This highly successful Mathematics and Computing Specialist School has 1255 pupils, a teaching staff of 77 and a support staff of 38.
Originally built in 1959, the school has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years. Its facilities now include a modern foreign language suite, 6 ICT rooms, a drama studio, 8 science laboratories, a music suite with practice rooms, and a brand new SEN department and RE/PSCHE block. The specialist school initiative will mean further building development in the near future.
The catchment area comprises Holmfirth and the surrounding villages. These provide an intake which is well balanced socially and academically. The school is conveniently situated about seven miles from Huddersfield and has excellent communications by road, so that large centres of population are easily accessible.
The school takes its community responsibilities seriously. It adopts an open policy towards parents, and pupils are encouraged to participate in the life of the school and locality in a positive and helpful manner. Many adult education classes take place on the school premises at night and a joint use arrangement will ensure full use of the sports accommodation by local community groups in the evenings.
As a school, we aim to be sympathetic and understanding while being purposeful and demanding. We encourage all pupils to strive to achieve the highest academic level of which they are capable.
High personal and disciplinary standards are regarded as important. We are aware of the difficulties that all pupils share as they pass through a large school during adolescence. We also recognise the special requirements of a small number of boys and girls who have personal or academic problems and provide as much support as we are able.
The school is organised on a Year basis, with Heads of Years overseeing the job of Form Tutors. Pupils are taught in their mixed ability tutorial groups in Year 7, although setting is introduced in a number of subject areas in Year 8. In Years 10 and 11, all pupils now follow a course which enables them to study English; Mathematics; Science (either combined or three separate subjects); ICT; Religious, Personal and Social Education including Careers, and Physical Education. In addition most pupils study a Technology subject, a Modern Foreign Language and two other options.
The school has an excellent record in public examinations; the great majority of our pupils achieve well at education or training beyond the age of sixteen. They are encouraged to make a considered choice from the various institutions available to them. Over the past 3 year period Holmfirth High School has been the top comprehensive school in the Authority in terms of the % of children obtaining 5 A*-Cs. In 2003 71% of the Y11 cohort achieved at least five A*-C passes.
We attach great importance to the place of extra-curricular activities in the school programme. A wide variety of cultural, sporting, outdoor pursuits and other activities take place, with outstanding levels of success being achieved. It is hoped that applicants will give a clear indication of areas in which they are able and willing to participate.
We hope that this outline has been useful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to telphone the school. In normal circumstances, the appointment will be made within one month from the appearance of the advertisement. Unless applicants have been invited for interview within this period, it should be assumed that the post has been filled. It is regretted that expense makes it impossible to write personally to all unsuccessful candidates.