The School And Its Buildings

The school is a blend of the old and new. The original building dates from 1910, The Mills building, The Sports Hall and Dining Hall are much newer.

Each department is housed in its own suite of rooms including 12 science laboratories which have all been fully refurbished and our 6 technology rooms which have been similarly upgraded.

There is a suite of specialist ICT rooms which are used extensively in the teaching of a large number of curriculum subjects.

The School has the benefit of a large Lending Library (The Ashworth and War Memorial Rooms) and a Learning Resources Centre which together hold over 15,000 books and other resources. Students can access an extensive collection of periodicals and journals in print editions and online. The Library/LRC is managed by a full-time librarian who runs induction and research skills sessions and advises students. The library is well used by students. Book clubs also meet in the Library.

The Music, Drama and Media Studies departments have specialist facilities in the Mills building, offering a range of studios, larger spaces for music and drama and individual music practice rooms.

Within the main building a multi-purpose performance and gallery space, the Seward Studio, provides an area for students and staff to participate and host in lectures, art exhibitions, media workshops, drama performances and concerts.

Students have access to a dedicated sports hall, fitness studio, gymnasium and approximately 12 acres of playing fields laid out, according to season, for football, hockey, rugby, cricket, rounders and athletics. Tennis is played on the tarmac area at the rear of the School. All the facilities are on the school site.

Our Great Hall, with a fully equipped stage and seating for over 1000 people, is used for whole school assemblies and major school events.