Teacher of Music
Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0DZ
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8 February 2022 at 12:00pm
25 January 2022
About Harrogate Grammar School
- School type
- Academy, ages 11 to 18
- Education phase
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- School size
- 2038 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 18
- Ofsted report
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- School website
- Harrogate Grammar School website (opens in a new tab)
- Contact email
- Contact phone number
- 01423 531127
Welcome to Harrogate Grammar School, where we focus on helping each student become the best they can be by providing a positive, inclusive environment in which young people find and develop their strengths.
Our commitment to ‘excellence for all’ is delivered through a broad and balanced curriculum, promoting our REACH values of Respect, Excellence, Adventure, Commitment and Honesty. We dedicate ourselves to three central areas – a culture of respectful relationships, an aspirational and inclusive curriculum and expert teaching. Our teachers benefit from the latest research in cognitive science research, which informs us about ways of ‘making learning stick’ and our students benefit from an engaging curriculum that goes beyond the classroom. All of this is achieved in the context of a culture of respect.
Outside the classroom, students explore their strengths through numerous clubs, sports, trips, and enrichment activities including music lessons, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, charity fundraising, productions, art exhibitions, debating and much more. Students play an active part in the global Eco-Schools programme, for which we were recently awarded Green Flag status. There is a wealth of opportunities for students to learn how to lead such as through Student Council, Senate, Student Leaders and as Head Students. Students enjoy the diversity of our wider curriculum that provides something for each child. Our recent Sixth Form’s Sports Academy Programme, for example, provides rugby and netball players with a pathway into professional sport.
Our drive is to support every young person as they develop as unique individuals by promoting an atmosphere of kindness and mutual respect. Through expert teaching and through a culture of commitment, HGS students make progress significantly above average in both GCSE and A Levels. Our impressive examination results, making us one of the highest performing comprehensive schools in the country, are the positive outcome of our culture of excellence, the dedication of our staff, the commitment of our students and the support of families.
Now our school community has been reunited after the pandemic, we are redoubling our efforts to support students individually to help restore any lost confidence in their social or academic ability – over the course of the last year, our teachers have delivered a thousand hours of additional teaching. The school has a Silver Mental Health Award from the Carnegie Centre of Excellence in recognition of our effective mental health and wellbeing provision. Deputy Head Tim Milburn has a master’s degree in Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing and is leading our drive towards further improvements.
All our students benefited from continuity of studies during lockdown through our pioneering iPad for Learning scheme. This scheme has a long history in our school where, for the last 10 years, every student has benefitted from having their own iPad. This innovation creates unique opportunities not only for students to engage with and organise their work, but also learn collaboratively and with cutting edge learning apps.
Whatever students’ aspirations, they can count on the support of our excellent careers team, who hold the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard Award for their commitment to providing outstanding impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance. Each year students progress from HGS to a range of universities and conservatoires in the UK and beyond, take up sought-after apprenticeships and enter the world of further education and employment. Our careers team and teaching staff make every effort to ensure that the next step is the right one for them.
HGS is part of the Red Kite Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust formed with local partner schools and led by our CEO, Mr Richard Sheriff. Our mission as a Trust is to nurture ambition, deliver excellence and enrich children’s lives through values of collaboration, integrity, and respect. Collaboration is an important part of our work, and we are a part of the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance; a partnership of high-achieving schools and partner institutions in Yorkshire and the Humber which work together to deliver excellence. The nationally recognised Teaching School Hub at HGS helps us to keep pace with national developments and places us at the forefront of teaching practice. We also lead the regional Maths Hub and Computing Hub programmes, which harness national and international teaching expertise and innovation to spread outstanding practice for the benefit of all students.
Parents are a valued and integral part of our school community and a strong and effective partnership between school, the child and home, underpins our provision. We look forward to working with you so that your child achieves their full potential.
In summary, we want all our students to enjoy each school day, grasp every opportunity and become kind, healthy, knowledgeable, and productive individuals. Students forge lifelong friendships in our school and, as we look forward to a brighter, more optimistic future beyond the pandemic, they have our support to help them go on and make a profound contribution to society, whatever their chosen career.
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