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Buile Hill High School is a secondary school, in Pendleton, Salford, in North West England. The main gate situated on Chaseley Road can be found just off the A576 Eccles Old Road. The school stands opposite Buile Hill Park.

Buile Hill Visual Arts College
Chaseley Road

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M6 8RD

Coordinates53°29′36″N 2°18′15″W / 53.4933°N 2.3043°W / 53.4933; -2.3043Coordinates: 53°29′36″N 2°18′15″W / 53.4933°N 2.3043°W / 53.4933; -2.3043
TypeCommunity school
Local authoritySalford
Department for Education URN105974 Tables
HeadteacherMr. James Inman
Age11 to 16



The school is over 100 years old in some parts, with the school owning a playing field with a nearby college, Pendleton College, which is across the field to the north. It was known as Salford Grammar School until 1973, when its sixth form along with Pendleton High School for Girls was moved to Pendleton College, which is next door. The building had opened on 12 January 1956, being officially opened on 21 March 1956 by the Mayor of Salford, G. H. Goulden.


The school received an Artsmark Gold Award in May 2006. It is one of the few schools in the area with a fully working theatre and performance space.[citation needed]

The school was rebuilt on the adjacent field and completed in 2008. The new buildings were funded through the Private Finance Initiative.

Academic performanceEdit

GCSE figure for 2007 rose from 26 per cent of pupils gaining 5 A* to C the previous year, to 52 per cent in 2007. The school's contextual value added now stands at 999; the national average is 1,000.

The school underwent an OFSTED inspection in October 2007 which described the school as satisfactory overall with elements of good.[1]

It got very low GCSE results in 2008, under the government's minimum for comprehensive schools.[citation needed]

Headteacher controversyEdit

The school's headteacher left the school in the summer of 2006 and was replaced by a 'super head'. The new headteacher, Mr. P. Fitzpatrick, was paid a larger-than-usual salary of £100,000 per year, and was contracted for two years to improve the school's results and ready the school for the move into its new buildings in 2008. However, Fitzpatrick failed to achieve the results that the council had been looking for, and in 2007 he was removed by mutual agreement after just two terms.[2] In 2007 the school's results on the standard measure (% of pupils reaching 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C) jumped from 26% to 52%.[3] He was replaced by Mrs. W. O'Neill, previously the deputy head of Albion High School, Salford. As of 2013, the headteacher is James Inman.

Historical sexual abuseEdit

In March 2014, Edward Beetham, a former head of year and humanities teacher at the school, pleaded guilty to indecency with an 11-year-old pupil in the early 1990s. He was spared jail, but was subjected to a two-year community order, with a requirement to attend a sex offenders' programme. His defence barrister, Stuart Duke, told Manchester Crown Court: "He has lost his good character. He has gone from being a genteel, retired schoolteacher playing petanque to somebody who will be monitored by the authorities – it has been absolutely devastating for this to come back and haunt him."[4] When sentencing, Judge Patrick Field QC, told Beetham: "You developed and encouraged a relationship with (the victim) – this appears to me, at least in part, grooming behaviour, enabling you to lure him into your bedroom where you invited an undoubtedly bewildered child to beat you for your own sexual gratification."

Notable former pupilsEdit

  • Wes Butters – TV and radio presenter.
  • Gillian Doherty – author and editor of educational books for children.
  • Paul Lockitt – radio newsreader, who was named commercial radio's Newsreader of the Year at the Sky/IRN Radio Awards in 2012 for the fifth year having previously won the national award in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011
  • Danny Matthews – radio presenter and producer working for Piccadilly Radio, Key 103 and Century Radio
  • Michael Appleton – former player of Manchester United, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion and current First Team Coach at Oxford United.
  • Tom Short – comedian, notably spoke about the historic sexual abuse case in his stand up set.[5]

Salford Grammar SchoolEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) OFSTED School Report The OFSTED report of Buile Hill High School.
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