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Almondbury Community School is a 3–16 mixed all-through community school in Almondbury, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England.

Almondbury Community School
Address
Almondbury Community School is located in West Yorkshire
Almondbury Community School
Almondbury Community School
Fernside Avenue

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HD5 8PQ

England
Coordinates53°38′19″N 1°44′43″W / 53.63857°N 1.74516°W / 53.63857; -1.74516Coordinates: 53°38′19″N 1°44′43″W / 53.63857°N 1.74516°W / 53.63857; -1.74516
Information
TypeAll-through Community school
MottoGrowing Together - Achieving Together
Local authorityKirklees Council
Department for Education URN107758 Tables
OfstedReports
HeadteacherTrevor Bowen[1]
Staff102
Years offeredNursery - 11
GenderMixed
Age range3–16
Enrolment694 (2018)[2]
Capacity1,220[2]
Hours in school day6 hours
Houses     Diamond
     Citrine
     Amethyst
Colour(s)          Purple and Black
Website

HistoryEdit

In April 2014, the Kirklees Council Cabinet approved the merger of the Almondbury High School and Language College, the Almondbury Junior School, and Greenside Infant and Nursery School, "as an all-through school for children aged between 3 and 16 years".[3] The three schools were combined following extensive consultation with parents and other community members.[4][5][6]

Following a 2006 Ofsted report that rated the Almondbury High School and Language College as Grade 3 "Satisfactory" overall, the 2009 and 2012 reports gave a rating of Grade 2 "Good".

The reports of 2015 and 2017 rated the combined Almondbury Community School as Grade 3 "Requires Improvement" overall.[7] A monitoring visit by Ofsted after the 2015 inspection noted "significant" positive changes in leadership, systems, teaching quality and governorship under a school improvement plan.[8][9] In 2018, The school faced an emergency inspection by Ofsted when Government inspectors made an unannounced visit.[10]

In 2018, Chair of the school Governors was Gill Goodswen, a former president of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).[11]

School siteEdit

The school site on Fernside Avenue, Almondbury, includes a "disability-friendly sports centre" and gym, with facilities for badminton, five-a-side football, netball, cricket, basketball, table-tennis and squash; an attached mirrored-wall dance studio is used for fitness classes.[12]

ControversyEdit

On 25 October 2018 an assault took place on a 15-year-old youth at Almondbury Community School; this was widely reported after a video recording of the assault was posted on social media.[13]

Prime Minister Theresa May commented “most people were sickened and angered” by the video clip, she went on to praise the public for the response and setting up a crowdfunding appeal for the youngster's family.[14]

PublicationsEdit

  • "Ofsted Inspection Report - Almondbury Community School, June 2017". Ofsted. June 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "School Information". Almondbury Community School. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Almondbury Community School". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ Kirklees Council, Directorate for Children & Adults School Admissions (25 March 2014). "Kirklees Consultation on School Admission Arrangements for 2015/16" (PDF). kirklees.gov.uk. p. 4. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ "New 'super school' plan considered". BBC News. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  5. ^ Whitwam, Linda (5 October 2013). "Almondbury super school is not a done deal says Kirklees Council as consultation gets underway". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  6. ^ Atkinson, Neil (9 September 2013). "'Super school' plan to combine Almondbury's high school, junior school and Greenside I&N - what do you think?". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  7. ^ Almondbury Community School, Ofsted reports 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  8. ^ Monitoring visit, Ofsted, 5 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  9. ^ Whitwam, Linda, "Ofsted is full of praise for improvements at Almondbury Community School", Kirklees News, 2 December 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  10. ^ Sutcliffe, Robert (6 December 2018). "Inspectors make emergency visit to crisis-hit Almondbury School". Examiner Live. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  11. ^ Lavigueur, Nick (30 November 2018). "Is behaviour at Almondbury Community School out of control? Third video emerges of fight on fields". Examiner Live. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  12. ^ Almondbury Sports Centre, OpenPlay. Retrieved 30 November 2018
  13. ^ "Teenager to be charged with assault after 'Syrian refugee' is allegedly attacked at Huddersfield school". The Telegraph. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Theresa May blasts sickening video of Syrian boy 'waterboarded' in UK school". The Mirror. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.