This power point is about the school in general and the form
groups from year 7 -13 and some of the school trips you can go
on and a bit about the library and other activities and many
LETS START WITH A BREAF HITORY OF THE
The foundation stone for the new St. Aidan's Church of England High School was laid on a green
field site in Oatlands Drive by the Right Reverend John Moorman, Lord Bishop of Ripon in June
Until 1967 church school education in Harrogate was in the hands of Christ Church Secondary
School for boys and St. Peter's Secondary School for girls. Both were secondary modern schools.
As the population of Harrogate increased during the early '60s and the demand for better
facilities gathered pace it was clear that the provision for Church of England education in
Harrogate was becoming inadequate. The vision of a new Church of England school came into
being largely through the vision of the late Canon Roger Baines, a long serving Vicar of St.
The new St. Aidan's Church of England Secondary School was opened by the Bishop of Ripon in
September alongside Wheatlands School. The first Headteacher was Miss Hindmarsh, followed
by her erstwhile Deputy Head Ken Stott. In 1973 St. Aidan's became a full 11 - 18 mixed
comprehensive school and in the same year began its wonderful nationally renowned Sixth
Form association with St John Fisher Catholic High School. The school rapidly expanded and took
over the building of Wheatlands School in the mid '70s; the then pupils of Wheatlands
Secondary School moved to a new site, which is today known as Harrogate Rossett High School.
On the last day of Wheatlands' existence a part of the school was destroyed by fire, leaving the
Clock Tower for many years in isolated splendour. The space was gloriously filled in 1997 by the
award winning Constance Green Hall, named in memory of a generous Harrogate philanthropist.
Mr Wood the curent headtecher
Mr wood became the head in 2011 and
now has been head for 3 years as of
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY
The St. Aidan's Library is situated on the first
floor of the main school building. All pupils are
members and can borrow up to four books at a
time. The loan period is three weeks, but
books may be renewed by asking the
This modern well equipped facility has fiction
and non-fiction books, periodicals,
newspapers, local 'what's on information,
prospectuses, computers, a scanner and a
private study area.
The opening hours are 8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday to Thursday and 8.30am - 4pm on a
Friday, although it is always closed to all
students during morning registration.
STAR Group - a monthly reading group held on the first
Thursday of every month for an hour after school in
Mrs Roth Head of library
the Library. If you enjoy reading and like to discuss
Mrs Fuller Asst Head of library
books, this is an excellent opportunity to meet like
minded people. Click on the link for more information
or ask one of the Librarians.
We also frequently have visiting authors and book
sales which are advertised around school.
ST AIDANS SUBJECTS YEAR 7-9
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY THEY HAVE TO DO ALL DT’S IN YEAR 9
THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE 2 OF THE DT’S
ST AIDANS SUBJECTS THAT YEAR 1011 GCSE STUDENTS CAN TAKE
Key *= optional all the others you have to do
ART GRAPHICS *
RS Studants have a chose beween st maks gosblu or pholosaphy and ethics
HELTH AND SOCIAL CARE *
MODERN LANGUAGES,Studens have to choose one of these French,Spanish or German
ASDAN instead of a language for thosse in learning support
YEAR 10-11 SCIENCE
All Science courses in Years 10 and 11 are courses in 'Balanced Science' which simply means
that all students study elements of the Science subjects Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Balanced Science is offered in two ways which allows the best one suited to an individual
pupil's needs to be selected.
All choices involve the study of Science for the same number of periods a week unless they
opt for the Pre-Vocational course or GNVQ ICT at GCSE where they will only have three
periods of Science.
The Separate Sciences - Biology, Chemistry & Physics
This is a course which is taken by those who are aiming for a career in the Sciences or in other
areas where entry requirements are high and competition is strong. The course has a higher
content that the Co-ordinated Science option and because of this is a more demanding
choice. Success in each of the individual Sciences will lead to three GCSE certificates.
In this course the individual Science subjects are taught separately. The syllabus is a reduced
content version of the three Separate Sciences. A good result in the course will be an
adequate preparation for students to continue with the Science at Advanced level. The final
GCSE Certificate will be a 'double award' being credited as one GCSE in Science and one GCSE
in Additional Science.
This is a reduced version of the Double Award syllabus taken
in half of the curriculum time leading to a single GCSE in
In all courses laboratory work is assessed during the course
and the National Curriculum requirements for practical
work are covered through investigation work.
SOUND AND LIGING
THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN IN
2008 SO IS A BIT OUT OF DATE
St Aidan's & St John Fisher
Associated Sixth Form
The Associated Sixth Form was created in 1973
as a unique venture in ecumenical education.
Its aim is to provide a Christian environment in
which all students who wish to remain at
school beyond the age of 16 are given the
opportunity to fulfil their academic potential.
This is achieved by pooling the resources, staff
expertise and experience of two outstanding
schools for the benefit of all sixth form
ST AIDANS SUBJECTS YEAR 12-13
Key *= optional all the others you have to do
ART GRAPHICS *
AS and A2:
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE *
APPLIED SCIENCE *
MODERN LANGUAGES,Students have a choice of French,Spainish or German*
PE-AS and A2 *
ASDAN for those in Learning Support
AS photograpy and A2 photography
Two of our sixth form students, Tom Oates and
James D’Arcy, have been running a ‘Corridor
Safety Campaign’ over the past few weeks.
where the powerpoint that was shown to
students in their assemblies is available under
‘Toms Safety Campaign’ and there are some
posters around school.
All you need to know for now is: Keep left, keep
calm and you will come to no harm!
HERE ARE A FEW
AND THE POSTERS
HERE ARE SOME
THAY NOT ALL
UP IN SCHOOL
KEEP LEFT, KEEP CALM AND YOU WILL COME TO NO HARM ( UP IN SCHOOL)
KEEP LEFT, KEEP CALM AND YOU WILL COME TO NO HARM(UP IN SCHOOL)
School trips year 7-13
Year 7 Northumberland Residential
Year 8 Ullswater
Year 9 London,Paris, Germany,Salamnca,
Flanders,Holland,Coast to Coast
Year 10 Loch Eil and Cologne
Year 11 Ardèche
Year 12&13 SKY TRIP
In Year 7 the pupils have the chance to make a residential trip
over a weekend to Northumberland. This trip has been taking
place for well over 30 years and gives all pupils in Year 7 the
opportunity to study the history, geography and religious
background of the area.
Hear are some photos from the 2012 trip
The Ullswater Centre is based on the North West shore of the lake and is set in 18 acres of
woodland. The accommodation is comfortable and the buildings are set in grounds that have a
long waterfront on the shore of the lake. The Instructors are all well qualified and experienced
and able to provide a challenging, yet rewarding experience for all participants.
Courses at the Centre are tailor-made to the requirements of schools. We would follow the
‘Adventure and Challenge’ model which encourages young people to push themselves beyond
their expectations and develop learning about self and others. The location allows us to make
full use of the lake, including such activities as kayaking, canoeing, raft building and rowing.
In addition, hill walking, rock climbing, gorge walking, scrambling and mountain navigation are
all available, with the opportunity of staying in a high mountain hut as part of an expedition.
The week long course is based in stunning scenery under Helvellyn - one of The Lake District's
Year 9 Trips
In Year 9 pupils have the
choice of 6 simultaneous
trips to choose from
yes 6 trips !!!!!!!!!!!!!