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Welcome to The North Halifax Grammar School

As an academically selective school, we do live, and indeed love, to learn – and our success in this respect can be seen year on year in the outstanding GCSE and A Level results that our students achieve. Of equal importance to academic study, however, is our commitment to helping our students to learn to live. Being a good citizen in the 21st century is complicated but we focus on developing the personal attitudes, skills and attributes that allow our students to navigate life with confidence and set a course of their own choosing. That is why we have chosen a compass rose as a key element of our new school badge from September 2016 onwards.  

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle first realised that, ‘We are what we repeatedly do’ and that ‘Excellence is a habit, not an act.’  We very much believe this to be the case and our ethos statement lists nine qualities that we expect all of our staff and students to adopt as habits in our pursuit of excellence.  You can find our ethos statement here.

These qualities underpin our behaviour system and are embedded in all of our school leaders’ job descriptions thus ensuring that, from start to finish, we really do go the extra mile in pursuit of continuous improvement.

NHGS students and staff regularly describe the school as having a ‘family’ feel. This is an inclusive, safe and happy place in which to learn, live and work.  Our aim is to be the school that everyone wishes they went to. Please spend some time with us, either online or in person, to see if you wish you went here too.


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About us

Choosing what to do next after Year 11 is an important decision. You need to consider all possibilities very carefully. One excellent option is to continue your education in the Sixth Form at The North Halifax Grammar School (NHGS).

At The North Halifax Grammar School:

- In 2016 98.7% of the 474 A-level entries achieved A*-E grades, with 61.5% at A*-B. Our average pass rates over the last three years have been 99.5% (A*-E grades) and 64.9% achieving A*-B grades. These scores are well above national averages and we consistently achieve results that put us in the top 25% of Sixth Forms for value added

- Our results are consistently excellent in a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, the sciences and social sciences, languages and creative subjects

- Our purpose-built Sixth Form Learning Centre has hi-spec teaching rooms, as well as social, catering and study facilities

- Our subject staff are all fully qualified teachers with a proven track record of delivering excellent results at GCSE and A-level

- All our personal tutors are teachers who provide caring and effective support which keeps students on track

- We encourage students to become confident, independent learners, who use their time and resources effectively so that they are ready for university or employment

- We deliver an extensive range of enrichment opportunities in such areas as music, drama, sport and business and enterprise. These promote personal development and build fantastic personal statements and CVs

- We provide excellent careers advice to help students plan for the ‘next stage’. In 2016, students went on to study at over 50 universities and institutions throughout the UK, including 44% of students progressing to Russell Group universities

- We are currently undergoing a £4m building refurbishment programme and a new sports hall will open in September 2017

Our school motto is Living to Learn, Learning to Live, and this captures the school’s belief that there is far more to success in life than just passing exams. We provide a wide range of courses, opportunities, activities and experiences to enable students to become motivated, independent and fulfilled lifelong learners.

If you are intending to take A-levels to progress to university or enter employment, then NHGS is quite possibly the best place for you. Find out more at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm when you can look around and meet us in person. If you are unable to attend, please call us to arrange a time to visit.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The North Halifax Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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