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PI ACHIEVERS Students are challenged to make their own Raspberry Pi

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PAGE TURNERS Be inspired by the latest must-read children’s titles

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CLASS ACT Take a look at the range of schools and colleges committed to bringing the best out of students

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All SAInTS CAThOlIC COllege IS MOvIng OnwArdS And upwArdS As important as great GCSE results and new buildings are, All Saints is about encouraging student’s personal development. Inspectors were impressed with student’s ‘strong sense of moral purpose’ in organising weekly charity collections to raise money for local and national causes.

IT’S been a fantastic year at All Saints Catholic College. After three years of improving exams results following the 2009 inspection, Ofsted deemed All Saints, in March 2013, to be a ‘good school’, where teachers plan lessons that engage students and ensure they make good progress. This was followed by the Leeds Diocesan Section 48 inspection which concluded All Saints is a ‘good school with outstanding features’. In addition two big initiatives have been introduced: the Behaviour for Learning (BfL) policy as well as the ‘Steps to Success’ assessment and reporting system. These initiatives have impacted

positively on teaching and learning programmes as well as improving the regular monitoring of student progress. Ofsted recognised that students achieve well in many subjects and the proportion of students gaining five or more GCSE passes at grade A*-C, including English and Maths, has risen steadily over the last three years. The 2013 GCSE results have shown further great improvements in Maths and Science. This year has also been significant for a major development for the college. The Priority Schools Building Programme is underway and All Saints will continue to move onwards and upwards with a new state of the art 21st Century school.

As a Catholic College, All Saints exists to meet the needs of those who seek a distinctive Catholic education. It is a Christian community where relationships are built on respect, self-discipline, care for the individual, forgiveness, reconciliation and high achievement. Every child matters at All Saints and everyone works hard to develop the unique potential of each student. Partnerships are the cornerstone of the college’s success and the strong relationships with students, parents, parishes and the wider community are instrumental in ensuring each student can make positive choices for their future beyond All Saints. If you would like to visit All Saints, call 01484 426466, email office@ or visit

All Saints Catholic College

Specialist Humanities College

• A student centred inclusive community. • Year on year improvement in GCSE results. • Distinctive Catholic ethos with a caring and effective student support programme. • Excellent standards of behaviour and high levels of expectation inspire our student’s ambition. “It’s fantastic” Parent “Leadership and Management have successfully implemented change and success is clear in a three year trend of improving results” Ofsted, February 2013 “The School is well respected and I feel the pupils are safe and encouraged to succeed” Parent

All Saints Catholic College, Bradley Bar, Huddersfield, HD2 2JT

Tel: 01484 426466


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oPtioNS oPtio Opti oP tioNS tio ONS ns Contents Welcome to the latest issue of Education Options. As a parent, finding the right school for your child is vitally important. Nothing prepares children and young adults better for the world ahead than a good education. Some of the best schools in the UK can be found right here on the doorstep in Huddersfield and the surrounding areas. Not only do they offer a thorough education but they help to prepare children for life in the big wide world, further education and the workplace. To help you make the right decision, this issue of Education Options features profiles of many of the schools and colleges in the local area, along with education news and features. Take a look at what individual schools have to offer and make the right decision for your family.

Making the grade See why Newsome High has become one of the area's top performing schools - see page 29

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19 Not-So-HiDDeN tAleNtS

Find out what's on offer for you at Shelley College's Sixth Form Open Evening

Why Rishworth School is a dab hand at bringing out pupils' natural abilities


21 vitAl SPAce

Enjoy the challenge of learning at vibrant Rastrick College

7 viSioN AND vAlueS Be part of the inspiring and cutting-edge Creative and Media Studio School

9 HAll oF FAMe Find out why Royds Hall is the perfect choice for bright young minds

11 toP oF tHe clASS Learning is a hands-on experience for students at Honley High School

editoriAL Susan Hampshire 01484 437739 AdVertiSiNG SALeS Andrea Cox 01484 437742

12 A glowiNg RePoRt Huddersfield New College celebrates outstanding A-level results

13 wHAt A ReSult Read all about the improvements at GCSE, specifically in the academic subjects

14 ReAPiNg tHe BeNeFitS Hard work from staff and students has paid dividends in exam results at Kirklees College


22 FRuitFul eNDeAvouR Take on the national challenge of programming your own Raspberry Pi

23 PeAK PeRFoRMANce Almondbury High School and Language College is excelling inside the classroom, on the sports pitch and in the wider world too

24 goiNg FuRtHeR Castle Academy benefits from a significant investment in its facilities

25 AiM HigHeR Two schools, one shared ethos. Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls' High School work in harmony

26 SuRvivAl oF tHe FitteSt Universities compete to provide the best facilities in order to win over students

27 StRiviNg FoR excelleNce

Find out how the changes at Colne Valley High have helped put the school ahead of the pack

Students at Bradford Grammar School are given the support and guidance needed for a prosperous and succesful future

16 outStANDiNg AcHieveMeNtS

28 ReAD All ABout it

Discover why Holmfirth High School is excelling in the core subjects Education Options is published by Huddersfield Examiner, Pennine Business Park, Longbow Close, Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield HD2 1 GQ. Copyright of editorial contents held by Huddersfield Examiner. Reproduction in part or in whole is forbidden save with the express permission of the publishers. It is not our intention to print any matter that discriminates on the grounds of race, sex, sexuality or disability. The magazine is printed by Mirror Colour Printers (Oldham) Ltd. Advertisements are accepted according to our terms and conditions.

Nertherhall Learning Campus brings first-class facilities to students throughout Kirklees

The pick of new book titiles from Waterstones Kingsgate Centre

17 BetteR togetHeR

30 tAKe YouR PicK

See how the North Huddersfield Trust School works in partnership with other schools

Top tips for finding the perfect school for your child, no matter what their abilities

18 wAtcH AND leARN

31 StAR PuPilS

Apprenticeships are on the rise, find out how you could get hired...

Students at Moor End enjoy and achieve every day at this top-perfoming school

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Choose the outstanding option sheLLeY College offers something a bit different from other sixth form options. The college is a large and caring school sixth form with very high standards and first class support.

It provides dedicated facilities for students and offers a warm and friendly welcome. Whatever your aims are, staff promise they will do their absolute best to help you achieve them.

and offers a wide choice of ‘A’ levels and vocational options. That means it has the right course for you, however you want to progress after the sixth form.

The college has just been judged ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED (May 2013)

Shelley College is proud of the achievements of past students, who have gained places on courses or employment in every option imaginable. Whether you want to study medicine, read history at Cambridge, get a place on a top apprenticeship scheme or move into fashion design, there is something for you. The college also offer a fantastic enrichment programme, with options ranging from football and first aid to BBC news reporting. The support team is superb and will help you every step of the way. You will be treated with respect but also challenged to achieve your best and supported in all that you do.

Thursday 21st November 2013 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm


Huddersfield Road Shelley Huddersfield HD8 8NL


Telephone 01484 868 777

For prospective sixth form students and their parents looking to transfer to Shelley College in September 2014

Exceptional care, guidance and support Strong value added performance Bursary Awards for outstanding achievement Purpose built Sixth Form block with cafe

State of thacilities Choice of over 30 courses Excellent progression to top universities Effective partnership links with business

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mEETinG ThE E challEnGE IF you enjoy being challenged and want to contribute to a vibrant, exciting and friendly learning environment, then Rastrick College is the right choice for you. At Rastrick College, a highly innovative range of courses is provided, offering students a vast choice, tailored to suit individual academic needs, goals and ambitions. The extracurricular programme is extensive and includes a debating society, sports leaders, Amnesty International team, several music ensembles and several cultural visits to the UK, Europe and across the world. If you decide on Rastrick College, you will have the opportunity to embark on a prestigious World Challenge Expedition, most recently helping build a school in Madagascar.

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nd a c i m e d a al ac Traditione ional t a c o v d recognis tions qualifica ed in a tyle r e v i l e d lum ls A curricuand more practica modern and 0 1 r a e Y ble at a l i a v a y r Ent Sixth-form as a h t n e d u t Every s d personal coach dedicate

The Creative and Media Studio School Netherhall Learning Campus, Netherhall Avenue, Huddersfield. HD5 9PG Tel: 01484 221892

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Places still available for September 2013 start, Download an application form at

A School & College like no other

Kirklees has a thriving Creative and Media sector, with over 1400 companies operating in the area along with many more across the borders into Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and Calderdale. The Creative and Media Studio School has many effective links with these businesses using them to support project briefs in the classroom as well as providing placement opportunities for students. Studio School students experience first–hand, inspirational support and guidance from both engaged businesses and subject tutors to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and awareness for success in the Creative and Media Industries.

The school also offers a comprehensive enrichment programme, which includes personal coaching, individual programmes of study and working with host businesses. On leaving the Creative & Media Studio School, students will have a variety of pathways available to them including entering the local job market, going on to university, or starting their own business.

Available Subjects You can join the Creative and Media Studio School in either Year 10 or Year 12. Year 10 students study a range of creative qualifications at level 2 alongside core GCSEs in English, Maths and Science. Year 12 students specialise in a range of creative qualifications, with the opportunity to study Business Studies and other A level options. GCSEs Level 2 Level 3 Level 3 Level 3 A Level A/S BTEC Diploma Subsidiary- Certificate Level BTEC Diploma BTEC BTEC Art & Design (Fashion and Clothing) Art & Design (Fine Art) Art & Design (Graphic Design) Art & Design (Photography) Art & Design (Textiles) Business Studies Creative and Media Production (Television & Film) Music and Music Technology (Performing) Performing Arts (Acting) English Language & Literature Mathematics & Further Maths Science (Core & Additional) Sociology

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Thursday 26th September 2013 and Monday 7th October 2013 5 - 7pm with the Headteacher’s welcome at 6pm

“This school gave our child her wings to fly “ (Parent 2013)

For further details telephone 01484 463366 Luck Lane, Paddock, Huddersfield HD3 4HA

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Happy, confident and aspirational students at Royds Hall Royds Hall is a successful and oversubscribed high school catering for approximately 850 students aged 1116 with a growing national reputation for excellence and a specialism in Science and Maths.

with local schools are currently considering joining the Trust.

We are proud to be a member of Royds Hall Cooperative Learning Trust and our community benefits through excellent links with our Trust partners The Centre for Science

• Happy, confident and aspirational students who express a real pride in their school

As parents of a child in Year 11 at Royds Hall High School I’m so thankful every day we made the choice we did” Parent, 2013 Education (CsE) at Sheffield Hallam University, Huddersfield New College, Holmfirth Fair Traders Association and Huddersfield Town Football Club. A Cooperative Trust is run by its members and all staff, students, their parents and carers and members of community organisations will all be given the opportunity to become members. The cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity underpin all we do. We have close links with other Cooperative Trust schools across Yorkshire and Humberside and we are looking forward to working in partnership

A school with many outstanding features” Ofsted September 2011

We have achieved... the British Council International School Award in recognition of our work to establish links wIth schools across the world. Picture shows students, Lee Whitham, Head of Modem Foreign Languages and Melanie Williams, Headteacher. It’s a realiy exciting time for staff and students at Royds Hali as we were recently awarded Fuli

We are delighted to have:

• Expert staff in all areas with a passion for learning and a determination to ensure all students maximise their potential

A friendly, welcoming and increasingly successful school. a very cohesive community...a wellestablished trend of improvement” Ofsted September 2011 • Calm and purposeful learning environments • Excellent partnerships between students, staff, parents, governors and community • A forward-thinking and innovative approach to teaching and learning throughout the school Our school is enriched by its diversity. Approximately 40 per cent of students

International School Status from the British Council. We work closely with European partner schools on various topics throughout the year. This year we will visit Norway, Italy, Spain and Poland. We are hoping to link up with another 7 foreign partner schools from September 2014, which would offer students contacts in countries such as Greece, Turkey, Lithuania and Romania.

We have never ever looked back or regretted sending our child to Royds Hall’ Parent 2013 are from various ethnic minorities and with more than 26 languages and 30 countries represented in school, we take great pride in our role at the heart of the local community. We welcome visits to the school please ring to make an appointment and we look forward to meeting you and your child.

Senior Students 201314, Comments from the group: ‘Being a Senior Student is a great way to further involve yourself in the running and management of the school from a student level it’s like giving something back to the school’ Bradley Werritt - Head Boy The skills involved are very often things that cannot be taught in a classroom. From the very first stage of applying for the role, to getting involved with school events over the year, you’re practising and demonstrating key skills that will be important for the future.’ Megan McIvor - Head Girl

HONLEY HIGH SCHOOL A Science and Mathematics Specialist College

OPEN EVENING THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2013 Head Teacher’s Address 6.15pm and 7.00pm

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS & PARENTS TO: • Meet students and see their work • Speak with staff, try some activities & tour the school • Meet the Headteacher and Senior Team • Collect details about admission arrangements

“An inclusive and caring ethos, and positive relationships between students and staff.” Ofsted

SUMMER SUCCESS! 2013 Results:


Station Road, Honley, Holmfirth HD9 6QJ - Tel: 01484 222347

We are proud to be a Royal Shakespeare Company Learning and Performance Network School

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become an active learner at Honley High HONLEY High is a thriving school, rightly recognised for its longstanding tradition of academic excellence and for its friendly, inclusive, caring approach to the needs of young people. The school’s academic success continues to speak for itself with this year’s GCSE results no exception. For the fifth year in succession, the students at Honley High achieved the best ever set of GCSE results in the school’s 81-year history. Some 78per cent achieving five or more A*-C passes including English and mathematics and more than a fifth of the children achieving five or more A*s and As. The school has continued to buck national trends in English, with yet another fantastic uplift in results – 90 per cent of students achieved A*-C grades in this crucial subject, with a quarter at A*/A. In maths, a fifth of the children achieved an A* or A grade with 83per cent performing at A*-C level. But these crucial years of adolescence are about more than just passing examinations. The world is changing rapidly and if our children are to thrive, be

happy and succeed in that world they will need to develop a set of personal skills and qualities in tandem with their academic qualifications.

Although we are a large school, we get to know all our learners personally, They will need a questioning mind, perseverance and resilience. They will need imagination and creativity, self-discipline and independence, compassion and a sense of our responsibilities towards other people. The team at Honley High School see it as their duty to help support their learners to develop these qualities as well as to help them achieve academically. It is for this reason that they set so much store by students’ participation in the school’s rich and extensive curricular and extracurricular provision, why everyone is encouraged to be an active learner, asking questions and seeking out new learning opportunities and taking on leadership roles wherever they can. This might be a Year

10 student acting as a reading buddy to children struggling with literacy; a Year 9 sports leader delivering enrichment work with our primary partners; Year 7 students working with the nationally recognised Honley Shakespeare Ensemble; a Year 8 musician performing in our many soirées and concerts; a Year 11 rugby player representing the school in a national final or a Year 8

student helping a classmate overcome a personal challenge in the school’s annual personal development residential in Cornwall. Although we are a large school, we get to know all our learners personally, and seek to value and nurture what is unique and special about everyone, doing everything within our power to support each one of them to explore and to fulfil their potential. www.honleyhigh.kirklees.

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Another record year for Huddersfield New College HUDDERSFIELD New College is situated in a 30-acre site with views over the foothills of the Pennines. This relaxing campus location plays host to over 2,300 16-18 year olds studying courses at foundation, intermediate and advanced level.

The college has refurbished the dining room, guidance centre and IT drop-in centre too to further improve the student experience. The college is the only one in Kirklees that allows students to combine both vocational and academic study. The college is currently celebrating record A level results for the second year running, having once again achieved a 99 per cent pass rate at A level for the previous academic year. The vocational A level pass rate

this year was a perfect 100 per cent. This comes on the back of an Ofsted inspection in November 2011 that saw the college officially rated as ‘good with outstanding features’. Always moving forward, Huddersfield New College invested significantly in its facilities over the summer. As well as constructing a brand new Sports Barn, work has recently finished on a brand new entrance and Early Years Centre. The college has refurbished the dining room, guidance centre and IT drop-in centre too to further improve the student experience. Huddersfield New College is hosting an opening morning on Saturday November 23, from 10am to 1pm. All areas of the college will be open for future students and their families to visit. For more information about Huddersfield New College call 01484 652341 or email

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GcSE results show rise of academic subjects GCSE results published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show there has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries in the EBacc subjects - the rigorous, academic subjects highly valued by employers and universities. The EBacc was announced by the government in autumn 2010. This is the first year that students’ choice of subjects will be reflected in the results. Pupils achieve the EBacc if they get GCSEs at grades A* to C across a core of academic subjects - English, maths, history or geography, two sciences and a language. The effects of the EBacc are shown in today’s GCSE results. The decline in languages has been reversed with the number of entries to language GCSEs now at a five-year high. The number of entries to history is at its highest for at least 16 years, while the number of geography entries is at its highest for nine years. There is also a record number of entries in biology, chemistry and physics as increasing numbers of pupils enter exams in the separate sciences rather than in core and additional science. Education minister Elizabeth Truss said: “The results show that the EBacc

“The results show that the EBacc has not just arrested the decline in the study of academic subjects at GCSE – it is reversing it.” – Education minister Elizabeth Truss has not just arrested the decline in the study of academic subjects at GCSE – it is reversing it. “It is very pleasing to see the increase in these important subjects – the ones that will keep pupils’ options open in the future. I am particularly delighted to see a languages revival – with an increase in the number of entries to French, German and Spanish GCSEs after years of decline. “The EBacc is the platform for young people to go on to A-levels and highquality vocational study. It will help them compete with their peers in the world’s best education jurisdictions, where they are expected to study a rigorous academic core.”

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diScovER KiRKlEES collEGE foR youRSElf FOR the last three years 96 per cent of students at Kirklees College have passed their course. The college now boasts one of the best pass rates in England. In the last two years the number of apprenticeships delivered by Kirklees College has tripled, and the college now trains in the region of 1,500 apprentices offering them fantastic job prospects and high level qualifications with little, if any, debt.

In addition, a growing number of the college’s BTEC students are accepted at university each year. In September, the college was thrilled to open its new Huddersfield Centre on Manchester Road and in 2012, the college opened its specialist Engineering Centre in the town. Both centres boast stateof-the-art facilities and provide inspiring learning environments. These new buildings complement the college’s range of specialist centres across Kirklees perfectly.

long been one of its greatest assets. But with its excellent success rates and fantastic facilities, Kirklees College can offer much more. To be part of it in 2013-14, call 01484 437070, email info@kirkleescollege. or visit

In the latest inspection, Ofsted praised Kirklees College staff for their expertise, support and opportunities for students get into a job or go to university. The range of full and part time courses at Kirklees College has

Your chance to talk to tutors, pick up a prospectus, see the college’s fantastic facilities and apply for a course!

Open days in 2013-14 HUDDERSFIELD CENTRES


Huddersfield Centre, Waterfront Quarter

Dewsbury Centre, Halifax Road

Engineering Centre Brunel House Centre Highfields Centre Taylor Hill Centre Saturday 16 November 2013 10.30am – 1.30pm Thursday 23 January 2014 5.30 – 8.00pm (last entry 7.30pm)

Batley School of Art Wednesday 27 November 2013 5.30 – 8.00pm (last entry 7.30pm) Saturday 25 January 2014 10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 15 March 2014 10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 21 June 2014 10.30am – 1.30pm

Saturday 8 March 2014 10.30am – 1.30pm For more information contact:

01484 437070


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changes for the better at colne Valley High COLNE Valley High School has undergone significant changes in recent months, which have been recognised by the students, parents and inspectors. Ofsted visited the school in July and acknowledged that the school had “moved forward at pace” over the summer term and that partnerships had been established to continue to speed up the process of improvement. The school treats all students as individuals and aims to nurture their special talents. Colne Valley students are given opportunities to excel in an outstanding range of extra-curricular activities in the unique setting of the Colne Valley with its rich traditions and culture.

The comprehensive ideal was created to provide an environment in which every single student could be developed to meet his/her full potential. That is the aspiration at Colne Valley. Staff want all students to be happy and aspire to achieve their very best. Ofsted acknowledged in July that there is already a relentless focus across school on raising achievement with higher expectations of the most able. The open evening is on Thursday October 10 from 6pm until 9pm - the acting headteacher will address the parents at 6.15pm and at 7.15pm. For more details see

COLNE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL OPEN EVENING Thursday October 10th 2013 6.00pm to 9.00pm Headteacher’s Address in the school theatre at 6.15pm and 7.15pm

Colne Valley High School has undergone significant changes in recent months, and is improving rapidly. We treat all of our students as individuals and aim to nurture their special talents in an outstanding range of extra-curricular activities.

Gillroyd Lane Linthwaite Huddersfield HD75SP

We are working in partnership with an outstanding school.

Tel: 01484 848680

“There is a relentless focus across school on raising achievement.” Ofsted July 2013

Acting Headteacher Maggie Dunn

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OUTSTANDING “Holmfirth High School is an outstanding school. It is an ambitious, harmonious, learning community, which is outward facing and characterised by strong, respectful relationships which support and encourage each individual to reach their full potential” ......Ofsted 2012



The school was built in 1959 and is a mixed comprehensive school for 1300 pupils. It has the capacity to accommodate 260 pupils per year group, and recently new years have been made up of the children from our own catchment area, and about sixty pupils from out of catchment. The school was subject to an Ofsted inspection in July 2012. The outcomes were: Exam Result standards Outstanding Teaching and Learning Outstanding Behaviour & Safety Outstanding Leadership & Management Outstanding The overall judgement Outstanding

It is rare for schools to achieve outstanding judgements across the board and it was pleasing to get such affirmation of the quality of our work. Some quotes from the report follow: “Achievement is outstanding. All groups of students make progress at better than expected rates and they attain very high standards by the end of Key Stage 4. This is underpinned by the extremely well-developed communication skills they gain throughout their time at the school.” “Leadership and management are excellent at all levels. There is strong drive and ambition, with priorities firmly centred on continuous improvement.”

“Students benefit from excellent teaching which develops independence, creativity, innovation and risk taking. They are encouraged to think for themselves and explore ideas through a range of challenging activities and tasks, which move learning forward at a fast pace.” “Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students engage respectfully with each other and with adults, within a calm orderly environment Students take responsibility for their own learning and they actively ensure an exceptionally positive, safe climate for learning.” The school has many awards for its work including: High Performing Specialist School National Leaders of Education Sportsmark National Support School Artsmark Leading Parent Partnership Award and also quality marks from: Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service for our work on Information, Advice and Guidance Nurture Group Network for our work with the intensive support we offer pupils Kirklees Council for our work on Parenting Support Children enjoy high levels of exam success and the school has been one o f t h e to p a c h i e v i n g K i r k l e e s comprehensive schools over the last ten years. School league tables report the percentage of pupils achieving at least five A*-C passes at GCSE including English and Maths, which, in 2013, was 72% and the average child achieves 10 GCSE grades at C grade or better, including the academic subjects of English, Maths, Science, and Languages.

Holmfirth High School, Heys Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 7SE Phone: 01484 691460 Email: Web:

The English Baccalaureate, recording the percentage of children doing well in the academic subjects of Science, English, Maths, Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography was 36%, the highest of any Secondary School in Kirklees. The C grade pass rate across all students and subjects over the last five years is 80% and the percentage of pupils achieving expected progress is well above national averages. The Ofsted inspection team described our curriculum as exceptional. Whilst we are a Mathematics, Computing and Applied Learning Specialist school, we ensure a very broad and balanced curriculum. We offer a full range of academic courses but also wide access to vocational options. We try to ensure pupils are well prepared for work – an illustration of this is that apart from their GCSE qualifications our pupils leave school having had access to courses and qualifications in Food Hygiene, First Aid, E-safety and Health and Safety at work. Our children have access to activities and courses in vocational areas such as Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Catering and Motor Vehicle Maintenance as well as a full range of GCSE courses including the separate Sciences, three Languages, Geology, Sociology, Dance, Drama, and so many more. The vast array of extra-curricular activity was described as 'a stunning menu' by Ofsted. Examples in Music, for example, include two orchestras, a wind group, a brass band, a jazz band, an African drumming group, a ukulele group and a crumhorn group. Overseas trips over the last year have taken children to France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Malawi and Peru. Sports teams are very successful and pupil leadership is an important aspect of what we do to aid the wider development of our students.

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Holmfirth High School and North Huddersfield Trust School Thank you for taking an interest in our new school. Opened in September 2011, North Huddersfield Trust School has clear ambitions, as the school grows and take shape, to become outstanding and be parents' first choice for their child's secondary education in the north Huddersfield area. We already have a strong sense of community within a supportive environment in which respect is required from everyone, towards everyone and everything. A strong sense of purpose and academic rigour permeates all we do and combined with fun and vibrancy, encouraging positive attitudes to learning our students develop into capable young adults. The plan for the new school is based heavily upon the ethos and approach at our sister school, Holmfirth High School, where outstanding provision has been the norm for many years. Children must feel safe, happy and secure within their school and must enjoy their learning. If these things are in place, then exam success and wider personal development will follow. Good behaviour and a sense of calm and order are fundamental to what we do. The school has been established as a Trust School and this means that in addition to the normal school leadership and governor groups, the school is supported by a group of partners who form a trust that supports the school. Trust partners include:

Cummins Turbo-technologies Kirklees College Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative Kirklees Council Holmfirth High School Parents of Black Children Association Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance University of Huddersfield Kirklees Active Leisure University of the First Age

At the end of our second year of operation pupil numbers are up across the school by 25% and our new Year 7 intake is 55% bigger than the last intake of the predecessor school. The school has expanded the curriculum to ensure the full range of academic options and supported by its partner school and Kirklees College a wide array of vocational options. As the school has been in operation for just two years, no pupil has had the c h a n c e to c o m p l e te t h e i r f u l l secondary schooling there, but already there are encouraging signs of examination result improvement over the predecessor school – examples of this in year one was a rise in the percentage of pupils achieving five A*C from 44% to 60%; Science A*- C pass rates up from 18% to 62% and 100% A*-C pass rates in Art, Performing Arts and ICT. In year two (2013) the five A*- C including English and Maths figure had risen to 42%, up by over one third in a single year and almost three times higher than the levels achieved prior to our establishment of the new school ethos. There have been year on year improvements and this will continue over coming years as each exam cohort will have spent longer in the new school working ethos. Enrichment, as at Holmfirth High School, through a wide programme of extra-curricular activities is central to what we do to help enthuse and inspire children including sport, dance, drama, music, chess and other games, a debating group, horse riding, and much more. The school seeks to innovate and has set up the National Centre of Youth Leadership. Based in the Coach House, at the school, we offer training opportunities for the children and staff of our own school and others which encourage the development of pupil leadership skills.

We want our pupils to emerge as confident leaders, capable of tackling issues and problems that they face head-on and willing to influence and make a difference within their families, their community and their workplace. Pupils joining the school in Year 7 in 2013 receive a uniform grant to cover the costs of the bespoke items of uniform and hand-held learning devices are being introduced this year. An enrichment entitlement programme will ensure all pupils get the opportunity to experience a residential, trips to the theatre and sporting occasions and a trip onto the continent. There is access to our Virtual Learning Environment and associated software providing revision and study support materials. Programmes of after school study and 1:1 teaching support along with holiday schools are already well established. When Ofsted visited earlier this year they described the school as 'A rapidly improving school' and judged pupil behaviour and school leadership to have already reached the standard of good. Amongst some of the things they said was: “This is an integrated and harmonious school where everyone shows respect and is respected. There are no isolated groups and, when students walk through corridors, spend time in the dining area or socialise, they do so calmly and confidently.”

COMMUNITY “We encourage our students to be independent and confident young people, prepared to speak out, use their initiative and take the lead ”

“An essential element of this cohesive and integrated school is the high priority placed on students' good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.” “Older students say that they have seen a big improvement in teaching. They say that teachers now take time to explain in more detail and they spend much more time out of class helping them understand any work they are having difficulty with. They also say they enjoy their learning much more.” Why not come and visit the school for yourselves, and see the revolution that is North Huddersfield Trust School! Visits can be arranged at any time to suit you and we can be contacted at the address below.

The influence, advocacy and practical support of these partners provides great additionality to the school. The Tr u s t h a s p r o v i d e d e x t r a opportunities, additional finance and advice and support which has been fundamental to our early success.

North Huddersfield Trust School, Woodhouse Hall Road, Huddersfield, HD2 1DJ Phone: 01484 223888 Email: Web:

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You’RE HiREd! APPRENTICESHIPS in the UK are set to rise by over 50 per cent to 800,000 in the next five years, according to talent acquisition and management company Alexander Mann Solutions.

Sir Alan isn’t the only one who likes to try before he buys apprenticeships prove a popular choice in the uK

Becoming an apprentice is proving an increasingly popular choice as employers realise the benefits of recruiting apprentices and seeking a broader mix of candidates. The number of apprenticeships grew by 14 per cent from 2011 to 2012 – numbering 520,600 - with nearly 75 per cent of apprentices now completing their apprenticeships successfully, compared to just 50 per cent in 2006. The sectors currently attracting the most apprentices are business administration and retail.

It’s a win-win situation – employers benefit from a team of motivated new employees who are keen to learn the ropes, while apprentices become more confident by learning practical workplace skills.

“There are many bright young people actively opting for apprenticeships over university degrees, and job opportunities for apprentices are growing as employers understand the value they deliver,” said Tim Campbell, head of client services, Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions. “It’s a win-win situation – employers benefit from a team of motivated new employees who are keen to learn the ropes, while apprentices become more confident by learning practical workplace skills.” Campbell, who is building Alexander Mann Solutions’ apprenticeship proposition, was instrumental in increasing the number of apprenticeships in different business sectors from 40,000 in 2011 to 100,000 in 2012. Campbell was also the first winner of the BBC TV Show The Apprentice.

“Some 80 per cent of work places employing apprentices agree that they make the workplace more productive,” continued Campbell. “Making the most of the growing numbers of successful apprentices means getting to the heart of their values and skills, and introducing a rigorous talent management process to find and keep the best people.” More than 50 per cent of all apprenticeships are in business administration or retail, followed by healthcare and public services,

engineering and manufacturing and construction. By adopting a strategic approach to attracting the right apprentices,

Alexander Mann Solutions is helping its clients to meet their business objectives and attract the best quality apprentices on the market.

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committed to bringing the best out of everyone

Rishworth School & Heathfield Independent Co-educational Day and Boarding School Continuous education 3-18 Years

FOUNDED in 1724, Rishworth School is fully co-educational and aims to provide a caring environment within which your child can flourish to the best of his or her ability. The school comprises a nursery for children from age three, a junior school with its own site (Heathfield) and the senior school which caters for 11-18 year olds.

Heathfield Open Morning: Sat 5th Oct, 9.30am -12:30pm

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to pupils joining the school.

Heathfield Open Afternoon: ‘Open Doors’ - Come and see us in action! Mon 14th Oct, 1:15 - 5:00pm

Please contact the Admissions Officer for details. Rishworth School is committed to educating and getting the very best out of the children it serves and to providing stimulating and challenging teaching for pupils from a range of academic abilities. The school particularly prides itself on small teaching and pastoral groups, allowing staff to give close personal attention to the needs of your child both in and beyond the classroom. The recent inspection report was outstanding and noted that: “pupils throughout the school are confident learners who behave extremely well and concentrate hard,” and that: “they listen well and cooperate with their peers and staff because they enjoy so much of what takes place.”

Pastoral care is highly developed with a tutorial system that ensures your child receives regular encouragement and help on matters ranging from academic work to personal development. The inspection also noted that “pupils care deeply about each other’s wellbeing” and that: “Christian behaviour, integrity and happiness are all high on the list of pupils’ characteristics.” Pupils of all abilities at Rishworth perform very well academically and the most able go on to the very best universities. Travel between Huddersfield and Rishworth via the M62 is easy and a school bus service is available. Staff would be delighted to meet you and your family at one of the Open Events on October 12 or 14 (see the advert on this page for details). Alternatively, if you are unable to attend on these dates, contact the Admissions Officer so that the school can arrange a personal tour for you and your child to see and experience what Rishworth and Heathfield are really like.

Scholarships & Bursaries available

Rishworth School Open Morning: Sat 12th Oct, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Ask for details

Rishworth School Open Evening: Mon 14th Oct, 6:00- 8:30pm Rishworth School Year 7 Entrance Assessment: Sat 9th Nov, 9am Rishworth School Sixth Form Open Evening: Wed 13th Nov, 6:30pm Visit us at or call

01422 822217 to find out more

Registered Charity No: 529161

Rishworth, West Yorkshire, HX6 4QA. Fax: 01422 820 911 E-mail: ‘Outstanding 2011/12’

Welcome... hool c S h g i H l l a Netherh ol o h c S o i d u t edia S M & e v i t a e r The C

Come and discover why everyone is talking about Netherhall High School. Call 01484 221892 to arrange a visit With 2013 exam results the best ever, a recent ‘Good’ OFSTED inspection result and the nationally acclaimed Creative & Media Studio School attracting students from all over Kirklees, Netherhall High School is seeing major year-onyear increases in pupils, as parents select Netherhall as their prefered local choice. If you feel your child may benefit from our unique approach to learning, why not come and see a normal working day at Netherhall High School, meet teachers and students and ask any questions you might have. Netherhall High School, Nether Hall Avenue, Huddersfield, HD5 9PG Telephone (01484) 221892

90% of all our students achieved 5 A*-C GCSEs 100% of Studio School students achieved 5 A*-C GCSEs 60% of all students achieved 5 A*-C GCSEs including English & Maths

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Four schools united by a common ethos Making the right choice of school is a major decision for any parent or carer. We all want our children to be happy, secure and to thrive in a supportive, caring environment. However, we also expect that they will be challenged academically and will develop confidence as they work to achieve their goals. Netherhall Learning Campus consists of four schools, covering the full age and ability range from 3 – 19 years, each with its own distinctive ethos; each with its own individual identity and each catering to the specific needs of its students.

Whilst the four schools are linked by a common philosophy and by common expectations, the High school and Creative and Media school retain their own particular characteristics. From Year 7 onwards, pupils follow a range of learning pathways, tailored to meet their individual need. The school aims to provide students with as wide a range of options as possible to adequately prepare them for training, further and higher education and the challenges of life beyond the school gates. The standard of teaching has been consistently rated ‘good’ or better in successive OfSTED inspections.

“At Netherhall Learning Campus we are dedicated to unlocking the potential of all our students. That’s why our motto is ‘Success for all’ - Joan Young, Principal Among Kirklees schools, only Netherhall Learning Campus offers children and young adults with a continuous journey from Early Years entry through Key Stages 1 to 4 and beyond to AS and A level studies, via the Studio School. Pupils may join any of the schools at any time. Regardless of the stage at which they start to attend, all students will experience the unique benefit of an education that has been planned by specialist teachers for all stages of a child’s learning journey.

This means that there is: • A common standard and expectation of dress, behaviour and standards of presentation • High quality teaching • Innovative curriculum development • A stimulating and attractive working environment • A recognition of the importance of parents and carers as partners in the learning journey of our children.

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Have another piece of Pi PA EncouRAGES STudEnTS To uSE THEiR PRoGRAMMinG SKiLLS To innoVATE And HELP THE EnViRonMEnT in THEiR SEcond nATionAL coMPuTER PRoGRAMMinG cHALLEnGE PA CONSULTING Group is, once again, challenging teams from schools and universities across the UK to put their technology skills, ingenuity and creativity to the test in its second Raspberry Pi programming competition. PA wants entrants to use the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized computer, to develop a computer program that will help the environment. This follows on from the success of last year’s competition which received a range of high-quality entries including an automated pill dispenser, a system to help elderly or disabled people to answer the door safely and an air-quality monitor that is now being commercially developed. To create their projects, teams of up to six students can use a Raspberry Pi computer, additional hardware up to the value of £100 and any software modules available as source code.

PA will supply the first 100 teams to enter the competition with a starter kit of equipment worth £75, which includes a Raspberry Pi computer. The age categories for the competition are: •

Primary school years 4-6: ages eight to 11

Secondary school years 7-11: ages 12 to 16

Secondary school years 12-13: ages 16 to 18

Higher education: undergraduates

Anita Chandraker, head of the IT delivery practice at PA Consulting Group said: “Last year we were amazed at the potential that the students showed and it was great to see their enthusiasm about the inventions they had created and brought to life. This year we want even more schools to get involved. We hope

this competition will continue to raise schools’ interest in technology and students’ enthusiasm for computer programming.” Once registered, teams have until 31 January 2014 to submit their inventions. Winners of each of the four

categories will receive £1,000. For information and instructions on how to register for the competition and to view a video of last year’s winners, visit www.paconsulting. com/raspberrypi

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Almondbury High School and Language College Together we Achieve ALMONDBURY High School is a high quality learning environment which encourages and supports every student to aim high and achieve their best. Through the pastoral system the school works to develop a caring community where every student thrives. With care and support students grow personally, socially and morally, as well as academically.

There is a fantastic range of lunchtime and after school activities ranging from traditional sports, trampolining, dodgeball and fitness equipment training to poetry club, dance, vocal training and rock school.

A full range of academic and vocational learning opportunities is offered in small class sizes. Facilities in school are exceptional there is a sports centre, swimming pool and hairdressing salon on site. Recent refurbishments include the art rooms, library, computer suites and science labs.

Almondbury High School and Language College In 2013 Almondbury High School achieved its best ever GCSE results 5A*-C 84% 5A*-C including English & Maths 53% 85% of students achieved 2A*-C in Science English Baccalaureate 22.3% (national average 16%)

Results have improved from 46.8% (5 A*-C) in 2008 to 84% (5A*-C) in 2013, an increase of almost double. In 2013 12% of our students achieved 3 or more A*/A grades

Almondbury High School is already well established as a 'good' school and we are now working hard to be recognised as 'outstanding'. School is open for school tours every Tuesday morning. Come and see the school in action any time from 9:00am-10:15am (if you require assistance with transport please contact school). Please ring to book a place. Almondbury High School and Language College, Fernside Avenue, Almondbury, HD5 8PQ. Tel: 01484 223910 Website:

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Cash injection supports improved learning environment at Castle Hall The Governors and Principal are pleased to invite you to an Open Evening

A SIGNIFICANT refurbishment of teaching spaces has just been completed at Castle Hall Academy in Mirfield. Principal, Andy Pugh, said the work has provided a much-needed boost to the morale of staff and students. “Our buildings are made up of a mix of styles, and date from the 1930s onwards,” said Andy. “We secured a grant of £500,000 from central government last year which has funded the complete renovation of a three-storey teaching block, originally built in the 1960s. “New windows, doors, external cladding and a roof have given this block a new lease of life. However, when the outside work was completed in June, we knew we would have to make the internal environment just as attractive. This summer, the academy has spent a further £130,000 from its budget on re-decorating the 15 classrooms, corridors and stairs. The result is an impressive ‘new look’ with bright colours, new flooring, lighting and furniture throughout.” Castle Hall Academy has started this term on several positive notes. The

academy has a full student roll, and is oversubscribed in at least one year group. This summer’s GCSE results showed an improvement, even in the face of tougher marking and grading of exams nationally. The academy’s ‘Curriculum with Integrity’ is proving very popular with parents and post-16 colleges; the vast majority of courses taught at Castle Hall lead to a GCSE qualification, and the academy’s high score in the English Baccalaureate leaves students well prepared for the demands of further study and university. Prospective parents and students can visit the academy’s open evening on Thursday October 10, from 6pm to 9pm.

A complete guide to the schools and colleges in your area To advertise in the next issue please call:

Thursday 10 October 2013 Between 6pm and 9pm A series of presentations will take place in the Main Hall during the evening. Parents who are interested in admission for their child at age 11 in September 2014 are invited to attend. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Academy on the number below.

Castle Hall Academy, Richard Thorpe Avenue Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 9PH T: 01924 520500 E: Principal: Andy Pugh BA (Hons) NPQH NOR: 870 (11-16 mixed comprehensive)

Excellence Is Our Language

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01484 437746 or 01484 437742 or email

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Focusing on the individual needs of boys and girls CONVENIENTLY located together, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) and Wakefield Girls’ High School (WGHS) form Wakefield Grammar School Foundation. The schools offer the best of both worlds by providing wholly coeducational teaching in Mulberry House Nursery and some joint A level teaching in the Sixth Form, combined with an outstanding track record for delivering exemplary single sex education during those crucial learning years of four to 16. There is also a wealth of extracurricular collaborations between the Senior Schools including musical productions and worldwide expeditions. Children begin their educational journey in Mulberry House Nursery, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities, perfect for fun and hands-on learning. A recent refurbishment has increased

The Information Morning on Saturday October 5 between 9.30am1pm, gives you the opportunity to visit all the schools of the Foundation. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and enjoy a tour around the schools, see the facilities, meet the pupils and speak to teachers about your child’s education. pupil capacity, with full and part-time sessions now available. The bright and airy nursery provides an excellent early years setting, helping to establish firm foundations for the future before they continue their exciting school

careers through the Junior and Senior Schools of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation.

Inspire Engage Achieve •

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield Girls’ High School

Information Morning Saturday 5th October 2013 9.30am-1.00pm

• A rich and proud history since 1591 • Exemplary single-sex learning for pupils from 4 -18 years • Opportunity to study subjects taught jointly at Sixth Form • Fees are fully inclusive of school lunches, text books and principal public examination fees • Fee assistance available from 7 years of age • Located together and accessible from across South and West Yorkshire

Mulberry House Nursery

The Senior School Heads will give a short presentation to prospective parents and pupils at 10.00am

Fun and inspiring with state-of-the-art facilities. Full and part-time places available for boys and girls age 3-4 years.

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The battle is on uniVERSiTiES To inVEST in ESTATES in FiERcE coMPETiTion FoR STudEnTS 93 PER cent of higher education institutions plan to invest in their learning facilities within the next year, according to a survey carried out by Wates Construction. Wates’ report, The Effects of Government Policy on University Estates Strategies, reveals that almost a third of UK universities are prioritising investment in teaching and learning facilities to attract students.

The government’s 2012 higher education tuition fee reforms caused a 8.7 per cent reduction in university application for the 2012/13 academic year. The annual survey of higher education estates professionals shows a marked increase in planned property investment against 2012’s findings, which revealed that 79 per cent of higher education institutions were planning major construction projects in 2012/13.

The research found that 87 per cent of the country’s universities would invest in improving core teaching facilities, with 52 per cent currently undergoing major building works worth over £5m and 40 per cent planning new projects within the next two years. Investment in state-of-the-art academic resources remains a strong priority across the sector, with 38 per cent of institutions increasing estates budgets. 59 per cent of respondents listed research facilities as a key focus for new construction projects, a 20 per cent increase on 2012’s results. The survey also found that a high proportion of universities have a longterm focus on a greater collaboration with businesses, with 73 per cent of institutions planning innovation hubs and shared spaces for high-tech companies. Phil Harrison, managing director for Wates Construction Midlands and North, said: “It is evident that in spite of government austerity measures, investment in higher education research facilities remains a priority across the board and this focus will significantly enable universities to enhance the educational experience

for both domestic and international students. “The government’s 2012 higher education tuition fee reforms caused a 8.7 per cent reduction in university application for the 2012/13 academic year and though this is showing signs of bouncing back, universities are still exposed to increased competition for students. The research is demonstrative that to remain at the forefront of educational excellence, universities are concentrating their

efforts on developing exceptional facilities to improve the overall education experience and ultimately boost graduate prospects.” Wates reached completion of the University of Salford’s £5.6m Chapman Building in February this year. The contractor also delivered the University of Manchester’s Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and Liverpool John Moores University’s £23m Redmonds Building, both of which completed in 2012.

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inSPiraTional TEachErS and SuPErb faciliTiES BRADFORD Grammar School is looking for Yorkshire’s finest young people aged between six and 18. The school is proud to nurture individuals with the potential to be the best they can be. It is important to staff that pupils fulfil their potential and enjoy their time at the school. All this is achieved through inspirational teaching which helps to make learning fun. The school week offers a huge array of activities to broaden minds and expand experiences which will help to prepare BGS pupils for life after school.

train services to Frizinghall. From March 2015 this will include a direct line from the new Apperley Bridge train station. The 25-acre site is filled with superb facilities that are brought to life by inspirational teachers. Bradford Grammar School pupils gain so much more than outstanding academic success. For further information contact the registrar, Karen Hewitt on 01274 553702.

At the heart of the school is an understanding of the local community in the wider world and a willingness to serve those communities. Staff believe that the combination of academic success and the knowledge and ability to work with others prepares students well for their future lives and careers. The school has excellent transport links with dedicated buses and direct

Bradford Grammar School for girls and boys aged 6 - 18

Open Day

5 October 2013 - 10am - 4pm

Bespoke tours can be pre-booked or general tours are available throughout the day For further information contact the Registrar, Karen Hewitt on 01274 553702

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SEEiNg iS bEliEviNg at NEWSOME HigH NEWSOME High is an increasingly popular and high performing 11 to 16 age comprehensive school set in spectacular countryside in south Huddersfield in the village of Newsome. It is now classed as a `good’ school which has an excellent reputation amongst parents, employers and the surrounding community. There are currently 600 students on roll and these numbers are increasing year by year along with 52 teaching staff and 63 support staff within the school and resourced provisions. Outstanding behaviour, enabling all students to learn, is a basic principle within school. There are the highest expectations on students, not only academically, but socially as well. Trust, good manners and consideration underpin everything and good discipline is essential in order

“We have a simple principle of `smiles and laughter’ and believe fundamentally that, if students and staff are happy at work and play and enjoy being in school, then anything is possible.” for students to learn and teachers to teach. High emphasis is placed on providing a caring and secure environment that allows all students to succeed and prevents any from failing. In recent years the school has been transformed due to the hard work, expertise and commitment of the students and staff. It is built on positive relationships and all visitors, both

local and national, continue to comment on the feel and positivity of the school. This is now matched by high attainment levels. Over the last two years, Newsome’s results have placed it as one of the most improved schools in the UK and on a par with fellow schools in Kirklees. Staff are determined to ensure that the school offers the highest quality of education and life opportunities to the students and to ensure they become well balanced and well prepared young adults. The ethos at Newsome High School is: “We have a simple principle of `smiles and laughter’ and believe fundamentally that, if students and staff are happy at work and play and enjoy being in school, then anything is possible.”

Ofsted commented: “Newsome High has improved significantly in recent years and is now a good school. Students enjoy coming to school and attendance and behaviour are both good. The school has an inclusive ethos. “Good, and outstanding teaching was observed across a range of subjects. There is very little inadequate teaching in the school. We saw high quality inclusive practice in every area of school life.’’

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Newsome High School and Sports College

• 89% of students achieved at least 5 A*-C passes at GCSE • 48% with English and Maths • All students achieved at least 1 qualification • Attendance stands at 95%, above national average. • Rising year 7 rolls • No exclusions in the last academic year

“Newsome is truly a fabulous place to work” Investors in People 2013 Silver Award

“ Newsome High is a good school” Ofsted

Castle Avenue, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 7EP

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How to pick the right school for your child EVERY parent wants the best for their child and this is certainly the case when it comes to choosing a primary or secondary school. Although school days are said to be the happiest days of our lives, many of the older generation look back with mixed memories of teachers, friends and experiences of school life. Today’s schools however aim to make sure school day experiences are good ones to remember for a long time. For parents it is reassuring to know that they have education choices and for some families this includes the option of a good range of local schools who regularly have excellent GCSE and A-level results. Caring, supportive school communities and strong pastoral programmes also have important roles in the day-to-day running of today’s schools. However, the best way to gain a real impression of the school, its ethos, atmosphere, values and standards of

care is to visit the school in person. Most schools have open days but it’s always a good idea to make an informal visit on a normal working school day if this is possible. A good school should always have an open door to new potential students and should be willing to let prospective parents see the school in action. If visiting during term time, pay attention to the students.

around the building.

How do they behave? Do they appear happy? Do they seem to have a good relationship with their tutors? If you get the chance, try to talk to some of them. Ask what they like most and least about the school.

For parents, it’s important that your child is made to feel welcome by staff and other students.

As well as noticing the decor, look out for hygiene standards. Are rooms clean, bright and inviting? Are the pupils’ facilities in good working use? If a college has high standards, these should be evident as soon as you walk

Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need – any good quality establishment will try to answer all questions you have, however obscure!

When you visit, try to notice the interaction of the teachers/tutors with your son or daughter.

When you finally choose a particular

school or college, you want to be confident that you have chosen the best place. Before your visit, it’s a good idea to compile a list of areas you feel are the most important, highlighting particular interests and concerns. Most importantly, can you imagine yourself (or your child) being happy at the college? Was the visit enjoyable? If the answer is “yes”, then you know you’re really already on the right lines.

Free Open University courses go online TOP UK universities are to begin offering free online courses open to anyone around the world from this month. More than 20 leading institutions, including Southampton, Warwick and Reading have signed up to provide short courses in subject areas such as science, maths and technology. The degree-level courses will be accessed through an online hub called FutureLearn, a private firm owned by the Open University.

It is understood to be the first time that a UK-based organisation has been set up to offer what are known as “massive open online courses

It says its aim is to “increase access to higher education for people worldwide by offering a diverse range of high-quality courses and content from great universities, educators and institutions”.

a number of established hubs, including Coursera, which carries classes from top Ivy League universities such as Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Brown, as well institutions in other countries, like the University of Amsterdam and Peking University.

Students in any country will be able to sign up for a course through the FutureLearn site and study for free.

Reading University’s course is expected to be based around programming.

It is understood to be the first time that a UK-based organisation has been set up to offer what are known as “massive open online courses” (MOOCs).

Vice-chancellor David Bell said: “Offering free taster courses online is a no-brainer. Universities shouldn’t be afraid to open up teaching and research, either in the UK or beyond. Learning never stops and as the economy’s demand for higher-skills

MOOCs are already popular in the United States where there are

rises, universities should be in the vanguard when it comes to providing new opportunities. “Making courses accessible online, on

mobiles and tablets means that people can fit their studying around their lives, rather than their lives around study.”

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Every day matters at Moor End Academy MOOR End Academy has the motto “Enjoy and Achieve: Every Day Matters” and this ethos is central to the continued drive for excellence. All students are supported and challenged to achieve their potential in a safe and stimulating educational environment. Students have access to an outstanding curriculum that recognises and develops individual talents and interests whilst broadening their horizons to new and exciting opportunities. At Moor End, staff understand that education does not stop when a student leaves the classroom. Working in collaboration with parents, the wider community and other educational partners, the school is able to offer a wide range of learning opportunities both in and

outside the academy. Alongside the continuing focus upon creative and constructive thinking, the school nurtures the development of self-awareness and confidence while at the same time promoting sensitivity, support, appreciation and respect of others. With the introduction of the Inspire ME award for 2013, the school aim’s to support every student to be the very best that they can be. Achievements are celebrated by rewarding excellent work, effort, behaviour and participation culminating in a major award ceremony. Enjoyment and achievement: Moor End prides itself on ensuring that all students have a happy

and successful Academy life.

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