Part-time school at Hebden Bridge School

Hebden Bridge Secondary  School will open its doors as a part-time school this September 8th.  It will be open every Thursday, one day a week that can inspire many hours of further learning. Children will be able to experience the unique education that we offer through small class-sizes, personalised teaching, self-directed learning, yoga and meditation, cross-curriculum topics and democratic running of the school. With each child and parent we will agree a personalised learning plan to determine how the student prefers to study inside and outside of the classroom.  We aim to build up to opening a full-time school in September 2017 into which the part-time day will be incorporated.

  • All topics studied will prepare students for GCSEs.
  • Children will be taught in one group of Key stage 3, aged between 10 and 13.
  • The school day follows the timetable below, every Thursday.
  • Individually tailored tutoring hours are available on other days.
  • Students can be set homework,. This will be agreed previously between teachers, students and parents as part of a personalised learning plan.
  • Students will set up and manage community volunteer projects.
  • Parents can take holidays with their children whenever they want.
  • Students can join the group at any time and will be charged pro-rata for the term (from when they join until the end of that term).
  • The fees for 2016-17. Children sign up for a minimum of one whole term with the following fees:
  • 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.
  • Students can join the group at any time and will be charged pro-rata for the term (from when they join until the end of that term)
  • Meals are available at a cost of £3 (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:

The School Day. Thursdays.

8:35PE inc Yoga* +Meditation
9:30Cross-curricular topic** (CCT)
12:20School Democratic Meeting
3:40Reflection + preparation for the following day.

* Yoga is a shorthand for any physical activity that is done mindfully so it could be martial arts, tai chi, capoeira; jogging, sports etc…

** Cross curricular topics last one half term so there will be 6 in total over the first year. They will blend English Literature, Science, History, Geography, Art, RE, Philosophy + Ethics, Citizenship, Music, Dance, Languages, ICT, Photography, Film-making, Presentation skills.

An example of a Cross Curricular Topic


Science: carbohydrates, proteins, fats. Molecules. The digestive system.

PSHE: addictions, health effects.

History: slave trade. Link to cotton industry and The Calder Valley.

Music: the music of the slaves and its connection to rock and roll, soul, gospel, jazz and R&B

Human geography: economics of sugar.  Processed food industry

Maths: the economics of the sugar industry. Health statistics.

Visit: The Tate Gallery Liverpool and Liverpool International Slavery Museum.

Dance and Drama: samba, capoeira, batuque, carnival.

Art: represent what you have learnt and what it means to you (creative freedom)

Why do we do cross-curricular learning?

The mind makes connections that link up theory, experience, and imagination in a profound and broad way. It does not fix rigidly on one subject for 50 minutes and then move onto another. This way of learning will allow the child’s mind to explore freely and is a far better preparation for life outside the classroom. Subject-integrated learning is rather like what is already done at many primary schools and one of the reasons students tend to find primary school a lot more rewarding than secondary.