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Hungerhill School Prospectus

I am delighted to introduce you to our highly successful school and give you an insight into all that makes it outstanding. I am immensely proud to be the Headteacher of this happy, popular learning community, which provides an exceptional standard of education for over a thousand young people. We have a hugely talented and committed staff team which enables all students to achieve their potential and prepare them to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

We believe that our examination success allows students to achieve their aspirations and our drive for excellence is at the heart of everything we do. Students are part of our thriving community where everyone is valued. We have developed a curriculum which is aspirational, designed to challenge and engage all students, offering both academic excellence and lifelong skills. Our curriculum pathways ensure that our curriculum offer is highly personalised and differentiated to meet the needs of all our students. The extensive range of enriching experiences offered as part of the main curriculum and beyond the school day ensures that a strong emphasis is placed upon the development of the whole child. Additionally, we enable students to flourish by supporting them in contributing to both national and international communities.

Pastoral care and inclusion are of exceptional quality with transition from primary to secondary school being very well supported by the strong links we have with our pyramid of schools in the Brighter Futures Partnership Trust. Indeed, the success of our school is facilitated by a number of partnerships and the school values the high level of parental engagement and trust which are evidenced through the Hungerhill Parents' Advisory Group (HPAG) which has a critical role in helping to move the school forward.

Traditional values of courtesy, cooperation and respect underpin all aspects of school life and we strive to ensure that we provide the best foundation on which to build our students' talents and achievements. Whatever their chosen pathway; sixth form, FE college, apprenticeship or employment, our students will leave prepared for the challenge and be ready to make a valuable contribution to society.

By choosing Hungerhill School for your child, you are committing yourself to work with us for your child’s future in our caring, aspirational school.

Mrs H Redford-Hernandez
Headteacher.

 

 

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  • Download a Copy

    Published 17/05/17

    If you would like a printed copy of our school prospectus, please contact our school Reception on 01302 885811 or send us an email including your postal address to admin@hungerhillschool.com

    You can download a PDF copy of our prospectus below:

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  • Examination Results

    Published 17/05/17

    For a detailed breakdown of our Key Stage 4 examination results, please click here.

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  • The School Curriculum

    Published 17/05/17

    If you would like a detailed breakdown of the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum, please download the document below. 

    If you would like to learn more about the individual subjects that we offer our students, click here.

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  • School Uniform

    Published 17/05/17

    The school attaches great importance to appropriate dress. It helps to establish a feeling of community and to develop the personal presentation skills of students. Uniform is therefore not an option, it is a necessity. We expect all students to wear the uniform with pride when in school or when attending school functions. Parents are asked to ensure that clothing is clearly labelled.

    Trousers/Skirt

    Plain black trousers/skirt of a classical style, straight cut. Trousers should be tailored, the leg width must remain the same from hip to ankle. The width of the ankle must not be less than a 16-18cm diameter. Skinny/flared/stretch/Lycra/hipster/casual linen/leggings/appearance of leggings are not allowed. Trousers should not have accessory zips on, i.e. on the pocket area. Skirts should be worn at the knee, not above. High waisted/stretch/Lycra-pencil skirts are not allowed.

    Shirt

    Plain white shirt with traditional collar (no sports shirts).

    School Jumper

    Plain black V-neck with school logo. These are available from the school at a cost of £14.00 (30-34”) - £16.00 (36-44”). No other tops are permitted.

    School Coat

    No hoodies, tracksuit tops, jersey tops e.g. sweatshirts, denim jackets, leather jackets, fur coats, cardigan style jackets. Ideally, any coat your child wears to school should be waterproof.

    School Bag

    Bags should be black. They should be large enough to carry A4 folders, books and be appropriate for school. ‘Handbag -style’ bags are not permitted.

    Tie

    A school tie must be worn. Ties are available from the school at a cost of £3.50 (Year 11 ties available at a cost of £5.00).

    Socks/Tights

    Girls wearing skirts must wear plain white/black socks or plain black/flesh coloured tights.

    Footwear

    All students are expected to wear sensible black shoes with safe heels for movement around school. Boys must not wear trainer-style shoes. We strongly recommend low heels for girls. Trainers, boots, canvas shoes, sandals, pumps or ‘ballet’ style shoes are not allowed.

    Earrings

    Students may wear a small, single plain stud (not a ring) in each ear lobe. Ear ‘stretchers’ are not permitted and jewellery in any other part of the ear is also not permitted.

    Jewellery

    Jewellery should only be worn in the form of a single or plain stud in the bottom of each ear lobe and not in other parts of the ear. All other forms of jewelery, including tongue piercings, are not allowed. Watches, however, are permissable.

    Hair Styles

    These should be appropriate for school. Heads should not be shaved. Excessive hairstyles such as line designs, extreme shaping, styling, unnatural colouring or combination of colours are not allowed. We do not expect hair to be shaved to less than a grade 2.

    Make-up

    Make-up is not allowed in Years 7, 8 and 9. It should only be worn discreetly in Years 10 and 11 and is seen as a priviledge for the older students. False nails and nail polish should not be worn.

    Denim

    Denim and ‘jeans type’ clothing should not be worn. Denim jackets or coats are not allowed.

    Protective Clothing

    Please provide your child with an apron or overall for use in art studios and workshops.

    Clothing for Physical Education (please ensure that all kit is labelled)

    PE Kit - Boys:

    Indoor:

    • White school polo shirt / plain white polo shirt
    • Black school shorts / plain black shorts
    • White ankle sports socks
    • Non-marking sole trainers

    Outdoor:

    • Black school rugby shirt / plain black rugby shirt (essential)
    • Black school shorts / plain black shorts
    • Black school football socks / black football socks
    • Football boots and non-marking sole trainers
    • Shin pads
    • Base layer (optional

    PE Kit - Girls

    Indoor:

    • White school polo shirt / plain white polo shirt
    • Black school shorts / plain black shorts
    • White ankle sports socks
    • Non-marking sole trainers

    Outdoor:

    • Black school training top / plain black training top
    • Black school shorts / plain black shorts
    • Black school football socks / black football socks
    • Football boots and non-marking sole trainers
    • Shin pads
    • Base layer (optional)

    The following equipment is available to order through the school website www.hungerhillschool.com and by following the link to Sportswear International (SWI) Please note: the different prices are dependent on the size of the garment)

    White polo shirt (boys/girls) £14.78 / £16.52
    Red/black rugby shirt (boys essential) £21.00 / £23.35
    Black training top (girls) £17.86 / £20.22
    Black shorts (boys/girls) £8.74 / £9.97
    Black football socks (boys/girls) £5.04 / £6.16
    Black base layer (boys/girls) £13.55 / £15.85
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  • Student Code of Conduct

    Published 17/05/17

    To support our school vision and aims, students are asked to comply with our Student Code of Conduct:

    Students are required to:

    • move sensibly, quietly and safely around the school
    • treat each other and staff with courtesy, respect and good manners
    • attend lessons promptly, equipped and ready to learn
    • participate in lessons and try your best
    • care for your equipment, belongings and our environment; do not have chewing gum in school
    • follow instructions and requests from all school staff at the first request
    • wear uniform correctly and with pride.
    • In line with our anti-bullying policy, all students are asked to:
    • not allow someone deliberately to be left out of a group
    • not smile or laugh or join in when someone else is being upset or bullied
    • tell a member of staff what is happening
    • tell the bullying students that you disapprove of their actions
    • support those students who are being bullied in any way you can.

    What happens when we make the right choices in school?

    • verbal praise
    • positive comments in books, reports
    • phone call home
    • positive letter
    • postcards home
    • Award certificates
    • celebration assemblies
    • excellent progress
    • good GCSE grades
    • entry into the best jobs, apprenticeships, universities
    • better life chances; healthier, earn more money, have more choice, happier

    What happens when we make the wrong choices in school?

    • oral reprimand
    • withdrawal of priviledges
    • confiscation
    • parental involvement
    • report to a member of staff
    • lose social time
    • detentions - including Saturday morning
    • isolation
    • fixed-term exclusions
    • possible Police involvement
    • Governor warning panel
    • permanent exclusion - this is the Headteacher’s decision.
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  • Routes Post-16

    Published 17/05/17

    Routes taken by students when they leave the school:

    In Year 11 every opportunity is taken to provide students and their parents with detailed information about post-16 opportunities so that well-informed and impartial decisions can be made. Visits to sixth forms, colleges and other training providers are organised and encouraged.

    The routes taken by Year 11 students 2015/2016 were as follows:

    Route Number Percentage
    A course at a school or any further education college 216 96%
    Employment (including modern apprenticeships) 5 2.2%
    Training (work based, including armed forces) 3 1.3%
    Unemployed 1 0.5%
    Unknown/left area 0 0
    Total 225 100%

    *Please note that these figures are correct at the time of print and are subject to change.

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  • Attendance

    Published 17/05/17

    The school places great importance on attendance, as good attendance is closely linked to high attainment. We ask all parents to ensure their children attend every day and strongly discourage the booking of holidays during term time. These will only be authorised under exceptional circumstances. A copy of the school’s policy on leave of absence for holidays can be downloaded from the school website.

    Please note any absences from school should be explained by parents as soon as possible, either by telephone, in writing or by email. Parents should be aware that it is up to the school to decide whether or not an absence is authorised. If it is a genuine illness or some other unavoidable reason, it will be authorised. Unexplained or unacceptable absence is treated as unauthorised (truancy). It is now illegal to take holidays during term time and a fixed penalty fine may be issued if parents choose to do so.

    We are very proud of the level of attendance of our students and consistently achieve an attendance rate that is well above the national average. Details of attendance statistics for the past three years are shown in the chart below:

      School National Average
    2014 96.8% 95.5%
    2015 96.3% 94.8%
    2016 96.04% N/A

     

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  • Our Policies

    Published 17/05/17

    Safeguarding/Child Protection

    Hungerhill School recognises the responsibility it has under Section 175 of the Education Act, 2002, to ensure that safeguarding and the weflfare of children is of paramount importance. All staff receive regular training on child protection and safeguarding issues and there are rigorous procedures in place to protect children. A copy of the Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy can be downloaded from the school’s website. The designated members of staff for Child Protection are Mrs W Sumner and Mrs J Rivers.

    Special Educational Needs

    The school’s policy on Special Educational Needs is in line with the requirements of the new Code of Practice. Central to the policy is the philosophy that all students have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum and it is the collective responsibility of all staff to provide the best educational opportunities for all children.

    The school has an excellent reputation for its provision in this area and there are clear criteria and procedures in place for the identification and assessment of students with special educational needs. Currently there are 26 students with statements of special educational needs in the school. Arrangements for the admission of students with disabilities follow the procedures contained in the ‘Admission to Secondary School Booklet’ published by the Local Authority.

    The SEN Co-ordinators work with a team of assistants who are able to provide additional support to ensure students’ needs are met in the most appropriate way. The school ensures that disabled students are not disadvantaged in any way and there is an accessibility plan in place. Most support is provided within lessons and where necessary children are given individual help with basic skills. As a consequence students with special needs make outstanding progress at the school. Our SEN Information Report, which includes a description of our SEN provision is available on our website.

    Disability Equality

    As a school we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for disabled students, staff and all those who receive services from the school. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people feel free to disclose their disability and to participate fully in the life of the school. At Hungerhill we believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach, work and visit here.

    Home Learning

    We consider learning at home to be extremely important as a means of preparing students prior to lessons or extending work and consolidating work covered in lessons. Home learning is an integral feature of students’ work and is one of the key mechanisms through which we can help all students to achieve their full potential through fostering habits of self-discipline and developing independent learning such as research and study skills. All students are issued with a log-in for ‘Frog Learning' where work is uploaded and should be checked daily. Students are also issued with a planner in which to record their offline home learning. Parents are able to check online whether their child has completed all home learning tasks. We ask parents to ensure home learning is completed in the best possible conditions and to check and sign their child’s planner each week.

    Careers Education and Guidance

    Careers education is offered to students in all years through the personal, social and health education programme. The careers programme seeks to make students aware of their talents and aptitudes and the range of post-16 opportunities available to them.

    All students have access to one-to-one support from an external, impartial careers advisor. The school’s Careers, Work-Related Learning and Transitional Support Officer is also available for consultation by students and parents at any time through the year.

    There is a well stocked, up-to-date careers/guidance library where students have access at lunchtimes, breaks and after school.

    Religious Education and Collective Worship

    Britain today is a multi-cultural society, containing people from many ethnic backgrounds. Students therefore learn about a broad spectrum of religions, giving them an understanding of people’s religious beliefs and practices and of how their lives are affected by religion. A more detailed knowledge of Christianity is presented since it is the mainstream religion in Britain today. Collective worship is seen by the school as an important part of students’ experience and development. Themes such as respect for others, consideration of the importance of the spiritual side of life, and an understanding of moral issues are all covered. Whilst assemblies reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief they also encompass a consideration of the different world faiths found within Britain.

    Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education or collective worship, either in whole or in part. Those wishing to do so should contact the school and alternative provision will be arranged.

    Sex Education

    Sex education is taught as part of the national curriculum in science; as part of personal, social and health education, and as part of religious education. Its purpose is to provide knowledge about loving relationships, the nature of sexuality and the processes of human reproduction. Students are encouraged to have regard for moral considerations, the value of family life and sexual health within the context of the education programme. Outside agencies are used to assist with the delivery of the programme.

    Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex education programme. Those wishing to do so should contact the school.

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  • Our Community

    Published 17/05/17

    The School Community

    As a community we stress the importance of individual responsibility, trust and respect. We encourage self-discipline, sharing, honesty and fairness. The support and guidance system in the school is based on these core values.

    Each student is placed in a mixed ability form of approximately 30 students under the care of a form tutor. Most students remain in the same form, with the same tutor throughout their time at the school. This creates stability and continuity. The work of the form tutors is supported by the Achievement Leaders and Learning Support Co-ordinators.

    Being a responsible member of our community

    At Hungerhill we believe that good order and discipline is essential for learning to take place. To achieve this, all students are expected to be responsible members of our community by displaying self-discipline and high standards of behaviour, showing consideration for others at all times.

    When necessary, sanctions are applied fairly and appropriately. We try to involve parents sooner rather than later when behaviour does not adhere to our high standards.

    Recognising success in our community

    We believe in focusing on the strengths and successes of our students, rather than their failures and shortcomings and there is a wide variety of rewards and strategies for celebrating success. In this way we aim to promote and maintain a positive school community in which everyone feels valued.

    Examples of rewards are:

    • the Bonus Credit system throughout the school
    • Key Stage 3 rewards assemblies every half-term
    • certificates for outstanding attendance
    • free tickets to Doncaster Rovers home games
    • Headteacher’s commendations for outstanding effort on the Record of Achievement
    • letters and postcards home to parents
    • individual referrals for good work
    • reward systems of subject departments
    • annual Awards’ Mornings and Presentation Evening
    • vouchers to spend in the school canteen
    • vouchers to spend in various retail outlets
    • end of year attendance and attitude to learning rewards.

    Brighter Futures Learning Partnership

    Hungerhill is an Academy and is part of the ‘Brighter Futures Learning Partnership’. The partners of our Trust are Barnby Dun Primary School; Canon Popham (VA) Church of England School; Dunsville Primary School; Edenthorpe Hall Primary School; Hungerhill School; Kirk Sandall Infant School; Kirk Sandall Junior School; the BEAK Children’s Centre; Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Health Trust; Doncaster Rovers Football Club, and John Leggott College, Scunthorpe.

    The aims of the Trust are to:

    • provide a first class education for all young people in our community
    • create school partnerships that will raise attainment and in doing so increase the life chances of all young people in the area served by our school
    • build upon the good practice that already exists amongst schools in our pyramid, as well as the Sure Start Children’s Centre located at Kirk Sandall Infant School
    • address barriers that hinder young people learning
    • deliver improved support for families in the community.

    Communication with Parents

    The school actively encourages parents to become involved in the education of their children. We communicate with parents in many ways:

    • regular newsletters
    • letters
    • student planners
    • individual meetings, either at mutually convenient appointments or at Parents’ Evenings
    • student reports and subject review grades
    • telephone
    • school website
    • email
    • text messages
    • Awards Mornings
    • information evenings and workshop sessions.

    The Hungerhill Parents’ Advisory Group (HPAG)

    The HPAG is a parents’ group that meets regularly each year to provide their views on school issues that are important to them. For example, in the past year they have discussed parents’ evenings; leave of absence for holidays; anti-bullying policies; the behaviour and rewards policy; and assessment and reporting.

    Any parent is entitled to be part of the group. For more information, please refer to our website, or contact admin@hungerhillschool.com, for the attention of Mrs C Keogan.

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  • Your Time at Hungerhill

    Published 17/05/17

    The School Day

    8.50-9.05am Registration/Assembly
    9.05-9.55am Lesson 1
    9.55-10.45am Lesson 2
    10.45-11.00am Break
    11.00-11.50am Lesson 3
    11.50am-12.40pm Lesson 4a/Lunch
    12.40-1.30pm Lesson 4b/Lunch
    1.30-2.20pm Lesson 5
    2.20-3.10pm Lesson 6

     

    School Transport

    There are special buses each day from Kirk Sandall, Hatfield and Barnby Dun. A single journey costs 70p as long as the student has a concessionary fare pass.

    School Meals

    A midday meal is available with a wide choice of menu that caters for all tastes. The current price is £2.10.

    Please note: all students are expected to stay on site at lunchtime unless they are going directly home.

    Curriculum Statement

    “We believe that all students are of equal worth; that they are entitled to a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum relevant to their particular needs; and education is about enlarging experience and understanding, about the rewards and enjoyment of learning and as such is a life-long process. By promoting equality of opportunity, the school aims to develop the full potential for learning of all its students; to promote their cultural, mental, moral and physical growth and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life at home, at work, at leisure and in the community.”

    Curriculum Organisation

    At Hungerhill, we have a highly personalised curriculum. Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is based on a three-year model following on from an accelerated Key Stage 3. On entry, students are grouped in mixed ability forms with letters taken from the name of the school; 7H, 7U, 7N etc. Most students will remain in the same form throughout their time at the school. It is our policy to organise students into teaching groups that promote the most effective and successful personalised learning. Arrangements therefore vary from subject to subject, some being taught in ability sets and others in mixed ability groups.

    Subjects studied by all students in Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3) are:

    • Art & Design
    • Design & Technology
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • ICT (incl. Computer Science)
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Foreign Languages
    • Performing Arts (Music, Drama, and Dance)
    • Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education
    • Physical Education
    • Religious Education
    • Science

    The Key Stage 4 Curriculum is made up of two parts:

    1. core subjects which all students study
    2. optional subjects which students choose at the end of Year 8.

    Core Subjects

    All students study English, maths, science, ICT, ethics and philosophy, physical education, personal, social and health education throughout Key Stage 4.

    In addition, all students select four subjects from French; Spanish; geography; history; science; art, craft and design; business; ICT; computer science; media; drama; food preparation and nutrition; music; performing arts; physical education; product design; psychology; religious education; sport science; health and social care, and workskills.

    Enrichment

    Hungerhill School is proud to offer a wide and varied selection of enrichment opportunities for our students. The enrichment programme consists of weekly enrichment lessons for all year groups with separate focussed activity days taking place throughout the year. The weekly enrichment lessons allow students to choose activities such as knitting, gardening, sign language and musical events. The enrichment programme also offers students the opportunity to become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award from Year 9 onwards. Our enrichment curriculum aims to offer a wide range of experiences and challenges to ensure our students are inspired to learn beyond the traditional classroom, for memorable learning experiences to complement our excellent academic life.

    The team leading the enrichment programme is made up of:

    Mrs S Davies - Joint Head of Enrichment

    Mrs E Barlow - Joint Head of Enrichment

    Miss A Cross - Duke of Edinburgh Leader.

    Enrichment Activities

    We provide a broad range of activities to enrich the lives of our students and enhance their learning experiences. These include:

    Study Visits:

    Art                               Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Drama                        Theatre trips

    PE                               Football trips incl. to the USA; Ski trip to Italy

    History                        Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds

    Geography                East Yorkshire coast

    Year 7                        visit to Boreatton Park

    Year 8                        visit to France and the WWI battlefields

    Year 10                      visit to Castleton

    English                      visits to numerous productions

    Science                     various visits

    Sport:

    Badminton, Cricket, Rounders, Netball, Football, Rugby, and Athletics clubs; inter-form competitions.

    Study Support:

    Subject ‘booster’ and ‘blaster’ activities

    Out-of-hours access to ICT suites

    Holiday catch-up sessions

    Extension activities for gifted students

    Clubs in many different subject areas

    Homework club

    Breakfast club

    Spanish club

    Intensive ‘camps’ in ICT, literacy and numeracy

    Maths Challenge

    7th Session.

    Performing Arts:

    Drama productions, fiddle band, stage band, drama club, music concerts, music instrumental tuition.

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  • Aims and Values

    Published 17/05/17

    We believe all students are unique individuals and are of equal worth; everyone can achieve and has a contribution to make. Education works best when it is a close partnership between the school, students and home. From this premise we set out to develop independent, caring, enquiring, morally responsible, adaptable and well-qualified young people prepared for life and work beyond school. We seek to ensure every young person leaves the school with an enjoyment of learning and an understanding of the importance of learning in their future lives.

    The school’s aims are:

    • to develop the potential of all students - their knowledge, skills and understanding - through an appropriate and relevant curriculum incorporating legal requirements
    • to use methods of learning and teaching which meet individual needs, develop feelings of confidence, bring success and maximise students’ standards of achievement
    • to foster a caring, well-behaved community where students:
      • are well behaved and self-disciplined
      • feel they belong and are valued, are happy and emotionally secure so that they are able to explore their feelings within a positive environment
      • value their own health and wellbeing
      • learn co-operation, tolerance and mutual respect, and involve themselves fully in the life of the community
      • to strive for quality and excellence in all aspects of school life
      • to provide clean, stimulating and safe surroundings which enhance learning and foster respect for the environment
      • to encourage a positive and active partnership with parents and the wider community.

    At the heart of our vision are our core values:

    • respect
    • excellence
    • resilience
    • care and consideration
    • honesty

    Number on Roll 1145 (September 2016)

    Information about admissions

    Parents who would like to know more about Hungerhill are most welcome to visit the school and to bring their children with them. Please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs C Keogan, who will arrange a convenient time. A visit provides the opportunity to ask questions, tour the school, to meet staff and to see the school in session.

    The school serves the communities of Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall, Barnby Dun and Dunsville, but applications are welcome from families outside these areas. Each school year, Hungerhill School consults with the LA and, historically, has set a limit of 224. All admissions are dealt with by Doncaster Local Authority, not by the Headteacher or Governors of the school. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st October 2016. Details of the admission policy statement for all secondary schools is provided separately by the LA in the ‘Admission to Secondary School’ booklet available from ‘Admissions and Student Services’ tel. 01302 737203, email: admissions@doncaster.gov.uk

    Admissions Criteria

    Places will be allocated using the criteria listed below, in order of priority:

    • children in Public Care
    • children who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in the catchment area of the school
    • children who have attended one of the Brighter Futures Partnership Trust schools for more than one calendar year before the closing date for applications
    • children who attend a school which is a linked pyramid school
    • children with an elder brother or sister in the school
    • other children from outside the catchment area, based on proximity.
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  • A Personal Approach

    Published 17/05/17
    We are very proud of our pastoral care system:  At Hungerhill School we aim to nurture the whole child and ensure that students develop positive moral values which enable them to make valuable contributions to both the school and the wider socie
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