Goole High School

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Goole Academy
Goole Academy
Motto exceed expectations
Established 1909
Type Academy
Location Centenary Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
DN14 6AN
53°42′29″N 0°53′02″W / 53.708170°N 0.883780°W / 53.708170; -0.883780Coordinates: 53°42′29″N 0°53′02″W / 53.708170°N 0.883780°W / 53.708170; -0.883780
Local authority East Riding of Yorkshire
DfE number ???/4007
DfE URN 137316 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1017
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Former name Goole High school
Website GHS

Goole Academy is a secondary school located in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated just off the A614 road in the east of Goole. The principal is Mr Matthew Partington, formerly of Ossett Academy, Wakefield.


The school's original motto was Alta Pete, Latin for "Aim High".[citation needed]

Grammar school[edit]

Goole High School was first opened as Goole Grammar School in 1909,[1] making it the longest running school in Goole. It was administered by West Riding County Council, based in Wakefield. It was a four form-entry coeducational school on Boothferry Road with 750 boys and girls. Goole Secondary Modern School was on the opposite side of Boothferry Road, which was built in 1936, and had 1,100 boys and girls.[citation needed]


In September 1973 the school became a twelve form-entry comprehensive upper school for ages 13–18. It initially retained the name Goole Grammar School with 1,100 boys and girls. From April 1974 it was administered by Humberside Education Committee. The former secondary modern school became Bartholomew Middle School (became Goole College, now part of Hull College).[citation needed]

In the 1980s the school was still a 13-18 upper school and called Goole Grammar School. In 1990 the school's name was changed to Vermuyden School, after Cornelius Vermuyden.[citation needed]

In 2009, following consultation with students and the local community, it was renamed Goole High School and, after a student survey, a new school uniform was introduced. The motto was also changed to 'Daring to be Excellent'.[2][3]


Goole High School officially gained academy status in 2011. The school receives funding directly from central government but still has links with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.[citation needed]

The school underwent transformation with a stage two of a £15m new build. Sunsequently, partly through the school being one of the first three nationally to receive funding through the government's Priority Schools Building Fund, a further multi-million pound sum is to be spent on the next phase of the creation of a three-storey new build to house the CREATE Studio School, an Academy School suite and a creative arts suite, with drama and dance halls, and a library.

It will also fund renovation of the original Edwardian building and re-instatement of the Edwardian listed gardens fronting Boothferry Road, the return of the car park on Airmyn Road to tennis courts and the demolition of some non-historical parts of the site to make way for the creation of landscaped outside areas.

In August 2014 it became part of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) and appointed new Principal Matthew Partington. The school quickly began to improve all aspects of its provision, including some of the best results in its history. When the Academy was removed from Special Measures, Ofsted described it as been transformed "beyond recognition" (November 2015).

Academic performance[edit]

The school had its best GCSE results in 2015.


Goole Grammar School[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ *Schools - Goole Grammar School", Retrieved 25 October 2013
  2. ^ "New name for Vermuyden School", Goole Times, 21 May 2009 (web archive). Retrieved 25 October 2013
  3. ^ "Instrument of Government - Variation Order No. 7 (2009)" (PDF). East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  4. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 

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