Whalley Range High School

Whalley Range High School

Manchester, M16 8GW, United Kingdom

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Whalley Range High School is girls' school in Whalley Range, Manchester, England.HistoryThe school was founded in 1891 and was bought by the Education Committee of the Corporation in 1908 when it provided place for 300 girls. A few years later it was extended by the purchase of Alder House and the number of places were increased to 370. Girls were then admitted at the age of six and the curriculum allowed for education up to the matriculation standard and modern languages were well catered for. It became a grammar school in 1944 and a comprehensive in 1967. It was until 1939 at a site in Withington Road, adjacent to College Road. The present building was built in 1939 in the Neo-Georgian style (architects: City Architects) and it was extended in 1962 and 1997.Whalley Range 11-18 High School is a multi-cultural suburban girls’ comprehensive school in south Manchester. The school gained specialist status as a Business and Enterprise College in September 2002, was re-designated in 2006 and achieved a second specialism as a Sports College from April 2007. It is also a Hub school for Business and Enterprise and provides support and training for schools across the north west.The school has nearly 1,700 students currently on roll, with 300 students in the 6th Form. There are 200 staff, both teaching and non-teaching. The school is over-subscribed. An Ofsted inspection in March 2007 identified some areas of good practice. The numbers of students achieving 5 or more A*-C passes at GCSE have risen from 16% to 64%. ‘A’ Level and GNVQ courses have been extended and exceed national averages in some subjects. The school has been described by the Daily Telegraph as "one of Britain's top state schools".The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2014 and forms part of a multi-academy trust with Levenshulme High School.

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