Showcase of excellence in education

Codie Rudd, Cherie Glennon, Jessica Dann and Jessica Smith at the Calderdale College Hair and Beauty Awards at The Shay, Halifax
Codie Rudd, Cherie Glennon, Jessica Dann and Jessica Smith at the Calderdale College Hair and Beauty Awards at The Shay, Halifax
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The first Calderdale Education Festival has successfully promoted the district’s schools in a positive light.

Put together by joint heads of secondary and primary schools the two-week festival aimed to focus on the variety of events which help enrich education in Calderdale.

It ends tomorrow at Calderdale College with an arts presentation from college students and primary schools.

And, now it is likely to return next year over several weeks.

Park Lane Learning Trust head teacher Stephen Taylor said the festival proved to be remarkably successful.

“It raised the profile of education and the good things that are going on in Calderdale schools which is what we wanted it to do,” he said.

“People have been talking about it.

“We didn’t know how much of a success it would be with it being our `toe-in-the-water` year.”

Consequently, next year’s event will run over a longer period to capture more events.

“We will be looking at producing a booklet that will tell everyone what is happening,” said Mr Taylor.

Events during the last two weeks have included sports days; award ceremonies; and musical events.

A special visitor to Park Lane was Richard McCann.

He was just five years old when his mother Wilma McCann became the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper.

For many years he led a troubled life but finally turned his life around.

He is now an inspirational speaker and talked about his experiences to students and encouraged them to overcome difficulties.

Mr McCann also brought along an Olympic torch as he was one of the torchbearers in Headingley, Leeds, last month.