Penketh High School

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Penketh High School
Heath Road

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Coordinates 53°23′17″N 2°38′52″W / 53.38815°N 2.6477°W / 53.38815; -2.6477Coordinates: 53°23′17″N 2°38′52″W / 53.38815°N 2.6477°W / 53.38815; -2.6477
Type Academy
Motto Dare To Dream / Perseverance
Department for Education URN 139506 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Principal John Carlin
Head teacher John Carlin
Staff 82
Gender Coeducational
Age 11 to 16
Enrolment 1,053
Colour(s) Red+White          

Penketh High School is a secondary school in Penketh, Warrington. It is a co-educational, non-denominational academy school for 11 to 18 year olds. It converted from comprehensive to academy status in April 2013. In April 2018, Mr. John Carlin, one of the youngest headteachers in the United Kingdom, took the role of headteacher at Penketh.[1]

The school has an partnership with Kwadeda High School in South Africa, who helped to produce a feature film called The Opportunity. This film was targeted at teenage audiences, to make them aware of HIV, drugs and other problems, that are high risk factors in South Africa.[2]


The uniform is a white shirt, black trousers or skirt, black blazer with school badge attached and correct tie, differing per year group. Optionally, a black cardigan or sweatshirt can also be worn. The compulsory P.E kit is a black/red polo shirt and black shorts for gymnastics, cross country and football, and royal blue rugby shorts and a blue and red long sleeved top for rugby. Girls may wear gymnastics shorts or skirts for netball.


Penketh High School gives pupils only 15 minutes for break, and a longer 45 minutes for lunch. Lessons are one hour long and followed by a five minute "movement period" to allow pupils sufficient time to reach their next classroom.

Extra curricular activities

Spark Makerspace Launch

Penketh High School offers a range of extra curricular activities, including: football, rugby, Basketball, Cricket, athletics, trampoline, badminton, dance and volleyball that can be accessed by all skill levels. Students won the football Cheshire Cup in 2017.[3]

The music department offers a range of group and individual lessons. The groups are run at no cost. The individual lessons may have a charge. Drama Club and/or Performing Arts Club. Drama is purely acting whereas Performing Arts is a mixture of acting, singing and dancing. The art department runs an Art club after school for Years 7 an 8. The ICT department houses a homework club for all years every break time and after school.

This is for all homework for which pupils need access to office software and/or the internet. Other extra curricular activities include STEM Club, Robotics and wearable technology, as well as student led clubs from 2018 in the school Makerspace. In February 2018, Penketh High School became the first school in the United Kingdom to embed Maker Education within the National Curriculum.

Spark Penketh makerspace runs within school time and outside of school lessons.[4] In March 2018, Penketh students won the Maths Fest 2018 taking first place at the event ran by the Further Mathematics Support Programme.[5] Penketh became a Future Physics Leader Programme School in March 2018. Penketh Student also won the Sellafield Big Bang Project against twelve other regional schools.

Notable former pupils


  1. ^ "High school head, 36, reflects on first 100 days in the job". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  2. ^ "News | South Africa and England unite". SecEd. 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  3. ^ "Top of the class for football team at Penketh High School following Cheshire Cup win". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  4. ^ "Penketh High becomes first state school in the country to build dedicated 'makerspace'". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  5. ^ "Penketh students maths skills add up to success". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  6. ^ "RIP Records | So Young Magazine". So Young Magazine. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2017-03-24.

External links

  • Official site
  • UK Department for Education and Skills statistics
  • UK Ofsted inspection report
  • "The Challenge Academy Trust TCAT – Penketh High School Consultation". Retrieved 2017-04-22.
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