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



Ramadan - important information for parents and carers

Ramadan Arrangements - information for parents and careers

As an academy we want the highest standards for our students and want them to achieve academic excellence.  Our mission statement is:

Our students are encouraged to develop themselves as fully rounded, emotionally intelligent individuals.  We have high expectations academically but we also place a great emphasis on positive attitudes to learning and building effective relationships with others.

As we approach the holy month of Ramadan, we appreciate that many of our students are fasting. This year, Ramadan coincides with the exam season for our Y11 students and our main priorities are: to ensure the welfare of our students, supporting them through their exams and maintaining the highest of standards. We have taken the decision, in discussions with stakeholders, to amend the academy day for the period of Ramadan.

For secondary students, from Monday 6th June until Eid, the academy day will start at 8.15am as usual with normal lesson timings, but will end at 1.51 pm Monday to Thursday and 12.47 pm on Friday.  The primary phase will remain open as usual during this period. To maintain our high standards we expect 100% attendance from all students.

Students who are not fasting will be able to have lunch and remain in the academy should families wish until 2.55pm.  A packed lunch will be available for those on free school meals. If you would like your child to remain in the academy, please contact us as soon as possible on

I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware that next year Ramadan falls at the same time as the entire exam period and I want to ensure that we can provide the best education and support for your children during this stressful time especially.  In order to do this we will be reviewing our arrangements and will be consulting with stakeholders nearer the time.

Matt Perry

Deputy Headteacher


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