The Barlow Roman Catholic High School

Coordinates: 53°24′54″N 2°13′12″W / 53.415°N 2.220°W / 53.415; -2.220
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The Barlow RC High School
Parrs Wood Road

M20 6BX

Coordinates53°24′54″N 2°13′12″W / 53.415°N 2.220°W / 53.415; -2.220
TypeVoluntary aided school
MottoIf you believe, you can achieve!
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Local authorityManchester
Department for Education URN105581 Tables
Head teacherClaire Wallace
Age11 to 16
Colour(s)Maroon, gold and grey    
The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is located in Greater Manchester
The Barlow Roman Catholic High School
Location of The Barlow School in Greater Manchester

The Barlow RC High School is a comprehensive school in Didsbury, Manchester, England.

The school is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford, maintained by the Education Authority. The parish communities served by the school are St Ambrose, St Bernard's, St Bernadette's, St Catherine's and St Cuthbert's. The school's associated primary schools are St Ambrose's RC Primary School, St Bernard's RC Primary School, St Catherine's RC Primary School and St Cuthbert's RC Primary School.[1]

Exam results[edit]

In July 2012, it received national recognition from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) for achieving some of the fastest improving GCSE results in the country.[citation needed] In August 2012, the school's GCSE results improved for the fourth year in succession. 95% of pupils achieved at 5 A*-C grades, including 74% with English and maths. The results placed the school as one of the highest performing secondary schools in Manchester.

Ofsted report[edit]

Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education who visited the school in October 2012, praised pupils, staff and governors and stated that 'under passionate, visionary leadership, the school is going from strength-to-strength.' Inspectors reported that the school is innovative in developing the curriculum and attainment is significantly above average. Pupils achieve well because teaching is consistently good as is behaviour and the school has exemplary methods of safeguarding pupils.[citation needed][2]

Sporting achievements[edit]

In 2001 Barlow's year 9 football team became national champions, winning the 'Heinz Cup' at Stamford Bridge.[3]


In April 2010 a programme of building work costing about £11.2 million began as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, the Labour Government's investment programme to refurbish secondary schools in England. The first phase was completed in summer 2011 and in September 2011, a science block opened. The building houses three specialist and two multi-use laboratories, two science studios, an ICT learning area and two preparation rooms. The facilities were additional to a drama and dance studio, sports hall, ICT suites and astro turf pitch. The renovation concluded in August 2012 with remodelled English, Maths, Design & Technology and Art departments. The classrooms have interactive technology, including computers, laptops, whiteboards and projectors.[4]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable alumni include Oasis band members Liam and Noel Gallagher.[5]


  1. ^ "Admissions". 7 August 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Barlow R.C high school 2012 Ofsted report".
  3. ^ "One Hill too many". News Shopper. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  4. ^ "History and the Future". The Barlow RC High School official website. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. ^ Hewitt, Paolo (2015). Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis. Dean Street Press. ISBN 9781910570043. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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