The Wensleydale School Commitment

We are committed to inspiring, motivating and encouraging every student in our learning community to achieve success. We will meet and respect the individual needs of every student, never prejudiced by age, ability, race or background.

We will offer a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which provides the best academic and vocational learning opportunities within an attractive and dynamic environment. We will use a variety of teaching and learning styles, supported by exciting specialist learning resources which will motivate students to succeed.


We try to meet the requests of all Parents/Carers who wish to send their children to this school.

Admission from local primary schools is arranged through the Local Education Authority in conjunction with the school. Any child between the ages of 11 and 18 years who lives within the catchment area of the school is entitled to attend, provided there is room within that year group. Certain academic requirements exist for students wishing to be part of our Post 16 community.

We welcome applications from Parents/Carers of children living outside the area, though in most year groups we continue to be oversubscribed.

Visiting The School

Visitors are always welcome at The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form by appointment. Parents/Carers who are considering sending their child to the school are invited to phone or email to make an appointment with the Assistant Headteacher - Personal Development, Behaviour, Support & Guidance.

Parents/Carers of prospective students are invited to an Open Evening in the autumn term. New Year 6 students spend two days in the school in July. During these two days they sample many subjects, enjoy our school lunches, meet their teachers and, most importantly, find their way around school and make new friends. Parents/Carers are also invited to join us for their child’s first day in September.

The school has disabled access to the main Reception via a ramp.  Disabled parking is also available however should you have any other requirements we will be happy to assist.  Please contact Reception for further assistance.

Treating All Students Equally

All students are treated equally at The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form. Every concern will be investigated, recorded and appropriate action taken. We are committed to providing a secure and safe environment for everyone by establishing an atmosphere of mutual respect. The principles listed below are displayed in every classroom throughout the year:

  • Everyone at The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form has the right to feel safe and secure
  • We will respect others regardless of race or religion, culture, ability or appearance or sexual orientation
  • We will not tolerate any form of bullying or abuse
  • All reported incidents will be taken seriously
  • No one should be kicked, hit, threatened or verbally abused by any members of this school
  • We ask all students to tell an adult if any incident takes place
  • When an incident is reported, staff will listen carefully and take appropriate action

Accidents & Illness

The school has a rota of First Aid Officers on duty throughout the day. A medical room is available for students who are unwell.


The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form exists to provide high quality education for the whole community in a safe and supportive environment. The school aims to:

  • Ensure equality of opportunity for all students, enabling them to reach their full potential.
  • Promote effective learning across a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
  • Work in partnership with students, staff, parents and the wider community.
  • Ensure continuity and progression for all students in their studies, options and career choices.
  • Maintain regular and effective monitoring through clear quality assurance procedures.

Lunchtime Arrangements

The school provides healthy and well-balanced meals for all of its students. Years 7 to 10 remain on site at lunchtime. Zoned social areas are available for each year group so that they can enjoy their lunchtime safely, even when it is wet. With parental permission, Year 11 students are allowed to go into Leyburn for their lunch.

Student behaviour and security is monitored by senior members of staff who take turns to be in Leyburn at lunchtime. The school library is available both at lunch and after school for those who wish to complete their homework on-site. In good weather students are encouraged to make full use of our extensive grounds.

Year 12 and Year 13 students are allowed off site during free periods as long as they have signed out.

Getting To and From School

Most students travel to school by bus or car. We have over nine different bus routes linking the school to the local community. Students who live close to the school are encouraged to walk or cycle.

A detailed timetable of bus routes and times is available on the NYCC website

Careers Education & Work Experience

Effective information, advice and guidance is at the heart of enabling students to make informed, realistic and career-shaping choices. Every student takes an active role in our Careers Education & Work Experience Programme. Students can access relevant and impartial careers advice at various points throughout their school career.

Students at Key Stage 4 spend two weeks on work experience with local employers during their GCSE courses. All Post 16 students spend time on work experience placements during their courses.

Application for student leave of absence in exceptional circumstances

The 2013 Education regulations state that applications for leave in term time will only be authorised by the school in exceptional circumstances. The following are examples of the criteria for leave of absence which may be considered as ‘exceptional’.

  • Service personnel returning from active deployment.
  • Where inflexibility of the parents’ leave or working arrangement is part of the organisational or company policy. This would need to be evidenced by the production of confirmation form the organisation / company.
  • Where leave is recommended as part of a parent’s or child’s rehabilitation from medical or emotional problems. Evidence must be provided.
  • When a family needs to spend time together to support each other during or after a crisis.

Parents who take a child on leave in term time without the permission of the school risk being issued with a penalty notice fine for unauthorised absences.

Applications for leave in exceptional circumstances must be received by the school at least 6 weeks in advance. We will send you a SMS text message to inform you whether or not your request has been sanctioned.

Leave in exceptional circumstances form

Situated in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, we have a long history dating back to 1959 and we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and the welfare of our pupils.

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