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Easter Intervention Timetable - April 2014 - 26 March 2014 - Mr James


BCHS have arranged additional revision and coursework sessions over the Easter Holiday.  These sessions will be of great benefit in helping students to achieve the best qualifications possible.

Students are not required to wear school uniform and can bring in their own refreshments. A light lunch will be provided if the sessions go over lunchtime. 

I appreciate your support in this matter and if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Lysons, PPC for Year 11.

Please encourage your child to attend and I would be grateful if you could sign and return the reply slip to Ms. Lysons by Thursday, 3rd April.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs. D Atkinson


Easter Intervention Session Timetable - April 2014



Year 11


Day and date











Biology (KEL) Sc3












History (ICA) Hu3












History (ICA) Hu3


Geography (MKE) Hu5










Maths (PJA) Ma2
























Science (NAS) Sc4




























English (ASH) Coms
















Maths (JWN) Ma4













Thursday 17/04/14



Science (SEL) Sc2















Year 10 Science


Day and date










Science (HWA) Sc6







Chemistry (KEL) Sc3








Alien Encounter at BCHS - 04 February 2014 - Mr James

Alien Encounter at BCHS


2014 will be recorded as the year that alien life finally made contact with the students of Blackburn Central High School, when local girl Samantha Taylor and Bla the alien visited to raise awareness of the Big Local App.


This free smartphone app contains everything you need to know about the Blackburn & Hyndburn area; from local news, council information, dates and times for the local Cinema and theatre to the local schools’ timetables and events. The information is fully searchable and users can also take advantage of money-off vouchers across the borough.


The Big Local App - Blackburn and Hyndburn is now rolling out across our towns’ local schools. The latest newsletters, timetables, school closures, exam timetables and other important dates are available at the touch of a button making communication even easier between schools and parents. The Big Local App team can also teach the children how the apps are created which includes showing them how SEO works and how to hyperlink.


With Key businesses using the app such at The Ice Arena, The Mall, and with our local schools encouraging parents to download the Big Local App, businesses are able to showcase their services, products and offers to the heart of the local community. Businesses and schools can have a mini app of their own within the Big Local App where they can add photographs and updateable content, and thru GPS technology the app will even guide people to their door. The Big Local App is an essential marketing tool in the Blackburn and Hyndburn area.


The students of BCHS with Crosshill enjoyed their alien encounter and made Bla the alien feel like one of the class whilst Samantha Taylor showed them how to download the app from

Strictly Come Bollywood - 06 January 2014 - Mr James

“Strictly Come Bollywood” arrives at Blackburn Central High School


Another spectacular evening of music and dance was recently held by students at Blackburn Central High School; the theme of the evening was Bollywood meets Strictly Come Dancing which brought glamour and glitter to BCHS with Crosshill in abundance.


The night included demonstrations of Bollywood dancing came from Neetal Parekh of Kreative Production and BCHS graduate Maryam Ghaffar. There was a Strictly Come Dancing style competition for the girls from various year groups at BCHS with Crosshill. A special mention must go to the team from Crosshill School, who were superb and really got into the spirit of things.


The evening was the brainchild of two Year 9 students, Yasmin and Farha who worked tirelessly to bring together a really superb event. Pastoral and Progress Coordinator for Year 9, Alison Deaville said “It was an amazing evening. The girls worked so hard to plan the event, from designing posters, selling tickets and managing to get rehearsals organised. They really are fabulous ambassadors for BCHS with Crosshill.”


As the evening was based around empowering women, it was ladies only. Special guests included Colonel Myszka Guzkowska, Deputy Commander 42 (North West) Brigade, and Dot Thomson, School Improvement Officer for Blackburn with Darwen, who said “What a fabulous evening. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Thank you to the students and staff for this very special event”.


Colonel Myszka Guzkowska gave a very motivational talk about the value of grasping opportunities that come your way in life, including the chance to travel and making the most of a good education.


Head teacher, Diane Atkinson said “It was a very colourful and uplifting evening, which rose over £240 for the Soldiers’ Charity.”

Maundy Relief - 20 December 2013 - Ms Rathore, Head of Year 7

As part of a charity drive over the festive period, staff and students at BCHS were once again asked to donate items for the Accrington-based charity Maundy Relief.

The response to the appeal was unwanted clothing, books, toys, food and toiletries, which were then passed on to Maundy Relief in the last few days of term December 2013.


Maundy Relief is a non-judgemental source of immediate help to anyone who may need it. This could be in many different ways, such as food parcels, helping the homeless, counselling, free meals cooked on site, benefit advice and help with addiction. Many different people from diverse walks have life have benefited from there, regardless of gender, race or religious belief.


We are proud of our commitment to charity, and this has more than ever reflected this year, with our Christmas Fayre raising a significant amount of money. This will be divided in to five equal amounts, to the five different charities across the year group. Maundy Relief is one of them.

Christmas Fayre Photos - 19 December 2013 - Mr James

The BCHS with Crosshill Christmas Fayre was a great success, thanks to all involved. Have a look at the photos here...

BCHS Choir Rock Blackburn - 18 December 2013 - Mr Bridges

BCHS choir have been out and about this festive season. Dressed smartly in their new BCHS choir hoodies the choir performed in the Mall shopping Centre in Blackburn Town Centre on Saturday 7th December. They followed this up with a performance at Shadsworth Community centre on Tuesday 10th for a community Christmas lunch. 


This week sees the choir working very hard with a number of events:

Tuesday 17th 1:30 till 2:30 in ASDA Blackburn collecting money for ASDA's charities

Tuesday 17th 6pm till 8pm performing at school as part of the Strictly Come Balle Balle Evening.
Wednesday 18th December- BCHS Christmas fare!

One Voice Newsletter - 16 December 2013 - Mr James

The latest issue of BCHS with Crosshill's One Voice newsletter is now available to download here.

Outstanding Progress Award - 13 December 2013 - Mr James

Outstanding Progress Award

BCHS were delighted to receive a commendation at the 2013 Educational Business Awards for Outstanding Progress. These awards recognise excellence in the UK education sector.

In making these awards, researchers pursue a wide range of statistics in order to uncover best practice. Government departments, education associations and businesses, all help to nominate UK schools that are leading by example in many different ways.

BCHS along with 4 other schools from across the country were nominated for the Outstanding Progress Award. The awards were held at The Emirates Stadium, London, on Thursday 5 December 2013 and whilst we were not the overall winner, we received a commendation which recognised the commitment of all of our staff and Governors, who work hard to improve standards for our students.

The awards were presented by Gold and Silver medal winning, Olympic athlete, Roger Black, seen below with Blackburn Central High School Head Teacher Diane Atkinson.


Elbow Drummer Teaches Workshop - 11 December 2013 - Mr James

Beat that! Girls rock at school!

Award-winning band member runs drumming masterclass
HIGH school pupils gave traditional music lessons the Elbow when they were treated to a masterclass by world renowned drummer Richard Jupp.

Richard, a founder member of Mercury Music Prize winning band Elbow, spent 90 minutes at Blackburn Central High School teaching a group of girls from the school about drumming and percussion.

He even brought along Elbow’s live performance drum kit on which he will perform with the band on their 2014 tour which takes in huge arena venues in Manchester and Liverpool.

Each and every one of the girls received tuition and was able to have full use of the kit.

The visit was part of a Blackburn Youth Music initiative supported by Twin Valley Homes and Child Action Northwest in which 64 children from the borough are given the chance to write perform and record their own song.

Richard said: “It’s been a pleasure to see the enthusiasm and musical talent of the girls here.

“It’s good to show them some basic techniques but the secret is to let them have a go on the kit.

“I might need a few new skins on the drums after we’ve finished but that doesn’t bother me at all.

“I wish them every success in recording their song.”

The students were thrilled with their new teacher.

Casey Corkin, 12, said: “I enjoy the way he teaches us because it’s really fun and something I’ve never really done. It’s a hobby for now but something I’d really like to do when I’m older.”

Shannon Chapman, 13, said: “W’ve been designing T-shirts and making our own music and stuff.

“We’ve been doing it for 10 weeks and in the end we’ll have made a song.

“Drumming has been really good and he’s taught us loads.”
Article and photos from Lancashire Evening Telegraph 11th December 2013, by Chris Gee

Free School Meals - 01 December 2013 - Mr James

For parents interested in Free School Meal applications, please see the attached application form from the Blackburn with Darwen borough council.

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