Archbishop Temple School
|Motto||Faith, Nurture, Service|
|Type||Voluntary aided comprehensive|
|Headteacher||Mrs. Gill Jackson|
|Location||St. Vincent's Road
|Staff||around 40 teachers|
Archbishop Temple School is a voluntary aided Church of England secondary school, situated in the city of Preston in Lancashire, England. The Headteacher is Mrs. Gill Jackson. It has 760 pupils and 47 teachers.
Archbishop Temple School welcomed its first pupils in September 1963. It was originally called William Temple School, after Archbishop William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury 1940-1944. The school is one of the top 10 non-sixth form schools in England at GCSE and was listed as number 2 in the Sunday Times list of best schools without a sixth form in 2014. The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013-2014, and is holding a series of events to celebrate and raise funds. The first 'comprehensive' intake (as opposed to 'secondary modern') was in 1967 and followed the closure of intake at Preston grammar school. The headmaster at this time was Mr. Hattersley and deputy head Mr. Beauchamp. The school houses were originally Manchester, York, Canterbury and Blackburn.
The Academic Successes
In 2013 90% of pupils left Archbishop Temple School with 5 or more GCSE qualifications (grades A*-C) including English and Maths. The pupils achieve this level of success consistently, year after year. Archbishop Temple School is the highest performing (non selective) school in Lancashire. The school achieves these excellent results because it has a very strong pastoral system, which is based on vertical tutoring and a house system. The school has four houses, Canterbury, Durham, Winchester and York. The four houses take part in lots of competitions including everything from sports day to masterchef, There are also lots of trips and visits. In 2013 pupils went to Poland to see Auschwitz, as well as visiting Iceland, France, Austria and India Ofsted rated the school as “Outstanding” in 2009, and visited the Maths department in 2010 and rated it as “Outstanding”. Ofsted also conducted a Good Practice Visit to the Maths department in 2012. In 2013 97% of pupils left the school with a A*-C GCSE grade in Maths.
In December 2013 the school became a world record holder when it beat the record for the largest number of living figures in a Nativity scene. Archbishop Temple’s record of 898 people will take some beating. Pupils and staff were joined by governors and friends from neighbouring Queen's Drive Primary School dressed up as wise men, shepherds, angels, sheep, cows, Marys, Josephs and innkeepers. We even drafted in Miss Dean and her two-month-old son to play Mary and baby Jesus.
Unless otherwise indicated, subjects below are taught throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils choose one technology subject and three other non-compulsory subjects to learn in Key Stage 4.
- English (compulsory)
- English Literature
- Health and Social Care (GCSE only)
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- GCSE ICT
- OCR Nationals ICT
- Leisure and Tourism (GCSE only)
- Mathematics (compulsory)
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Science (double award compulsory at GCSE; triple award (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) optional)
- Religious Studies (GCSE only)
- Games (non-qualification; compulsory)
- Physical Education (PE; GCSE only)
- Food Technology
- Graphic Products
- Product Design
- Resistant Materials
- Textiles Technology
The school motto is Faith + Nurture + Service
||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (April 2009)|
- Archbishop Temple School School website
- OFSTED report - OFSTED's October 2005 inspection
- Faith inspection - a Diocese of Blackburn report of the school, November 2005