Priestnall School

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Priestnall School
Heaton Mersey - Priestnall Road, looking east - - 1231875.jpg
Motto "Educating For Life"
Established 1974
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher John Cregg
Location Priestnall Road
Heaton Mersey

Greater Manchester
 England Coordinates: 53°25′04″N 2°11′58″W / 53.41782°N 2.19956°W / 53.41782; -2.19956
Local authority Stockport
DfE URN 106133 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1300
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Forest Green, Indigo Purple, Golden Yellow, Metallic Red, Royal Blue and Navy Blue.
Website Priestnall School

Priestnall Secondary School, known simply as Priestnall School, is a secondary school in Heaton Mersey, Stockport, England. There are currently over 1300 students attending the school. The headteacher is John Cregg. The school was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in a recent inspection and also rated 'Outstanding' when an English inspection took place.[1]

The school is split into 5 colleges: Bridgewater College, Imperial College, Urbis College, Victoria College and Rylands College. There are a mixture of year groups in each of these mini-colleges, each having its own head of college with the title "Director of Studies". Each Director of Studies acts similarly to a Head of Year.

The percentage of GCSEs grade A* - C in 2014 were one of the highest in the area, and the school received an "Outstanding" in their last Ofsted inspection.

All pupils have a maximum of three physical education lessons per week, as well as having the option to undertake varied extra curricular sporting activities. The school has a dedicated building for sports and dance, with a multi-purpose sports hall, a gym, squash courts, a fitness suite and dance studios. The school opens these facilities to the public at weekends. In each year group, Physical Education is compulsory and in years 10 and 11, Students are given the choice to either do a GCSE or BTEC qualification in PE or Dance.


The school was established in 1974 by a merger of Fylde Lodge High School, which was located in Priestnall Road, Heaton Mersey, and Stockport High School for Girls, which was located in Cale Green. Priestnall School took over the Fylde Lodge High School building. The Stockport High School building was subsequently used first by Davenport High School, then by Hillcrest Grammar School from 1983.[2]

Fylde Lodge High School was built in the 1960s as an all girls school. It was still an all girls school at the time of the merger. Males were allowed to study at Priestnall School from 1987. Priestnall still to this day keeps some heritage of Fylde Lodge, such as a statue of a lion in the school quad holding a shield with an original inscription from Fylde Lodge High School.


The school has a very strict uniform policy[3] and consists of a white shirt with college tie, a navy skirt with the school logo (girls) or navy trousers (boys), navy tights or socks, black shoes, navy jumper or cardigan and navy college blazer. There are also certain rules on for P.E. uniform, for boys it is a black Priestnall PE Polo Shirt, Priestnall PE socks, Black Priestnall PE shorts for summer and the option of black Priestnall PE trousers for winter. For girls, there is a black Priestnall PE polo shirt, Priestnall PE socks, black Priestnall PE shorts for summer, and the option of black Priestnall PE trousers for winter. For both there are other optional items such as a fleece, jumper, waterproof coat and hat.


There are five colleges, each of which is assigned certain subjects. They are as follows:

Maths, ICT and Business Studies
Geography and Science
Drama, English, History and Media
Technology, Beliefs and Values, Music and Art
PE and MFL

They are all named after Manchester landmarks – the Bridgewater Hall, the Imperial War Museum, Urbis, the John Rylands Library, and Victoria Baths.

Each College has a Director Of Studies and a Senior Learning Coordinator, a zone of the school and 10 - 12 form groups (at least 2 for each year group).

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Priestnall School". Stockport Council. Stockport Council. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Celebrating our History" (PDF). The Hillcestrian 2009-2010. Hillcrest Grammar School. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Uniform". Priestnall School. Priestnall School. 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sports Personality – Liam Broady – Winner". Proud of Stockport Awards Winners 2011. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Vignes, Spencer (22 June 2011). "Tennis: Naomi Broady’s Wimbledon bow ends in tears but youngster tells Spencer Vignes she will only be better for the experience". Manchester Evening News - Other Sports. MEN Media. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Wrestling twins hope career will blossom". Manchester Evening News. Manchester Evening News. 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

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