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 school of around 1100 students serving the Kirkham area. Our students come from a wide variety of primary schools in to year 7 and we are a very popular choice for families both local and slightly further afield. From September 2019 we will be an 11-16 school having made the decision to phase out Post 16 education as a result of effective funding cuts.

There are two key ideas at the heart of our short mission statement which reflect the core values of the school: we are ‘proud to belong to the Carr Hill Community’ and ‘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 environment.

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.

Like any school, we are not the finished product. We know where we need to improve and were able to demonstrate to the Ofsted team in December that we are making the changes that will lead to greater progress for all our students. 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 please feel welcome to come and see Carr Hill in action.

Andrew Waller