St Christopher's is a highly successful and popular 11-18 co-educational Church of England school with 1,310 pupils and students. We are situated in the Lancashire town of Accrington close to the Ribble Valley. Good motorway links mean that Preston, Burnley,
Blackburn, Manchester and North Yorkshire are all within a 30-40 minute car journey. The school is situated in a pleasant setting with views towards Pendle Hill.
Our pupils come from a wide catchment area. Pupils join us in Year 7 from over fifty primary schools, and the sixth form receives students from around thirty secondary schools. We enjoy an enviable reputation, built-up over many years, for providing high
quality education for a comprehensive intake of pupils. Our reputation means that we are a popular school, and always over-subscribed. However, we do not allow ourselves to become complacent, always striving for higher standards in all areas. In 2015, for
example, over 700 pupils applied for one of our 195 places. 7% of our pupils are eligible for free school meals and 4% are from minority ethnic groups.
There are 93 teachers and 28 teaching assistants. The Senior Management Team is substantively the Headmaster, two Deputy Headteachers, the school Business Manager, and three Assistant Headteachers.
The school's commitment to learning extends to staff as well as pupils; there is a well-developed support structure for NQTs and other new members of staff, and a culture of ongoing professional development among our teaching and support staff. We are
continually looking to develop innovative approaches to learning, with an increasing focus on collaborative learning. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and access to laptop computers. Whilst we appreciate the contribution that technology
can play in assisting learning, we remain committed to the idea that it is the teacher who makes the difference.