HIPPERHOLME and Lightcliffe High School has been successful in its bid to open The Maltings College as a 16-19 Free School from September 2013.
The Maltings College (TMC) meets employer demand in Calderdale through the provision of carefully targeted courses in an employer led, state-of-the-art work-related facility.
This models the modern workplace, developing work skills and promoting an entrepreneurial business ethic through first-hand experience.
TMC has been supported by HLHS, local employers and partners and is looking forward to joining Calderdale’s family of schools in its own right as a new college within Calderdale.
Holly Bottomley, chair of governors at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, said: “TMC was awarded to HLHS by the Department of Education after a lengthy and extremely rigorous application and vetting process.
“This endorsement by the DfE is the next stage in the Maltings journey for HLHS and we are delighted that the DfE has approved TMC for 2013.”
Executive head teacher Anthony Smith said: “TMC as a Free School status allows us to change everything about our provision without being confined to a set college/school day and year.
“We will continue to grow and develop “Academic” provision and facilities at HLHS main site and use TMC to enable us to provide courses for all of our learners at age 14-19, and for students who join our sixth form or TMC at 16-19.”
He said it was the next stage and they aimed to be the best provider of employer led training in West Yorkshire.
He welcomed visitors and students to look around the provision in more detail at www.hlhs.co.uk/themaltings