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About Sherburn High School

Sherburn High School is situated in an attractive position on the western fringes of the village of Sherburn in Elmet, which lies in the M1/A1/A64 corridor between Leeds and York. First class housing and education choices, and a wide range of leisure opportunities are also available. We are a thriving school community that is big enough to deliver but small enough to care.

The school boasts a sports hall and gymnasium, large playing fields and an indoor heated swimming pool. The school offers an extensive range of lunchtime clubs and activities. The school aims to create and maintain a happy and purposeful working atmosphere through good quality relationships between students, staff, parents, governors and the community at large.

School Values & Ethos:

‘Achievement for All’


• Providing an entitlement to challenging and enjoyable learning experiences

• Having high expectations of everyone

• Developing confident, ambitious and determined learners who take pride in everything they do

• Ensuring that everyone feels safe, secure and happy to be at school

• Promoting the acquisition of life skills and a growth mind-set

• Valuing and celebrating each individual’s progress and effort

• Supporting, guiding and inspiring each individual in order to maximise their potential

• Expecting personal responsibility and respect for others

• Developing strong partnerships with other schools and the wider community

We believe that everyone matters

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School Day:




Students should always be commended for effort and good behaviour. At Sherburn High School we believe that students learn by praise, reward and celebration of achievement. The list below illustrates the various rewards that are given out in school:
1. Verbal and non-verbal praise by staff.

2. Stamps and comments in books and planners.

3. Positive letters home / Postcards / E-post cards/Good News Cards

4. Achievement points on Bromcom

5. Public recognition of achievement: assembly, newsletters, annual Celebration Evenings, the schools official twitter page and website and press releases.

6. Group achievement recognition: Inter-house trophies based on attendance, sporting and other competitions.

7. Individual effort recognition leading to Reward Prizes.

8. Form groups will be rewarded for behaviour and attendance.

9. Termly certificates awarded in assemblies.

10.Friday Super 6 slips are awarded by staff for good effort and behaviour.  The Senior Leadership Team collects these slips during Friday lesson 6 and gives out rewards. A further 6 student names are picked out of the Super 6 Lucky Dip and these students receive additional rewards in registration time the following week.

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Home/School Agreement

During the time students are with us at Sherburn High we believe that it is very important that a spirit of trust and co-operation is built up between teachers, parents and young people.  This agreement sets out some of the specific ways in which we can all play our part to achieve this positive atmosphere expressing the willingness of all concerned to work together for the benefit of all young people in the school.

The school will

•provide a caring, supportive environment in which each individual is valued

•provide a full and balanced curriculum which, as far as is possible, educates each student to the best of his/her ability

•provide records and information about each child’s educational progress as well as the child’s development in other areas of school life.

•arrange regular meetings with each child’s teachers and be available at other times when concerns or questions arise, keeping parents informed about problem areas.

•refer vulnerable students to external agencies with parental/student consent. Agencies can offer advice and information to young people without the consent of a parent but will always aim to involve parents where possible.


Parents will

• ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually, avoiding holidays during term time and providing school with a note to cover any absence

• arrange any appointments out of school hours

• support and work with the school and encourage a positive attitude to education

• support the discipline procedures of the school

• support the school ethos of homework, discussing it with their child when signing the student planner each week

• ensure that their child meets school requirements regarding uniform and general appearance and has appropriate equipment for each day

• let the school know of any concerns about their child’s education, attend meetings at school to discuss progress and to learn about the work of the school, inform school of any factors which may affect their child’s performance in school

• ensure that their child attends any after school detentions that are issued and can get home safely

• support School Policies, e.g. Behaviour Policy

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Classroom expectations

To help us achieve our aims we have agreed a set of rules for around the school, these rules form part of our Behaviour Policy and students are expected to follow them always. Our amended Relentless Routines are:

  1. On arrival to school we come through our designated entrance and wash our hands

  2. We go straight to our Learning Zone

  3. When we change classrooms or go for lunch we either wash our hands or use the hand sanitiser

  4. We stand behind our allocated chair at the start of each lesson

  5. We place our equipment, including our Student Planners, on the desk

  6. We leave classrooms by standing behind our chairs and waiting to be dismissed

  7. We walk on the left hand side of corridors maintaining social distancing

  8. We don’t wait for our friends who are in other classrooms, we make our way straight to our allocated area

  9. At the end of the school day we are escorted off site by our class teacher




Homework should be handed in on the date requested. Failure to do so will result in sanctions including a detention. Failure to hand in 3 homework's in any week will result in a text to your parents informing them of this situation.

Homework is both important and necessary. Homework done regularly throughout secondary school can be equivalent to an additional year of study!

Try to do your homework at the same time each day in a quiet place where you are free from distraction.

You are likely to achieve more by working regularly for relatively short periods (say 1 hour at a time) than in a single long session when your concentration will lapse.

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School Uniform


All students are expected to maintain a high standard of personal appearance. The following is the Sherburn High School uniform:


  • Black Sherburn High School blazer with the school badge on the breast pocket. Fashion jackets or suit style jackets are not permitted.


  • Plain white collared shirt, with the top button fastened and shirt tucked in at the waistband.


  • House tie, clipped onto the shirt collar, kept neatly maintained and graffiti free.

  • Optional V neck plain black jumper without any logo.

  • Plain black leather shoes- boots or trainers are not allowed. Shoes need to be below the ankle and plain in colour with black soles and sides.


Canvas shoes, trainers or pumps (whether fabric or leather) are not permitted. Anything with a visible logo is not allowed.


  • Trouser uniform: Conventional black trousers which are tailored. Tailored means full length to the shoe, not tight fitting or figure hugging and not made from stretchy fabric. Conventional black school trousers means without rivets on pockets or jean like design.


  • Plain black or white socks, or black tights may be worn, other colours  or patterns are not permitted.


  • Optional plain black belt.

  • Skirt uniform: Black knee length skirts which do not have a visible zip and are not made of stretchy fabric.

  • Outdoor items such as coats, hats, scarves and gloves can be worn to and from school, however these should be removed before entering the building, this includes before school and during break, lunchtimes and in afterschool sessions when in the school buildings.

  • Hooded Tops or Outdoor Coats: No hooded tops are to be brought into school (except from the Year 11 hoodie which may be worn by students who have met the set criteria)

Jewellery and Make-Up:

Jewellery is not allowed. The only exception is one watch that is not a smart watch and a single ear stud worn in each lobe. Body, mouth and facial piercings are not allowed. For health and safety reasons students will not be allowed to wear any other jewellery items. Parents are advised that any valuable items worn are at the owner’s risk and that the school takes no responsibility for the loss of any valuable items.

No excessive make-up should be worn. Any student found to be wearing excessive make-up (this includes nail varnish, false nails, hair extensions, eye lashes, fake tan etc) will be required to remove them. Hair should be a natural colour and not dyed an extreme colour.

Summer uniform:

After May half term students may wear a Sherburn High School polo shirt in the appropriate House colour. The wearing of the SHS polo is entirely optional. Blazers are not required to be worn in school after May half  term.

Students must return in September of each academic year in their full Sherburn High School uniform.

PE and Games Wear


White T-shirt with collar

Red and black fully reversible rugby shirt

Plain black shorts (not cycling)/leggings/tracksuit bottoms


Football boots

White short socks

Red football socks

Shin pads


Optional items

Gum shield (recommended for Rugby)


If hair is long it should be tied back for practical lessons.

All students are required to bring the correct kit to their PE lessons even if they have to a note to be excused. This will allow excused students to assist in the lesson with tasks such as coaching, officiating, setting up of equipment and assisting the teacher with tasks such as keeping score, measuring and timing.

If a student refuses to borrow kit, even with a note they will be sanctioned via the departmental system.

3G Footwear requirement- only moulded studs are acceptable.

All clothing should be labelled with the owners name.

School Equipment


The School Planner

The vast majority of students use the school planner properly, but some do not. Regular checks are made to see that all students are using planners correctly. The planner is an excellent means of communication between home and school. A planner which is poorly kept, has graffiti in it and has a lack of information in it – such as no homework, is an indication of a student who is underachieving and would be of concern to us and no doubt of concern to parents/carers. Students who graffiti their planner will be expected to purchase a new one.

Ready to Learn: Equipment


Students will need the following equipment:

  • 2 blue/black pens

  • 1 pencil

  • A ruler

  • An eraser

  • A yellow highlighter pen

  • A red pen

  • A packet of pencils

  • A glue stick

  • A blue or black whiteboard pen

  • A scientific calculator

Please ensure that students school bags are large enough to carry their equipment and exercise books (which are predominately A4 in size)


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Please refer the Behaviour Policy: Link to Policy


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