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Welcome to Batley Girls' High School - Visual Arts College

The school is unique as the only 11-18 girls school in the area; ambitious for every individual in it to achieve their full potential and caring, with our own on-site counsellors and an excellent staff/student ratio, ensuring every girl gets the guidance, support and encouragement she needs.  

Ours is a democratic school. Our students, teachers, parents and governors voted for our new status and we believe strongly in our central vision and mission of:

Achievement, Respect and Transformation

Co heads: Ann McCall & Julie Haigh



'This is a good school with many outstanding features'

About us

We have two very distinctive features

Being an 11-18 Girls’ school and being a Visual Arts College

The first affects relationships and ethos very markedly. Permanent exclusions are extremely rare, physical aggression almost unheard of and behaviour of the vast majority conducive to learning. Visitors to school comment on the calm, purposeful atmosphere and supply teachers enjoy doing real teaching. The majority of our students exceed their targets because they focus on their work without the distractions that can exist in other schools. Many students volunteer and train to be buddies and mentors which Ofsted recognised as a major strength.

Being a Visual Arts College has a real impact on the look of the school with large scale art and photography decorating all walls. Much of it is thought provoking as well as aesthetically pleasing and no-one could doubt our specialism!  Exam results are increasing year on year - our students have the best value-added in the area.  Our curriculum offer is second to none and our care, support and guidance is outstanding (Ofsted 2009). 

From September 2012 Batley Girls' High School became an Academy.  This ensured single-sex provision 11-18 on the Howden Clough site and gave the opportunity to expand the outstanding provision for all.

Facilities available

The facilities offered at the school are excellent, with curriculum areas having designated specialist rooms.  ICT rooms and portable computers give technological support.  The Library Resource Centre is used as an exemplar of good practice and received an officially excellent standard from Her Majesty`s Inspectors.  Our extensive library, containing over 20,000 items, is used throughout the day by our students.

In addition, there is, on the same site, a very large Sports Centre, of which the school has use until approximately 4.30 pm.  The complex contains swimming pools, squash/badminton courts, sports halls, a gymnasium and a Tennis Centre of four indoor and four outdoor courts. 

We have a new canteen, more comfortable, tiered seating in the main hall, major new social areas for our students and 2 new laboratories.  

Our Arts status has given us the resources to offer many opportunities to local adults such as Photography and Fine Art classes as well as Design projects.   Each year’s summer exhibition sees community work alongside the girls’ work. Events held at the school - like the  East Meets West and  Parents' Forum  have been well attended and we hope we will see more and more involvement from our parents and friends of the school.

Our Bespoke sixth form building continues to find new uses in expert lectures, events and accommodating our expanded sixth form subject offer.

We have an extensive support network facilitated by our Wellbeing Centre.  This forms a base for health and wellbeing professionals to work with students, staff and families for the benefit of all.

Additional support

Students’ learning is ably supported by a team of associate staff who provide one to one or small group guidance in or outside the classroom.  These include learning mentors, SEN educational teaching assistants,  faculty teaching assistants as well as bilingual staff who mentor ethnic minority students.  Pastoral managers support each year group.  These staff can respond immediately to any difficulties and investigate incidents, ensuring these are rapidly resolved and parents are kept fully informed.  The Additional Needs Team where all these different specialists meet, review student need on a weekly basis, ensuring that all our girls get the help or, indeed, the nagging they need.



Learner success

Links with the local Universities are very strong. Students actively follow a Higher Education progression module as part of their careers programme.  Our Aim Higher Co-ordinator supports and encourages students to progress to degree level and last year many students attained 1st class honours at local universities.   

External exam results - passes at Advanced level regularly exceeding  national average.  100% in 2012.

100% pass rate in most subjects at  ‘A’  level. In the top quarter of sixth forms nationally. Officially ‘excellent’ progress.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 26 June 2019
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