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Parents play an integral role within education and I am keen to further develop the links between home and school; I know that a happy, successful school depends on us working together. I believe that Frizinghall Primary School has great potential and I am determined to secure an outstanding future for the school.

The focus on creativity has improved results across the school, not just among the musically gifted, Rotheram says, adding that it is “demonstrably more effective than drilling Sats papers”.

Here at Crossley Hall, our pupils deserve the best quality teaching, and through our team of highly skilled teachers they most definitely get it. Our teachers offer exciting lessons in which pupils are challenged and engaged. In addition to this, we are passionate about ensuring our children are confident and open-minded, and we encourage them to express themselves in different ways. Our focus on positive, clear and consistent behaviour management ensures that hard work is rewarded and boundaries are clear.

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Inside the school gates, however, it’s a different story. Thirty different languages are spoken but the youngsters all learn happily alongside one another. The children practise Shakespeare and the Beatles as well as Muslim worship songs called Nasheeds. They learn Hi Low Chickalow, the playground clapping game, as well as studying the second world war and the songs of Ahmad Hussain, a Sheffield-born YouTube star who performs for the school every year.

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Lost in the debate around Sats testing and league tables, Idrees says, is the importance of children’s mental and social development. This came to the fore in Bradford two years ago when an 11-year-old at a school on the other side of the city, Asad Khan, killed himself amid claims he had been bullied. Worried parents were knocking on headteachers’ doors across Bradford, Idrees says, concerned about their own children’s welfare.

Inside the school gates, however, it’s a different story. Thirty different languages are spoken but the youngsters all learn happily alongside one another. The children practise Shakespeare and the Beatles as well as Muslim worship songs called Nasheeds. They learn Hi Low Chickalow, the playground clapping game, as well as studying the second world war and the songs of Ahmad Hussain, a Sheffield-born YouTube star who performs for the school every year.

Get Out More, a local social enterprise that has previously partnered with us to deliver social return projects introduced us to Vicky and told us about the campaign. Get Out More’s mission is to help people engage with nature and feel better about life by getting outdoors, so the cultural phenomenon of The Lost Words that brings nature words back into children’s lives is fundamental to their purpose.

We are a very large and thriving three-form entry primary school housed in a mixture of traditional and modern buildings (both with extensive facilities), located in the Fairweather Green area of Bradford.  We are fortunate to work closely and collaboratively with Grove House Primary School across the city, sharing expertise and best practice to ensure that all our pupils receive the best education.

After Asad’s death, Feversham piloted a project to help children deal with failure, peer pressure and media influences. “A lot of these quiet kids, they don’t know how to deal with emotions, they don’t know how to deal with negativity,” Idrees says. At its most basic, the simple act of game-playing can help children learn social skills such as eye contact and taking turns, while listening to music in an hour-long assembly helps develop their concentration in an age dominated by smartphones and tablet computers.

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“We were in special measures. We had low staff morale, parents not happy with the school, results were poor and nobody wanted to come here, we had budget issues. It’s a downward spiral when you’re there. If you’re losing kids you’re losing money, then you can’t attract teachers, those you’ve got are depressed. You get monitored by Ofsted every term and it’s all about results, results, results,” he says.

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The focus on creativity has improved results across the school, not just among the musically gifted, Rotheram says, adding that it is “demonstrably more effective than drilling Sats papers”.

She was just five when she turned up at Feversham primary academy’s after-school clubs, leaving teachers astounded by her musical ability and how her confidence grew with an instrument in hand. Last year, Abiha successfully auditioned for Bradford’s gifted and talented music programme for primary school children, the first Muslim girl to do so. The assessor recorded only one word in her notes: “Wow!”

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“My hope is that headteachers and people holding purse strings, possibly even the people who make important decisions in the government, will read about our school and realise that creative subjects are not mere add-ons but essential for the progress of all pupils.”

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The school bases its method on the Kodály approach, which involves teaching children to learn, subconsciously at first, through playing musical games. Children learn rhythm, hand signs and movement, for example, in a way that will help their reading, writing and maths. Idrees says teachers have found that asking children to memorise passages of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, for example, improves reading and writing.

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She was just five when she turned up at Feversham primary academy’s after-school clubs, leaving teachers astounded by her musical ability and how her confidence grew with an instrument in hand. Last year, Abiha successfully auditioned for Bradford’s gifted and talented music programme for primary school children, the first Muslim girl to do so. The assessor recorded only one word in her notes: “Wow!”

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“We could have gone down the route where we said we need to get results up, we’re going to do more English, more maths, more booster classes, but we didn’t. You might hit the results but your staff morale is gone, the kids hate learning. We want kids to enjoy learning.”

Abiha’s teachers say her talent might have gone unspotted in many schools, where subjects such as music and art are being squeezed out by pressure to reach Sats targets and climb league tables.

Abiha Nasir, aged nine, walks quietly into the small classroom, takes a seat, adjusts her hijab and picks up the drumsticks. A shy smile spreads across her face as she begins to play.

As you are probably aware, work does need doing to improve the quality of teaching and learning at our school. For the past 13 years, I have been working in Bradford Schools, who have been on a similar journey, and I am confident that my experiences to date will support me to grow Frizinghall so that it provides the very best education for your children. I have extremely high expectations of the children and staff and it is my intention that by working together, we can make our school the very best it can be.

Not just saving the words of nature that we all know and love, The Lost Words: A Spell Book has become part of a larger movement about the importance of our human connection with the natural world. Enable2 are delighted to have been part of this and the effort to keep these special words alive for Bradford children and their future to come.

Back in class, Abiha bursts into another impressive drum solo – so loud it can be heard from the playground outside. She practises at home, she explains, but only on her dad’s PS3 drum kit and on a tablet computer. Soon she hopes to upgrade to the real thing: “Now he’s going to sell that [PS3] drum kit and buy a real one. He’s making a different room with noise-proofed walls because the neighbours might report us.”