Royds School has been and always will be a flourishing and friendly place in which to learn. It has a pleasant atmosphere with talented and caring staff who are committed to students’ success. We endeavour to provide the best possible opportunities so that our students achieve.
Royds achieved Specialist Language College status in September 2003 and our specialism is something we are extremely proud of. Being a Language College has provided us with an international focus which helps us drive the school forward to prepare pupils for life in an ever shrinking world. The school’s work in the International field was recognised recently when the school was given International school status.
Our languages programme with feeder primary schools has been a huge success and has also improved transition to secondary school for most pupils. As a Language College we aim to raise standards promoting a culture that is international, technological, enterprising and vocational.
There have been many improvements at Royds and we will see many more in the future. However, in order to achieve the objectives we have set, we must not lose sight of the fact that we do not work in isolation. Education is about partnership -partnership between you, your child and the staff.
I firmly believe that the staff and governors of this school are fully committed to offer you the genuine partnership needed to uphold the aims of quality and excellence in all our work and activities.
We welcome your interest in Royds School Language College and warmly invite you to visit the school.
Our students have a strong loyalty to the school which is very much part of the local community. They are expected to work hard and to exercise self-discipline and courtesy. This is clearly endorsed by the vast majority of parents. There is a long and successful history of charity fundraising in the school with a number of charities benefiting.
There are currently 1,203 students aged 11-18 on roll who are drawn from a large area containing the communities of (in alphabetical order) Hunslet, Methley, Oulton, Rothwell, Stanley, Swillington and Woodlesford. Most of our entrants come from 8 partner Primary schools.
In a world which is getting smaller each day, students at Royds learn about different cultures and countries and learn where they fit in this modern world. This “International dimension” is brought to students in an innovative and fun way through all subject areas and Royds has long been acknowledged for its excellent work in this area.
“A particular strength of this school is pupils’ foreign language acquisition. This alongside good literacy and information technology skills, and strong personal development, is ensuring that pupils are well prepared for life after school.” OFSTED 2010
In addition, the school offers an extensive range of visits abroad to suit all students. Please visit the International Dimension Website for details and photos of previous trips www.globalroyds.com.
Specialist status also allows us to work much more closely with our partner Primary schools, where staff from Royds are very active in working with Primary schools on the provision of languages and support for international activities – including assisting Primary schools with their International school award applications. Parents can also take advantage of evening language courses which are offered at Royds. For full details of our courses visit our www.globalroyds.com site.
All students study one foreign language in Year 7. Students take on a second foreign language in Years 8 and 9. The choice of languages in KS3 includes French, Spanish and German.
All students study at least one language in Years 10 and 11 and they have the option to study more if they wish. Students are entered for either the GCSE or ASSET qualifications. Languages on offer include French, German, Spanish and Italian.