North Halifax Grammar School

The North Halifax Grammar School (NHGS) is a state grammar school, and Science college (with academy status) in Illingworth, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.

Grammar school in Illingworth, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
The North Halifax Grammar School aka NHGS
Moorbottom Road





53.7556°N 1.8828°W / 53.7556; -1.8828

Type Grammar school; Academy
Established 1985
Local authority Calderdale
Specialist Science
Department for Education URN 136788Tables
Ofsted Reports
Chair of Governors Amanda Cade
Headteacher Andrew Fisher
Gender Mixed
Age 11 to 18
Enrolment 1090
Houses Lister, Ackroyd, Waterhouse
Colour(s) red & grey
Former name North Halifax High School, The Highlands School

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The school has approximately one thousand students, aged 11 to 18. NHGS works with Crossley Heath Grammar School to administer an admissions test, admitting 180 students aged 11 each year through an entrance examination which consists of Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English tests.[1] The examination takes place when students who wish to come to the school begin Year 6, and students are accepted from the top 500 entries the following March. Admissions are accepted between ages 11 and 16 from other schools, with tests in English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages at an appropriate level administered. Admissions at age 16 to the Sixth Form requires high enough GCSE grades but no formal exam.

The Princess Mary High School (which was known as Halifax High School for Girls before 1931) had around 350 girls and was opened on 21 September 1931 by Princess Mary.[2][3] It became known as the Princess Mary School in 1969 and was situated on Francis Street. There was a Service of Thanksgiving in July 1985 at the Halifax Parish Church when the school amalgamated with The Highlands School to become North Halifax High School.The buildings remained in use as part of North Halifax High School, though with some facilities used by the Percival Whitley College, until in 1987 all school pupils moved to the former Highlands School site and the buildings were taken over by the College, later becoming part of Halifax New College (which eventually became Calderdale College when it combined with the Halifax School of Integrated Arts). The site is currently scheduled to be demolished and redeveloped.[4]

The Halifax Technical High School was formed in 1957. This was before its Moorbottom Road premises were completed and opened in May 1959 by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. It had around 725 boys and girls. It became the Highlands School in 1969.[citation needed]

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