Heckmondwike Grammar School
Kirklees, United Kingdom
About Heckmondwike Grammar School
Heckmondwike Grammar School is a unique school, with students who are eager to learn, keen to know more and want to enjoy their educational experiences. It is exceptional in many ways: with a very mixed school community in terms of social background and ethnicity, and yet producing results of the very highest quality. One statistic to demonstrate this combination- 53% of our sixth formers progressing to university last year were first generation applicants. This in many ways sums up the school: proud of the outcomes we achieve by working so effectively with young people we really care about, with an ultimate success measure of enabling them to proceed to where they want to go.
Misbehaviour is rare; and excellent relationships between staff and students are the norm: teachers are able to ‘get on and teach’. Working here is still challenging, however, but in different ways: expectations are high and potential applicants will need to be able to operate effectively in a top performing environment. However, one of the principal joys of working at this school is our eloquent and motivated students. Consequently, outcomes are amongst the very best in the country, and this is the result of able cohorts being provided with high quality teaching that is supported by strong pastoral care for each student. The school is justifiably proud of the focus on academic attainment and knowledge of each individual that enables education to be tailored to every student’s needs; but also prioritises the support it provides to enable any barriers to progress to be addressed. The focus is and will remain teaching and learning in the classroom, with staff training and development being the main means of achieving this end.
The values of the school are at the centre of our ‘Heckmondwike Way’:
- Generosity. Helping others who are less able to help themselves, showing kindness and working together in a spirit of partnership.
- Resilience. We persevere at whatever we set our hand to, determined and confident that we will achieve the best outcomes.
- Integrity. We trust in fairness, honesty and principles as our touchstone and ensure that all we do is in the interests of our whole community.
- Tolerance. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our school and celebrate the wide range of cultures, experiences and backgrounds.
All of this is built on a strong foundation of tradition combined with adaptability, as we enable our students to learn how to be creative in their problem-solving, being flexible and open to change in a way that will empower them in adapting to the varying demands of an insecure world.
The school is very popular and heavily oversubscribed, with well over 800 students applying for entry into Year 7 each year- and a similar number applying to join the sixth form. This has led to an increase in provision over the last three years as the school has expanded from 150 students in Year 7 to, this coming year, 210. Accompanied by one of the largest comprehensive sixth forms in the country of well over 600, this provides great opportunities for staff to practise their craft to the highest level while also gaining a wide experience of teaching different year groups and courses. The sixth form includes an equal number of students who join us from other local schools, and consequently collaboration is very important to us. We work in partnership with a large group of schools and have a significant reputation both locally and nationally. This means we offer our staff opportunities to be involved in professional development on a larger scale and see it as a sign of our high quality when members of our community are promoted to posts elsewhere, or progress internally. As a result, all staff feel very privileged to work here and to work with our young people, and it is our hope that you will feel the same way when you come to visit us.
Further information about the school including main school and sixth form prospectus may be found on the school website at www.heckgrammar.co.uk