About SHS

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.

‘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

Activity Times
Warning bell for students  8.25 am 
Period 1 8.30 am - 9.00 am 
Period 2 9.00 am - 10.00 am 
Period 3 10.00 am - 11.05 am 
Break 11:05 am - 11:20 am 
Period 4 11:20 am - 12:25 pm 
Lunch (30 Minutes) or Period 5 (1 Hour) 12:25 pm - 1:55 pm 
Period 6 1.55 pm - 3.00 pm 

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.

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

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:

  • On arrival to school we come through our designated entrance and wash our hands
  • We go straight to our Learning Zone
  • When we change classrooms or go for lunch we either wash our hands or use the hand sanitiser
  • We stand behind our allocated chair at the start of each lesson
  • We place our equipment, including our Student Planners, on the desk
  • We leave classrooms by standing behind our chairs and waiting to be dismissed
  • We walk on the left hand side of corridors maintaining social distancing
  • We don’t wait for our friends who are in other classrooms, we make our way straight to our allocated area
  • 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.

Please refer the School Uniform page here

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 (Casio Classwiz, fx-85GTX)

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

Please refer the Behaviour Policy on our policy page here