Maltings College receives early praise

Michael Horrocks, Anthony Smith and Julian Dowson (centre) receiving the award
Michael Horrocks, Anthony Smith and Julian Dowson (centre) receiving the award

A college which has not yet officially opened has already won its first major award.

The Maltings College in Fountain Head Village, Halifax, has been singled out for being entrepreneurial and innovative by the Independent Academies Association (IAA).

The college, which opens its doors in September, is part of a family of schools established by Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School.

The school took over the former Fountain Head Brewery, once home of Webster’s, and was successful in a bid to make it one of 102 free schools across the country, approved by Prime Minister, David Cameron, last year.

It will offer industry-led vocational courses for 16 to 19-year-olds designed to prepare them for work in local businesses.

The award, a cut-glass trophy, was presented at a black-tie dinner in London to Anthony Smith the Executive Head of HLHS and The Maltings College; Julian Dowson the vice-principal at The Maltings College and Michael Horrocks bursar at HLHS.

“We have put a lot of hard work into getting The Maltings College off the ground but this award proves we are on the right track and we can’t wait to open our doors in September, said Mr Smith.

“We are over capacity on numbers so know students are crying out for employer led courses that model the modern workplace. We are constantly looking at links with local businesses, schools and nurseries and would urge anyone wanting to get involved to contact us.”