The school day begins at 11.00 on Mondays and 08.50 from Tuesday to Friday. There is a 15-minute assembly each morning. Lessons last around 60 minutes each.
There is a 20-minute break in the morning where students opt for a staff-led activity in small groups. Lunch is in houses between 12.45 and 13.30.
Personal Social Education
SRE (Sex and Relationship Education)
Topic / Thematic Learning
We follow the National Curriculum and most students will take some GCSEs at the end of Year 11, which can lead to a college placement or appropriate further education at the right level. All students will have the opportunity to take Entry Level Certificates and Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 qualifications. Many students also have the opportunity to work towards AQA Unit awards.
Younger students receive the majority of tuition from their Learning Group Leader in a Primary setting with some specialist input. The remaining classes receive their teaching from subject specialists.
In addition to the National Curriculum subject’s, students are able to access a diverse range of learning opportunities - recently these have included cooking, arts and crafts, construction, cycling, sewing, enterprise and photography.
We consider Outdoor Education to be an important part of all students' school lives and we offer a range of experiences, culminating in a one-week residential camp for all students in the summer term. All students have a dedicated morning or afternoon of outdoor learning experience.
The Governors' Policy on Religious Education is in line with current government guidelines. It is an element of the common curriculum and aims to provide opportunities to explore and share beliefs and stimulate growth and reflection. The School is not affiliated to a particular religion. A daily assembly provides opportunities for reflection and spiritual awareness.
Alternative provision can be arranged if parents/carers wish to exercise their right to withdraw students from religious worship and instruction.
Careers Education Information and Guidance/Work Experience
Careers education constitutes an integral part of the school curriculum. We arrange all necessary careers interviews and work placements for students in Years 10 and 11, both locally and in their home areas. We liaise with the Careers Service in Kirklees and Calderdale who offer career tasters to Years 8 and 9. The school endeavours to secure employment or a place on an appropriate college course for all Year 11 leavers. Sometimes it is deemed appropriate for boys to remain with us to access our Post 16 provision. Students will sometimes undertake extended work experience placements for one day a week and the school itself offers short term on-site placements within our various departments such as Premises, Catering, Administration and IT.
Monitoring and recording students' educational progress
A student's Learning Group Leader is responsible for monitoring, recording and reporting on academic and behavioural progress and for co-ordinating the work of the Learning Mentor Team - a group of staff with a range of skills assigned to work as a holistic team around the child.
Student performance is monitored on a lesson-by-lesson basis. Verbal feedback is provided from education staff in order to reinforce academic and behavioural strengths and, conversely, raise student awareness of any difficulties. Individual and group performances contribute to Student of the Week and Learning Group of the Week competitions.
Students can also be awarded Learner of the week in specific subjects. Students can earn Learner Tokens throughout the week, which they can save and cash in for a variety of rewards.
Each student's progress is reviewed formally every half term and Annual Reviews are held in accord with current government guidelines. The school's database facilitates the tracking of student progress and informs future planning.
Parents/carers are invited to attend Annual Reviews and are encouraged to contact the school for updates on progress. Parents will also have the opportunity to visit the school and talk to staff on Open Days at the end of each term. Each academic year a written report will be sent home to parents informing them of the progress the students have made.