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Buile Hill High School is a secondary school, in Pendleton, Salford, in North West England. The main gate situated on Chaseley Road can be found just off the A576 Eccles Old Road. The school itself stands opposite Buile Hill Park.
The school is over 100 years old in some parts, with the school owning a playing field with a nearby college, Pendleton College, which is across the field to the north. It was formerly Salford Grammar School until 1973, when its sixth form along with Pendleton High School for Girls was moved to Pendleton College, which is next door. The building had opened on 12 January 1956, being officially opened on 21 March 1956 by the Mayor of Salford, G. H. Goulden.
The school was rebuilt on the adjacent field and completed in 2008. The new buildings were funded through the Private Finance Initiative.
GCSE figure for 2007 rose from 26 per cent of pupils gaining 5 A* to C the previous year, to 52 per cent in 2007. The school's contextual value added now stands at 999; the national average is 1,000.
The school's headteacher left the school in the summer of 2006 and was replaced by a 'super head'. The new headteacher, Mr. P. Fitzpatrick, was paid a larger-than-usual salary of £100,000 per year, and was contracted for two years to improve the school's results and ready the school for the move into its new buildings in 2008. However, Fitzpatrick failed to achieve the results that the council had been looking for, and in 2007 he was removed by mutual agreement after just two terms. In 2007 the school's results on the standard measure (% of pupils reaching 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C) jumped from 26% to 52%. He was replaced by Mrs. W. O'Neill, previously the deputy head of Albion High School, Salford. As of 2013, the headteacher is James Inman.
Historical sexual abuse
In March 2014, Edward Beetham, a former head of year and humanities teacher at the school, pleaded guilty to indecency with an 11-year-old pupil in the early 1990s. He was spared jail, but was subjected to a two-year community order, with a requirement to attend a sex offenders' programme. His defence barrister, Stuart Duke, told Manchester Crown Court: "He has lost his good character. He has gone from being a genteel, retired schoolteacher playing petanque to somebody who will be monitored by the authorities - it has been absolutely devastating for this to come back and haunt him." When sentencing, Judge Patrick Field QC, told Beetham: "You developed and encouraged a relationship with (the victim) - this appears to me, at least in part, grooming behaviour, enabling you to lure him into your bedroom where you invited an undoubtedly bewildered child to beat you for your own sexual gratification."
Notable former pupils
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- Wes Butters – TV and radio presenter.
- Gillian Doherty – author and editor of educational books for children.
- Paul Lockitt – radio newsreader, who was named commercial radio's Newsreader of the Year at the Sky/IRN Radio Awards in 2012 for the fifth year having previously won the national award in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011
- Danny Matthews – radio presenter and producer working for Piccadilly Radio, Key 103 and Century Radio
- Michael Appleton - former player of Manchester United, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion and current First Team Coach at Oxford United.
Salford Grammar School
- John Caine, MBE,FRSA.author (A Nest of Singing Birds) and playwright ("Mister Lowry","Reunion" "On the Knocker" )
- Rt Rev Neville Chamberlain, Bishop of Brechin from 1997–2005
- Albert Finney is a five times Academy Award-nominated English actor
- Michael Fidler, Conservative MP for Bury and Radcliffe from 1970–74
- David Glencross CBE, Chief Executive of the Independent Television Commission from 1991–96
- Prof Norman Haycocks, Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham from 1946–73
- Mark Hendrick is the Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament for Preston since 2000
- Dr David Hessayon OBE, gardener, Chairman of the British Agrochemicals Association from 1980–81
- Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order
- Dr Ralph Kohn, pharmacist
- Mike Leigh, film director who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as an assistant director in 1967. He later achieved lasting fame for plays such as Nuts in May and for his films including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and five Academy Award nominations. His latest film (2005) was Vera Drake
- Eddie Maguire scriptwriter who wrote "Ray's A Laugh" (with Ted Ray) for the BBC among other successes
- Abraham Moss, Mayor of Manchester from 1953–54, and former President of the YHA
- John Pitt-Brooke CB, Director-General Secretariat at the Ministry of Defence since 2006
- James Porter CBE, Director General of the Commonwealth Institute from 1978–91
- Tom Price, Labour MP for Westhoughton 1951–73
- David Quinn is a British bird artist. He won the 1987 Bird Illustrator of the Year Award of the British Birds magazine
- John Maurice Shaftesley OBE, journalist
- Ernest Sinnott, Chairman of the South Eastern Electricity Board from 1966–74, and President of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) from 1956–57
- Capt Richard Spencer, Conservative MP for St Helens from 1931–35
- Prof Leslie Wagner CBE, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University from 1994–2003, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of North London from 1992–93
- Harold Riley, artist, born 1934
- Ken Wilson Writer EFL (English as a Foreign Language) books. Sales of over 450,000,000 in China. Born 1947
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2006-11-23. OFSTED School Report The OFSTED report of Buile Hill High School.