The Bankfield School

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The Bankfield School
Established 1958 (1958)
Type Community school
Interim Executive Headteacher John Rigby
Location Liverpool Road
England Coordinates: 53°22′21″N 2°45′34″W / 53.3724°N 2.7594°W / 53.3724; -2.7594
Local authority Borough of Halton
DfE number 876/5400
DfE URN 111463 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

The Bankfield School is a coeducational community secondary school, located in Widnes in the English county of Cheshire.

It opened in September 1958 as a small secondary modern school, before becoming a comprehensive school in 1974. The numbers on the roll fell and in the 1980s the school was threatened with closure. Following a campaign by the local community it became a grant-maintained school in January 1990. In 1997 it opted to join the other schools managed by Halton Borough Council.[1]

In September 2004 was awarded specialist status as a Science College, partnering with the Catalyst Museum and Science Discovery Centre and 16 industrial sponsors.[2] In 2010 it became the first school in the Borough of Halton to be judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.[3] The school also gained a second specialism in Applied Learning, and also became a Gifted & Talented Lead School. In April 2013, the school was deemed by Ofsted to 'require improvement'. This inspection found that standards in the school had significantly slipped. In January 2013 following an October Ofsted report, the school was placed into special measures. In January 2013, Headteacher, Carole Owen stepped down from her position as headteacher of the school. The school was took over by an Interim Executive Board, who aim to turn the school around, and they installed Mr John Rigby as the Interim Executive Headteacher. He is currently the headteacher of the school on a temporary basis.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Golden Year for Bankfield School", Inside Halton (Halton Borough Council), December 2008: 7 
  2. ^ The Bankfield School, The Bankfield School, retrieved 2013-10-29 
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  4. ^ "Golden Year for Bankfield School", Inside Halton (Halton Borough Council), December 2008: 7 

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