What a superb start to the 2013 Spring term! Students have returned to school and have shown excellent attitudes to their learning. The theme for our House assemblies on the first day of term was high expectations and aiming for the very highest standards. I am proud to report that Halifax High students are smart, focussed and there is an extremely positive climate for learning in school.
2012 was an amazing year for Halifax High. Highlights included the best examination results in the school's history, the highest levels of progress across all Calderdale schools and the SSAT award for being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress.
So far during the autumn term of 2012 we have achieved:
96 % attendance (above national average)
Improved punctuality to school and lessons. Many thanks to parents for their support with this.
Highest ever progress in Mathematics
Investors in People Gold Standard
In addition to this, our students have been involved in lots of exciting activities both in and out of school. 'Starstruck' our Year 8 performing arts group led by Ms Harrison, have been touring Calderdale schools, both primary and secondary performing their very powerful anti-bullying message and this has been extremely well received by our partner schools.
It was very pleasing to meet with the parents of our students in Year 7 focussing on ways of supporting their child with both literacy and numeracy. The work parents do at home to support the work their children are doing in school is very much appreciated by us all.
Parents and students have also been involved in discussions with Eden our catering provider to further improve the quality of food at Halifax High and we are seeing some very positive changes.
Year 11 are working very hard on preparing for external examinations and took part in a motivational session focussed on goals and aspirations led by motivational speaker Andrew Mohammed. This was extremely well received by our students and was very powerful.
Well done to our students and staff and a big thank you to parents and our community for their ongoing support.