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Welcome to Wade Deacon High School

Wade Deacon High School is a 11-16 comprehensive. It provides a quality education for pupils in the Widnes area - This year we celebrate 500 years of education in Widnes.

Wade Deacon High School can trace its origins to Farnworth Grammar School which was founded by Bishop William Smyth in 1507. The main building was opened in 1931 as Wade Deacon Grammar School, named after Sir Henry Wade Deacon. He was a prominent local industrialist and for many years, chairman of the Local Education Committee.

About us

Combining the traditional ( our origins date back to 1507 ) with the latest cutting edge teaching and learning facilities, Wade Deacon High School offers the perfect environment within which all pupils can achieve.

The school’s ethos of ‘A Commitment to Excellence’ permeates through every aspect of school life. A disciplined, supportive and purposeful working environment enables pupils to excel across the whole curriculum, reflected in the success that pupils enjoy year on year at both Key Stages 3 & 4. Wade Deacon’s external examination results are consistently well above the national average.

Mutual respect, hard work and a relentless desire to achieve the highest standards are the hallmarks of our school. As we move towards our 500th anniversary, we look back with pride at our roots and forward with confidence and a determination to provide the very best for each and every pupil in our care.

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School History 

Wade Deacon High School traces its history back to 1507 when the original grammar school was founded by Bishop William Smyth.

The main building was opened in 1931 as Wade Deacon Grammar School, named after Sir Henry Wade Deacon. He was a prominent local industrialist and for many years, Chairman of the Local Education Committee.

The school became fully comprehensive in 1974 and is set on a large campus with extensive playing fields and very good sporting facilities.

We Believe:
All pupils are entitled to an educational environment in which their individual abilities and talents are fully developed. 

We Provide:
Quality teaching to the highest standards that produces excellent examination results.
A caring community spirit with happy and successful pupils at its centre.
An environment in which respect, courtesy and integrity towards other people abound. 

We Offer:
A wide range of extra-curricular activities with particular strengths in music and physical education.
Many opportunities for pupils to contribute to, and enhance the life of, our wider community.
A variety of social activities to engage pupils of different ages, abilities and interests.

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A Wade Deacon High School pupil has received special recognition for never missing a day of school in her whole school career. Hannah Quinn’s fantastic attendance record started when she joined Lunts Heath Primary School back in 1996. Altogether that is an amazing 2,100 school days without absence!

Hannah picked up Wade Deacon’s 100% Attendance Award at a glittering awards ceremony last week, but was also presented with special gifts from Halton Borough Council’s Chief Executive in recognition of her exceptional achievement. David Parr presented Hannah with an engraved watch and silver plated business card holder.

Mrs Thomson, Year Team Leader at Wade Deacon said; “I am delighted to see Hannah’s achievement recognised in this way. 100% attendance at both primary and secondary school is a rare and outstanding record.”

A pupil with such good attendance naturally reaps academic rewards; Hannah leaves Wade Deacon with 3 A*s, 6 As and 2 Bs at GCSE. She is currently studying at Carmel College and intends to pursue a career in Graphic Design.

Learner success

We are very proud of our pupils` 2007 examination results. The dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of pupils and staff has led to excellent outcomes:

88% of pupils gained 5 or more A* - C passes.
66% of pupils gained 5 or more A* - C passes that include English and Mathematics.
99% of pupils gained 5 or more A* - G passes.
98% of pupils gained 1 or more A* to C passes.
100% of pupils gained 1 or more A* - G passes.
23% of passes achieved at A* and A grades (full courses)

Our former Year 11 pupils attended an emotional GCSE Certificate Evening held at The Foundry in November – a new event for the school.

Parents and pupils packed this outstanding venue receiving their certificates from the Mayor of Halton, Councillor John Swain. pupils and parents were also addressed by The Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council, David Parr who paid tribute to pupils’ achievements and the high standards that Wade Deacon continues to maintain.

Speaking of her pride in the achievements of all pupils, Mrs Wright said, "This was a memorable evening for all of our former pupils, their parents and our staff. It brings to an end, five years of commitment by pupils and teachers and this is reflected in the success of each and every pupil’"


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Wade Deacon High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 July 2017
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