Parklands High School, Chorley
|Former name||Chorley Grammar School of Chorley Old Road|
The current Parklands High School was originally called Chorley Grammar School. It was originally housed in buildings in Union Street, Chorley which is now home to the public library.
It changed its name in 1970, when the school changed from a grammar school to a comprehensive school, to Parklands High School.
The current school buildings were opened in 1959. There were two major building additions in the 2000s - A new Art, RE, Drama, Science wing which replaced the previous ROSLA block which was demolished, a new sports hall and in (2010) a extension to the front of the building to extend the dining area and reception. In addition students created a new outdoor social area.
Parklands High School converted to academy status in September 2012, meaning the school in now independent of local authority control.
Parklands was first made a Language College in 2003. The languages that are now taught are French, German, Spanish and Russian. French and/or German are taught as compulsory language subjects and the other languages are taught in a variety of extra-curricular classes and clubs.
GCSE results 2010
78% of students achieved 5 or more A* - C grades 30% of all grades were A* or A 6 subject areas achieved 90% A* - C grades A further 5 subject areas achieved 75% A* - C grades
- Paul Grayson, England Rugby Player
- Tom Smith, currently with Lancashire County Cricket Club
- David Unsworth, former footballer, coach of Preston North End F.C.