Colne Valley High School

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Colne Valley High School
Address
Gillroyd Lane


,
HD7 5SP

England
Coordinates53°37′26″N 1°50′48″W / 53.6240°N 1.8466°W / 53.6240; -1.8466Coordinates: 53°37′26″N 1°50′48″W / 53.6240°N 1.8466°W / 53.6240; -1.8466
Information
TypeAcademy
EstablishedJanuary 11, 1956 (1956-01-11)
Local authorityKirklees
TrustThe Mirfield Free Grammar
Department for Education URN140660 Tables
OfstedReports
PrincipalMr James Christian
GenderMixed
Age11 to 16
Website

Colne Valley High School is a mixed secondary school in the village of Linthwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England.[1] It is named thus because it exists in the Colne Valley, one of many valleys which converge in actual town of Huddersfield. it has approximately 1600 pupils,[2] with forms from A to I. The school has years 7 to 11, and four main buildings: A block, B block, C block and D (music/drama) block.

The school converted to academy status in September 2014 and is sponsored by The Mirfield Free Grammar.

History[edit]

Founded in January 1956, Colne valley high school was the first, purpose built comprehensive in the north of England at a cost of £350,000. Built on a 38 acre, greenfield site overlooking Linthwaite and the Colne Valley, the initial intake of 860 would, at its peak, encompass almost 1900 pupils, including a sixth form.

The school initially consisted of a four storey ‘A’ Block, and library and workshop corridors (for woodwork and metalwork), with both leading to the 2 storey ‘B’ block containing the arts rooms and science labs. [3] [4] A farm, a self contained flat (for domestic science) and large and small gymnasiums were also included, with the music blocks and the large theatre added in the second phase.

The raising of the school leaving age in 1972 led to the creation of a ‘C’ Block to cater for the overflow.

The school’s first headteacher, 36 year old Ernest Butcher, was handed the task of steering this relatively new system through choppy educational waters, to be followed by Tom Rolf [5] (1966) Allan Newton (1977), Linda Wright (1997), Denise Tonkins (2005), Maggie Dunn (2013), Christian Wilcocks, (2014) James Christian (2017).

Notable alumnus[edit]

The English poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage was a pupil here from 1974–1981.[6][citation needed]

Sporting achievements[edit]

  • 1968 - CVHS wins Yorkshire Cross-Country Championship [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colne Valley High School - Home". Thecvhs.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  2. ^ "Prospectus". Colne Valley High School. 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/the-coming-of-the-comprehensive-1-2373361
  4. ^ Adamson, Charlie; Marchington, Alan; Moriarty, Brian; Nicholas, Suzanne; Pearson, Andrew; Teasdale, Vivien (2006). 50 Years of Colne Valley High School 1956-2006. The Amadeus Press. pp. 7–10.
  5. ^ "Tom Rolf Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ "It's about celebrating real life!". BBC Bradford and West Yorkshire. Summer 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  7. ^ Adamson, Charlie; Marchington, Alan; Moriarty, Brian; Nicholas, Suzanne; Pearson, Andrew; Teasdale, Vivien (2006). 50 Years of Colne Valley High School 1956-2006. The Amadeus Press. pp. 151–162.

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