4 Day A Week Flexi-School

At Hebden Bridge School we are creating a wonderful culture where children develop and creatively express their innate love of learning. 

We are now a 4-day flex-school offering a maximum of 18 hours of learning 

Flexi-School Learning

Children can attend 1, 2, 3 or 4 days a week, following their interests and needs.

Creative  -  Soulful - Democratic

Yoga & Meditation 

We weave yoga and meditation practices into our daily programme to enhance children's capacity for learning, self-regulation and reflection. Children tell us they feel calmer, more focused and ready to learn. 

Creativity

We present the children with a uniquely creative approach to learning, which offers guidance while supporting and developing student autonomy. The topics interconnect science, humanities and arts through the natural world in a fun, experiential and imaginative way.

Self-direction

We take a Socratic approach which is led by the students’ curiosity and questioning. Students choose what they want to study individually or as a group. Together we decide our topic at the democratic meeting, ensuring everyone's voice is heard. Research homework and written assignments are optional.

Our Flexi-Timetable - Ages 10 to 14

 

Topic-based learning

In yellow you can see that we have a termly topic that is chosen by the students and the teachers in our democratic meeting. It interconnects science, humanities and arts to offer an integrated holistic approach to study that treats the world as one interconnected whole. It allows students to think freely, make creative connections with their learning and see the big picture.

Stand alone subjects

In English literature we study novels, poems or plays chosen by the students which may connect to the topic. However, not all subjects fit easily into this approach. Languages need to be taught separately as does maths. Creative writing is free for the children to explore whatever they want. All the studies are designed to be excellent preparation for GCSE too. 

Our Flexi-Timetable - Ages 7 to 10

 

 

Literacy and Numeracy

In our 7-10 year-old group, the children step into the world of letters and numbers through imaginative play. We nurture their natural curiosity by offering an experiential, topic-based approach, which connects science, humanities and arts. It allows the children to see how their world is interconnected and find their place in it. 

Democratic meetings

Our weekly democratic meeting gives children a platform to input into the co-operative running of the group. Through these meetings, they develop the capacity to listen, persuade, understand others’ points of view and make decisions.  The younger group will have their own meetings to begin with, and will only join in with the whole-school meetings with the older children when they feel ready.

Imaginature

Each Friday, the children explore the natural world in our Imaginature activities. We take learning outdoors into our local landscape, inviting the children to inspire their senses and feel connected to nature. We take regular trips to Nutclough Woods and Swanbank - an educational farm in Cragg Vale.

Self-directed learning

Every other Thursday the children have a self-directed learning session where they decide what they want to learn as a group or individually. It allows them to follow their passions or do something that is stirring their curiosity on a particular day. They plan, document and reflect on what they do to value their independent learning.

Our School Hours

- Mondays 9am to 1pm

- Wednesdays 9am to 1pm

- Thursdays 9am to 3pm

- Fridays 9am to 1pm

We are an Ofsted registered childcare provider