The Whitby High School
|The Whitby High School|
|Type||Foundation school Founder member of the Seahorse Educational Trust|
|Local authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
|Department for Education URN||111429 Tables|
|Chairman of Governors||Mr D Cooper|
|Headteacher||Mr B. Heeley|
|Age||11 to 19|
|Houses||Hanover, Stuart, Tudor, Windsor, York|
It is maintained by the Cheshire West and Chester Local Education Authority. The school educates pupils from 11–18 as it has a Sixth Form. It is a specialist Technology College. It is situated on the A5032 Chester Road. The area known as Whitby is further north along the road, and nearer to Ellesmere Port Catholic High School and Whitby Hall.
The school has received many news reports largely based around the success of the students. The school recently hit the headlines when it was voted Sports Secondary School of the Year for the whole Cheshire region.
The Whitby High School was founded as a coeducational school until a girls' school was built next door in 1963. The new school became Ellesmere Port County Grammar School for Boys, being situated on Chester Road and had around 950 boys. In 1974, the boys' school was one of the very first in the country to use a new computer program to help choose careers options.
The girls' school was called Ellesmere Port Girls' Grammar School and was on Sycamore Drive. It had 850 girls, with 150 in the sixth form.
Cheshire agreed to go comprehensive, in principle, in 1966. It became a co-educational comprehensive in 1973, being known as Whitby County Comprehensive School, then Whitby Comprehensive School.
GCSE results 2011 are 3rd highest in the region with 89% 5 A*-C, while A level result are above the normal of the area. Now the GCSE results have been raised again as last year 11, got an astounding 92% 5 A*-C.
Notable former pupils
- Philip Boyle, Ambassador to Mali from 2012 to 2014 and Ambassador to Madagascar from 2017
- Dave Challinor, footballer
- Rob Jones, footballer
- Mark Leckey, artist, won the 2008 Turner Prize
- Jayne McCubbin, BBC North West political reporter
- Jane Parry, Olympic athlete in 4x400 metres relay
- Corporal Marc Taylor, of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, REME, killed on 28 September 2004 at Basrah in Iraq
Ellesmere Port County Grammar School (both sections)
- John Basnett, rugby league player
- Colin Farrington, Director General from 1998 to 2010 of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
- Dennis Farrington, President of the Board at SEE University since 2008; Council of Europe expert on higher education reform
- Beverley Hughes, MP
- Paul Jones, footballer
- Kevin Kennerley, footballer
- Roger Leigh, Head of the School of Agriculture since 2006 at the University of Adelaide; Professor of Botany from 1998 to 2006 at the University of Cambridge; President from 2005–7 of the Society for Experimental Biology
- Rick Parry
- Barry Siddall, footballer
- Neil Whatmore, footballer
- Mick Wright, footballer
- The Whitby High School, A Specialist Technology College[permanent dead link]
- Royden, M.W. A History of The Whitby High School 1959–2009 (2009)
- "A Short History of The Whitby High School 1959–2009" (PDF). The Whitby High School. Retrieved 2 January 2017.