Welcome to the new Ossett School website. Our school is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive with 1730 students, nearly 400 of these are in our Sixth Form. At the heart of our work is the desire to make education enjoyable by providing interesting and varied learning opportunities for our students. Ossett is a caring school that combines a genuine interest in individual students and staff. We have a desire to develop the potential of all members of our community by creating a supportive environment for learning and insisting on high standards of behaviour. Great pride is exhibited by both staff and students at being part of Ossett School.
Offer a safe and caring environment that creates responsible young people with a wide range of skills for life.
Stimulate awareness in students of emerging technologies and their impact on the local and global communities.
Support independent learning and develop confident young people.
Encourage students to treat others fairly and equally and give them the same opportunities to be involved in school life and learning.
Treat students as individuals helping them to progress to their highest academic potential regardless of their starting point.
Teach in a way that makes education an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating experience that will promote the desire for life-long learning.
Background and Tradition
Ossett School is a state-maintained, co-educational school with a comprehensive intake. It is recognised locally as a school with an increasingly successful academic standard with an atmosphere conducive to learning.
Ossett was originally a Grammar School founded in 1735. It moved to its present site in 1906 to what was then known as the Park House Estate. Many of the original features of the Victorian residence are still on display today. They reflect both the grandeur of the estate and the local connections with the woollen industry.
Ossett School has had Technology College status since 1996 and Sports College status since 2006. The investment made in new technologies gives a flavour and sense of purpose to the style of education throughout the school at all levels. We have also gained the following awards:
- Sports Mark
- Arts Mark
- Investors in People
- Healthy Schools Award
Technology and Sports College
Ossett had been a specialist Technology College since 1996. We gained our second specialism in 2006. We are one of approximately 50 state comprehensive schools to have a ‘dual specialism’.
An ethos of continuous improvement:
- The top 12% of specialist colleges for GCSE results.
- Consistently within the top 20% of schools nationally in terms of improving student performance.
- One of the highest performing schools nationally when maths and English are included in GCSE A*-C grades.
- A level value added scores in the top 3% in the country (ALPS system).
- A level pass rates consistently above national average.
- A tradition of our students moving on to good universities after post 16 study.
Students pursue different courses depending on their aptitudes. In order to personalise learning each student is allowed to progress at a rate that best suits them and is guided on the choices of appropriate courses.
Large and developing Sixth Form
The Sixth Form has nearly 400 students. About 40% of these students join us at 16 from other schools. We opened our new Sixth Form Centre in September 2005 providing a modern environment for post 16 study. Our last Ofsted report identified that sixth formers do better than expected and leave with results that are above average.
A supportive and friendly environment
Visitors to the school regularly comment on the harmonious relationships between students and staff. This is a very special feature of our school. The support systems we have help to give our students the confidence they need to develop and succeed.
The Student Council
The Student Council is a very important part of the Ossett community. The Council is actively involved in making decisions about important developments in school including feedback about teaching and learning, appointments of new staff, our environment and our code of conduct. Members of the Council have regular meetings with senior staff and governors.