Holderness Academy & Sixth Form College is a large comprehensive school with 1208 students on roll, including 137 in the Sixth Form. The Academy is situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire and located in the small village of Preston – a village which dates back to before the Domesday Book. It sits six miles to the East of Hull and one mile from the town of Hedon.
The Academy attracts students from all its surrounding East Yorkshire towns and villages, and staff from even further afield. We are incredibly proud to have a positive and engaged student body and a dedicated and talented team of staff and governors. Holderness Academy and Sixth Form College is a disciplined and well-organised environment. We have high standards of Academy dress and have clear expectations on punctuality, attendance and behaviour, having recently implemented a Student Positive Discipline Policy. Our students have responded well to the new policy and this is reflected in all aspects of school life with noticeable improvements to student behaviour and attitude throughout the Academy. We have a strong student and staff voice approach which has impacted significantly on the recent developments in our Academy environment and in approaches to Teaching and Learning and fostering well-being and mental resilience across all teams within our school. The recent set of student outcomes in 2018 demonstrate that our changes are seeing an impact and improving outcomes for learners, our Progress 8 measure (demonstrating the academic value we have added to student in their time with us from Year 7 to Year 11) improved as did our Basics Headline measures.
Our supportive approach to developing the whole young person is delivered through our Pastoral Support System which responds to the wider support needs that children living in the modern world may develop. Their tutor is the first point of call but a dedicated Pastoral Manager per year group and a focus Progress Leader are key to our students commenting ‘they feel safe in school’. It is the responsibility of all members of staff to keep students safe and this is an essential part of the Academy core business.
The Sixth Form College is focussed on providing high quality teaching and care to secure the best achievement and outcomes for all. Within the Sixth Form there is a dedicated suite of teaching rooms and facilities, which provide a bespoke Sixth Form College feel. Sixth Form students play a full roll in the life of the Academy, but equally enjoy the advantages of this dedicated provision.
As a school we firmly believe opportunities and experiences play a huge role in enabling young people to develop their skills and attributes beyond the classroom. The Academy prides itself on the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities offered to its students. Annually, students take part in a variety of teams, clubs and events. Staff give a great amount of time to supporting students to develop wider cultural experiences through trips and visits and in relation to their academic progress.