Marple Hall School
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|Location||Hill Top Drive
|DfE URN||106138 Tables|
|Houses||Linnet, Fernilee , Errwood and Derwent|
The headteacher is Mr. Joseph Barker, The school is situated just off the Stockport Road (A626) on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, near the River Goyt.
The co-educational comprehensive school was originally Marple Hall County Grammar School, a grammar school, which was built in 1960 by Cheshire Education Committee on the demolished remains of Marple Hall, a manor house once owned by John Bradshaw who signed the death warrant of Charles I of England, and Charles Isherwood whose family also owned the house. The ruins of the house are still visible just outside the grounds of the school. These two figures give their names to the two main buildings of the modern school.
The grammar school later had separate boys and girls schools. Marple Hall County Grammar School for Girls opened in 1965 and had 750 girls in 1967, and 1000 by 1971. Marple Hall Grammar School for Boys had 1000 boys in 1972. In 1967 the girls school had a six form entry. The head teacher of the girls school up to 1974 was Miss Una Drake.
The school was converted into the mixed sex Marple Hall County High School in September 1974 with a nine form entry. The joint headmaster, Derek J Saville, was appointed in September 1973. It was originally to be called Marple Hall County Comprehensive. From April 1974, the school was administered by Stockport MBC. The new school taught Russian in the sixth form and had 1900 boys and girls, with 450 in the sixth form. Only the first year in 1974 had a comprehensive intake, and the last (from 1973) selective intake left in 1980..
Following Mr Saville's retirement, the sixth form was closed in 1989 after the arrival of the new Head, Margaret Cuckson. Miss Cuckson remained at Headteacher until 2004 when she was replaced by Mrs Lesley Calderbank who oversaw record GCSE results in July 2010. The previous Head, Dr Rose Hegan, took over in September 2010. Dr Hegan resigned in 2013 to be replaced by Mr Joseph Barker who had been working at the school prior to Dr Hegan's resignation.
Marple Hall is split into two different weeks, blue week and red week. The lesson frequency is unevenly split, for example in Year 7, one RE lesson will be taught in 2 weeks, but in that time there will be 7 English lessons.
Recently Marple Hall School has updated its uniform from a jumper and charcoal black trousers to charcoal black trousers, a blazer bearing the school's emblem and a tie showing the pupils' house colour.
School Houses and Reward System
Marple Hall has recently updated its teaching system. Not only are pupils split into forms of their age group, they are also split into houses, with pupils from ages ranging from 11–16. Linnet is yellow, Fernilee are green, Errwood are red and Derwent is purple. The houses are named after tributaries to the river Goyt.
The reward system is currently being changed.