Bradford – a great residential destination just north of York
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Within an easy driving distance of York Region and GTA, the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury(BWG) offers an outstanding quality of life. Explore what this community has to offer the new home buyers, first-timers, growing families, and empty-nesters. BWG is a charming area close to Toronto, yet removed from the fast-paced lifestyle of the urban hub. Bradford is situated at the intersection of formal King’s Highway 11 and Highway 88, which means Highway 400 and Yonge St. are handy - easy commute to Toronto or Barrie.
The area is home to a wealth of natural resources including the Holland Marsh - the heart of Canada’s vegetable industry, plus some of the best framer’s markets you’ll find anywhere. Bradford is also a self-sufficient community with modern amenities including schools, parks, recreation centres, golf courses, ball diamonds, playgrounds, tennis courts, ice pads, a swimming pool and newly built library. The newly opened library in Bradford features four meeting rooms, heritage room, computer lab, childeren's area, severn study rooms and staff office space. There is plan to make the front entrance area a cafe at some point.
This active, safe community celebrates cultural diversity. Active residents enjoy summer camps, a public pool and numerous trails for biking, walking, running and more. The town of BWG has come a long way since its nineteenth-century beginnings.
BDHS (Bradford District High School) : One of the fastest improving schools
More than bricks and mortar, and more than just a mortarboard. The schools that shape our children’s futures are about more than curriculum and good grades.
Bradford District High School Principal Greg Brucker said that although he’s pleased to have earned a Top-20 ranking in the Fraser Institute’s School Report Card, as one of the most rapidly improving schools in Ontario, it’s not the only achievement he’s concerned with.
“It’s always nice tobe recognized for all our teachers’ and students’ hard work, so the Fraser Report is nice - but we look at it as one indicator of success,” Brucker said. “It’s the complete school environment - things you can’t measure, such as the school climate and extra-curricular activities - that also have tobe taken into consideration.”
Brucker said the school has made a concerted effort to focus on numeracy and literacy, two of the key components of the Fraser Institute’s Report Card. BDHS scored a 7.4 out of 10, ranking 144th out the 718 secondary schools measured, compared to a 5 year average of 260th. It was the third-highest ranking of a Simcoe County school - only Jean Vanier in Collingwood, and Banting Memorial in Alliston scored higher, with 7.6 out of 10.
HolyTrinity High School, also inBradford, scored a 6.5 out of 10 and was ranked 299th out of 718 schools - a strong improvement over the past 5 years.
Some schools use the Fraser Institute Report Card to identify and target weaknesses.
Five years ago, Nouvelle-Alliance Ecole Secondaire in Barrie, within the Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud French Catholic School Board, was ranked 499 out of 691 schools, with a score of 4.7 out of 10. In recent years it has improved dramatically, to 6.3 and 340th place - earning the school a place in the Top 20 fastest-improving schools.
“Our board really focuses on the report. We have made the improvementsbecause of it,” said Principal Patricia Bolger. All teachers are involved in evaluating students’ writing and math performances, she said. “If someone notices a red flag, if a student needs a little push in one area, we’ll focus on that.”
In total, 26.6% of high school exams written in 2011 scoredbelow the provincial standard, compared to 30% in 2007. “This is a solid 5-year improvement, but more than one in 4 of the province-wide tests written by Ontario secondary students fail to meet the provincial standard. Ontario students can dobetter,” said Michael Thomas, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute.
For more information, see www.compareschoolrankings.org
By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner
TOWN OF BRADFORD WEST GWILLIMBURY
BRADFORD'S PUBLIC LIBRARY
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