Calder High School was opened in January 1950 and takes pride of place as Yorkshire’s first comprehensive school. The school catered for some three hundred and fifty students on its opening - a big change from the community of one thousand five hundred students and staff who work here today. Calder High School is now a Co-operative Trust School in The Calder Learning Trust with Brooksbank Sports College and Calderdale Local Authority.
We are situated in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire, in the village of Mytholmroyd approximately six miles west of Halifax. The school serves the Calder Valley, stretching from Halifax through Luddendenfoot, then Mytholmroyd, and beyond to the town of Hebden Bridge and the borders of Todmorden.
Calder High School is fortunate in housing the renowned Ted Hughes Theatre which was opened by the poet’s widow, Carol Hughes, in 2007. It is a popular venue for school and community events through which the school has achieved the prestigious Artsmark Gold award. The school is decorated with quotations from Ted Hughes’ poetry, celebrating our literacy heritage through his connection with Mytholmroyd and the school.
Our Sixth Form, which enjoys a separate state-of-the-art building including social area, attracts students from across Halifax and the Calder Valley.
We aim for our students in Years 7-13 to become confident, responsible and articulate young people, supported within and beyond the curriculum and engaging in the fantastic range of opportunities available at Calder High School. These include camps with the Outward Bound Trust, sporting events and competitions, Expressive Arts activities, a move into international volunteering for Sixth Form students and much, much more.
Here at Calder High School we aim for every student to achieve their very best every day.
Mr A Guise
Calder VI is privileged to send Year 13 students to volunteer in a developing country for two weeks every summer. Please support our worthwhile and life-changing Overseas Project by visiting our School Angel Online Retailer fundraising page.
In previous years Priority PhotoCards have automatically been renewed for students already registered to travel on a school service. This will no longer be the case.
Media students at Calder High School were congratulated for not only winning the most technically impressive film category but also being selected as the overall winner of The Bank of England’s National Schools Film Competition for their film ‘A Day in the Life of a Fiver’. The film takes us on a journey which shows how the new five pound note gets passed between different groups of people and even shows it surviving a kayaking adventure in the local River Calder.
Calder High School has now got over 100 students who have signed up to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. We have 50 students currently in Year 10 who are doing the award as well as 52 Year 9 students who have recently joined.
On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th December 2016, a group of Year 13 students who will be volunteering as part of the 2017 Overseas Project with Calder High School Sixth Form, took part in a bag pack at the Hebden Bridge Co-op.
Linked proposal to close Cragg Vale J & I School and to enlarge and change the age range of Calder High School to create an all-through school.
Following a very successful volunteering project to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2015, a team of 12 Calder VI students and 3 staff members returned to Sri Lanka during the recent summer break.
Calder High School is proud to report our best ever GCSE results following this years summer examinations.