Welcome to Priesthorpe School
Message From Headteacher, Martin Blacoe
Priesthorpe is a popular and successful Secondary school that prides itself on being at the heart of the community it serves. We are a co-operative foundation school and part of the Leeds Co-Operative Schools Network.
A commitment to consistently high quality teaching and learning and good behaviour provides a platform to deliver an exciting, innovative and personalised curriculum. This enables our students to be the best that they can be, achieve excellent outcomes and develop into citizens of the future who are well equipped for the world of work and beyond.
The school has a very special ethos that visitors continue to comment on, and it is the excellent care and support, meeting the individual needs of our students, that was reflected when the school was awarded the Inclusion Chartermark. Put simply, we care deeply about our students.
Collaboration plays a key role in improving student achievement. As one of the three Pudsey Secondary schools, who together form the Pudsey Confederation, we share post 16 provision and are thus able to offer opportunities for students to study a wider range of subjects. In July 2012, Priesthorpe secured Co-operative Trust Status. We are very excited about creating and developing opportunities to work formally with other schools and businesses that share a common ethos and values with us, and who have a collective desire to maximise student outcomes.
A wealth of learning takes place at Priesthorpe beyond the classroom. £15 million of recent investment in facilities ensures that opportunities to further engage in Sport, Drama and Music, for example, are plentiful. As a Sports College, we provide the focal point of much of the sporting activity within our community.
Please feel free to visit us during the working day, when you can see classes being taught and witness at first hand the atmosphere within the school. Simply telephone to let us know a convenient time.
In October 2014 our full Governing Body adopted a new Vision Statement, which we believe sums up both the ethos of today's Priesthorpe, and what we are striving to achieve:-
Our vision is to inspire generations of Priesthorpe students to enjoy their learning,
fulfil their potential and leave school equipped and motivated to contribute fully to life
within their own community and beyond.
Our Pupil Premium Summary Report for 2014 is now available in the 'Inclusion / Pupil Premium' section of the Parent Zone, or by clicking here. This report details the amount of extra funding Priesthorpe receives to support students deemed to be from a disadvantaged background, as well as how it is used.
Learning beyond the classroom
At Priesthorpe we focus relentlessly on delivering the very best possible educational outcomes for each and every one of our students. This goes beyond the classroom and core curriculum, to encompass a wide range of experiences and life skills, so that each person can be the very best that they can be. For example each term we suspend normal teaching and instead offer a range of special activities as part of a dedicated ‘Personal Development Day’; or take a moment to look at our NEWS section and half-termly newsletters, using the links at the top of the page. Three recent examples serve to illustrate the range and depth of experiences available to our students.
In February half-term 2015 a group of students travelled to the German capital Berlin and Krakow in Poland. They saw some of the places which have shaped modern Europe – for example the Berlin Wall – as well as making a visit to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, and a meeting with a holocaust survivor. One student later wrote about the emotions of a visit which she said would stay in her heart forever.
By way of contrast, the following month saw sixty students from all year groups take part in our annual Dance Festival. There were tears of a different kind here as performances were celebrated by a large audience, and also from Year 13s realising this would be their final performance in school.
Thirdly, at the end of April our Post-16 'Flexibottles' team won two awards and were nominated in four other categories in the LEAP business enterprise challenge involving thirty schools and colleges across the city.
These are just some examples of why we talk about "Pride in Priesthorpe".
For the full articles on these events please visit the News section.
For more photographs, please visit our Galleries section.