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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

M20 6BX

Coordinates53°24′54″N 2°13′12″W / 53.415°N 2.220°W / 53.415; -2.220Coordinates: 53°24′54″N 2°13′12″W / 53.415°N 2.220°W / 53.415; -2.220
TypeVoluntary aided school
MottoIf you believe, you can achieve!
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Local authorityManchester
Department for Education URN105581 Tables
Head teacherMrs Claire McCarron
Age11 to 16
Colour(s)Maroon, with gold & grey on the tie
The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is located in Greater Manchester
The Barlow Roman Catholic High School
Location of The Barlow School in Greater Manchester

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.[citation needed]

Exam resultsEdit

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.[citation needed] 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.

Ofsted reportEdit

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.[citation needed]


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.[1]

Notable former pupilsEdit

Notable alumni include Oasis band members Liam and Noel Gallagher. Ged Rivett Legend.[2]


  1. ^ "History and the Future". The Barlow RC High School official website. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  2. ^ Hewitt, Paolo (2015). Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis. Dean Street Press. ISBN 9781910570043. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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