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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

Welcome to Huxlow Science College

At Huxlow Science College we believe that school days are precious and form the foundations for our students’ future lives. We have a determination to ensure that our students are given the best possible opportunities to succeed both academically and as young people who are an asset to the communities in which they live. Our community is rightly very proud of our school, our students and their successes. We have a rich history of students of all abilities and backgrounds fulfilling their potential in all areas of their education and they are supported and challenged daily to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world.

We pride ourselves on the levels of support and guidance we offer our students and place students and their needs at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to ensure students are happy, feel safe and are taught well. Developing ‘The Whole Child’ is one of our core responsibilities and our students are challenged to aim for the highest personal and academic standards. We have high expectations of behaviour and respect across our community and forge excellent relationships with both students and parents.

I am hugely proud to be the Headteacher of Huxlow Science College and to lead the school as we build on recent increases in both student numbers and exam results. It is such a privilege to be entrusted with the lives of the young people in our community, to shape their characters and enable their success.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students, parents and carers to experience all that is Huxlow in the very near future.

Paul Letch - Headteacher

Headteacher

RAIR opportunity for Year 8, building aspirations and resilience

Throughout the spring term 2017, 19 students from Huxlow’s Year 8 are participating in an extended project known as RAIR: Raising Aspirations and Increasing Resilience linked with the Sky Sports Living For Sport (SSLFS) programme. Lead by Huxlow’s PE Department and an Athlete Mentor from the Youth Sport Trust, the project aims to “create a group of RAIR Champions within school who will play a role in developing a culture of aspiration where young people have the resilience to overcome challenges that they will face on their journey.”

On Day 1, Thursday 23 February 2017, the 19 students selected were introduced to their Athlete Mentor, Andrew Bridge, a former international basketball player who has won medals at the Commonwealth Games. They participated in lots of games and activities, and were required to rate their progress throughout the day and set personal goals for the future.

Throughout the project, all the activities are designed to raise the students’ aspirations (ie. “hope or ambition to achieve things”, “wanting something more”, “having a long term vision”) and resilience (ie. “getting through challenging times”, “bouncebackability”, “using the downs to drive the ups”).

On Monday 27 March 2017, the students completed The Cube Challenge; the group were challenged to finish 9 out of 12 tasks within 50 minutes as a team. If they failed a task they had to start again from the first task and work their way through. All the tasks involved team work, communication and problem solving, such as Jenga Reach, Rope of Fear, Memory Cards, Bridge, etc. They successfully completed it with 5 seconds to spare!

The next challenge the group have been set is to come up with ideas to help the new Year 6 students with their transition to Huxlow in Year 7. Two ideas suggested include a motivational video to be shown at the Year 6 Open Evening and a wristband that all Year 6 students would get that includes vital information about Huxlow and motivational quotes.

The group members are also working on ice breaker activities that they will run during LORIC time with their form groups.

During the final half day of their project, Andrew Bridge will return to assist the students in presenting their ideas to Huxlow’s Senior Leadership Team and create a Legacy Project that will show how the RAIR project will last through the years at Huxlow.

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