Why does Hebden Bridge Learning Community charge fees?

Hebden Bridge Learning Community does not receive any funding from the government. We try our best to find a balance between keeping our fees as low as possible whilst wanting to ensure that our teachers receive a real living wage.

What do the children do on the days they’re not at community?

Lots of things! Home-education, forest school, farm school, sports, tutoring. There are loads of activities available locally for children. For example:

GrowFree forest school farming

Can my child join in the middle of term?

Yes, the first step to joining the community is to come to an Open day or a Taster session. 

Is lesson attendance compulsory?

Yes. The children democratically decide what topic they will study each term and then participate in the classes. However, we all have our challenging moments. If a child doesn’t want to engage with a particular class, they are invited to learn something different so long as they don’t interrupt others’ learning.

If students outvoted staff and decided something dangerous or ill-advised, what would the educators do?

Freedom comes with responsibility. Children are innately fair and the responsibility given to them helps them to develop their wisdom. The educators are there to offer advice to make sure that everyone is safe and well. Parents are also invited to participate in decision making when they are directly affected by a decision (e.g. changes in timetable).