Heywood Community High School

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Heywood Community High School
Heywood CoA.svg
Established 1966
(as Sutherland High School)
Closed 31 August 2010
Type High School
Community School
Headteacher Mr David Yates
Chair Mrs V Purslow
Location Sutherland Road
Darnhill, Heywood
Greater Manchester
OL10 3PL
United Kingdom
53°35′16″N 2°15′08″W / 53.5879°N 2.2523°W / 53.5879; -2.2523Coordinates: 53°35′16″N 2°15′08″W / 53.5879°N 2.2523°W / 53.5879; -2.2523
Local authority Rochdale
DfE URN 105835 Tables
Students 216 (at the time of closure)
Gender Mixed-sex
Ages 11–16
Former name Sutherland High School
Website www.hchs.co.uk

Heywood Community High School was a secondary school in the Heywood district of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. The school closed 30 June 2010 to students[1] but officially closed on 31 August 2010.[2]


The school opened in 1966 as Sutherland High School.[3][4] The school was renamed to Heywood Community High School 31 August 1990.

In 2006 when the position of Headteacher was appointed to David Yates the school's performance improved dramatically. from 10% A-C GCSE grade to 71% in 2010, the year of the school's closure.[5] This made the school one of the best in the Rochdale borough[5] and in the top 20 most improved schools in the country.[6][7]

The school officially closed on 31 August 2010,[2] as a result of the British Government's Building Schools for the Future strategy.[1][8] The school stopped accepting new students in 2008 in order to phase out the majority of students in preparation for the closure in 2010. When the school closed the majority of remaining students were transferred to neighbouring Siddal Moor Sports College[9] and the remainder to Holy Family College.[1] In the school's last Ofsted report it was found to be outstanding in many areas.[10] The former school building was demolished in late 2010.

In the media[edit]

  • 27 September 2003 the school had a large fire in the technology department. The school was open as usual after the fire.[11]
  • 10 August 2010 Arsonists deliberately set fire to the former school building. Two days later another fire was started in the building. Heywood councillor Jacqui Beswick reported the site has been left unsecured.[12][13][14]
  • 26 August 2010 the school announced record GCSE exam results for the last year of the school. 71% of students achieved A-C grades.[5] This is above the national average of 69.1%.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "GCSE pupils' 'heartbreak' at Rochdale school demolition". BBC News. 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b EduBase - HCHS edubase.gov.uk.
  3. ^ Link4Life Darnhill Link4Life.
  4. ^ Sutherland High School Edubase.
  5. ^ a b c Gray, Lisa (26 August 2010). "RIP Heywood Community School". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. 
  6. ^ Results boost for HCHS Rochdale News Online.
  7. ^ "Reward scheme pays off at school". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. 22 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Rochdale BSF Consultation rohdale.gov.uk
  9. ^ Harvey, Paul (8 October 2009). "School's name will live on". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. 
  10. ^ 2009 HM Ofsted Report ofsted.gov.uk
  11. ^ "Pupils off after school fire". BBC News. 28 September 2003. 
  12. ^ Deliberate fire at HCHS Rochdale News Online.
  13. ^ Second school fire in 2 days Rochdale News Online.
  14. ^ "School under firebug attack". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. 19 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Vasagar, Jeevan (24 August 2010). "GCSE results: Record results see pass rates rise for 23rd year in a row". guardian.co.uk. London: Guardian News and Media. 
  16. ^ Parker, Gareth (28 February 2007). "No shame in playing tough role on screen". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. 
  17. ^ Luke Tittensor IMBd