Wilmslow High School
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|Headteacher||Dr J Pullé|
|Chair||Mr D Bennett|
|Local authority||Cheshire East|
|DfE URN||111443 Tables|
|Colours||Maroon and Black|
|Former name||Wilmslow County Grammar School|
|Website||Wilmslow High School|
Wilmslow High School is a mixed-sex 11–18 comprehensive secondary school in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and a designated Centre of Excellence. The school began in 1960 as a grammar school and gradually became a comprehensive school, becoming Wilmslow High School in 1991. Dr. James Pullé is the head teacher. The school is designated "good" by Ofsted.
- 1 History
- 2 Curriculum
- 3 Extracurricular activities
- 4 Academic performance
- 5 Admissions
- 6 Learning support
- 7 Notable former pupils
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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Wilmslow High School began life as the co-educational Wilmslow County Grammar School in September 1960 with 900 pupils. The new county grammar school was opened by Sir James Mountford, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool on 24 March 1961. A girls' grammar school was built on 14 acres (57,000 m2) of the former Colshaw Hall Farm, and situated on Dean Row Road. It opened in 1965 and had 750 girls. The school on Holly Road became an all-boys' school.
The school changed name to Harefield County High School when it became a sixth form-entry comprehensive in 1978, gradually becoming more comprehensive. In the mid-1980s it became Wilmslow County High School, then Wilmslow High School in 1991. The school was designated as a specialist Sports College in September 2003.
Other former schools in Wilmslow included Wilmslow County Secondary School for Girls on Wycliffe Avenue in Wilmslow. When the Wycliffe Avenue Secondary Modern School closed the girls moved to Thorngrove County High School, which was until that point the Hough Secondary Modern School for Boys, having previously opened in 1965 on Thorngrove Road – the land now occupied by the A34 bypass. The girls' grammar school became Dean Row High School and later all schools closed, leaving Wilmslow with one high school on the site of the original boys' grammar school.
The school's curriculum offers a wide range of programmes that meet National Curriculum requirements. Students progressing through the school are able increasingly to tailor programmes to meet their particular learning needs with a wide range of GCSE and BTEC programmes, as well as GCE and AS/A2 programmes. Alternative accredited programmes are also available.
The school places particular emphasis on personal, health, social and citizenship education and operates a system that links curricular activity, tutorial activity and three "Personal, Health, Social & Citizenship Education" (PHSCE) Days. All Year 10 students have a one-week work experience placement, with further course-related work experience in Year 12.
The school operates the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and a bi-annual "World Challenge" expedition is available to older students, which for the last three years has been run through Camps International. Competitive sport is a feature of the school's extracurricular programme "Sports Xtra". In 2016, School Sport Magazine ranked the school 6th best sporting state school in the country.
The school is currently designated "good" by Ofsted, who reviewed the school in 2013; this is a drop from their previous position of "outstanding" in 2011. As of 2016, 75% of students achieve a C or better in both English and maths (compared to a national average of 59.3%), and the average A level grade attained by students is a C (equal to the national average). Although the school is below national average according to the government's "Progress 8" metric, they have an "Attainment 8" score above national average.
Wilmslow High School works in partnership with the twelve primary schools in Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge, from where the majority of its students come. The school has 300 places available in each year and a Sixth Form that has the capacity to provide programmes for some 500 students. In 2011, 3.4% of students have statements of special educational need, the proportion of students on roll with SEN statement or on School Action Plus was 7.8% and 6% of students were entitled to free school meals.
Students wishing to enter the sixth form must obtain a minimum of five GCSEs with grades A* – C (or equivalent), including at least a C grade in English Language and any subjects they wish to study at A-level.
The school's Learning Support team caters for students who have special educational needs (SEN). Provision includes a fully integrated 8-place unit for children who have impaired hearing. The school is leading a Local Education Authority (LEA) project relating to provision for autistic students and a member of staff based at the school has responsibility for supporting such students.
Notable former pupils
- The 1975 – English Alternative/Indie Rock Band, met and started performing while attending here.
- Seren Bundy-Davies - Manchester-born Welsh/UK 400m runner
- Benjamin Butterworth (journalist) - Journalist and political commentator
- Lee Dixon – former professional footballer.
- Doves – English Indie Rock Band, formed within Wilmslow High School. Their most popular song "Black and White Town" is a song referenced to that of Wilmslow town.
- Richard Fleeshman – Coronation Street actor and singer-songwriter.
- Dan Green, former England lacrosse captain
- Johnny Gorman – Northern Ireland international footballer.
- Sarah Hadland – actress.
- John Harris – Guardian columnist.
- Sam James - Sale Sharks and England Saxons rugby player
Wilmslow County Grammar School for Boys
- Andy Fanshawe, mountaineer
- Jem Finer, musician, and founding member of The Pogues who co-wrote Fairytale of New York, and son of Prof Samuel Finer (at Keele University and the University of Manchester)
- Rt Rev Michael Hill, Bishop of Bristol since 2003
- Prof Roger Matthews, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology since 2011 at the University of Reading
- David Michaels (actor)
- Chris Nicholl, footballer
- John Waite, Radio 4 investigative broadcaster, notably for Face the Facts
Wilmslow County Grammar School for Girls
- Fionnuala Ellwood, TV actress who played Lynn Whiteley in Emmerdale
- Susan Marks, Headmistress since 2010 of Withington Girls' School, and from 2001-10 of Tormead School
- Jo Wheeler (not the sixth form), Sky News weather forecaster
- Barbara Wilshere, actress
Wycliffe Avenue School
- Terry Waite (for two years)
- Pullé, James. "Cirriculum". wilmslowhigh.com. Wilmslow High School. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Governing Body". wilmslowhigh.com. Wilmslow High School. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Schools in Wilmslow". SchoolsSearch. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "IQM". wilmslowhigh.com. Wilmslow High School. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- Ofsted: Wilmslow High School (Retrieved 30 November 2014)
- Ofsted report
- Schools in Wilmslow: Recent Schools (Retrieved 20 November 2014)
- "Home - Wilmslow High School". Wilmslow High School.
- "Home - Wilmslow High School". Wilmslow High School.
- Reeves, Lisa (18 November 2016). "Wilmslow High School amongst the best at sport". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- "Wilmslow High School". Department for Education.
- DFE. "DFE School Statistics". Performance Tables 2011. DFE. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- "Admissions - Wilmslow High School". Wilmslow High School. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Learning Support". wilmslowhigh.com. Wilmslow High School. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Seren Bundy-Davies makes her choice - she's off to Estonia!". Wilmslow Guardian.
- Doves fly to top Wilmslow Express – 16 March 2005
- Dan Green (8 February 2006). "Lacrosse requires skill - not just rough stuff". Telegraph.co.uk.
- Sarah's big break as star of Confetti Wilmslow Express – 24 May 2006
- Roger Matthews