Goole High School

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Goole High School
Goole High School.jpg
Motto Be the best you can
Established 1909
Type Academy
Religion Non denominational
Specialism Maths & Computing
Location Centenary Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
DN14 6AN
England Coordinates: 53°42′29″N 0°53′02″W / 53.708170°N 0.883780°W / 53.708170; -0.883780
Local authority East Riding of Yorkshire
DfE number ???/4007
DfE URN 118064 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1017
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Former name Goole Grammar School
Website GHS

Goole High School is a secondary school located in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated just off the A614 road in the east of Goole.


The school's original motto was Alta Pete, Latin for "Aim High".[citation needed]

Grammar school[edit]

Goole High School was first opened as Goole Grammar School in 1909,[1] making it the longest running school in Goole. It was administered by West Riding County Council, based in Wakefield. It was a four form-entry coeducational school on Boothferry Road with 750 boys and girls. Goole Secondary Modern School was on the opposite side of Boothferry Road, which was built in 1936, and had 1,100 boys and girls.


In September 1973 the school became a twelve form-entry comprehensive upper school for ages 13–18. It initially retained the name Goole Grammar School with 1,100 boys and girls. From April 1974 it was administered by Humberside Education Committee. The former secondary modern school became Bartholomew Middle School (became Goole College, now part of Hull College).

In the 1980s the school was still a 13-18 upper school and called Goole Grammar School. In 1990 the school's name was changed to Vermuyden School, after Cornelius Vermuyden.

In 2009, following consultation with students and the local community, it was renamed Goole High School and, after a student survey, a new school uniform was introduced. The motto was also changed to 'Daring to be Excellent'.[2][3]


Goole High School officially gained academy status in 2011. The school now receives its funding directly from central government but still has close links with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

During the past three years the school has undergone a massive transformation, with stage two of a £15m new build being completed. Now,partly thanks to the school being one of the first three schools nationally to receive funding through the governmen't flagship Priority Schools Building Fund,a further multi-million pound sum is to be spent on the next phase which will see the creation of a three-storey new build to house the new CREATE Studio School, an Academy School suite and a creative arts suite, with drama and dance halls as well as a library.

It will also fund renovation of the original Edwardian building and re-instatement of the Edwardian listed gardens fronting Boothferry Road, the return of the car park on Airmyn Road to tennis courts and the demolition of some non-historical parts of the site to make way for the creation of landscaped outside areas.

The school has this term launched the Goole High School Learning Quarter. Under this umbrella, all students attend the Prep School between the ages of 11 and 13. At that point they are given the opportunity to follow three different options: a traditional academic route via the GHS Academy; the Vocational School route which combines the core subjects as well as specific work focus on areas including hospitality and hair and beauty.

Meanwhile, the newly opened CREATE Studio School caters for academically focused students who follow a core curriculum and additionally apply themselves in business, design, engineering and logistics – areas specifically chosen to tie in with the region’s employment base, with partnerships already in place with more than 80 local and regional businesses.

Academic performance[edit]

The school is first choice for most families in the Goole area and was over-subscribed for its year 7 intake in September 2013. This followed hard on the heels of the school's best ever GCSE and A Level results in the school's history, this summer ( - which saw the school as only one of two in the East Rising to beat its Government set targets.

Goole High School was placed into Special Measures after their OFSTED Inspection in December 2013


Goole Grammar School[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ *Schools - Goole Grammar School", Retrieved 25 October 2013
  2. ^ "New name for Vermuyden School", Goole Times, 21 May 2009 (web archive). Retrieved 25 October 2013
  3. ^ "Instrument of Government - Variation Order No. 7 (2009)" (PDF). East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 

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