Head of School's Welcome

Welcome to the website for Lightcliffe Academy, part of Abbey Multi Academy Trust. We hope to use this website as one element of communication in our drive to fulfil our mission to ‘To work in Partnership to educate, nurture and empower’. As our website develops, we hope that you will discover the ways in which Lightcliffe Academy supports students to stretch them academically; supports them pastorally and, helps them develop the skills necessary to be participating adults in an ever changing world. We continually strive for excellence so that we prepare students not only for success whilst students at this Academy but sustain them for life after school.

We have high expectations of all our students and aim to equip them with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to progress and achieve success. We want them to develop a life-long love of learning where they are motivated and stimulated by the world around them so that they can have a positive impact on their own life and the lives of others.

Our students flourish in an environment which is welcoming, caring, calm, disciplined, inspiring and purposeful. The greatest strength of the Academy is our focus on quality teaching and learning and our commitment to the learner, which enables progress and achievement at all levels. This is supported by a newly developed pastoral team and system where support and high expectations are rooted in mutually respectful relationships. Our dedicated and forward- thinking staff focus on our culture of challenging and inspiring students, in an environment of mutual respect where each child is recognised as unique and special.

We work as active partners with primary and secondary schools, both formally, as part of a developing Multi Academy Trust and informally, collaborating with partners as diverse as local universities; social enterprises; local and national businesses; the Diocese; international schools; and, of course, our local community. Our aim is to ensure that we enhance opportunities and experiences for all our students.

We welcome you to explore our website or visit the academy where you can learn more about our aim to work in partnership to educate, nurture and empower.

Helen Pratten & Catherine Garrett

Co-Chief Executive Officers

I believe we have all the ingredients of a great school and I am determined to make sure that Lightcliffe Academy is the school of choice in our local community.

We are on a journey, a very exciting journey and I want to make sure that everyone – our students, our staff and our community are proud of being part of Lightcliffe Academy.

There has already been lots of work going on this term to make sure students at Lightcliffe make rapid progress and experience a great education.

The curriculum and what our students are learning about has been reviewed so that every student builds on their progress in primary school when they join us in Year 7. We are working closely with our partner primary schools and parents to ensure that we are getting this right and renewing confidence in Lightcliffe Academy. We are making sure that a rich curriculum and high standards of teaching and learning allow all students to be really engaged in their learning, challenges our students and helps them to make great progress as they move up the school.

Student attendance has been and will continue to be a priority and we are starting to see the green shoots of improvement. Clearer systems have been introduced and follow up by staff and tutors is starting to have an impact.

We will have a new senior leadership team in place from September and we have new and stronger governance arrangements. There will be a focus on ensuring the basics – consistently high expectations of students and inspiring teaching and learning are the key priorities as we move forward.

I want to ensure that Lightcliffe is the school of choice in our community. It is important that everyone involved –students and parents, feel valued, supported, developed and listened to. We are at a turning point now and I believe that the Lightcliffe Academy will be something to be proud of and offer the very best education for our students in the future.

Rosalind Wood-Ives

Head of School

Lightcliffe Academy

Stoney Lane
Halifax, HX3 8TL

Tel: 01422 201 028
Fax: 01422 204 615

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552