Welcome to our School
I am very happy to welcome you to Carr Hill’s website and hope you find a rich source of information here about our thriving school community. Carr Hill is a large 11-16 school of just over 900 students serving the Kirkham area. Our students come from a wide variety of primary schools into Year 7 and we are a very popular choice for families both local and slightly further afield. There are two key ideas at the heart of our short mission statement which reflect the core values of the school and the ethos, or culture, we aim to live by:
We are ‘proud to belong to the Carr Hill Community’
‘we pursue excellence in everything through commitment, aspiration, resilience and respect’
The sense of community and pride in the school are clear as you walk around and we all pursue excellence because we are proud of what we stand for. No matter what a person’s role in the school – teaching or support staff – all are working very hard to allow every one of our young people to pursue excellence in all that they do; to be committed to being the best they can be; to have ambitious goals for themselves and their future; to look for solutions to problems and learn from mistakes rather than giving up; and to develop a deep sense of respect for themselves, others, the school and the wider community.
A school exists for its students – to give them an education that will help prepare them for adult life in the modern world; to encourage a thirst for knowledge that will hopefully continue beyond compulsory schooling; to help develop an understanding of justice, of right and wrong and those values which help create a decent society; and to provide an environment in which their talents and abilities can thrive. We want to be a truly inclusive community school offering all our students, whatever their level of ability, a great experience in the classroom, fantastic extra–curricular opportunities, strong pastoral support and good role models. In return we expect the highest standards of learning, behaviour, attendance, manners and appearance from our students and make no apologies for that.
Like any school, we are not the finished product. We know where we need to improve but the Ofsted Inspection in November 2021 noted that the ‘school is continually improving’ that ‘leaders have high expectations of pupils’ and that ‘pupils benefit from a wide and appropriate of activities to support their wider development’. Ofsted recognised the successful reading programme and good provision for those with SEND. The areas that they asked us to focus on for further improvement are well in hand. We continue to seek opportunities to develop and build on our best practice because we expect high achievement and high personal standards to be the norm for every student and member of staff.
I hope you will see evidence of all this as you look through the website, and watch our welcome video, and please feel welcome to come and see Carr Hill in action.