The school is the largest in Calderdale and is well above the average size nationally. It is situated in Elland but also draws in students from Halifax and a number of semi-rural villages. The community it serves is one of strong contrasts with areas ranging from relative prosperity to severe deprivation. Overall, the school is around the national average for deprivation. The proportion of students who are thought to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average, as are the proportions of students from minority ethnic groups and whose first language is believed not to be English. While the proportion of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is well below the national average, the proportion of students who have a statement of special educational need is close to the national average. The school is part of a collaborative framework called Campus Calderdale and was awarded specialist status as a Sports College in September 2003 and was re-designated in September 2007. The school has achieved a number of awards for different aspects of its work: Artsmark Gold July 2006; Healthy Schools Award July 2007; Quality standard for Careers Education and Guidance designated 2004 and given the 3 year award in September 2007; Investors in People redesignation in June 2008; Sportsmark 2007.
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Victoria Road, , Elland HX5 0QG