INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Parents' Hub

Term Dates

2021/22
Autumn Half Term 1
Term starts: Wednesday 1st September
Half Term Holiday: Saturday 23rd October
Autumn Half Term 2
Term starts: Monday 1st November
Christmas Holiday: Saturday 18th December
Spring Half Term 1
Term starts: Tuesday 4th January
Half Term Holiday: Saturday 19th February
Spring Half Term 2
Term starts: Monday 28th February
Easter Holiday: Saturday 9th April
Summer Half Term 1
Term starts: Monday 25th April
Half Term Holiday: Saturday 28th May
Summer Half Term 2
Term starts: Monday 6th June
Term Ends: Wednesday 20th July

Inset Days

  • Friday 22nd October 2021
  • Friday 17th December 2021
  • Monday 31st January 2022
  • Friday 18th February 2022
  • Friday 1st July 2022

College Day

Food Hall

Admissions

To apply for a place at Horizon Community College

For Standard admissions at the point of secondary transfer:
Details are available in the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council booklet  ‘Admission to secondary school – a guide for Parents’  and online by clicking here

If your child is currently in a primary school in the Barnsley area there are two ways to apply: 

  • Complete the application form and return it to the Headteacher of your child’s primary school.
  • Apply online by logging on to the Barnsley Authority website (as per link above) and follow the instructions.
  • Horizon Community College provides places for young people between the age of 11-16.
  • Our arrangements for selection are handled by the Local Authority
  • Our over subscription criteria is also handled by the Local Authority

If you live outside the Barnsley Authority or would like to transfer your child into a year group other than Year 7, or at a time other than at the standard secondary transfer point (ie within year, including Year 7), please contact Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Admission Department (01226 773677)  to obtain the appropriate application form.

Uniform

Expectations

All students are representing the college as soon as they are wearing the College uniform. We expect students to wear their uniform with pride at all times, from when they leave home to arrive at College and until they return home in the evening.

Supplier

Our approved uniform  supplier is Vortex schoolwear. The web address for online ordering Horizon approved uniform  is: https://www.vortexschoolwear.co.uk/Secondary-Schools/Horizon-Community-College/

Detailed information on uniform expectations for the academic year 2021-2022 can be found in the booklet below. Please read and get in touch with School teams if you have any questions.

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS

Prospectus

Horizon Prospectus 2022 Intake

Y11 2021 Results information

Please find below all the information relating the awarding of grades process for Year 11 students. Please be reminded that any questions relating to Y11 results should be emailed to the gcseresults@horizoncc.co.uk mailbox.

Communication with students and parents/carers

STUDENT Information Video

Results Day Letter

Policies and Guidance

2021 Awarding grades booklet

Frequently asked questions and the appeals process 2021

Determining Teacher Assessment Grades 2021

JCQ Student Appeals Guide 2021

Autumn Series Exams

JCQ Student Guide July 2021 Handout

Further advice - Post 16 next steps

Attendance

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It is a fact that if attendance drops below 95%, achievement can be affected by one grade.

Attendance

Attendance on a school day is compulsory. If you are not in school then you must have a justifiable reason for absence. Parents/Carers should inform the school absence line on the first day of absence via telephone and every day there after.

If your child is going to be absent for an appointment we would ask that proof of the appointment is brought into school well in advance (whenever possible). However, we would prefer that all appointments are made outside of the child’s timetable.

Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays during term time. Requests for leave of absence should be submitted on a leave of absence form that is available within school on request and should be completed well in advance.

It is a fact that if attendance drops below 95%, achievement can be affected by one grade.

Punctuality

Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.

Always make sure that you are in the appropriate classroom no later than the times shown in the section on timing of the school day.

If you arrive late for school you shall be given a one hour detention that shall be served the following day after school.

If you arrive late to school due to attending appointments/ or any other reason then you must sign in at the student reception desk. You will be marked late in the register and will need a note explaining the reason for late arrival. If there is not justifiable reason a punctuality detention shall be issued for the following night after school.

If you arrive after the closure of the register it may be recorded as an unauthorized absence. All unexplained absences shall be followed up by staff in the attendance office with a call home.

Absence Form

RESOURCES

Attendance Leaflet

Covid-19 Guidance

Code of Conduct

Letters

Return to school and covid testing for september 2021

School Meals Information for September 2021

Enrichment

Safeguarding & Student Wellbeing

Horizon Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Horizon has a committed team of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding leads or ‘DSL’.

Parents and Carers can feel confident that robust procedures are in place to ensure that all staff are suitable to work with children here at Horizon.

It is important to us that parents, carers and students perceive Horizon as a safe space and encourage children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress.

Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies and will always endeavour to work in partnership with parents to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children’s concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare.

Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Wake
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Booth
Principal & Designated Safeguarding leadMrs Huddart
Associate Principal & Designated Safeguarding leadMrs Saeed
Vice Principal ‘Standards’ and Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Collins
Assistant Principal – Head of School Y7 and Designated Safeguarding LeadMrs Malson
Assistant Principal – Head of School Y7 and Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Irving
Assistant Principal – Head of School Y8  and Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Sheldon
Assistant Principal – Head of School Y9 and Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Middleton
Assistant Principal – Head of School Y10 and Designated Safeguarding LeadMiss Winterburn
Assistant Principal – Head of School 11 and Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Plant

Bus Timetables

  • The 478 and 479 services are commercial operations and are not provided by Horizon.
  • The bus timetables given are subject to change by the operators, based on passenger numbers and other factors. The college will work with operators to inform families of any changes in advance.

If you have any questions about the services, please contact the operators directly:

Globe – 01226299900

Hodgsons – 01226 288581

RESOURCES

Service 478

Service 479

Covid-19 Information

HCC Risk Assessment (Updated 06/09/21)

Outbreak Plan

Music Risk Assessment

Remote Education Policy

Student Hub Instructions

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Teaching and Learning Policy

Face Covering Video