Hebden Bridge School wishes to support families that have decided to offer alternative education to their children. We want to provide an educational centre for children to learn and meet other like-minded children. We understand a need for flexibility and we wish to embrace this.  We have set aside one day in our timetable for home-educators to experience the unique education that we offer through small class- sizes, personalised teaching, yoga and meditation, cross-subject learning and a flexible approach to homework.

We propose the following:

  •  We will have a home-educators day once a week (twice if there is a demand for it).
  •  Children will be taught in one group of Key stage 3, of children aged between 10 and 13 on 31st August 2016.
  •  All the topics studied will prepare students for GCSEs should they wish to do them.
  • A school day follows the timetable below. The initial designated Home-educator day would be Tuesdays (see timetable below; this is not set in stone and we can easlily change the day).
  • We want to allow the home-educators to have an utmost continuity between days. The days open to Home Educators are when we do the majority of our cross-subject learning. We will be teaching English, History, Geography, RE, Citizenship, Music and Drama and some Science through topics that interconnect learning and allow students to learn widely, deeply and creatively. These topics are studied over a half-term. An example of the first of these topics is below.
  • Children will follow the normal admissions process. See link here:http://hebdenbridgeschool.co.uk/admissions/
  • Students will be set homework but how much is agreed previously by teachers, students and parents.
  • The fees for 2016-17 are calculated at £55 per day and children sign up for a minimum of one whole term with fees of:
  • Winter term, 14 weeks: £770
  • Spring term, 12 weeks: £660
  • Summer term, 10 weeks: £550
  • Fees can be paid in 10 monthly instalments of £198 per month.
  • Meals are available at a cost of £3-4 (subject to demand) per day, and need to be booked in advance.
  • School trips will be organised in connection with the curriculum and will be charged separately.
  • A school camp will be scheduled in July 2017 for those who wish to come along. It will be charged at cost for more information: http://hebdenbridgeschool.co.uk/the-school-camp/

April 17th is our next taster day at the Birchcliffe. Home-educators are invited and the session will start at 10.15am and finish at 3.00pm. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register.

We will follow this with a consultation for home-educators about our proposals. This will last from 3pm to 5pm. Parents can bring their children to the taster and stay on or just come to the consultation.

We are also available to meet with parents before April 17th to discuss admissions.

Timetable with Home-educator day on a Tuesday.

· Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
08.30 Register Register Register Register Register
08:35 *PE including yoga and meditation PE inc Y+M PE inc Y+M PE inc Y+M PE inc Y+M
09.30 Maths Cross Curricular Topic (CCT) Science Spanish English Lit.
10.20 Science CCT Maths English Art
11.10 Break Break Break Break Break
11.30 Science CCT School Meeting ICT Art
12.20 Meditation Meditation School Meeting Meditation Meditation
12.30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
01.30 Meditation Meditation Meditation Meditation Meditation
01.40 PSHE CCT Maths Sports CCT
2.20 Community Service CCT Maths all afternoon CCT
3.00 Community Service CCT English CCT
03.40 Reflection and preparation for homework and next day Reflection + preparation Reflection + preparation Reflection + preparation Reflection +preparation
04.00 Finish Finish Finish Finish Finish

Example cross-subject learning topic:Year 7

First half-term- SUGAR


  Sub-topic CONTENT    
1. SCIENCE AND PSHE Describe the components of a healthy diet; examine the importance of each component of a healthy diet; Test foods for starch, sugars, protein and fat; predict the results of food tests for a range of foods; Describe how we use energy from food; compare the energy requirements of people of different ages and lifestyles; analyse numerical data about energy contents of foods.
2. HISTORY The slave trade background/how it started/key players/the slave experience/ the abolition movement/the legacy.“The story of Slavery” by Sarah Courthold
3. ENGLISH  “No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance” by Doreen RappaportHow does fiction help understand history? How do people try and overcome suffering through story telling? Why does the narrative work therapeutically?
4. MUSIC Songs of the slaves, how did they try to overcome their suffering through singing?What role did it play in their lives? Showing the connection to gospel, to chain gangs to blues and RnB.
5. GEOGRAPHY Human geography: primary; secondary, tertiary; quaternary sectors of the economy.Understanding this in terms f the slave trade where humans exploited the same as natural resources.Understanding this with regards to the sugar business.
6. CITIZENSHIP Introduction to citizenship: To consider what slavery was morally legally and with regards to human rights.Ownership of human beings, to consider what the legacy was and consideration of racism.
7. ART Explore traditional African art and contemporary African influenced art. Visit to Liverpool Museum of Slavery and Liverpool Tate Gallery. African Printmaking. We look at pattern and printmaking using African Adinkra symbols. African Mask making. Create your own African style mask using papier mache. Chris Ofili. This artist uses layers of paint, resin, glitter and dung (mostly elephant) to create images around black identity. What materials could you use to create images in a similar style around your own identity? What materials would be appropriate? What images? Identify key themes and materials, intellectual analysis. Emotional response to the work. What does it make you feel? Sketches of images related to child’s own identity. Collecting materials and discussion. Produce final piece.To register for the next taster on April 17 please fill in the form below:
Name of child:

Date of birth:
Which taster day would you like to come and are there any special dietary needs?
Name of accompanying parent:

Phone Number:

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