I am delighted to report that this year our Year 11 Halifax High students have achieved the best exam results in our school's history. 95% of students achieved at least 5 grades A*-C, an increase of 15% from 2012 and 53% achieved at least 5A*- C grades including English and Maths, an improvement of 4% from 2012. The progress of students in both English and Maths was above the national average with some outstanding performances at the highest levels, showing an increase in the numbers of students achieving A* and A grades. Well done and we wish them all the very best in their new sixth forms, colleges and training placements.
This year we are being even more aspirational for our students. We are keen to improve student achievement even further with a focus on the following areas:-
- Literacy and numeracy. All students in Years 7 and 8 will have additional lessons in reading, writing, communication and mathematics to ensure they are all equipped with the key skillls to become successful learners. Students are encouraged to read widely, both in and out of school and to focus on ensuring all work is well presented and of the highest standard.
- Leadership and communication skills. Opportunities for student leadership will be further developed, with students being encouraged to work collaboratively and to take a leading role in both lessons and across the school.
- Independence. Students will be further encouraged to be independent learners, using their initiative and exploring opportunities, both in and out of school, to enable them to make outstanding progress in their education. They will need to clear about how they can improve in every subject and set themselves challenging targets to improve their own performance.
Success in these three key areas will enable our students to be happy, successful and fulfilled adults and at Halifax High we place great value on developing those skills.
The excellent progress at Halifax High is recognised both nationally and locally. Our Ofsted report in March 2013 acknowledged this rapid improvement and there is great confidence in the work we are doing. We are therefore delighted to have been chosen to be the first 'through school' in Calderdale and will be educating young people from the age of 4 years from September 2014 in our exciting and innovative primary school provision on our Wellesley Park site. Once our students start in the reception class they will continue to be educated at Halifax High right through to 16 years of age. This will ensure that our primary age students will have access to superb facilities, unrivalled by any other primary school and will become part of the very successful Halifax High 'family' and house system from an early age. We will, of course, ensure this is carefully managed and safety and security will be of the highest priority. As well as superb facilities, our 'through-school' will mean that families will be guaranteed a place at Halifax High when they transfer to secondary education at 11 years of age. Halifax High will continue to have the highest expectations of all students. Behaviour, uniform, attendance and punctuality are now of the highest standard at Halifax High and we will continue to expect the very best attitudes to learning from all of our students. The involvement of our families and community is vital and we appreciate the excellent support we receive from parents and carers.
If you would like further information about our primary school provision from September 2014, please feel free to contact me at the school.