Crompton House Church of England School

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Crompton House Church of England School
Motto Latin: Sapere Aude
("Dare to be wise")
Established 19 September 1926
Type Secondary academy
Religion Church of England
Headteacher K. Newell
Chairman of Governors Gordon Main
Founder Mary Crompton
Location Rochdale Road
Shaw and Crompton
Greater Manchester
England Coordinates: 53°34′53″N 2°06′27″W / 53.58125°N 2.1074°W / 53.58125; -2.1074
Local authority Oldham Council
DfE number 353/4605
DfE URN 137294 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,300 (approx.)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19
Houses Cocker
Colours Black & Gold         

Crompton House Church of England School is a mixed gender Church of England academy and sixth form for 11–18 year olds, located in the High Crompton area of Shaw and Crompton in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England.

It was established in 1926 when Crompton House was donated by a prominent local land owner, Mary Crompton, to the Church of England to be used as a school. The school has expanded over the years as its reputation and achievements have increased along with the size of its intake. The school is now partly state-funded but mainly voluntary-funded by donations and events; some money is provided by the Anglican Diocese of Manchester. The school is affiliated therefore with the Church of England, and younger pupils are required to attend the Anglican church in order to be admitted to the school. However this is not the case for the sixth form, admission to which is based on secular grounds.

The school has approximately 1300 students and 100 teachers, and is made up of a number of 19th century buildings and modern extensions.


Crompton House, much like Crompton Hall, was originally a primary dwelling of the Crompton family, who since the Norman Conquest had a majority land ownership of Shaw and Crompton.

Following the death[who?] and subsequent dissipation of the Crompton family line, Crompton House was donated in 1926 by Miss Mary Crompton and her cousin, Mrs Anne Ormerod on the understanding it would become a school with a strong Christian ethos. The then Dean of Manchester, Dr. Hewlett Johnson, declared open the new Higher Grade Church School to be known as Crompton House School on 29 September and the first 25 pupils were admitted on 1 October. From the beginning its relatively small size enabled the care of every child to be the concern of all the teaching staff. Now a co-educational, voluntary aided secondary school catering for about 1400 pupils with an established sixth-form, that same care remains the guiding spirit of the school community.[citation needed]

Over the years additions have been made to the original buildings. These include a separate Year 11 block, a modern craft building, new science laboratories and new sixth-form accommodation. A new block of classrooms and science laboratories was officially opened in October 1994, and is colloquially referred to as The new block.

More recently, a block of ten new classrooms has been opened. A drama studio has also been built due to the school's Arts status.

The principal aim of the school is to provide within the context of the Anglican faith an opportunity for all pupils to develop their full potential both in terms of academic achievement and of personal and social development. It is hoped that at the end of their time with the school, the young men and women from Crompton House will take their place in society as well-educated, balanced, creative and caring individuals.[citation needed]

Whilst this is a Church of England school, when available the school will also offer places to children from other Christian denominations, though due to the popularity of the school this is increasingly unlikely. The official position of the school is to believe strongly that a Christian school exists to serve the needs of the local, and wider communities. The school is also a Post-Graduate Teacher Training Centre, and since September 1998 has Beacon status. Crompton House was awarded Specialist School Status in 2005 as an Arts College (Music, Art and Drama).

Pastoral care[edit]

Crompton House uses a house system. All pupils are in mixed year group houses, which include Cocker, Crompton, Ormerod and Ridley. These House names are the surnames of individuals who have contributed to the creation of Crompton House as a school.


Crompton House offers a broad range of subjects with options available both at GCSE level and again at A-level should a student remain in to the sixth form.

Subject Years 7-9 GCSE Notes
English Compulsory Compulsory Combined English Language and Literature is studied until year 10, where it is divided into Literature and Language in preparation for GCSE English and English Literature. The work of William Shakespeare is studied in years 7, 8 and 9; along with a number of literary set texts.
Mathematics Compulsory Compulsory All students are required to take GCSE Mathematics.
Science Compulsory Compulsory For GCSE it is taught separately in lessons by separate teachers as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Depending on the choice made for GCSE, this is taught either as 'separate sciences' where three GCSEs are gained, one in each science; or 'dual award science', where 2 GCSEs are gained as dual award science as fewer lessons are taken at a lesser depth.
Religious studies Compulsory Compulsory Per the school's Church of England status.
Modern Foreign Languages Compulsory Optional Pupils are taught French, German or Spanish up until year 9 when they have where they have to carry on their language for a GCSE
Geography Compulsory Optional Part of the course can involve trips to countries such as Iceland.
History Compulsory Optional Part of the course can involve trips to places of historical significance, such as the Battlefields of Ypres in Belgium, and Eden Camp in the UK.
Physical Education Compulsory Compulsory Up until year 9 pupils have 4 or 5 sessions a fortnight of P.E. In years 10 and 11 those not choosing it for GCSE have 2 lessons a fortnight.
Music Compulsory Optional
Art Compulsory Optional
Drama Compulsory Optional
Expressive Arts Compulsory N/A Art, Drama and music have to be taken by all Year 7-9 students as a GCSE in the Expressive arts course, as per the schools Arts Specialist status.
Sociology N/A Optional
ICT Compulsory Optional These technology subjects are all taught to pupils in years 7-9, and any of these can be chosen for a GCSE qualification. Recently, the school has introduced the OCR National Level 2 qualification for ICT that is studied from year 9, up until year 11, and all pupils must take this exam, but anyone can still choose to take ICT as a GCSE. This is a more in- depth course, and provides a greater range of skills for all candidates.
Resistant Materials
Food and Nutrition

Musical achievements[edit]

The music department of the school has a variety of groups including two orchestras, swing and brass bands, and several choirs. The senior orchestra played at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Schools Proms in 2005,[1] and the Senior Choir has sung in venues such as Manchester Cathedral, York Minster, and Liverpool Cathedral. The choir has sung evensong in Westminster Abbey, and the Boys' Choir has sung in St Asaph Cathedral.[2] On 2 July 2010 the orchestra, brass band and choirs combined to perform Karl Jenkin's The Armed Man at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Sixth form[edit]

Crompton House has its own sixth form, which itself performs at a high national standard. The majority of pupils in the sixth form at Crompton House have continued from the compulsory education there. However, approximately 40 pupils from other schools in the surrounding area join the sixth form each year. Unlike years 7–11, there are no criteria for selection based on religion.

There are a number of subjects available at AS-level and A-level to study at Crompton House. These are: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, Economics, English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, Food and Nutrition, French, General Studies, Geography, Government and Politics, German, History, ICT, Mathematics, Multimedia, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Philosophy & Ethics, and Travel and Tourism.

Notable former pupils[edit]



  • Mr S. Selwyn, 1926–1938
  • Mr J. Hargreaves, 1938–1958
  • Mr D. Shepherd, 1939–1964
  • Mr E. Harris, 1964–1985
  • Mr M. Taylor, 1985–1999
  • Mr D. Bowes, 2000–2002
  • Mr W. Grundy, 2002–2006
  • Mrs V. Musgrave, 2006–2008
  • Mrs E. Tough, 2008–2011
  • Mrs S. Calvert, 2012– 2014
  • Mr K. Newell, 2014-Present

In the news[edit]

In November 2006, Crompton House had a bomb scare when a year 11 pupil took in what appeared to be a First World War hand grenade for a history lesson. Around 200 pupils had to be evacuated from the new block while the rest of the school stayed inside, well away from danger. Greater Manchester Police, along with the bomb disposal unit, confirmed the grenade was inactive and the school was back to normal in the afternoon. The pupil involved was suspended for a fixed term.[7]


  1. ^ TDA web page URL accessed 14 October 2007
  2. ^ Times educational supplement web page URL accessed 14 October 2007
  3. ^ Bugby, Tony (2009-01-05). "Rivals unite in grief for popular Greaves". Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Katie. "Mum-to-be Michelle says 'I do' again for TV". Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Anna Friel Biography". Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "John Lees' Barclay James Harvest Interview". Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bomb scare boy barred from class". Manchester Evening News. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-19. 

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