Horticulture is an important element of the school’s curriculum. Since last year, all students can access horticulture, whereas previously it was for students in KS4 and above. Our main focus is to teach gardening and growing skills in a practical way in our own school gardens. The school has a trained horticulturalist who is employed to develop these skills with students. He also manages this inclusive facility and works with local garden centres across Calderdale to extend work experience opportunities.
The school gardens which have earned Gold Awards from both Yorkshire and Britain in Bloom are open to the public and are used by many community groups. We have recently renewed our Green Flag Award from Eco Schools. We have a vast number of volunteers who come into our gardens each year to help us, the majority of these are from Lloyds banking group. We love to work with each other and develop our social skills as well as our gardening skills! A number of our students now have work placements in garden centres or on farms after realising their potential in our school gardens in their time at school.