupils are assessed on a regular basis to assess their current level of ability using 3 assessment tools. These are:
- Reading and comprehension through the GRT Reading Test
- Pupils Attitude to Self and School – PASS
- Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) assessments in ICT, English & Maths
- Teacher assessment
From these assessments, Individual Education Plans are devised accordingly. These assessments are reviewed regularly, as are the pupils Individual Education plans and the Personal Development Plans for pupils with SEN.
Registered Address for Brian Jackson College:
Chair of Trustees – Dr Mike Sills
Headteacher – Jacqueline Green
Yorkshire Children’s Centre Trustees:
Brian Jackson House
New North Parade
Chair of Trustees – Dr Mike Sills
The staff of Brian Jackson College are committed to promoting understanding of the principles and practices of equality and justice.
We aim to equip pupils with an awareness of an increasingly diverse society and to present the world as it is and as we would like it to be. With these foundations pupils will develop their own attitudes to a pluralistic society. We aim for pupils of all backgrounds to have a strong desire to be part of society, as it exists in our community. This will be achieved by adherence to the following principles:
- Discrimination on the basis of colour, culture, origin, sex or ability is not acceptable.
- The primary objective of this College will be to educate, develop and prepare all our pupils for life whatever their sex, colour, origin, culture or ability.
- Pupils will further this objective by contributing towards a happy and caring environment and by showing respect for, and appreciation of, one another as individuals.
DATA PROTECTION ACT
All Schools, local education authorities and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (the government department which deals with education) all hold information on pupils in order to run the education system, and in doing so have to follow the Data Protection Act 1998.
This means that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law. This document outlines the types of data held, why that data is held, and to whom it may be passed on.
The school holds information on pupils in order to:
- Support their teaching and learning,
- Monitor and report on their progress,
- Provide appropriate pastoral care,
- Assess how well the school as a whole is doing.
This information included contact details, assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information.
Brian Jackson College retains this data in two formats. Paper based such as induction paperwork and referral paperwork and also information is stored electronically and securely on a database which is protected by a secure server.
The rights of the pupils
Pupils, as data subjects, have certain rights under the Data Protection Act, including a general right of access to personal data held on them, with parents exercising this right on their behalf if they are too young to do so themselves. If you wish to access the personal data held about your child, then please contact either the College, the LA Information Access Officer or the Public Communications Unit. The details of these locations are detailed in the ‘Contact’ tab.
|Inc. 1 LAC (Funding to be confirmed)|
EXPENDITURE (15/16) Projected
|Purchase of Reading Scheme (Accelerated Learning)||£2078.00|
|Part Funding of additional learning support||£5118.75|
|KS3 advisor (Training and support for Accelerated learning)||£250.00|
|Curriculum enrichment trips & visits field trip participation||£900.00|
|Moor Croft Studios (Music) Per 12 week sessions||£432.00|
Expenditure to date
|Purchase of Reading Scheme (Accelerated Learning)||£2078.00|
|Part Funding of additional learning support||£5709.00|
|Moor Croft Studios (Music) x 14 music sessions@ £15 ph||£210.00|
The music studio sessions have made some impact on student attendance. For one particular student who found it difficult to attend a full week due to motivation, he is now attending 5 days, however there are still some concerns regarding his punctuality but there has been a small improvement. Other students have also been involved in the music session. These sessions have allowed the students to share their feelings and emotions with others by putting their stories and words into song. Students have chosen to write a ‘rap’ which some have found more difficult than others regarding feelings and emotions. The music sessions have developed confidence in ability and confidence to speak up and be heard. All students involved are currently making a music video so they can use this towards their Bronze and Silver art awards.
Accelerated reader programme
Students are already taking advantage out of our accelerated reader programme. One student has already shown an increase of 2 years in her reading age. This has boosted confidence and has developed confidence in other subject areas.
Additional learning support
Additional learning support is extremely important. This has enabled us to provide 1:1 support for our more vulnerable students. We currently have a student who has been ‘child missing education’ (CME) for 2 years. He is now attending the college 3 afternoons a week and is developing and progressing in his personal development and maths and English. He is also supported and encouraged by the accelerated reader programme.