Google Pioneer Expeditions Programme


On Thursday 1 December the science department invited Google in to showcase pioneering technology and science. Students from Years 5-10 marveled at the Google cardboard virtual reality headsets. Undoubtedly, the visit will have created and/or supported STEM aspirations for many of our students.

Character Education & Careers Guidance – KS3 & 4 Assemblycareers-library-logo

On 23 & 23 November 2016, Mr. Hussain outlined how Character for Learning & Growth Mindset are directly related to achieving career goals. Students were reminded of how school supports them with careers information and guidance through the Careers Library, C&K Careers Advisor, Careers Librarians, SACU Portal, School Website, Careers Notice Boards (subject areas) and an extensive programme of subject and whole school careers related activities.

Huddersfield New College Presentation

Huddersfield New College visited us on 28 November 2016 and presented the entry requirements for the huge number of courses they offer. They recommended that students should visit the college to get a feel of the place before deciding on whether it is right for them.

Greenhead College Visit


On 17 November 2016, a keen group of Year 11 students were offered the opportunity to visit Greenhead College and participate in an A level session run by the year 13 students at the college. This taster session provided an opportunity for our students to apply their own learning of organic chemistry to more challenging and somewhat rather smellier tasks. The Greenhead College students delivered their lesson with confidence and enthusiasm to our budding chemists, giving them the confidence to carry out some delicate chemistry and find out about the aromatic group of organic compounds known as carboxylic acids, aldehydes and ketones. At the end of the session, an impromptu tour of the other science faculties had students thirsting for a chance to do A’ level sciences.

Our thanks to the staff and students of Greenhead College for offering their time and hospitality so generously.

 Year 9 Film Festival Visit


On Friday 4 November, 43 Year 9 students were taken to the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York by Miss Parkes, Mr Hornsby and Mrs Baines. The educational visit aimed to show students the various career opportunities and possibilities within the film industry, specifically in the areas of Drama and Music. The students were invited to attend the ‘Opening Night Screening’ which showcased short films from the festival’s official selection; this gave them a chance to observe various genres of film, including a very emotive story of a memorable mosquito, which drew a few tears from our Year 9 students. They also participated in two master classes from professionals in the industry, including Alice Lowe who specialises in comedy writing and direction and has starred in well-known comedies such as Mighty Boosh and Hot Fuzz.

The students behaved extremely well throughout the day’s activities, matching the maturity and behaviour of many older students from other schools, for which we were very proud. Free time was enjoyed in the gardens of York City Centre, and luckily the weather remained fine so they could explore the wildlife of the gardens, including feeding the pigeons and squirrels.

A great day enjoyed by both the students and staff; there was definitely a mix of artistic interpretations to the short films observed, with some interesting feedback given by the students on the more abstract pieces watched. They definitely gained a broader outlook on film and music, and there was plenty to talk and debate about on the walks around the beautiful city.

Heckmondwike Sixth Form Presentation


Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form have a partnership with our school and visited us on 2 November 2016. The partnership means our Year 11 students have priority admission into the sixth form on the condition they meet any course grade requirements.

Greenhead College Presentation


Greenhead College visited our Year 10 & 11 students on 16 November 2016. The presentation highlighted the importance of extra-curricular activities and how GCSE predicted grades play such an important part in securing an offer from sixth form schools and colleges. Students were also able to appreciate the extensive pastoral and extra-curricular activities being offered by the college.

Careers Focus with Friends of Joseph Priestley Visit


Please click here for full details of the visit on 13 October 2016.

In addition to helping us learn more about Priestley himself, and exploring the forthcoming performance based on his life, our visitors assisted some of our GCSE students in boosting their subject skills and considering their future career options.

Twelve year 10 and year 11 GCSE History students were invited to take part in a workshop in the school library, researching into how Priestley’s character traits helped him to succeed in life. With the help of our visitors, plus Director of Learning for the Discover faculty, Dr Banham, Subject Leader for History, Mr Linkins, and school librarian, Mrs Harknett, students explored together the various ways in which professionals of all kinds research into the past and present their findings to diverse audiences. Meanwhile, Miss Parkes’  year 11 GCSE Drama group took part in a talk and Q&A session led by Laurie McCants. They considered issues such as how a production is planned from initial idea to performance, how to pursue a career in drama and how best to use a drama qualification to boost a variety of careers away from the stage.

 KS4 Information Evenings


Information evenings were held on Thursday 15 September (Year 11) and Tuesday 18 October (Year 10). Students and parents were given guidance on UCAS Progress in addition to information on study skills, how to cope with exam stress, intervention and pastoral care. Parents had an opportunity to speak to staff responsible for careers information and guidance.

 Apprenticeships & Skills for Work

On Thursday 29 September, Linda Beever from C&K Careers, spoke to our KS4 students about the different types of apprenticeships available and the value of them. She also highlighted some of the key skills required for the world of work; skills that students have the opportunity to develop whilst at school.