Horizon Community College opened its doors in September 2012 with the challenging ambition of raising achievement to a level that would put the college among the top 10% of schools in the country. With an extremely positive Ofsted report in May 2018, describing the college as ‘Good’ in every category and emphasising the strong and determined leadership, we are well on our way to achieving this. It is no wonder that, according to Ofsted, our students make stronger progress than students nationally.
We have a vision for redressing the imbalance, re-shuffling the pack and giving the young people of Barnsley a better hand – a better deal – breaking the ‘vicious circles’ of underachievement and low aspiration and transforming the lives of every young person. Ofsted confirmed that our vision is becoming a reality stating that disadvantaged students make stronger progress than their peers nationally and that Horizon provides real challenge across the ability range, including for high ability students.
This year will see us partner Hoyland Common Academy Trust as the lead secondary school, creating the only local cross phase multi academy trust in Barnsley. We will not be changing our name and we will not be changing our uniform, but we will be working hard with our primary colleagues to ensure that the curriculum in Year 7 and 8 builds upon the very high standards set by our primary schools and that students make strong progress from the minute they join us.
We want young people to leave Horizon well qualified and with a unique skill set that will enable them to stand out from the crowd. We want young people to be in possession of a passport of leadership and employability skills that will enable them to pursue exciting careers, attend prestigious universities, complete dynamic apprenticeships and play leading roles in regenerating this area.