Bedford High School, Leigh

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Bedford High School
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Motto To care, to learn, to achieve
Established 1976
Type Community school
Headteacher Mrs Helen Phillips
Location Manchester Road
Bedford, Leigh
Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°29′37″N 2°29′26″W / 53.49373°N 2.49068°W / 53.49373; -2.49068
Local authority Wigan
DfE URN 106523 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 150
Students 1,025 pupils
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11 (year 7)–16 (year 11)

Bedford High School is a comprehensive school for boys and girls in the Bedford area of Leigh, Greater Manchester, England.


Bedford High School was established in 1976 when the town's grammar schools were abolished by the 1976 Education Act. It was formed by merging Leigh Boys´ Grammar School and neighbouring Manchester Road Secondary Modern School. The former grammar school buildings now form the upper school and the secondary modern buildings form the lower school. In 2003 the school gained specialist Business and Enterprise College status and opened a construction training facility in conjunction with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).[1]


In 2008, 37% of pupils achieved five GCSE passes at grade A* to C including Mathematics and English, while 75% achieved five A* to C grades overall. These results were a significant improvement over 2007, when 29% of pupils achieved five GCSE passes at grade A* to C including Mathematics and English,[2][3] The school's Ofsted inspection in September 2004 stated that GCSE results were above that of similar schools.[1] The same Ofsted report rated the school as satisfactory with effective leadership and praised the school's relationship with the local community. It also highlighted issues with year 9 performance, the provision of modern languages and personal development, and the attitudes and behaviour of a number of boys in the school.[1]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Leigh Grammar School[edit]

Matt Aitken, English songwriter and record producer and the creative force behind the songwriting/production trio of Stock, Aitken and Waterman


  1. ^ a b c "Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. September 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Bedford High School". Education League Tables. BBC. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Secondary schools in Wigan: GCSE-level". Education League Tables. BBC. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 

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