Working in Partnership

We are proud to work with key local partners or with those from across the region to play a pivotal role in the community in which we exist.

Mandarin Excellence Programme

We are very proud to have been accepted onto the prestigious Mandarin Excellence Programme. This is a government supported programme run in conjunction with the University College London, which aims to deliver a minimum of 5000 non-native speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020. We are one of a small number of schools in the country selected to deliver this exciting programme.

There are many benefits to learning Mandarin Chinese. Not only is it the most widely spoken language in the world and an official language of the United Nations, but the importance of Mandarin as a business language has increased massively in recent years, with China’s economy now the second largest in the world.

We believe that students with a good knowledge of Mandarin will be able to set themselves apart from their peers and will have significantly improved employment and earning prospects across a range of careers.

More Information

Further information about the Mandarin Excellence Programme
Further information on the Year 8 Study Trip to China
FAQs about the Mandarin Excellence Programme

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Combined Cadet Force

Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a youth organisation that is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and because of this sponsorship we can offer young people opportunities that would otherwise be impossible.

Its aim is to ‘provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that students can develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance.’

Please contact 2LT Allison for more information.


Career Excellence Programme

Our programme aims to help sixth form students who have a clear idea of the direction they would like to follow for their career, especially when considering a future in Medical Science, STEM, Education, Law, Business and Computing or PR and Marketing.

As part of this programme we work with some leading industry partners to provide our candidates with a unique opportunity to gain support, experience and links to industry.

Here are just a few of our current partners:

Local Primary Schools

We work closely with our local primary schools, offering transition days and curriculum activities. We share a joint cluster board with the primary schools, and we have a cluster Student Council.

Horsforth Children’s Services

The aim of this service is to ensure all children and young people reach their full personal potential, by providing support around families when needed, and providing excellent learning and teaching experiences through Horsforth schools.

Our school works together with the relevant agencies in partnership to improve the outcomes for all 0-19 year olds and their families within the Horsforth Community.

To find out more please go to the Horsforth Children’s Services website.

Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance

We are partners with the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance (YTSA) who aim to provide initial Teacher Training, Continuing Professional Development and School to School support and take a leading role in Research and Development within our region.

We are one of 24 Yorkshire Secondary Schools who is partnered with the YTSA, working alongside 3 of top Universities in the region: University of York, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University.

This alliance provides a unique training opportunity for prospective teachers through the government’s teacher training initiative School Direct. School Direct allows schools and academies to select and train recruits to the profession. Their ITT (Initial Teacher Training) programmes have been designed to build confidence and subject knowledge and give the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.

To find out more please go to the YTSA website.