The Swinton High School

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The Swinton High School
The Swinton High School logo.jpg
Motto "Strive To Achieve"
Established 1988
Type Academy
Senior Leaders Mr Mark Harrison (Headteacher)
Mrs Ellen Pope (Deputy Headteacher)
Miss Sarah Withers (Deputy Headteacher)
Chair of Governors Mrs Jacky Davies
Location Sefton Road

M27 6JU
England England
Coordinates: 53°31′00″N 2°20′25″W / 53.5166°N 2.3402°W / 53.5166; -2.3402
DfE number 355/4050
DfE URN 136987 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 122[1]
Capacity 1,000+
Students 632 pupils (As of November 2015)
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Colours Navy and Sky Blue
Website School homepage

The Swinton High School is in Greater Manchester, England. It came into existence in September 1988 when Wardley High School and Pendlebury High School merged, forming a single comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 16, on one site located half a mile from Swinton town centre.


During much of the 20th century the school was known by its original name, Cromwell Road School. In the mid 1930s the school divided into separate secondary schools for boys and girls.

The boys' school became known as Cromwell Road Secondary Modern School for Boys was located in the 1930s building which still to this day, has its entrance on Sefton Road. The girls' school became known as Cromwell Road Secondary Modern School for Girls and was located within the original pre-First World War building on nearby Warwick Street, which runs between Sefton Road and Cromwell Road. The original Warwick Street school provided education for infant, junior and senior pupils. In 1973, the boys' and girls' schools were merged to form a single school for secondary education on the joint Sefton Road/Warwick Street sites and given the name Pendlebury High School.


Whilst the buildings vary considerably in age and appearance, a new Maths suite, an ICT resource area comprising six Computer Rooms, a Design Technology block and refurbished Art and Library facilities, have all greatly improved the teaching environment. Over five years from 2008, all seven Science Labs have been completely refurbished, in a programme costing over £500,000.[2]

Staff development and academic performance[edit]

The school has a staffing complement of 96, full and part-time. There are ten faculty leaders. The school places high emphasis on staff development both for school improvement and personal professional development. There is a successful induction programme for new staff, which has been praised by Ofsted and Investors in People.[2] The school's Ofsted inspections have consistently attained strong results. As of November 2015 the school is recognised as 'Good' in all areas.

Extracurricular activities and study support[edit]

The school provides a range of extra-curricula activities in drama, sport, music and dance. The school's musical activities and its steel pans performances have an excellent reputation. Study support is an integral part of the school. The summer of 2013 marked the first Summer School for gifted and talented pupils in years 6 and 7, since 1948.[2]

Previous headteachers[edit]

  • Mr John Biddlestone (Retired August 2013) Died in 2016
  • Mr Frank Cawley - boys' school (From c. 1959)
  • Mr Arthur Holt - boys' school (Retired late 1950s)

Notable former pupils[edit]