School Prospectus

DCChoosing your child’s secondary school is one of the most important decisions that a parent has to make. This prospectus will provide you with all of the necessary information that you need in order to make an informed decision.

We have a very strong academic tradition and, whilst we are fully comprehensive in terms of intake, many of our students arrive with high attainment from primary school. We cater for all ranges of ability and have a very strong Additional Needs provision. Whatever the prior attainment of students, we are committed to maximising the progress made by every student.

Many of our students make exceptional progress and go on to A Level courses at local further education providers. We have very strong links with a number of outstanding providers in the Huddersfield area.

The school has a very strong reputation in terms of its pastoral provision. We place great emphasis on the emotional wellbeing and safety of every child in our care. Equally we demand the very highest standards of behaviour and positive attitudes to learning in all of our students. Our students are happy and safe in school. They are also completely free from disruption in their learning. Our extra-curricular programme is extensive and diverse. There really is something for everybody. We simply ask that once your child joins us, that they become actively involved in our enrichment activities and that they try out new things.

Perhaps our greatest strength lies in the experience, skill, knowledge and dedication of the staff. Many staff are local to the community and there is a real passion to see our students achieve the very highest of standards throughout their journey at the school.

I look forward to meeting prospective parents at our Open Evening. If you miss this event and are interested in joining us, please feel free to make an appointment to see me or one of our team. Contact details can be found at the back of this prospectus.

Darren Christian


Principal: Mr D Christian
Senior Vice Principal: Mr A Foster
Vice Principal: Mr P Foxton
Assistant Principal: Mr P Cross
Assistant Principal: Mrs S Johnson
Assistant Principal: Mrs V Mason
Director of Finance & Resources:    Mrs V Wood
Chair of Governors: Mr M Mitchell          


The General Educational Aims of the School

  1. To create a purposeful atmosphere for learning where all children make excellent progress and develop individual talents, skills and interests.
  2. To develop pupils who become independent learners and responsible citizens who may take an active role in society.
  3. To provide all pupils with a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum.


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.


Academic Structure

The academic reputation of Salendine Nook High is successfully established. At every level, the school is organised to provide its pupils with the opportunity to attain the highest possible standards. All pupils have the opportunity to study ten full subjects to GCSE (or Level 2 equivalent).

Academic work is organised through subject departments. Pupils in Year 7 are arranged in ten equal ability groups. These groups are timetabled so that setting is possible in certain subjects. The Additional Needs Department organises help for pupils in the areas where specific learning needs have emerged. A foundation group is taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 to improve English and Mathematics skills for targeted pupils. Throughout the first three years, a combination of mixed ability group and setting is used. At specific times during the school year, internal assessments are completed to provide information about individual pupils. This information is sent to parents in the form of a Progress Report. In Year 8, pupils make their individual subject choices for GCSE study. Each pupil is interviewed and there is close parental liaison before final choices are made.

During Years 10 and 11, pupils are given advice by school Careers staff. There is close liaison with the local FE and Sixth Form colleges.

The school has a positive ‘Equality’ policy which promotes equal opportunity and inclusion for all pupils regardless of race, religion or gender or disability.


The Curriculum


The curriculum of the school is designed to fulfil the requirements of Government legislation as outlined in National Curriculum documentation. However, there are many additional features to our programme beyond the basic National Curriculum requirements. Our aim is to meet the needs of individual pupils by providing relevant courses for pupils of all abilities. Support is given to those who have special educational needs.

All pupils are expected and supported to reach their full potential, and excellence in academic performance is positively encouraged. We measure outcomes by assessing the progress our students make from the end of primary to the end of secondary.

PSHCE and RE work create opportunities for our young people to consider many issues of a social, moral and ethical nature.  Citizenship is delivered in separate PHSCE lessons across the curriculum.

The total curriculum provision is designed to enable our pupils to become well balanced and confident young people.

Physical Education

The  programme  of  activities  offered  provides  a  balanced  range  of  challenging  and  enjoyable experiences with opportunities for all pupils to develop physically, cognitively and socially. Activities are taught in a way that caters for the needs of all pupils and encourages active involvement by all.

There are opportunities for soccer, rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, dance, rounders, orienteering, badminton, basketball, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, trampolining, table tennis and alternative sports such as handball, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball. Pupils from Salendine Nook High School have represented both Kirklees and Yorkshire at many levels of competition.

Pupils in Years 7 - 9 have two sports lessons a week and in Years 10 – 11, they have three over a fortnight.   Lessons in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 include swimming. At KS4, pupils are given the opportunity to complete the Junior Sports Leaders Award and also to organise Sports Festivals for  primary schools.

The school has extensive playing fields with 3 full sized soccer pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 3 hockey pitches and 6 five-a-side soccer pitches. In addition there is a cricket square, a swimming pool, a new Sports Hall, a 400 metre athletic track, a 300 metre athletic track, two gymnasia and an all-weather floodlit astro-turf football pitch.

All our facilities are frequently used by the local community. Details are available from the school.

Special Educational Needs

All pupils are admitted in line with school and Local Authority (LA) Admissions Policy.

When appropriate, a statutory assessment may be carried out by the LA which may result in a pupil being given an Education, Health and Care Plan. However the needs of most pupils will be met without such an assessment having to be made. Specialist provision available may include small group work, individual programmes and extra support in lessons along with regular monitoring and reviewing of progress made.

Our Special Educational Needs Policy follows the new Code of Practice in place from 1st Sept 2014, Part 3 of the Children and Families Act. As part of this legislation the Governing Body will make reasonable arrangements for all pupils, irrespective of any disability, to participate in the everyday life of the school.

The school has an established framework both in the SEN Department and in the Pupil Support Department that enables us to access and then identify pupils with learning or behavioural problems. This allows us to put the appropriate strategies in place to deal with these potential barriers to learning.

Monitoring and record keeping play an integral part in the process of breaking  down  these barriers. The use of Additional Needs Plans, My Support Plans and Pupil Support Plans (all of which set specific targets and outcomes) allows the Learning Support Department, Pupil Support Unit and subject staff the opportunities to use various strategies which will help the learning process.

The Careers Service helps pupils with the transition of leaving school to post 16 provision.

Years 7 & 8

All pupils follow  the National Curriculum in Mathematics, Science, English, Technology, History,
Geography, French, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education and Information Technology and PSHCE.

In Year 7 and 8 pupils also have a swimming lesson, which is compulsory. In the first term, Year 7 and 8 pupils will study two languages – French and Spanish. Year 7 pupils will then choose which of the two languages - French or Spanish they will take for the remaining four years. Teacher Assessment is used to measure progress in all subjects.

Years 9/10/11

In Years 9, 10 and 11, all pupils must study English, Mathematics, Double Science or three separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Physical Education, Religious Education, ICT and Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship. The option pathways system then guides pupils towards the most appropriate courses for the duration of Key Stage Four.

Throughout their five years at Salendine Nook High, pupils can be timetabled to learn or improve their performance on musical instruments. These lessons are taken by staff from the Kirklees Musical Service Educational Trust.


Homework is set according to individual requirements and all pupils are expected to attempt any
work set. The school is looking to provide both pupils and parents access to each individual pupil’s homework electronically. This system will be rolled out in Autumn 2017.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to timetabled lessons, the school offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities. A wide variety of lunchtime and after school clubs is an important aspect of school life. Various inter-form and inter-school competitions are organised to give everyone the opportunity to compete with fellow pupils and pupils from other schools. Staff offer school clubs to support curriculum work and learning. The school has a strong reputation for successful sporting teams as well as a wide range of fitness related activities for those who want to participate but not compete. We are a Duke of Edinburgh Centre and many pupils achieve these awards. Performing Arts are strong within the school, producing a range of musical and dramatic performances throughout the year. The school regularly stages musical productions for the enjoyment of pupils and parents. There are numerous clubs and activities run by departments across the school and the school library provides a homework club after school. There are also theatre visits.

Visits locally and abroad are often arranged for pupils. The 1988 Education Act requires that the school asks for voluntary contributions from parents to support ‘out of school’ educational visits. These contributions enable the school to offer a wide range of activities for students

Religious Affiliation

The school is not affiliated to a particular religious denomination.  Assemblies are held for pupils
on a regular basis. They are broadly Christian in line with the 1988 Education Act. The Religious Education Curriculum draws on the personal experiences of the pupils and includes the study of Christianity and the five other world religions. The school will respond to requests from parents who wish their son/daughter to be excused from Religious Education lessons or assemblies for religious reasons. Pupils withdrawn are not given free time but are required to do additional work relating to life skills. Such requests should be addressed to the Principal.

Sex Education

The Sex Education programme in School complies with the National Curriculum requirements.
The biological aspects are dealt with in the academic curriculum. The moral and personal values are dealt with in PSHCE. The Relationship and Sexual Health Education Policy is on the School website. These matters are kept under review by the Governing Body. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from part or all of sex education provision. Such requests should be addressed to the Principal.


General Information - Admission Year 2018-2019

Pupil admissions

The school’s Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 267 for Year 7. (Governors agreed to admit 8 pupils over PAN for intake into Year 7 for 2017-18). The School Open Evening is being held on Wednesday 13th September 2017, 5.45 p.m. – 7.45 p.m. Parents who cannot attend the Open Evening but who wish their son or daughter to join the school should contact the Principal or a member of the Senior Leadership Team and arrangements will be made for a visit to the school at a mutually convenient time.

For admission to Year 7 in September 2017, there were 248 first preference applications.

Although there is no longer a guaranteed place for any child in any of the priorities, places will be offered to children in the following order of priority:

  1. Children in public care (Looked after Children).
  2. Children who live in the school's Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission.
  3. Other children who live in the school's priority admission area.
  4. Children of staff at the school.
  5. Children who live outside the school's PAA who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the time of admission.
  6. Other children who live outside the school's PAA.

Salendine Nook High School will admit children with Statements of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the Statement.


  1. Children in priority 1 above may also be admitted above the Published Admission Number (PAN).
  2. If we cannot agree to requests for admission in priorities 2 to 5 above without exceeding the
    PAN, we will give priority up to the PAN to children living nearest the school.
  3. Distance is measured in a straight line from a child's home address to the school.
    Measurements are calculated using seven-figure grid references for each address taken from Ordnance Survey data. The grid reference relates to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address. The boundary of the building structure for the address is derived from Ordnance Survey Land-Line data. For smaller, residential properties the grid reference denotes a point near the centre of the building. For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure. The distance calculated is accurate to within 0.1 metres.
  4. Live' means the child's permanent home at the date when applications close, or if a significant house move is involved, the latest reasonable date before the final allocation of places. It is expected that the allocation process will commence in January 2015.
  5. A Priority Admission Area means a geographical area determined by Kirklees in consultation with the governing body of the school.

If parents have any questions please contact School Admissions (who manage the new intake admissions process on behalf of the school) on 01484 225008 / Ground Floor, Civic Centre 1 North, High Street, Huddersfield. HD1 2NF.

Unsuccessful applicants have the right to appeal against school placement decisions. School Admissions handle all such appeals on behalf of the school and therefore contact needs to be made directly with them.  

Notice of leaving or transfer

A note indicating that parents wish their child to leave the school is required well before the leaving date so that information may be forwarded to the new school. Parents should also complete the Kirklees ‘In-Year Common Application Form’ (ICAF). These forms are available from the school office

Policy Statement on the Admission of Pupils with a Disability

The school has a legal duty to be non-discriminatory towards students with disabilities and to provide equal access and opportunity to the curriculum. Every effort will be made to ensure that pupils with a disability are not treated less favourably and that reasonable adjustments are made, where appropriate, to avoid substantially disadvantaging groups who are disabled. We aim to foster positive attitudes towards disability within our community and enrich the lives of students by pursuing an inclusive approach for all students.

Admission and Induction

Pupils with disabilities are usually identified by the school in Year 5. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will attend reviews of Statements in Year 5 and 6 and at this time will liaise with primary schools with respect to these pupils and others without a Statement or EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) but who have been identified with a disability that may impact on their learning experience at Salendine Nook High School.

Relevant information will be gathered at these meetings and implications for physical access will be passed to members of staff who have responsibility for making the reasonable adjustments that might be necessary. Where there are implications for the delivery of the curriculum, these will be identified and Heads of Departments informed in order to plan for pupils’ needs.

The school will take advice from any relevant external agency e.g. Autism Outreach, Hearing/Visual Impairment Service and arrange appropriate visits and staff training. The Additional Needs Team will distribute advice and strategies to all staff who will be teaching the pupil with disabilities

Physical Access

The school is accommodated mainly in two buildings, each being on three levels. There is no lift. A covered walkway links the two buildings. In addition there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Every effort will be made to meet the access issues around students with reasonable adjustments made where appropriate. Parents and carers should however be aware that subjects are taught in designated specialist classrooms and therefore students are required to move around the site, necessitating the use of steps and stairs in buildings to access these classrooms.

In meeting student need we have, for example

  • Whiteboards and window blinds in teaching rooms
  • Handrails on staircases
  • Highlighting edges of steps in yellow
  • Additional task lighting
  • Regular accessibility audits

In meeting a student's needs we can, for example:

  • Assist with movement around the school where appropriate
  • Enlarge written material for students with a visual impairment
  • There is also a School Welfare Assistant and NHS Nurse for consultation and monitoring.

Each child’s package of support is personalised to meet their individual needs in line with the school offer available on the school website.


The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will distribute advice and guidance to all staff who teach pupils with disabilities. Staff will be made aware of strategies to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ within the classroom so as not to place the student with a disability at a substantial disadvantage in accessing the curriculum. Such strategies will be identified in the child’s Additional Needs Plan and where necessary, outcomes are specified in a My Support Plan. Staff may need to adapt their teaching to accommodate the needs of the child with a disability and there will be ongoing advice, guidance and support given by the SENCO and external agencies.

Care and Guidance

It is the school’s policy that every pupil is treated as an individual. The pastoral organisation is structured on a Year basis. Pupils are placed in tutor groups and teaching staff are allocated as Form Tutors to each group. Form tutors have an important role to play in the pastoral system. They have daily contact with their group at morning registration and during form periods. Whenever possible, the Form Tutor stays with the same group for 5 years.

There is a Head of Year in charge of each Year group who remains with that Year until the end of Year 11, together with KS3/KS4 Assistant.  Heads of Year work in close liaison with the Senior Leadership Team and the Heads of Department. In this way, the academic and the pastoral development of each pupil is carefully monitored. There is also liaison between the school, home and Kirklees Educational Support Services whenever necessary.

It is considered very important that each pupil benefits from being a member of the school community. Sanctions are used if any pupil attempts to impede the educational or social welfare of others. Sanctions include comments, school detention or a period of time in the isolation room which is closely supervised by staff. The ultimate sanction is exclusion, which is very rarely used with only 4 permanent exclusions in the last 14 years.  The monitoring of a pupil’s progress is an important and continuous process. Parents are always informed if there is a cause for concern.

The school has a comprehensive system of rewards. Good attendance, punctuality, behaviour and attainment are all recognised and rewarded. Merits are given out in each lesson and postcards are sent home from curriculum areas each half term. The rewards for pupils as they accumulate credits are certificates, phone calls home, activities and  trips. Merits can also be traded for tangible rewards.



The school will do its utmost to support any pupil going through a bereavement.  Parents should
contact the Head of Year in the first instance with any information.  The school’s Bereavement Policy is available on the School website

School Hours

Morning session: 8.45 am - 12.20 pm                 Afternoon session: 1.05 pm - 3.10 pm

The Daily Timetable

The school operates a two week 25 period timetable with five periods per day. There is a
registration at 8.45am followed by three periods in the morning session and two periods in the afternoon session.  Break is after Period 2 from 11.05am to 11.20am and lunch is between 12.20pm and 1.05pm. Year assemblies take place once a week.

Physical Education/Swimming

All pupils who are excused from PE should as normal produce a note signed and dated by a
parent/carer. In addition, we will expect pupils who are excused from the practical element of the lesson to bring their full PE kit and to change as normal. The relevant teacher will find the pupil appropriate tasks to do within the lesson, for example leading warm ups, helping with equipment, officiating, etc. Only in extreme circumstances (for example a broken limb) will pupils not be expected to change for PE lessons.


The security of jewellery will remain the student’s responsibility in  all  lessons, including PE lessons. The school accepts no responsibility for any valuables.


Text books are issued to pupils on loan and must always be carefully looked after and returned to school when requested.  The school may seek compensation from pupils if books are mistreated or lost.

Pupils Requiring Medical Needs Support

Parents / Carers of all pupils are requested to inform the school if there is a need for medical support. The School Welfare Officer will make appropriate arrangements.

Please keep the school informed of any changes to your child’s medical condition or medication. This allows us to care and support your child with any medical needs during their time at the school.

In general, pupils should not carry medication with them in school hours. However, if you require your child to carry emergency medication, such as an EpiPen or inhaler, please speak to the Welfare Officer so a school Healthcare Plan can be completed.

Short/long term medication can be kept in the medical room so that it can be administered under supervision as necessary

It is vital that the school is notified if your child has a food allergy e.g. nut allergy. This is to ensure appropriate arrangements are made with our catering staff and to alert staff organising trips, visits or activities your child may be involved in. For severe allergies, it is usual to have a NHS Healthcare Plan and the additional medication to be kept in school. A school Healthcare Plan will also need to be drawn up.  All forms are available from school.

In order for secondary schools to administer paracetamol to students, the consent of parents is required. Our admission form asks for you to sign your permission. This consent will stay on record for your child’s time at the school.   There is a health ‘drop-in’ centre available on Monday lunchtimes, when students can discuss health issues with qualified nurses from the NHS. The ‘drop-in’ centre is located at the Drama Studio entrance.

(If a pupil is attending school with a broken limb please speak to the Welfare Officer on the pupil’s first day back to determine if a risk assessment is required. Arrangements can then be put in place to ensure their safety within school).

Infectious illness

A doctor's certificate is required when a pupil returns after an infectious illness.

School Meals

An    excellent    range    of    nutritionally    balanced    meals    plus    a    sandwich    bar    and    a beverage/confectionery bar are available for pupils who dine at the school. The school operates a cashless system with an emphasis on healthy eating, vegetarian meals and salads are available. Medical and other diets can be catered for on request.  The 'conventional meal' is currently priced £2.27. Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are not allowed off the school premises at lunchtime unless they have written permission from their parents/carers to go home for lunch. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 are allowed off school premises at lunchtime with parental permission. Those pupils who are going home for lunch are not expected back until 1.00pm. Provision is made in the dining rooms for packed lunches to be eaten.  The canteen is open from 8.00am to 8.35am for breakfast.

Cashless School

We accept electronic payments for all school items and school trips.  Cash can currently be used by pupils in school to top up their meals account. The school may decide to withdraw this facility in the future. ParentPay offers parents the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever they choose, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. Parents who are unable to pay online can request a paypoint card or a barcoded letter for trips/events.

Complaints Procedure

Should any parent/carer wish to make a complaint about the school's curriculum, this should be made in the first instance to the Principal. A document detailing the full complaints procedure is available for inspection on the school website.

School documents and DfE documents, Syllabuses, Schemes of Work, School Rules and other documents concerning the curriculum are always available at the school for inspection. The latest OFSTED inspection report is also available, but can equally be found on the school website.

School Website

The  School  website  is  Policies  and  information  about  the  school, particularly details on school closures for bad weather, or forthcoming events, will be posted on the site. The school will email or text parents with information or details of emergencies; please therefore ensure that we have any mobile phone numbers on the pupil admission forms that you will be given and it is essential we have your up to date email address.

Data Protection Act

The school complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.  This means that, among other things, the data held about pupils will only be used for specific purposes allowed by the law. Details relating to this information is circulated annually to parents under Fair Processing notices. If any parent requires further information relating to this, they should contact the school office.

Term dates for school year 2018-2019


Academic Year 2018/19

Autumn Term 2018

First day Monday 3rd September

Half-term Friday 29th October - Friday 2nd November inclusive

Last day Friday 21st  December

Spring Term 2019

First day Monday 7th January

Half-term Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February inclusive

Last day Friday 12th April

Summer Term 2019

First day Monday 29th April

Half-term Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May inclusive

Last day Monday 22nd July


Bank Holidays

Christmas Mon 25th December 2018                              Easter  Monday Mon 22nd April 2019
Christmas      Tues 26th December 2018    May Day  Mon 6th May 2019                                         
New Years Day Tues 1st January 2019 Spring Bank Mon 27th May 2019
Good Friday Fri 19th April 2019 August Bank Holiday Mon 26th August 2019



Pupils absent from school for any reason other than illness must submit a request in writing to the Principal explaining the reason for the absence. Holidays in term time are NOT authorised unless there are exceptional reasons. All absences must have the Principal’s permission. When a pupil is absent due to illness, the school must be informed on the first day via telephone, letter or through the parent App (MyEd).  All such absences should be covered by letter or a note in the planner on the pupil's return, giving the pupil's name and form, together with date of absence. All letters should be signed by a parent or carer. The school has an Attendance Officer who will ensure any problematic attendance and punctuality issues are followed up quickly and efficiently.

Authorised/Unauthorised Absences

The Government requires all schools to publish figures for authorised and unauthorised absence, i.e. pupils who have been absent from school and whose parents have not notified school of a reason for the absence. Salendine Nook High School's figures for the academic year 2015 / 2016 were:

The total number of registered pupils of compulsory school age on roll for at least one session: 1300

The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through authorised absence: 4.3%

The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through unauthorised absence: 0.6%  

During school hours, no pupil may leave the campus except for official activities, without the permission of the Principal or Senior Staff. The school reception keeps a signing in / out book. Any pupil leaving school for a personal appointment or returning afterwards must sign this book. Pupils who need to leave school are asked to bring a letter requesting permission. This letter must be shown to the Form Tutor and Head of Year.

 Holidays in Term Time

There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in term time to go on holiday. In exceptional circumstances, and by prior application, the Principal may authorise an absence within any school year, taking into account the child's attendance record.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your child's schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time. Parents are requested to prioritise their child's education by using the school holiday weeks for family holidays. Remember that any savings you think you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child's education. In exceptional circumstances, and by prior application, the Principal may authorise absences. In making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually, including any previous pattern of leave in term time. Criteria include attendance level, impact on learning and exceptional circumstances. Parents/carers should not expect leave of absence to be granted automatically and are advised not to make any arrangements until the request for leave of absence has been considered. The school reserves the right to serve a Fixed Penalty Notice on any parent who either fails to request leave of absence or takes leave of absence when it has not been granted.

It is important that you understand the circumstances when leave in term time will not be agreed by us, the following are examples:

  • Immediately before and during assessment periods. As students in KS4 are undergoing Controlled Assessments and Modular examinations as part of their GCSEs throughout the year, it is highly unlikely that they will be allowed leave for holidays.
  • When a pupil's attendance record already includes any level of unauthorised absence.
    Where a pupil's attendance rate is already below 95% or will fall to or below that level as a result of taking holiday leave.


At time of print the following service and School bus times apply.

To School:
(370)-08.03 from Westgate, arrives Salendine Nook 08.15
(370)-08.24 from Westgate, arrives Salendine Nook 08.36
(537)-08.20 from Stand L, Huddersfield Bus Stn, arrives Salendine Nook 08.30
(537)-07.52 from Outlane, arrives Salendine Nook 07.59

From School:
(371)-15.15 from New Hey Road, arrives Westgate 15.28
(371)-15.35 from New Hey Road, arrives Westgate 15.48
(K75)-15.20 from campus, arrives Huddersfield Bus Station 15.34

Birchencliffe to Salendine Nook:
(S48)-8.10 from BMI Huddersfield Hospital, arrives campus 08.30

Salendine Nook to Birchencliffe:
(S48)-15.20 from campus, arrives BMI Huddersfield Hospital 15.40

Road Safety

The School reminds pupils of the dangers of crossing New Hey Road. It is essential that they use the pedestrian crossings. Parents are asked to adopt the following procedure if bringing pupils to school by car:

  • Do not stop on the zig-zag lines at the school entrance
  • Do not bring cars onto the campus unless bringing large musical instruments or disabled pupils. If this is necessary please use the island system which is one way.
  • No 'U' turns are allowed outside the School entrance.

Please refer to the school’s Traffic Management Plan, which can be found on the school website.


School Dress

The co-operation of parents is sought to ensure that pupils are appropriately dressed according to the policy of the school.  All efforts are made to ensure that clothes are as inexpensive and practical as possible.  Pupils considered inappropriately dressed will not be accepted by the school.



White shirt with School ‘clip on’ tie. Sensible plain ALL black  shoes Black standard school blazer with badge Socks should be plain black Coats should be plain and waterproof

GIRLS – All Years

Black school approved skirt or trousers Black V necked pullover (optional) Headscarves or headbands/hairgrips must be plain black (without patterns or decoration)

BOYS – All Years

Black school approved trousers Black V necked pullover (optional)

Boys PE Kit Girls PE Kit
  • Compulsory purple/black rugby shirts, black shorts, boots, trainers.
  • Compulsory Salendine Nook black and purple polo shirts compulsory for all year groups  (available from Bridge SchoolWear, TermTime Wear and Natasha’s)
  • Plain black shorts for indoors and outdoors. Purple socks for outdoor and white ankle socks or purple for indoors.
  • Swimming shorts/trunks, towel, swimming cap.

Winter Optional

  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms with or without white stripe
  • Plain black hat and gloves (no fashion hats)

Summer or indoor optional

  • White ankle socks.
  • Plain black sweatshirt/jumper, trainers, boots, black shorts.
  • Compulsory Salendine Nook black and purple polo shirts compulsory for all year groups  (available from Bridge SchoolWear, TermTime Wear and Natasha’s)
  • Plain black shorts for indoors and outdoors. Purple socks for outdoors, white ankle socks or purple for indoors. • Swimming costume, towel, swimming cap.

Winter Optional

  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms with or without white stripe
  • Plain black hat and gloves (no fashion hats)

Summer or indoor optional

  •  White ankle socks


  • Pumps or canvas shoes of any kind are NOT acceptable.  Trainers have a thicker sole for cushioning and they provide more support to the feet during exercise.  Any high top trainers must be securely fastened right to the very top.
  • All kit should be permanently marked with the owner’s name.
  • If your child wants to wear goggles for swimming, we require a one-off permission note from parents.
  • Personal effects such as jewellery, religious artefacts, watches, hair slides, sensory aids and so forth, must be removed for all practical activities.
  • • All long hair must be tied back securely during all activities.  Pupils must bring their own bobbles. Bobbles will be provided for those pupils who forget.
  • If pupils forget their kit then they must borrow kit from the PE department and receive a kit stamp. All lent out kit is cleaned regularly. 3 kit stamps in a half-term will result in a lunchtime detention.  If a pupil refuses to borrow kit then they will be issued with a yellow card and dealt with by SLT.

N.B. Showers are optional but it is highly recommended that pupils bring a towel and shower for hygiene purposes, especially in poor wet weather.


All pupils who are excused from PE should as normal produce a note signed and dated by a parent/carer.  In addition, we will expect pupils who are excused from the practical element of the lesson to bring their full PE kit and to change as normal.  The relevant teacher will find the pupil appropriate tasks to do within the lesson for example leading warm ups, helping with equipment, officiating etc.  Only in extreme circumstances (for example a broken limb) will pupils not be expected to change for PE lessons.

Please note the following:

  • Shirts should be tucked in and ties fixed correctly over the top button.
  • Clothing and other belongings should be marked clearly with the owner’s name.
  • The minimum of jewellery is permitted, i.e. watch (named), signet ring, only ONE plain stud in each ear lobe only. No other jewellery is allowed. Any other body, cartilage and facial piercings are not allowed in school.
  • If hair is dyed it must be a natural colour, e.g. blonde, brown or black.  Excessive two- toned styles are not permitted.  Shaved patterns in hair are not permitted.
  • Pupils are encouraged not to wear make-up and if it is clearly visible and excessive then pupils may be asked to remove it.
  • Nail varnish is not permitted in some subject areas due to health and safety e.g. Food Technology.
  • Nail extensions are not permitted.
  • Cardigans, sweatshirts, denims, baseball caps, leather jackets, hooded tops and other casual/fashion items are not permitted.
  • Outdoor jackets should be plain and waterproof.
  • Valuable items should not be brought to school.

 Members of the Academy Governing Body as at September 2017


Mr D Christian Ex-officio

Member Governors:

Chair to be appointed September 2017
Mr M Mitchell (Vice-Chair)
Mr S Butcher
Mr A Bird

Additional Member Governors:

Mr N Phillips
Mr N DoddMr D Owen

Co-opted Governors:

Miss R Hodgkinson
Mrs K Rogerson
Mr R Pember

Parent Governors:

Miss S Kitson-Perfitt
Ms L.Hogarth

Staff Governors:

Mr A Flynn (Teaching)
Mrs A Quinlan (Support)

  Girls Boys Total
No. of pupils taking examinations  128 126  254
No. of pupils applying for:      
School sixth Form/Sixth form College  104 88  192
         FE College: 17 33 50
         Totals: 121 121 242
(Totals to Further Education = 241      
Employment / Training Schemes 2 6 8
Not in education, employment or training:                                           3          1          4     

Percentage of age group:  95.27%

Girls: 47.63%

Boys: 47.63%

Pupils applying for employment: 

Percentage of age group:  3.14%

Girls: 0.78%

Boys: 2.36%

Pupils listed in employment include those on training schemes, those joining the Armed Forces and those in full-time employment.

These details are as at September 2017

Examination Results 2017

The way examination results have to be reported has changed this year. There are new measures.

Attainment 8 (A8) and Progress 8 (P8) have replaced the old 5+ A* - C (including English and Mathematics).

A8 is the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications: Mathematics (double weighted), English (double weighted), three English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects, and three other subjects.

P8 is the progress a pupil makes from the end of KS2 - KS4, compared with pupils nationally with similar attainment. A greater score means a pupil has made more progress than other pupils with a similar starting point.

English Language, English Literature and Mathematics are now graded from 9 - 1. Grade 1 equates to a grade G, Grade 4 equates to a grade C and Grade 7 equates to a grade A.

  • A8 for this school is 45.8
  • P8 is not available until later this academic year.
  • Basics (Grade 9 - 4) in English + Maths) 72.5%
  • English Baccalaureate (EBacc) 24.3%
  • Core subjects: English (9 - 4 ) 82.7%   

                                 Maths (9 - 4) 78%  

                                 2 X Science (A* - C) 74.4%

  • Humanities (A* - C) 73.3%
  • MFL (A* - C) 58.3%


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