Holy Cross Catholic High School (Chorley)
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Location||Myles Standish Way
|DfE URN||119803 Tables|
The school provides co-educational education for approximately 830 pupils in the 11-16 age range, most of whom reside in Chorley itself, or the surrounding villages of Chorley Borough, part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.
The headmistress, Mrs. Wendy White, joined the school in 2004 after six years as Deputy Headteacher of St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School in Wigan.
The new headteacher after Mrs. White is currently Ms Foley. Ms Foley resigned from her post after less than a year at the helm stating personal reasons. Her resignation will become intact at the end of the year
The school started as separate boys and girls only schools. St Augustines was the boys school, while St Hildas was an all-girls school. Until 1999 the school still operated in the remnants of the 2 separate school buildings joined by a pathway. The lower school site has now been demolished making way for new housing known as "The Bowers".
The Chorley East Link Road (B5252) was opened to the public during the afternoon of 22 November 2007 and the spur up to the school was opened for use the following morning.
The number of pupils has increased over recent years:
The school was listed by Ofsted in 1994–1995 as one of the outstanding providers in the North West region and in 2004, the school was awarded the Science and Sports College specialist school status by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
The school received a grant of £132,921 from the Big Lottery Fund in July 2006 as part of an initiative by the Fund to boost school sports programmes. This grant was for a programme of eight activities including one aimed at increasing girls' interest in sport by introducing aerobics, dance and cheer-leading.
- Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2005). "Children Act". House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 21 Feb 2005 (pt 69). Retrieved 2007-02-13.
- "Ofsted - Outstanding providers". Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education (England). Retrieved 2007-02-11.
- "Big Lottery Fund (North West) - Lottery backs school sports activities in North West". Government News Network. 2006. Retrieved 2006-02-13.