School Prospectus - About the School

About the School

Salendine Nook High School was founded in September 1973. In February 2012 the school converted to an academy. Our key aim is to ensure that our students make excellent academic progress during their time with us.

The school is on the western side of Huddersfield, one mile from the M62. The road system makes travel to Leeds, Bradford and the whole Yorkshire region very easy. The catchment serves a diverse community. Currently there are 1321 pupils on roll, 83 teaching staff and 67 support staff. The school has an admission limit in Year 7 of 267 and is over-subscribed. We have a very experienced teaching staff body and relatively low staff turnover. Our staff are subject experts, with a proven record of ensuring the best possible outcomes for our students. Whilst the school is fully comprehensive in terms of attainment on entry, we do have a high percentage of higher attaining students based upon primary school outcomes. The school typically achieves GCSE results well above national average in terms of attainment.

There are many facilities on the campus: 65 acres of playing fields, a Sports Hall, two gymnasia, an indoor heated swimming pool, an athletics track, tennis courts and an all-weather floodlit pitch. The school has a wide range of specialist rooms and laboratories for science, all aspects of technology and art and a library/resource centre. There are five computer rooms with a network linked to other rooms and a resources room for reprographics. There are also specialist Music rooms.

The pastoral system is based around year teams.. Each year has ten mixed ability form groups. Heads of Year liaise with Form Tutors in their year and are responsible to the relevant member of the Senior Leadership Team. The academic work of the school is organised through Heads of Departments and all pupils follow GCSE and other Level 2 courses. The school is well regarded for offering a broad range of subjects, e.g. double and triple separate sciences, three modern  languages, humanities, and a full range of arts and technological subjects. At the beginning of Year 9, students start a three year Key Stage 4 programme of study. The pathways which students follow are determined by their attainment. We aim to ensure that our students are placed on a pathway which is best suited to their aptitude and interests, whilst also retaining curriculum breadth and course value.

Departments have their own areas in the school and most staff have responsibilities within departments as well as carrying out a pastoral role as Form Tutors. There are opportunities for members of staff to develop new courses or special interests and to gain wide and varied experience. The school has a regional reputation for high academic standards. We have good liaison with the FE Colleges and a high proportion of pupils continue in full time education at one of these colleges when they leave.


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