Current school crest
|Type||Comprehensive secondary school|
|Motto||"Ex Hoc Metallo Virtutem" – "Courage, Service, Honour"|
|Local authority||Liverpool City Council|
|Department for Education URN||104698 Tables|
|Chair of Governors||David Woods|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Enrolment||approx. 1,500 pupils|
The school was founded in 1921 as Quarry Bank High School for Boys and its first intake of 225 pupils was on 11 January 1922. The first headmaster of the school was R. F. Bailey (an old Etonian). He formed the school on the principles of public school houses. Subsequently, the first year boys' house was named Bailey. The current headteacher is Lee Ratcliffe.
- 1 History
- 2 Refurbishment
- 3 Nearby
- 4 Notable former pupils
- 5 References
- 6 External links
In September 1967, Quarry Bank High School for Boys merged with neighbouring Calder High School for Girls (a girls' grammar school, also on Harthill Road) and nearby Morrison Boys' Secondary Modern, and adopted the name Quarry Bank Comprehensive School. The same year saw the abolition of the school's house system, whereby the pupils were divided between Mersey, Esmeduna, Wavertree, Sefton, Allerton, Childwall, Aigburth and Woolton houses.
In 1985, the school merged with Aigburth Vale High School, Aigburth, which led to the school operating at four sites with 1,800 pupils; it was also then that it adopted its current name. Aigburth Vale was previously a grammar school with around 600 girls. In 1989, the school divested itself of its Aigburth and Morrison facilities, retaining only the original Calder House and Quarry Bank estates. A new building to replace the Morrison wing was built within the existing school site. The former Morrison site is now home to a Tesco superstore on Mather Avenue in Allerton. The site of Aigburth Vale High School was redeveloped as flats.
In 2001, the school underwent a major refurbishment as part of a Private Finance Initiative scheme. The entire site was overhauled, with the old Calder Wing largely demolished, leaving only Calder House which now houses the sixth form. A new Arts Wing was built to house the English, MFL, Arts and Music departments. The former Quarry Wing was divided into two separate buildings. One is Quarry House which houses the ICT and History departments, and the main office for the school. The main classroom core of the Quarry Wing is now known as the Science Wing and houses a large number of science labs. The school was awarded 'Specialist Science Status' in 2001, which allows it to provide first class science facilities for its pupils.
Calderstones Park is just across the road from the school's premises. The parish church of All Hallows, Allerton, at the bottom of Harthill Road and across from the school's playing fields, boasts an unequalled display of stained glass windows made by William Morris from Edward Burne-Jones's designs.
Notable former pupils
Quarry Bank High School for Boys
- Prof. John Ashton, Director of Public Health
- Rt. Rev. Jonathan Bailey, Bishop of Derby from 1995 to 2005
- Clive Barker, writer, director and producer of many highly acclaimed films (Hellraiser, Candyman), books (Weaveworld, The Hellbound Heart), comic books (Razorline, Tapping the Vein) and video games (Clive Barker's Undying, Clive Barker's Jericho)
- Brian Barwick, Chief executive of the Football Association from 2005 to 2008
- David Basnett, trade union leader
- Michael Batty CBE FRS FBA, Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London
- Stephen Bayley, architecture writer and Chief executive of the Design Museum from 1986 to 1989
- Prof. Edmund (Ted) Bellamy, Professor of Physics at Westfield College, London from 1960 to 1984
- Jim Black, former Head of Presentation at BBC Radio 4 for fourteen years, who introduced the Radio 4 UK Theme and Sailing By
- Doug Bradley, actor, who played the 'Pinhead' character in Hellraiser
- Peter Cheeseman, theatre director, pioneer of theatre-in-the-round and documentary drama
- Steve Coppell, footballer and football manager
- Les Dennis, comedian and TV personality
- Prof. Alan Deyermond, Professor of Spanish at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London from 1969 to 1987
- Peter Goldsmith (Lord Goldsmith of Allerton), who was appointed as the Labour government's Attorney General in 2001
- John Lennon, rock musician, singer/songwriter, author and peace activist, and one of the founding members of The Beatles (Lennon named his first band The Quarrymen, after the school's original name)
- Derek Nimmo, actor
- Ralph Price CBE, Chairman of Honeywell UK from 1971 to 1981
- Joe Royle, footballer and football manager
- Labour cabinet ministers Peter Shore and Bill Rodgers, who adopted the name "Quarry Bank" as part of his baronial title
- Sir James Stirling, architect
Calder High School for Girls
- Margaret Ursula Jones, archaeologist
- Judith Kelly OBE, artistic director of London's Southbank Centre
- Dr. Diana Walford CBE, haematologist and Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford since 2002
Aigburth Vale High School for Girls
- Kate Ellis, crime fiction author
- Bel Mooney (briefly), journalist
- Elisabeth Sladen, actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures)
Quarry Bank Comprehensive School
- Guy Chambers, songwriter
- Andy Merrifield, urban theorist
- John Power, former member of the band the La's and founding member of Cast
Calderstones Community Comprehensive School
- Hope Akpan, footballer, midfielder for Reading Football Club
- Marcus Holden, international rugby player, Cyprus Rugby National Team
- Geoff Rowley, skateboarder, co-owner of Flip Skateboards
- "Zombina" and "Doc Horror", musicians in Zombina and The Skeletones
- Actor and scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern, of Brookside and Cracker fame, was a teacher at the school for some time
- Actor Michael J. Jackson currently works at the school as a drama teacher
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
- "Location Map".
- "Obituary: Ted Bellamy". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Jim Black". The Daily Telegraph. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Ralph Price". The Daily Telegraph. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Margaret Jones". The Guardian. 2 May 2001. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 August 2016.