Shelley College

Kirklees, United Kingdom

Location: Kirklees, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 13 - 18 years

About Shelley College

About Shelley College

Our Vision and Values

We want every one of our students and members of staff to enjoy coming to our school and for all of us to try our very best in everything we do. 

We aim to help everybody gain the knowledge, skills and habits that can lead to a happy and successful life, both now and in the future. 

We summarise these aims as: “Valuing People, Supporting Personal Best”.

We believe that helping people feel valued increases the chances of them achieving their personal best, which is the highest standard we can expect anybody to achieve.

We have five guiding values which we use to remind ourselves of how we want all of us to act at all times:

Consideration   - We treat everybody as we would wish to be treated

Communication - We listen, explain and check understanding

Commitment - We keep trying until we have given our absolute best

Collaboration - We help people work together effectively 

Celebration - We build confidence by recognising contributions and efforts.

Professional development

We aim to provide the very best professional and career development opportunities for all our staff. Being the lead sponsor of SHARE Multi Academy Trust, we offer a range of training and staff development opportunities, including visits to our partner schools, shared CPD sessions and sharing best practice across the trust.

In addition, we are the lead school in the Green Light Teaching School Alliance, which works in partnership with a number of other schools and institutions in West Yorkshire. At Shelley and across many of our partner schools we have a number of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE’s), Excellent and Lead Practitioners, trained ITT mentors, as well as outstanding leaders who offer the highest level of support and training. 

We provide staff with the opportunity to lead and support training across the trust and Teaching School Alliance. They also have access to nationally accredited courses including the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP), Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP), NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH, as well as leading on research projects.

We operate a supportive appraisal system, allowing individual staff to develop their career through specific targets and training, as well as supporting our whole school priorities. 

There are many examples of how staff at Shelley have benefited from this high level of investment resulting in rapid career progression. Some examples can be found in our staff career profiles. 

Whatever your role or whatever your career plans, we can help you achieve them. 


We are in located in the village of Skelmanthorpe in the Huddersfield/Kirklees district. We have possibly the best rural location of any secondary school in the country, but are still in close proximity to a number of towns and cities including Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Due to the excellent road links, journey times are minimal, with many of our staff travelling from these areas on a daily basis.


In recent years, we have invested millions of pounds to improve our facilities. Some examples include a fully refurbished library, annual improvements to our ICT infrastructure and equipment, state of the art science labs, art classrooms, new outdoor social areas, a new main hall, new dining areas for staff and students, new outdoor floodlit sports facilities and brand new toilets throughout college. 


In addition to the Share Multi-Academy Trust benefits that are offered to all employees, there are staff benefits that are specific to Shelley College. 

Extra-curricular clubs aren’t only for students! Staff activities have included sports such as badminton tournaments and creative ventures such as clay club.

At break, our catering company Chartwells, provide tea, coffee and snacks in the staff room area at discounted prices.

Excursions and trips have a strong history at Shelley College and staff are encouraged to get involved. In recent years trips have included art trips to Paris or Amsterdam, ski trips to Italy and Camps International trips to Kenya. 


Our staff are our most valuable asset. They are friendly and supportive of each other and there is a strong sense of a committed team working together. There are examples across our staffing body of individuals who have developed from students to trainees to teachers and apprentices to team leaders. 

Get to know more about the opportunities of working for us by looking through our staff career profiles. 

Recruitment process

Once you have completed and submitted your application form, this will be reviewed by the shortlisting panel. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview via email, so please ensure you provide us with your email address and check it regularly after the closing date. 

Referees will be contacted via email prior to interviews as they need to be returned to us before any offer of appointment can be made, for safer recruitment purposes. Please ensure you provide a contact email address for both of your referees. 

And finally, good luck in your application!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Address: Huddersfield Road, Shelley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8NL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1484 868777
What people say about us

The staff I have worked with throughout my ITT year, NQT year and beyond have been brilliant; supporting and encouraging my professional development at the school.

- Grant Richardson, Teacher of Geography

All the staff are friendly and welcomed me greatly into the team. I am now able to mentor other staff members and show them the ropes too!

- Sam Crowther, Senior ICT Technician

I wish I'd have know how much support I was going to get in developing my career, as it would have given me a great deal of confidence when stepping into my first role.

- Greg Wadsworth, Director of Sixth Form

The students are motivated, there is a team ethos amongst the staff and there are excellent CPD opportunities.

- Lucy Sykes, Assistant Principal
Positions available at Shelley College