Values and Ethos

At Calder Learning Trust, we strive for everybody, everyday to be and do their very best, so that they can realise their dreams and aspirations.

We aim to equip our students with the skills, resilience and confidence to achieve excellence in academic, creative and sporting activities and to develop their cultural appreciation and acceptance, so they are ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Calder High School was opened in January 1950 and takes pride of place as Yorkshire’s first comprehensive school. The school catered for some three hundred and fifty students on its opening - a big change from the community of one thousand five hundred students and staff who work here today. We are now a through school for pupils aged 5-16, with Calder Primary and Calder High as part of The Calder Learning Trust. 

We are situated in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire, in the village of Mytholmroyd approximately six miles west of Halifax. The school serves the Calder Valley, stretching from Halifax through Luddendenfoot, then Mytholmroyd, and beyond to the town of Hebden Bridge and the borders of Todmorden.

The Calder Learning Trust is fortunate in housing the renowned Ted Hughes Theatre which was opened by the poet’s widow, Carol Hughes. It is a popular venue for school and community events through which the school has achieved the prestigious Artsmark Gold award. The school is decorated with quotations from Ted Hughes’ poetry, celebrating our literacy heritage through his connection with Mytholmroyd and the school.

We aim for our students in Years R-11 to become confident, responsible and articulate young people, supported within and beyond the curriculum and engaging in the fantastic range of opportunities available.  These include expressive arts and performing arts, sporting events and competitions and citizenship development such as Student Council and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Here at The Calder Learning Trust we aim for every student to achieve their very best every day.