We believe that clear support and guidance in a safe, caring community enables our students to feel happy, confident and secure. We work on the principle that teachers have the right to teach and students the right to learn, in a classroom free from disruptive behaviour. We expect polite, considerate behaviour from everyone. We value courtesy, good manners and respect for others, and will not tolerate rude, aggressive or anti-social behaviour. Our rewards system encourages students to behave well and to achieve their best. The school has a strong emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles which has developed since the academy's original status as a sports college. A general feeling of safety, wellbeing and belonging is felt by the majority of students in school when asked. This is reflected in the consistently high levels of attendance and the enthusiasm with which students participate in school life. We have a range of mentoring activities in school and a well-organised and supportive pastoral system. We operate a Vertical Tutoring/House System with each student belonging to a house with experienced and caring Heads of House and Form Tutors. Our work on transfer is effective and thorough so that both students and parents are supported during the move to secondary school. In addition to this, all students get involved in enterprise activities, and we enjoy many links with industry and commerce. Work-related opportunities are provided both locally and nationally as part of a two-week programme in Year 10 and as part of the curriculum at other times. Fundraising is an important part of the Lightcliffe ethos – students are regularly involved in activities to support local and national charities. Every student in the school is assigned to one of the six houses - Aquilla, Corvus, Delphinus, Lacerta, Pavo & Tucana. Siblings are placed in the same house, albeit in different tutor groups within the house. This enables good relationships to develop between Heads of House and Parents/Carers and offers families one main point of contact. Students from years 7 to 11 meet for 20 minutes a day with their tutor in mixed age tutor groups. Post 16 students have a specialist tutor within the House system. Older students benefit from the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by working with younger students in their House or supporting Tutors with the organisation of House events and competitions. Pastoral Team
Mrs L. Phillips - Head of Pastoral Care Mrs Phillips is Head of Pastoral Care and Behaviour at Lightcliffe Academy, and works closely with the Heads of House. She has a long association with the school and has recently returned from retirement to take up this current post. Mrs Phillips is dedicated to supporting students so that they are able to realise their full potential.
Mrs Fenwick - Attendance Officer Mrs Fenwick has 14 years’ experience as an Education Welfare Officer within Calderdale and has been employed by the Academy for the past 4 years working within the Pastoral Team to improve attendance and punctuality.
House Manager Mrs A. Jackson House Manager Miss J. Risdon Mrs Jackson joined Lightcliffe Academy in September . Her background is in Education and Law Enforcement. She is looking forward to working with students in Aquila House (Yellow) and staff and students across the Academy. Miss Risdon is the Head of Delphinus House (Blue) and started at Lightcliffe Academy in September 2015. Other roles which she is responsible for within the Academy include pastoral curriculum and assemblies, transfers and transitions of students into the academy. Prior to joining Lightcliffe Academy she worked at Dixons City Academy in Bradford where she was responsible for behaviour and was the Academy's Autism key worker.
House Manager Mr J. Simpson House Manager Mr M. Lamb Mr Lamb joined Lightcliffe Academy in September 2015 taking up the role Head of Lacerta House (Red). Along with this role he will be responsible for overseeing the inter-house competitions, the peer mentoring system, assemblies and pastoral curriculum. Prior to joining Lightcliffe, Mr Lamb worked as a behaviour co-ordinator at the Mirfield Free Grammar School. Mr Simpson has worked at the school for 8 years, from September he became the Head of Tucana House. (Orange) Previous to this he worked in school as the Pathways worker and for the past three years as behaviour and student welfare support worker. He is looking forward to supporting the students in Tucana House and working within the pastoral team.
House Manager Miss L. Williams House Manager Mr J. Clarke Miss Williams is Head of House for Pavo House.(Purple) Miss Williams recently joined Lightcliffe Academy, prior to this she has worked with young people as a Youth Worker, Learning Mentor and Head of Year. Miss Williams, other responsibilities in school include emotional wellbeing and social and emotional aspects of learning. Mr Clarke is Head of Corvus House, symbolised by the raven and the colour green. He joined Lightcliffe Academy from sponsor school, Abbey Grange, in September 2015 and is looking forward to supporting all the students in Corvus. He will also be taking some responsibility for Student Voice, Prefects and the positive reward system, VIVO.
Lightcliffe Academy, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TL Tel: 01422 201028 Fax: 01422 204615 contactus@lightcliffeacademy.co.uk Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange Church of England Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 257877 enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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