New chapter for link-up schools

READING ROOM: Westborough High School pupils Sairah Karolia, Sahhra Farooq, Nazmeen Akhtar and Shabaan Mahboob with Tayba Akhtar and Romessa Ahmed from Heckmondwike Grammar with Elaine White. (d15021118)

READING ROOM: Westborough High School pupils Sairah Karolia, Sahhra Farooq, Nazmeen Akhtar and Shabaan Mahboob with Tayba Akhtar and Romessa Ahmed from Heckmondwike Grammar with Elaine White. (d15021118)

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A SCHOOLS link-up is delivering impressive results across a range of subjects.

Pupils from Heckmondwike Grammar School are working with younger children at Westborough High School in Dewsbury.

Westborough teachers, too, are getting the benefit of a partnership project with Heckmondwike Grammar and Huddersfield University.

Projects include reading sessions where Heckmondwike Grammar pupils took time out to support younger pupils in year seven.

Westborough assistant headteacher Elaine White said: “The sessions have proved popular and helpful, doing much to develop the younger children’s confidence. Feedback has been impressive. The Heckmondwike Grammar pupils are proving to be fantastic role models.”

The idea has been such a success that staff are seeking to train a new cohort. “We want this to be a continuing project giving pupils from both schools a valuable and rewarding experience,” said Mrs White.

Westborough, in Stockhill Street, became a Trust School in January 2010 in partnership with Heckmondwike Grammar and the university and a number of staff and faculties have been working together to share good practice in subjects such as maths and science.

The Heckmondwike reading group youngsters are all ex-Westborough pupils who team up as ‘reading buddies’ to work on improving reading on a weekly basis.

Bob Butroyd from Huddersfield University is working on ‘action research’ projects and other schemes include a mentoring programme with the university.

Maths teachers have spent time with the maths department at Heckmondwike Grammar and there have been sessions by Heckmondwike Grammar staff in biology and chemistry for Westborugh pupils.