Stocksbridge High School
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|Motto||Believe, Achieve, Succeed!|
|Headteacher||Mr Adrian Smith|
|Location||Shay House Lane
|Local authority||Sheffield City Council|
|DfE URN||107143 Tables|
|Colours||Purple and Grey|
The first school established in Stocksbridge was a small single storey building constructed by a company of Independent Worshippers' on the site of the present NatWest bank in Stocksbridge. The school was named 'Ebeneezer' and was used as both a day school and a chapel. In 1927 Stocksbridge School was constructed on Shay House Lane and Ralph Ellis became the first headmaster. Between 1939 and 1945 the school played an active part in the war effort, and in March 1941 they raised a total of 91 pounds, 17 shillings and 8 pence as part of a 'War Weapons Week.' Two air raid shelters were also constructed, one on the site of the old car park and another on the site of the old sports hall. One was recently uncovered during the construction of new school buildings and the discovery is details on the school's website. In 1971 the school became a comprehensive and was renamed to Stocksbridge High School.
The school today
The school consists of two blocks, north and south. The north block is further split into two floors, Oxley and Whitwell. A new school building is close to completion as part of the British government's Building Schools for the Future program. Work is scheduled to finish in 2013.
Pupils are taught a range of subjects and are involved in extracurricular activities. The school competes at a number of sports, including football, rugby, hockey, basketball, gymnastics and dance.
Stocksbridge High School has one of the largest catchment areas in South Yorkshire, encompassing Stocksbridge, Deepcar, High Green and the city of Sheffield.
The school receives GCSE results above the England average. The 2007 Ofsted inspection report rated the school as Grade 3 (Satisfactory) for overall effectiveness; the 2011 report raised the rating to Grade 2 (Good).
In 2014, the school received an Ofsted score of "Requires Improvement".
Notable former pupils
- Oliver Sykes - Lead vocalist for Bring Me The Horizon
- Alex Turner (musician) - Lead vocalist and guitarist for Arctic Monkeys
- Matt Helders - Drummer and vocalist for Arctic Monkeys
- Stocksbridge High School. (1983) 'School Records' Volume one pp. 2-4 Unpublished manuscript.
- "Stocksbridge High School", Ofsted Inspection Report 2007/2011. Retrieved 3 August 2013