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.
Halifax, HX3 8TL
Tel: 01422 201 028
Fax: 01422 204 615
Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Registered Company Number: 07705552