Year 11 - October Half Term 2016

Year 11 Curriculum Support and Controlled Assessment Sessions are taking place all week. Please see below timetable for further details:

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September 2016

We are proud and delighted to welcome students and staff back at the start of this new academic year, with a very special welcome to those children, families and members of staff who are joining us this year.  We know that your time with our academy will be very happy and successful.  Our new pupils in Reception and students joining Year 7 have had a fantastic first day – thank you to all parents for making sure the children arrived at school on time, looking super smart and proud in their uniform.

We must give huge congratulations to all Year 11 students who worked so hard to achieve the brilliant and well-deserved set of results this summer.  The way in which the academy’s performance is measured has changed this year and the final progress measure won’t be known until later in the autumn term.  However, our proportion of students achieving 5 A* to C has increased from last year and our initial progress measures show just how well our students have done from their different starting points.  There were very many individual success stories as a result of the hard-work and dedication from students, supported by their committed teachers and academy staff – our vision of ‘Where hearts and minds connect’ has never been so well illustrated.  Well done to everyone concerned.  We also have much to celebrate in the primary phase, where children in the Early Years made rapid progress from their starting points once again.

Students in other year groups also made great progress overall and our drive to ensure everyone achieves their potential has continued from the very first day of term.  We are looking forward to another very successful year!

June 2016


Headteachers' blog

This month has been both an exciting and a challenging time for our Year 11 students, a real test of their resilience, as they have undertaken their GCSE examinations and are nearing the end of their time at The Halifax Academy. We hope that their hard work and determination will earn them the results that they deserve, enabling them to take their next steps with confidence and enthusiasm.

Our younger students have also been looking to the future, choosing their options subjects and visiting universities. The excellent careers support that we offer our students was recognised earlier this year when the academy received the C&K Careers Quality Standard Gold Award. The report highlighted the academy’s links with local businesses, who have given time and resources to help students develop their interview skills. More recently our Raising Achievement Co-ordinator Satch Jabbal was honoured at the Park & Warley Our Communities Awards, proudly hosted by The Halifax Academy, for her ‘Contribution to Work & Training'. Satch works tirelessly to support our students and is passionate about ensuring they have the best possible opportunities when they leave us.

The future of The Halifax Academy is an exciting one; we are currently in the process of becoming a Multi-academy Trust, which will enable us to share staff expertise and best practise between primary and secondary academies. The Halifax Academy already offers support to local schools, for example through the Calderdale Self Improving Schools partnership. Adopting MAT status formalises our commitment to engaging in school to school support in order to maximise student achievement. The recent B11 review assessment, led by an Ofsted inspector, recognised that as headteachers we are well placed to drive the academy forward and stated that we are ‘effectively developing, leading and managing a vibrant, innovative and successful all-through academy’.

The development of our all-through provision continues to flourish, with the primary phase going from strength to strength. We are currently undertaking transition activities to prepare and welcome the children who will be joining us in September.  The much anticipated opening of our new primary building was a fantastic event and our pupils are now enjoying purpose built,  state of the art facilities.

On a final note, we ask that parents and carers take extra care when dropping off and picking up students, both inside and outside of the school grounds. There have been a couple of incidents where cars have been speeding on site and accidents have been narrowly avoided. Similarly, inconsiderate and illegal parking on Gibbet Street is causing congestion and restricting visibility for other road users. These actions are putting our students at risk of being injured, something that none of us would wish to see.


Mick Kay

Headteacher Secondary Phase


Lesley Bowyer

Headteacher Primary Phase



Celebrating the official opening of our brand new primary building

Pupils, staff and governors of The Halifax Academy proudly celebrated the completion of their new Primary building with an official opening event.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Lisa Lambert opened the building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and spoke to pupils about the importance of education and of positive relationships throughout their time at school. The ceremony was followed by a time capsule burial by primary pupils and Roly Bardsley, Chairman of Bardsley Construction.

A commemorative stained glass window, designed by pupils and parents under the guidance of JNT Glass Design, was unveiled by Jackie Nellis, Head of Learning at Calderdale Council. Guests were then offered refreshments and a tour of the outstanding new facilities, whilst the children enjoyed an entertainer and a picnic lunch.

Mrs Lesley Bowyer, Headteacher of Primary at The Halifax Academy said: “I am incredibly proud to welcome our guests to the official opening as it marks a significant point in our journey to develop as the first through-school in Calderdale. It has been wonderful to see how quickly the children have settled into their new building. It has certainly helped that they have been involved in managing the project since building work began and we are very grateful to Bardsley Construction for enabling the children to visit the site and even to help to paint the walls. 

“We are all very proud to have such a good learning environment, the classrooms are so light and spacious and we have excellent outdoor areas to enable the children to continue their learning inside and out. We are especially thrilled with our beautiful stained glass window which was designed and created by primary and secondary phase children, staff, parents and members of the community, working with artists Gen Thompson and Denise Oukhaba, along with glass artist Jan Taylor of JNT Glass Design, and which has formed a stunning focal point in our new learning resource base.”   

The event was attended by representatives from many of the organisations involved in the project which include: AHR Architects, Bardsley Construction, British Thornton, Calderdale Council, Furness Partnership, Novo Integration and YORbuild.

Mrs Bowyer thanked all those who had worked on the building project: “We are very grateful to the very many people who have helped us to create such an interesting place to learn and it was lovely to have so many of them here to share our opening celebrations.  The Halifax Academy is a great place to work and learn and our students make excellent progress, which is one reason why our secondary phase is consistently over-subscribed.  We currently have Reception and Year 1 in the primary phase and are now looking forward to seeing it continue to grow over the next five years until every year group is full.”

Chair of Governors at the academy, Dr Phil Shepherd said: “I am so proud that we have opened this fantastic new building, creating Calderdale’s first through school. Today is a tribute to the continued professionalism and hard work of all the staff of The Halifax Academy.”

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