Poynton High School
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|Established||c. September 1972|
|Chair of Governors||Mike Bird|
Yew Tree Lane|
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|DfE URN||111436 Tables|
|Houses||Newton, Legh, Vernon, Davenport|
|Publication||The Poynton High Flyer|
Poynton High School and Performing Arts College is a mixed comprehensive secondary school located in Poynton, Cheshire East. The school is maintained by the Local Education Authority in England. It was founded in 1972, and was awarded Arts College status in 2002. It has 1,511 pupils between Years 7 and 13 (ages 11–18). This includes a sixth form of 285 pupils.
Ofsted have rated the school as "'Good" following their most recent inspection in December 2015. Poynton High School was previously ranked the best state school in Cheshire East Local Education Authority in 2012, and was rated as an 'outstanding school' by Ofsted at the previous inspections in October 2008.
It is non-denominational, although its roll is 96% white British and predominantly Anglican. It serves a relatively advantaged area where a high proportion of adults have received higher education. The proportion of students entitled to free school meals is small. The number of students with learning difficulties or disabilities is well below the national average. The number of students whose first language is not English is well below the national average.
The school is involved with many external organisations and groups and links with foreign education establishments: Comenius, Heaton Special School & Music Academy are all vital to the school as a community and these strong relationships have been established over time.
The school has a wide range of extracurricular activities for students after and during school hours such as chess, badminton, and dance. Students can also take part in many activities for their respective houses: Newton, Davenport, Legh and Vernon.
Notable former pupils
Film and media
- David Bowers, film director
- Ian Clark, film director
- Andrew Daffy, VFX director
- Anouska Golebiewski, Big Brother (UK) contestant
- Matt Nixson, journalist, former Head of Features for The Sun newspaper
- Sam Yates, theatre director
- Graham Evans, former Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Weaver Vale from 2010-2017
- Andrew Stephenson, Conservative Party MP for Pendle
- William Wragg, Conservative Party MP for Hazel Grove
- Dame Sarah Storey, road and track cyclist, and Paralympic Games gold medallist
- Sophie Thornhill, track cyclist
- Daniel Pepper, Paralympic swimmer, Double IPC World Champion
Notable former staff members
- The Rev Canon Jane Brooke, Residentiary Canon Chancellor of Chester Cathedral
- Patsy Calton, former Liberal Democrat MP for Cheadle
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