We operate a House system where every student in the school is assigned to one of the six Abbeys - Bolton, Easby, Fountains, Rievaulx, Selby and Whitby. Siblings are placed in the same Abbey, albeit in different tutor groups within the Abbey. This enables good relationships to develop between Heads of Abbey and Parents/Carers and offers families one main point of contact. Students from years 7 to 11 meet for 20 minutes a day with their tutor in mixed age tutor groups. Post 16 students have a specialist tutor within the House system. Older students benefit from the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by working with younger students in their Abbey or supporting Tutors with the organisation of Abbey events and competitions.
Mrs Walker has worked at Abbey Grange since 1995, starting out as a part time Design and Technology teacher before becoming a full time teacher here. She became Subject Leader for Health and Social Care and Child Development, a role she held alongside being Head of Year. In September 2014 Mrs Walker was appointed to her current role as Head of Pastoral Care. Alongside her pastoral responsibilities Mrs Walker coordinates the transition of students from primary schools to Abbey Grange and is one of the five Designated Safeguarding Officers in school.
We believe that clear support and guidance in a safe, caring community enables our students to feel happy, confident and secure. We work on the principle that teachers have the right to teach and students the right to learn, in a classroom free from disruptive behaviour.
We expect polite, considerate behaviour from everyone. We value courtesy, good manners and respect for others, and will not tolerate rude, aggressive or anti-social behaviour. Our rewards system encourages students to behave well and to achieve their best.
The school has a strong emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles. We have held the Advanced Level for Leeds Healthy Schools since 2003, with an increasing commitment to healthy eating and water in school. A general feeling of safety, wellbeing and belonging is felt by the majority of students in school when asked. This is reflected in the consistently high levels of attendance and the enthusiasm with which students participate in school life.
We have a range of mentoring activities in school and a well-organised and supportive pastoral system. We operate a Vertical Tutoring/House System with each student belonging to an Abbey with experienced and caring Heads of Abbey, Pastoral support Managers and Form Tutors. Our work on transfer is effective and thorough so that both students and parents are supported during the move to secondary school.
In addition to this, all students get involved in enterprise activities, and we enjoy many links with industry and commerce. Work-related opportunities are provided both locally and nationally as part of a two-week programme in Year 10 and as part of the curriculum at other times. Fundraising is an important part of the Abbey Grange ethos – students are regularly involved in activities to support local and national charities.
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