Education

Harrogate College, FE Art & Design End of Year Show 2022

Harrogate College held the FE Art & Design End of Year Show on the evening of 23 of June 22. The evening showcased work from the MA course, and the foundation diploma. This is an annual show, but hasn’t happened over the past 2-years due to government restrictions. Student, Charlie Leyland said: I am doing a foundation diploma in art and design. It’s a one-year course. Initially we are exposed to a number of areas such as film photography, animation, painting and still life. The second part of the year was focused onto more what we were interested in, so Harrogate Informer…


World War Two Day at Willow Tree Primary School

Year 5 and 6 pupils at Willow Tree Primary School were whisked back to the 1940’s to celebrate the end of their recent World War Two topic. The children took part in an immersive World War 2 themed day focussing on what life was like on the Home Front. They were asked to come into school dressed in era- based costumes so the corridors were filled with evacuees, land girls, air raid wardens, and even a few soldiers from the Home Guard! The children took part in a carousel of different activities with everything from using watercolours to create a Harrogate Informer…


‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Outcome for Harrogate Grammar School

After two days of inspection, with a team of six inspectors, Ofsted reached the judgement that the overall effectiveness of Harrogate Grammar School is outstanding. They also judged the school to be outstanding in all five areas of the framework: the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and Sixth Form provision. Ofsted had the following to say about Harrogate Grammar School: Harrogate Grammar School is an extremely rewarding place to learn. Pupils benefit from an exceptional curriculum. Effective teaching and assessment enable pupils to learn well. This depth of knowledge is sustained from key stage Harrogate Informer…


Grove Road Community Primary School says it has withdrawn support for amalgamation with Woodfield School

A proposed amalgamation of two Harrogate primary schools is not being put forward for approval, following withdrawal of support. The Governing bodies of Grove Road Community Primary and Woodfield Community Primary explored combining the two schools in order to share the benefit of both school sites. The move would mean Woodfield School would technically close and become part of Grove Road from September. An extensive consultation process ensued involving public meetings and gathering the views of parents and the local community. Grove Road Community Primary School has said that after careful consideration  it has regretfully decided to withdraw its support Harrogate Informer…


Adventures abound for Year 9 students at Bewerley Park

Year 9 students at Harrogate Grammar School recently enjoyed an action-packed trip to Bewerley Park. Three groups went across throughout a one week period, each spending two days at the adventure centre. Jake Kempton, Coordinator of Outdoor Learning at Harrogate Grammar School, who led the trip, said: This year the trip was closer to home.There were lots of benefits to doing it locally. It was more affordable and made it more accessible to a wider range of students. Students took part in an array of exciting activities including the Leap of Faith, which involved diving for a trapeze from the Harrogate Informer…


New learning centre to create opportunities for thousands of young people

The University of York is launching a new education centre for school age children in East Hull, in partnership with the University of Hull and the UK’s largest university-access charity, IntoUniversity. The learning centre, which opens for pupils aged 7-18 this autumn, aims to make the prospect of studying at university much more likely for thousands of young people in the city. Based in The Freedom Centre in East Hull, the learning centre will work closely with local schools to improve educational outcomes for young people in the area, which has the fifth largest percentage of postcodes in England where Harrogate Informer…


Harrogate Grammar School celebrates Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations took place at Harrogate Grammar School last week, with a vibrant display of kung fu and dance. The school, students and parents/carers celebrated the Year of the Tiger with a colourful showcase of food and culture. Mandarin teacher Richard Barnard, who spent several years living in China, explained: New Year is all about togetherness, eating with the people you love and making wishes. They also embrace traditions such as spring-cleaning your house, making dumplings and setting off red sky lanterns. Deqing Chen, Director of Jinlong Culture and Performing Arts Ltd, was MC for the event and Harrogate Informer…


Apprenticeship funding to create new opportunities in North Yorkshire

Funding is available to help North Yorkshire businesses invest in staff development through the delivery of apprenticeships within their workforce for new and existing staff. For details see here  As a large employer, North Yorkshire County Council and schools are required to pay an Apprenticeship Levy at the rate of 0.5% of their pay bill under the government’s apprenticeship scheme introduced some years ago.  The levy can be spent on apprenticeship training, but it is not possible for the council and schools to fully spend the amount of levy they pay, due to specific features of the scheme such as Harrogate Informer…


Harrogate Grammar School Year 10 student joins prestigious England Boys Hockey Squad

Harrogate Grammar School Year 10 student, Harry Montague, has been selected to represent his country and play hockey for the England Under 16 Boys 2022 squad. He is the only player from Yorkshire, and one of just three from the North of England, to reach national level this year. Harry, 14, plays at Harrogate Hockey Club, making his debut this season in the Mens X1. He will soon be representing England in international matches, culminating in a European tournament this summer. Harry was just 5 years old when he played his first hockey match for the Harrogate B Team Under 10s Harrogate Informer…


Harrogate independent school Belmont Grosvenor hands cash to horticultural charity Horticap

Staff and students at popular North Yorkshire charity Horticap have been given a boost during the current lockdown thanks to Harrogate school Belmont Grosvenor. Pupils, parents and teachers at the independent prep school, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, chose Horticap as its charity of the year last year. The lockdown meant Belmont Grosvenor’s packed calendar of fundraising activities had to be put on hold, but the school was still able to organise a number of online and small-scale events and managed to raise £500 for Horticap. Belmont Grosvenor’s PTA sent a cheque to the charity – the money will be
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