A popular Wakefield school is preparing to embark on an ambitious development programme to help build on its success and offer pupils even more options for the future.
Kettlethorpe High School is continuing to grow as a popular school of choice with pupils from the Wakefield, Barnsley and Kirklees areas.
Outcomes and achievements are amongst the very best and pupils are encouraged to get involved in the life of the school and to be the very best in all they do.
The wider life opportunities experienced by pupils are second to none. The school’s English Baccalaureate results (passes in English, math, science, MFL and humanities subject) are the very best in Wakefield, something they are really proud of.
They are not resting on their laurels however. In order to support the growing school population there has been considerable investment from Wakefield Council and, over the autumn break 2019, the school will see the start of new building work to create a number of additional classrooms, a dance studio and a new fitness workshop.
This will allow the school to further support pupils with a first class learning experience.
The school already has, on site, large areas for grass sports pitches as well as a state of the art 3G floodlit pitch facility that really has enhanced their sporting offer. This facility was completely paid for from the school’s own finances.
The school really value the performing arts and music and encourages all its pupils to get involved in music lessons, choirs, bands and performances. These areas contribute to a wider and richer extra-curricular offer.
Year 10 pupils get the opportunity to undertake a two-week period of work experience - Kettlethorpe is one of only two schools in Wakefield that still offer work experience to Key Stage 4 pupils.
Transition from primary school is done very well and staff have considerable experience in supporting families with the move to high school. The school also holds an Open Evening where current pupils host families and give them a flavour of what being a secondary pupil at Kettlethorpe High School is all about.
As a school community, they firmly believe that parents/carers should be able to see the school in session during a normal day, and parents who would like to take them up on this invitation are encouraged to contact the school directly.
Choosing a high school will centre around pupils enjoying school and feeling safe as they go about their education. This really matters to the school community and they have a very clearly communicated code of conduct that reinforces the school’s core values and ethos. And for those pupils who work hard and attend well there are celebration events and annual rewards trips with over 1,000 pupils involved each year.
One of their biggest areas of strength is the work the pupil community put into fundraising to support local, national and international charities. In recent years the school has raised the most money, nationally, for schools involved in Children in Need. In fact, over six years over £65,000 has been raised to support those who are less fortunate.
Kettlethorpe High School is a great place to be and is somewhat unique in being the only maintained high school in the district. They look forward to showing you around.