Leadership Team's welcome

Nidderdale High School and Community College is a thriving 11 - 16 Comprehensive School set in the glorious rural location of Nidderdale an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The school is very ambitious for all our students - your children.  We have a simple, but powerful school aim - "Achievement for All".

We set very high expectations for all our young people both academically; in terms of progress and in regard to their behaviour.  We aim for all our students to develop a desire to invest in their own learning and fully prepare to take on the challenges of a rapidly changing 21st Century global society.

Students in return can expect our commitment to the highest possible quality of teaching, care and support.

News and Features

GCSE Results 2015

Students at Nidderdale High School have once again achieved some fantastic GCSE results.   Results in the core subjects were strong with 82% of students achieving A*-C grades in English and 75% in Maths. Overall, 65% of students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.   Students performed well across a wide range of subjects.  ... Read more >>

Heads of School announced

Nidderdale High School has appointed two joint ‘Heads of School’ following the planned departure of existing Headteacher Mr Ian Simpson.    The new role will be shared by existing Assistant Headteachers Ms Kath Jordan and Mrs Siân Dover. They will jointly assume operational responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school from the start of the new school year in September.   “The priority for the governing body was to ensure stability and continuity so that the excellent progress made by the school in the past three years is sustainable in the long term,” said Sue Reid, Chair of the school’s Governing Body.  ... Read more >>

Heritage Project Garden

Nidderdale High School celebrated the opening of a new Heritage Garden in the Pastoral area of the school this week.   The garden was made possible by the tireless fundraising efforts of two Grandparents of students at the school, Maria Atha and Yvonne Brown. They had seen the area during meetings with the pastoral team and decided to raise some funds to start the project. They were kindly supported by local businesses and residents in Nidderdale, Harrogate and Ripon and hashas been developed on a piece of wasteland as a voluntary project by a group of ex-students from the school who are currently studying on a Heritage Course with the AONB.      ... Read more >>

The Bridge Band

The Bridge band meets after school until 5:15pm on a Wednesday. The band plays a range of different types of music from pop 'Poker Face' to more traditional pieces such as 'County Derby Air'. The Bridge needs more musicians, so if you play a wind or brass instrument or are a drummer, please come along. At present we have pupils from Years 7, 8 & 9 along with a small number of talented pupils from the local primary schools.  ... Read more >>


Cashless catering is proving to be a success with all involved, the queues to pay have reduced and the majority of students are through lunch by 1.00p.m. The daily spend limit has been set at £5.00 for students, if you would like to change this please contact the school office and this can be amended to suit your requirements. Remember you can check online to see what balance  ... Read more >>

AMP Awards

The Amp Music Awards is a fantastic competition for schools in the Harrogate area to get involved in! Each of the schools taking part have to put together a Business Team who are tasked with searching for musicians, singers and bands to represent their school at the Amp Awards final at the Royal Hall in Harrogate they also have to raise £500 to help pay for the final. Nidderdale High School had a Business Team of ten students who all had their own responsibilities.  ... Read more >>