School Prospectus - About the School

About the School

Salendine Nook High School was founded in September 1973. In February 2012, the school
converted to become an academy.

The school is on the western side of Huddersfield, one mile from the M62. The transport
network makes the school very accessible from Manchester and Leeds.

Currently there are 1350 students on roll, 84 teaching staff and 55 support staff. The school has an admission limit in Year 7 of 275 and is considerably 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, a summer athletics track, tennis courts and an all-weather floodlit pitch.The school has a wide range of specialist rooms and laboratories for science, technology / art facilities and a library / resource centre. There are five computer rooms with a network linked to other rooms. We have a fully wireless network and CCTV throughout the building. There are also specialist Music rooms. 

The pastoral system is based around year teams. Each year has ten form groups. Heads of Year liaise with Form Tutors in their year and are responsible to the relevant member of the Senior Leadership Team. We also have a Student Support Centre with six non-teaching pastoral staff who are always available throughout the school day.

The school has also recently appointed a Pastoral Mentor who is training to become a Counsellor. We have a specialist Child Protection Officer and a full time Medical Officer. We also have our own Attendance and Pupil Support Officer and a Transition Coordinator. As you can see, pastoral wellbeing is a hugely important aspect of work.

The academic work of the school is organised through Heads of Departments and all students 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, up to three modern languages, humanities and a full range of arts and technical subjects. At the beginning of Year 9, students start a three year Key Stage 4 programme of study. The pathways which students follow are initially 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 many 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 students continue in full time education at one of these colleges when they leave us.


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