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

 

 

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