The Barlow Roman Catholic High School
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The Barlow RC High School is a comprehensive school in Didsbury, Manchester, England. The school is dedicated to St Ambrose Barlow, a local Catholic martyr and saint. The school was established in 1985 by the merger of Hollies RC High School for Girls and St Mark's RC High School for Boys.
|The Barlow RC High School|
Parrs Wood Road
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Motto||If you believe, you can achieve!|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Department for Education URN||105581 Tables|
|Head teacher||Mrs Claire McCarron|
|Age||11 to 16|
|Colour(s)||Maroon, with gold & grey on the tie|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Notable former pupilsEdit
- The Barlow RC High School and Specialist Science College – Manchester City Council
- The Barlow RC High School Ofsted Reports