Calder High School
- Calder High School should not be confused with West Calder High School, Polbeth, West Calder, West Lothian. or Calder High School for Girls in Liverpool
|Motto||Latin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
(Through hard work to the heights)
|Headteacher||Mr Mark Leicester|
|Chair||Mr. Rob Good|
|Location||Brier Hey Lane
|DfE URN||107562 Tables|
|Colours||Light Blue & Navy Blue|
|Former name||Hebden Bridge Grammar School|
As of the academic year 2006-7 it had 1,294 pupils. At the start of the 2010-1 term, Calder High had a total of 27 new teachers including the new Head Teacher Mrs Spillane.
It is situated in the middle of the village, north of the A646.
In the early 1950s, the school had around 350 boys and girls.
Calder High opened in May 1952 as one of the first comprehensives in the country, replacing the older Hebden Bridge Grammar school. On 28 December 1969, Songs of Praise was shown from the school. By the 1970s it had 1200 boys and girls. Until April 1974, it was administered by the Calder Divisional Executive of West Riding County Council. In November 1994, thirteen-year-old Lindsay Rimer was murdered, which has not been solved.
In 1963, a new science block and bus bays were added. More recently, a new Sixth Form building was added and officially opened on 12 July 2004 by outgoing headteacher Mr David Scott. At the start of the 2007 academic year, the Ted Hughes theater was opened and named under the consent of Ted Hughes's widow.
There was speculation about plans to rebuild the school on the present school field. Chris McCafferty MP said that this would only happen once Todmorden High School was rebuilt. On 11 December 2008, the school was visited by Nick Gibb MP (then shadow minister for schools) to discuss its rebuilding in the near future. During his visit, he became involved in a heated debate with a small group of students who challenged his negative views regarding comprehensive education and his advocation of a private sector role in schools.
In October 2006, the school obtained a licence to run a week long radio station, broadcast directly from the school. The radio was named Royd FM. The success of this project led to Royd FM broadcasting again in December 2007.
In January 2007 a student-run business was opened in school; Under the Stairs, selling snacks at break times and lunches.The two students - Matthew Dawson and Jack Walsh both received awards for their Entrepreneur skills.
Each year students of Calder High put on the Easter-time performance of the Pace Egg Play in the surrounding area. This is a very big hit with the locals, with thousands of people coming to see it from around the world. This year (2013) the play is being run by Thomas Jennings and Jack Deighton.
Hebden Bridge Grammar School
- Technology College
- Training School
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