Gartree High School

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Gartree High School
Gartree Logo - Grey.jpg
Type Middle school, academy
Religion All
Head Teacher Sonia Singleton
Chair of Governors Donna Parmar
Location Ridgeway
Coordinates: 52°35′15″N 1°04′30″W / 52.5875°N 1.0750°W / 52.5875; -1.0750
DfE number 855/4041
DfE URN 138155 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff c.70 staff
Students c.800 pupils
Gender Coeducational
Ages 10–14
Houses Arctic, Atlantic, Caspian & Pacific
Colours Black and white

Gartree High School is a coeducational secondary school with academy status. In May 2016 it received approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner to change its designation to 11-16, meaning it will be able to take students through to GCSE from September 2017.[1] The school is situated in Oadby, a town on the south side of Leicester, England.[2][3]

Notable former pupils include John Deacon of Queen.

Consultation on age-range change[edit]

In common with other Oadby schools, the school has consulted on age-range change. The consultation process ran for six weeks from Monday 9 November 2015 until Sunday 20 December 2015. The results of the consultation have been published and a decision is expected from the Regional Schools Commissioner.[4]

Trips and Opportunities[edit]

There is a wide range of trips and extra-curricular opportunities for pupils to partake in during their time at Gartree High School. There are a number of foreign residential trips. These include the Year 7 residential trip to France, the Year 9 Geography trip to Iceland and the Enrichment trip to Italy.

Alongside these foreign residentials there are many trips in the Humanties, Design Technology and Science departments, including the Science Museum, the Big Bang show, The Clothes Show, as well as the Eden Project Stretch and Challenge trip.[5]

Hearing Impaired Unit[edit]

Gartree High School hosts the Leicestershire’s Schools Hearing Impaired Unit.[6]

Origins and History[edit]

In 1707-15 there was apparently no school in Oadby, according to Bishop Wake's visitation questionnaire.[7] An 1818 parliamentary enquiry recorded that the only means of education for poorer families in Oadby was a Sunday School connected to St Peter's Church, attended by 117 children. In 1838 the parish received funds to establish an infants' school and a daily school. In 1872 a school board was set up to provide additional school places, and a school in the Baptist church's schoolroom was opened in 1872. It became a council school after school boards were abolished by the 1902 Education Act.[8]

A new council school for older children was opened in 1929. An inspection of the council school in 1933 records that there were 5 junior and five senior classes. Following the 1944 Education Act the council school became a secondary school and was officially named Gartree Modern School in 1948.[9]

A punishment book from the County School which commenced in April 1945 was continued at Gartree Modern, survived the move to the new site in 1960 and was used until 1983 (first entry: "Persistent Disobedience," 12.4.45; final entry: "Disruptive behaviour in class," 9.2.83).[10]

The Leicestershire Plan of the late 1950s saw a new vision for secondary education in Leicestershire. According to Stewart Mason (Director of Education for Leicestershire until 1971) "the 11-plus examination and the resultant segregation of children into grammar and secondary modern schools is an offence against reason and public conscience." [11] The plan he has devised, and which was put into effect across the county, meant the abolition of 11-plus segregation; and at the age of fourteen there could be transfer to the Grammar School without examination for all children whose parents choose it for them and promised to keep them there beyond sixteen.

In 1968, eleven years after the introduction of the Leicestershire Plan, Gartree became a high school and Manor High School was created.

In 1973 the age of transfer to secondary school in Oadby was lowered to 10 and Brookside Primary opened on adjoining land, allowing children to remain in the same locality from 4-18.

Gartree High School opened on its current site in October 1960.The opening was conducted by Professor C A Coulson, professor of Mathematics from Oxford University. The school provided "a complete range of seconadry courses during the compulsory stage for children from Oadby, Burton Overy, Great Glen, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Hungerton, Keyham, Newton Harcourt, Scraptoft, Stoughton, Great and Little Stretton and Thurnby." [12] After three years pupils had the option to transfer to Guthlaxton Grammar School in Wigston. That building was originally planned to hold 450 pupils but was expanded to accommodate 600 children.

New school rebuild[edit]

Gartree High School

The 1960 construction was replaced in 2007. The new building is on the same campus, being built behind the previous building. Its initial cost was extimated at £12 million. It opened to students in July 2007.[13][14]

Head Teachers[edit]

E S C Coggins

John Armitage

Diane Edwards

Rosemary Goldberg

Sonia Singleton


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Bullying reduced by peer scheme". BBC News. 22 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "We need powers to ban bus yobs, say operators". Leicester Mercury. 
  4. ^ Gartree High School website
  5. ^ Gartree High School prospectus, page 13
  6. ^ Gartree Hearing Impaired Unit
  7. ^ Bishop Wake's Summary of Visitation Returns from the Diocese of Lincoln, 1705-15 (Oxford, 2012) pp860-61
  8. ^ [Emily Wright, University of Leicester 2013]]
  9. ^ ROLLR E/MB/B/241/4, 6 Dec 1948
  10. ^ School records
  11. ^ Radio Times issue 1763, 23 August 1957
  12. ^ Leicestershire Education Committee, Opening of the Gartree High School bochure, 3 October 1960, page 2
  13. ^ "Town to get new secondary school". BBC News. 16 May 2005. 
  14. ^ "Building starts on £12m high school". Leicester Mercury. 19 October 2004.