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Horsforth School A-Level Results Consistently Higher than National Average


Horsforth School is exceptionally pleased to announce their A-Level results. Over a quarter of all grades awarded are A* or A, significantly higher than the national average.  A typical Horsforth student left the Sixth Form with the equivalent of three grade Bs at A-Level. This, combined with a nearly 100% pass rate for the eighth consecutive year, has ensured that all students will progress successfully.

“We are so proud of the fantastic results achieved again this year”, said Dr Paul Bell, Headteacher. “Our thanks go, not only to our students for their professionalism, but also to our parents and carers who have been so supportive over many years. We wish our students the very best of luck for their futures.”

For prospective students interested in Horsforth School’s ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated Sixth Form, please visit Limited places are still available for September 2017.





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Horsforth School Students win the Faraday Challenge

In January, a group of Year 8 Horsforth School students participated in the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge held at Pudsey Grangefield School.

Andrew Farkas, Thomas Hickman, Ryan Playfoot, Bethany Hinds, Emily Shaw and Ellie Lowry (pictured) were given the task of designing and manufacturing an anti-flooding device that would remove as much water as possible from a tank in one minute. The students competed against five other local schools and won the competition. The students were awarded with a trophy and a £250 voucher to spend on design and technology equipment for the school. Congratulations and well done!

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STARS Awards for Eleven Leeds Schools



Eleven Leeds schools recently achieved Bronze and Silver awards under the national Modeshift STARS scheme (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools).

Each school reduced the number of children travelling by car by promoting walking, scooting, cycling and public transport and they received their awards at a special ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall on 12th December.

“At a time when travelling to school by car is increasing nationally, these schools are doing a great job helping to reduce congestion and encouraging children and families to lead healthier, more active lives, while making sure they stay safe on our roads”, said Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Board Member for Development and Economy.

Councillor Jane Dowson, Leeds City Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, commented: “This scheme is all about helping young people to travel more actively, safely and independently and we are very happy to see all these schools receiving awards today.”

The children were treated to a special performance of ‘The Gift of Life’ pantomime, which used festive characters to deliver serious road safety messages about the importance of staying safe on the city’s roads.

Modeshift is a national membership organisation that specialises in active and sustainable travel and provides behaviour change support for those working with children, young people, families, school communities, educational establishments and places of work. The STARS scheme monitors travel to school patterns locally, regionally and nationally and gathers data on travel patterns, carbon reduction and improvements in physical activity levels. It is an online system that reduces the amount of time and work schools are required spend on travel planning, freeing them up to focus on things that make a difference to travel patterns on the journey to and from school.

The schools involved were:

Brodetsky Primary School Bronze

Cobden Primary School Silver

Cookridge Holy Trinity C of E Primary Bronze

Ebor Gardens Primary School Bronze

Gildersome Primary School Bronze

Greenmount Primary School Bronze

Highfield Primary School Bronze

Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School Bronze

Ireland Wood Primary School Bronze

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Stuart Andrew Enjoys a Sports’ Day in Horsforth

Stuart Andrew with Jo-Ann Halliday and her three sons

Stuart Andrew with Jo-Ann Halliday and her three sons

Horsforth’s Member of Parliament, Stuart Andrew, was delighted to be involved in a Starskills Sports Day in the town last week.

Starskills Sports are running a number of different activities at Horsforth School during the Summer holidays designed to keep young people occupied and encourage them to be as active as possible and try new sports.

Children aged between between the ages of four and fourteen can benefit from the expertise of enthusiastic coaches in activities such as football, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, dodgeball and cheerleading.

“The enthusiasm shown by the children, young people and coaches was magnificent”, said Stuart Andrew. “Everyone was having a great time and were obviously really enjoying being part of the Starskills Summer Project.

“The students put on an excellent show for me and I was deeply impressed by their gymnastic and dancing abilities. It was a pleasure to hand out medals to all who had taken part.”


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Making an Impact!

TeenStar is the biggest singing competition for teens and pre-teens and recently four girls from Horsforth School (Year 9) were winners in a local heat.

Called ‘Impact’, Imogen Berry, Abbie Millard, Laura Metcalfe and Lydia Austin are determined to impress as they move on to the regional final at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, on Saturday 23rd March.

In this TeenStar showcase, all the best acts will perform in front of judges from the music industry and the general public. Plus there will be a special guest performance. If they do well they they could be on their way to performing at the TeenStar Grand Final and could gain access to some of the region’s best music services, including free recording studio time, and free music and singing lessons.

The girls are hoping that as many people as possible will turn out to support them and have organised a coach to transport for everyone who would like to go.

Tickets are available from 07738 943 672

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The Amp Awards Come to Leeds

Horsforth School business team with O2 team mentor Mick Foster

On 26th March, Leeds O2 Academy will host the Amp Awards for a second consecutive year. The Awards offer an opportunity for young economics and business students to organise a large event at Leeds’ biggest music venue. The entire event is arranged by business teams from competing schools – each charged with coordinating a specific aspect of the evening. Mentored by Telefónica O2, the students are given an insight into managing a project, creating new and exciting ideas, working as a team and generating profits within a business environment.

The battle of the bands-style competition will showcase up-and-coming talent from schools in the Leeds area. The seven bands will each play two original songs and the evening will conclude with a set from last year’s winners, The Gonzo’s. Each of the competing bands will be reviewed by five industry experts, but ultimately it is the live audience who will choose the winner. Their Amp Award will offer an opportunity to further enhance their musical careers.

The Amp Awards is more than just music. Aside from helping students, the Awards work with various charities. Money raised from ticket sales goes towards the O2 charity Think Big, which offers support and opportunities to children who may not be as fortunate as others. In addition, the sale of Thirsty Planet water on the night will raise money for the charity Pump Aid which provides sub-Saharan Africa with clean, safe and accessible water.

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Jake Lends a Hand at Premiere of New Lego Ninjago Film


Jake Frood (9), the world’s youngest black belt master, was recently asked to help out Warner Bros and the Lego brand when they launched the premiere of the new Lego Ninjago Movie at London Bridge.

Jake, who represents England on the Kickboxing Team and who attends Broadgate Primary School in Horsforth, joined CBBCs Dick and Dom and Taekwondo Team GB Olympic Gold Medalist Jade Jones at the launch. However the highlight of his day was meeting Jade. He posed for pictures with her and even got the chance to spar with her.

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‘Walk of ART’ Sessions Aim to Help Early Years Teachers Teach Art


Early Years and Key Stage 1 teachers are being invited to learn about teaching art, whilst helping to raise funds for Horsforth Walk of ART 2018.

The weekly evening sessions will be run by local artist Penny Rowe, in collaboration with Horsforth Walk of Art founder Lara Rule and the art charity SKIPPKO. The first term will run from September to December 2017 and will cost just £5 per session. The money will go directly into the Walk of ART Schools project.

Participants will learn about a different artistic principle each week and about how that principle can be adapted to the classroom.

The sessions will be led by Penny Rowe who has spent the last four years organising and running art clubs in schools, and has been working with the Aspire School Partnership for the past two years on a multi-school sculpture project.

“Assisting individuals, whatever their age, to understand their own artistic process has become my strongest drive”, said Penny. “I know that if children in particular can understand how creation works, they will grow in confidence and develop skills that will inevitably effect culture in a positive way.”

Lara Rule welcomes the chance to help more people learn about art whilst raising money for Walk of Art preojects. “As an Early Years Teacher myself, I am keen to nurture children’s innate drive to express themselves, to test the world and its materials, and to create. I want to be able to use the creative arts to build language, mathematical, technical and scientific skills. With this course, we are creating a space for teachers of any artistic ability to learn specific skills, and be able to discuss how to use these skills.”

The sessions will take place at Greatminster House, Lister Hill, Horsforth, on Mondays at 7.30pm from September. This is one of SKIPPKO’s Blank Canvas’ properties which bring empty commercial buildings back into use for the benefit of local artists and people.

The next Walk of ART will run from 7th – 9th July 2018. It is free to attend, exhibit and participate in, with participants being encouraged to give something free to the community. It uses creativity as a platform on which to create meaningful and lasting community relationships. The three-day event aims to showcase local talent and encourage people to try something different.

For further information regarding the art classes, or to book a space, please email or send a message on Facebook –

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A Brief history of Hunger Hills Woods



This small hilltop wood in Horsforth has a long geological history having been formed as part of a huge delta 250 million years ago. Ancient trees bordering the estuary eventually became coal seams and sand became hard sandstone used to build many of Horsforth’s buildings. During the last Ice Age 10000 years ago the area was covered with boulder clay brought down in the the melting glaciers, forming a dome on Hunger Hills which helped many native wild flowers to flourish on this acid soil.




This part of Horsforth was owned by the Stanhope family from Eccleshill Bradford as a result of the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry V111. They were early industrialists in iron, steel and nail manufacturing but Walter Spencer Stanhope was also an early environmentalist who helped create the wood we see today.

Back in the early 1700’s the hillside would have been an industrial landscape ravaged by mining and quarrying with 26 bell Pits in the West End and Hunger hills area plus a large quarry in the fields behind the wood.

The Stanhope family would have been able to see Hunger Hills from their home at Horsforth Hall and Walter replanted the hillside with 3000 saplings.

Whilst coal mining ended in the 1850’s, quarrying continued into the 1930’s by the Horsforth Ganister Co, owned by Frank Whitaker. They quarried sandstone, used to produce Ganister. This material was used to line furnaces & when mixed with Fireclay was able to withstand the high temperatures when smelting iron and steel.

This stone eventually ran out in the 1930’s when the business moved to Summerbridge in Nidderdale and the quarry was filled in and returned to agricultural use.

The name Hunger Hills came from the Norse word ‘ hangra’ meaning a barren slope, or ‘hanger’, a wooded slope and has nothing to do with the two men and a boy who were trapped in one of the mine shafts.

In 1947 the Stanhope family donated the wood to the people of Horsforth. The deed of gift protected the wood from development. In 1974 ownership passed to Leeds City Council & it is now part of Leeds Parks & Countryside dept who have a Stewardship Agreement with a lively & active Friends group.

Over the last 10 years the Friends have raised funds to surface paths,create a new perimeter path, install benches,bird boxes,sign posts & an Information viewing lectern. In addition the Friends have an Outreach programme to help schools learn about the woods & its flora & fauna as well as organising free annual events for the community such as a Bluebell Walk& Bat Watches, Treasure Hunt & Fungi Forage.

Further details & information about the Friends can be obtained from or Facebook page

Photos: Phil Munroe

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GCSE Pupils Tackle the EU Referendum Debate at Leeds Beckett Politics Day

GCSE Brexit

With help from a team of local councillors, around 85 Year 10 pupils from schools in the region (Mount St Mary’s, Allerton High, Roundhay, Cardinal Heenan, Lawnswood, Farnley and St Thomas à Becket), attended the ‘Politics Matters’ day at the University’s Headingley Campus.

On arrival, the pupils took part in their own European Union (EU) referendum, with 69 out of 77 of the pupils voting to remain in the EU.

Throughout the day, the pupils gained detailed insight from the Politics and Applied Global Ethics (PAGE) teaching team at Leeds Beckett into the Brexit debate, with PAGE students presenting a debate on the motion: ‘This house believes that the UK government is not doing enough to help in dealing with the European migration crisis’. The pupils voted in favour of the motion.

They were then given tips on how to prepare a campaign strategy before forming groups and putting together their own strategies for leaving or remaining within the EU. Helping them were local politicians Jonathan Bentley, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Weetwood, Sharon Hamilton, Labour Councillor for Moortown, Alex Sobel, Labour Councillor for Moortown, and Dawn Collins, Conservative Councillor for Horsforth.

At the end of the day, a panel of judges, including the PAGE staff and Councillor Jonathan Bentley, declared Mount St Mary’s the winning team for their remain campaign, based on the quality of their strategies and presentation.

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