School Information


Carr Hill High School & Sixth Form Centre is a popular and expanding mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 18 year olds with approximately 1,200 students on roll. We have been serving the community of Kirkham and the surrounding area since 1957. We are one of the few schools in Lancashire with a Sixth Form, which continues to flourish and expand. Our exam results at GCSE and A Level consistently place us in the top 25% of all schools in England and Wales, and continue to improve. We benefit from a committed Governing Body, a dedicated team of staff and supportive parents.

Our school ethos is based on 2 principles.

'In Pursuit of Excellence’  

We expect the very best of our students and staff. We aim to provide our students with an excellent education that gives them the best possible start in life. We constantly evaluate the quality of what we do and improve it.

'Proud to Belong'

We promote a strong sense of community among our students based on politeness, good behaviour and the expectation of making a positive contribution. Central to this is our very successful vertical College system where students from all years mix in mentor groups encouraging friendships and peer mentoring across the school. Our Behaviour for Learning ethos promotes and rewards positive behaviour, and we give our students very clear messages about the difference between right and wrong. As a result they are ‘Proud to Belong’ to their College and our school.

Our Mission Statement:

We are proud to belong to the Carr Hill community where we pursue excellence through commitment, aspiration, resilience and respect.  

Our Priorities

Improve the Quality of Leadership and Management by:

  • Improving Leadership development opportunities for all leaders
  • Personalising learning for all staff in support of school & personal development
  • Strengthening procedures for self evaluation and quality assurance

Improve Rates of Progression and Attainment at all Key Stages by:

  • Improving the quality of learning and teaching
  • Reducing variation in results within school, between subjects and students
  • Enhancing the effective use of data to underpin all areas of school activity
  • Improving recruitment and retention Post 16 and from Year 6 to 7
  • Personalising learning for all students

Promote the wellbeing of staff and students by:

  • Raising the profile of “wellbeing” as a school aim for everyone
  • Improving school facilities
  • Improving accessibility to the learning environment
  • Improving the safety of the learning environment

School History

Before becoming Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Center it is believed land around the site was originally the home of a Roman Fort around 70AD.Almost 2,000 years later – in 1934 – land adjacent to Carr Hill became the Carr Hill Race Course. The racecourse was built by Edward Sergeant in the grounds of the Carr Hill Hotel – on land directly opposite the Windmill. However the course closed in 1938 when Lancashire County Council acquired land between the road and the race course.

Twenty years later in 1958 Kirkham welcomed royalty when Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent officially opened Carr Hill County Secondary School.There was much pomp and circumstance as the Duchess was formally welcomed and then given the opportunity to inspect the new modern buildings.

In its infancy Carr Hill accommodated 450 students in a total of 19 classrooms, including one science lab, a metalwork and a woodwork room – today there are approximately 1300 students in 50 classrooms, 10 science labs, a multitude of sports facilities including netball courts, an athletics track and a sports dome, dedicated technology and art blocks and an impressive Learning Resource Centre.