CELEBRATING diversity is the key to success at Fartown High School.
As a community school it embraces the diverse mix of cultures and creeds within it and works hard to ensure this cohesive mix creates "A School for Life" for everyone.
During the summer pupils achieved some welcome good news with its GCSE examination results improving by 11% to 41% of students achieving at least 5A* to C grades.
Headteacher Izabella Atraszkiewicz said the increase was down to the hard work of staff and students with support from Kirklees Council and executive headteacher Jane Acklam and her team for their recent work with the school.
"We all believe the young people of our community deserve the very best education possible and we are working very hard to do even better this year,’’ she said.
"We have strategies in place to support the learning of all our students. It’s a real pleasure to be in our school everyday where our students are happy and learning."
Extending and building on its community ties and celebrating its rich and diverse school population is central to this progression.
Mohammed Lone, head of religious studies and community cohesion at the school, said: "The school is made up of roughly one third white, Black African Caribbean and Asian students. It is a cohesive mix and we want to make it even more so and celebrate that. We are a community school and we need to always celebrate that."
The school’s diverse curriculum reflects and embraces all the community has to offer and as a specialist humanities college it uses a range of tools to broaden students’ horizons even further. Inspirational Liverpool-based dub poet Levi Tafari spent a week working with year eight students talking about black literature.
And during the summer it welcomed Britain’s Got Talent star Signature at a celebration to mark its success.
To mark Eid and the holy month of Ramadan – the month of giving – the school hosted a special non-uniform day which included a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief.
It also welcomed Mr Aftab Muhauddin the English-speaking Imam from one of Huddersfield’s largest mosques, the Jamia Riza, at Birkby, along with Azher Latif, a parent of the school and representative of the Clara Street mosque at Fartown.
The school is also involved in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project with neighbouring primary schools.
Its new video conferencing suite is being used to connect children in Fartown with their peers in urban Islamabad giving them a more global perspective on education.
Closer to home pupils will be attending the Remembrance Day service at Deighton WMC to pay their respects and further extend their links with the immediate school community.
Milton Brown, from Huddersfield-based group the Parents of Black Children Association (PBCA), has also been appointed as an equality and community cohesion consultant at the school.
The organisation is working hard across Kirklees with parents, families and educational organisations to raise the aspirations, expectations and educational achievement of children and young people of African Caribbean descent.
Children’s opportunities are extended further through a range of extra curricular and after school clubs including the arts, gardening and Eco projects.