Hameldon Community College

Hameldon Community College
Established 2006
Type Community
Headteacher Gillian Jackson
Chair of Governors David Pickles
Location Coal Clough Lane
BB11 5BT
Coordinates: 53°46′52″N 2°16′01″W / 53.781°N 2.267°W / 53.781; -2.267
Local authority Lancashire
DfE URN 134995 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100 (approx.)
Students 331
Gender mixed
Ages 11–16
Website Official website

Hameldon Community College is a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school in Burnley, Lancashire, England.


The school opened in September 2006 as part of an ambitious plan to replace all of the district’s 11-16 schools, funded by a government public–private partnership programme called Building Schools for the Future. It was formed from the merger of Habergham High School and Ivy Bank Business and Enterprise College and initially occupied the adjacent sites of the former schools.

The buildings of the former Ivy Bank Business and Enterprise College

Former schools

Habergham High School was formed in 1981 from the merger of the male Burnley Grammar School and the neighbouring female Burnley High School for Girls and quickly earned a reputation as the borough's leading mixed comprehensive school.[1]

Ivy Bank was initially a girls' high school that shared the site of the other two schools, and it also became a mixed comprehensive in 1981. This school enjoyed a steadily improving reputation,[2] becoming one of the first specialist business and enterprise colleges in the country in 2002.[3]

Early history

The school suffered an unexpectedly troubled birth, with the police attending numerous violent incidents in the first few weeks of its opening. This resulted in the installation of a CCTV system in the school’s temporary buildings.[4] The institution was put into special measures by OFSTED after an inspection in February 2007 in which it was placed in the lowest category (Grade 4),[5] and saw a drop in pupil numbers.[6] A serious racially motivated assault in December 2007 resulted in a large drop in attendance, and marked the lowest point in the school’s history to date.[7] In June 2009, the school came out of special measures and was awarded the status of a "satisfactory, but an improving school".[8]

New building

Hameldon moved 1.4 miles (2.3 km) to a new £22m building on Coal Clough Lane (the site of the former St Hilda's School) in September 2010. The grounds were host to a variety of student learning resources such as pets: guinea pigs; three chickens (Mitilda, Elmo, and Chicken Licken, which give eggs to the school, which sells them); and fish, frogs and ducks in the pond. In 2016 the headteacher, Gill Broom retired and was replaced by Associate Headteacher, Gillian Jackson. [9]


At Key Stage 3 students study English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology, French, Art, Music, Design Technology, Geography, History, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. In Years 8 and 9 some students study an additional language.

At Key Stage 4 students study English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, together with a range of optional subjects. Both GCSE and vocational qualifications are offered.

The student-run radio station, HFM, is one of only two school stations in the northwest to belong to the Student Radio Association. HFM Student Radio now broadcasts over the internet worldwide 24/7, term time only.


Pupils with equivalent of 5 or more GCSEs grade C or above (inc. English & Maths)
Year (Source) Students % special educational needs England % School %
2004* (BBC)(BBC) (171 186) 357 (4.1 3.2) 3.6 42.7 (55.0 40.0) 47.0
2005* (BBC)(BBC (173 192) 365 (6.4 12.0) 9.3 44.9 (49.0 31.0) 40.0
2006 - - - -
2007 (BBC) 359 7.0 46.7 36.0
2008 (BBC) 331 5.1 47.6 35.0
2009 (BBC) 293 15.0 49.8 38.0
2010 (DfE) 253 34.3 53.4 36.0
2011 (DfE) 152 21.0 58.9 41.0
2012 (DfE) 95 16.0 59.4 43.0
2013 (DfE) 84 26.0 59.2 32.0
2014 (DfE) 45 7.0 53.4 56.0
2015 (DfE) 66 9.0 53.8 36.0
*Figures for previous school, in this case: Habergam High & Ivy Bank High Schools

In 2007, the school's value-added measure was 970.1 (national average 1000), which placed it in the bottom 5% nationally for adding value between the end of Key Stage 2 and the end of Key Stage 4.[10] By 2010 this figure had fallen to 953.6, placing it in the bottom 100 schools nationally.

Notable former pupils


Ivy Bank


  1. "Our school...". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. 10 September 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2010
  3. Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2011
  4. Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2011
  5. "The OFSTED Report Itself", Burnley Express, February 22, 2007. Accessed September 14, 2007.
  6. "Pupils' exodus from troubled Hameldon", Burnley Express, March 23, 2007. Accessed August 21, 2007.
  7. Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2011
  8. Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2011
  9. Burnley Express, Accessed 2010.
  10. "Schools that add the least value". BBC News. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2016.

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