School life: Sowerby Bridge High students benefiting from new partnership

A new uniform policy has been introduced along with a new Behaviour for Learning Policy which ensures even higher expectations of students.
A new uniform policy has been introduced along with a new Behaviour for Learning Policy which ensures even higher expectations of students.

Students and parents at Sowerby Bridge High School (SBHS) are already benefitting from new developments brought in as a result of its new partnership with the Trinity Academy Multi-Academy Trust, lead by the lead school in the trust, Trinity Academy Halifax.

Recently, a new uniform policy has been introduced along with a new Behaviour for Learning Policy which ensures even higher expectations of students and a focus upon rewarding excellent behaviour, attendance and attitude.

Under the leadership of James Franklin-Smith, who is Executive Principal across both institutions, students are responding positively to the changes which are impacting upon their success in and outside of the classroom.

Mr Franklin-Smith, Executive Principal said: “A smart, well worn uniform instils a sense of pride in all students, and combined with a focus on rewarding excellent conduct and attitude, ensures that young people can achieve their full potential.

“I am proud of how the school has embraced these changes, which are already having a measurable impact. We were pleased to receive a comment from a member of the public regarding how our students are representing the school in the local community, who are noticing the pride with which students wear their uniform and significantly improved punctuality.

“These are the basics that lay the foundations for success, and the school is on an exciting journey of rapid improvement.

“Students, staff, parents and the local community can expect to see further developments as we work to achieve our vision of becoming an outstanding school.”

One pupil said: “I can see why the school is making changes and I think it will be a good thing for our education and our future.”

Other changes supporting greater and academic success include a new pastoral support team and implementing the strategies for success at Trinity Academy within the school with a clear focus on ensuring young people enjoy outstanding lessons.

Over the coming weeks, staff at the school will be visiting schools where the new Year 7 students are based, to tell them more about the exciting experience that they can expect as part of a school based in the heart of the local community, and part of the Trinity MAT family of schools and academies.