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Welcome to Carnforth High School


Would you like to be part of a community where everyone is passionate about learning? Where we develop the leadership skills in all? A small, community school where everyone knows your name and your child's needs and where we work together to secure their future? Carnforth High School - where no student is left behind.

There is an infectious warmth and friendliness at Carnforth High School. Its attractive location, near the coast, on the border of the Lake District creates a beautiful backdrop to the community within its walls. More importantly, the teaching staff and the students imbue the place with a sense of happiness, purpose, enthusiasm and fulfilment. A community school for students aged 11-18, Carnforth High School is unique; drawing students from small village primary schools and from further afield in Lancaster, Heysham and Morecambe.

Carnforth High School's mission is to deliver an outstanding quality of education where all young people are ambitious to achieve, have high aspirations for their future and play an integral part in the community that they serve. Through enrichment activities and a wide variety of trips and visits, we encourage the students to widen their horizons and hone their leadership skills. Visit us and you will discover that Carnforth High School students are articulate and confident; they are independent, friendly and have a sense of pride in their community.  As a small school, we work hard to form partnerships in learning to offer students varied pathways to university, employment or further training and, knowing students as individuals means that guidance can be highly personalised.

About us

Carnforth High School offers a wide variety of academic and vocational
qualifications at  A level, BTEC Level 2 and Level 3. In addition with
access to other centres in our partnership, the choice of courses is one
of the widest on offer in Lancashire.

We are a warm, caring community school where staff know you, and will
challenge and support you to achieve your full potential. We would like you to
be happy and successful and enjoy life as a student during your post 16
studies. Ensuring that students have access to a wide range of enrichment 
opportunities is therefore, an integral part of our Sixth Form curriculum and we
ensure all enrichment and work experience is highly personalised and
bespoke to the students.

We succeed due to our smaller class sizes, with the average class size
between 5 and 15 students. Our exceptional contact time of 5 hours per week
for academic subjects and 4 hours for vocational, ensures each student feels
supported and treated as an individual from dedicated post 16 staff and through
daily form tutor input. We pride ourselves on having the best local pass rates
for students on dual learning pathways.

We also offer Duke of Edinburgh qualifications, The Extended Project and National
Citizenship Service  and have started an international partnership with German, French and Croatian schools to explore wider educational opportunities.

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At Carnforth High School, we pride ourselves on the fact that each student is known and knows that they are known. A student’s happiness and well-being are recognised as the foundation for their success. Effective pastoral care underpins school life and there is always someone to whom the students can turn for help and advice.

A specialist team of staff working in the Sixth Form ensures that students receive the very best care and advice to help them prepare for their futures.

The school nurse is available at specific times during the week to provide advice and guidance. A school counsellor is also available by appointment. 

At Carnforth High School we are committed to meeting the needs of all learners and making sure no student is left behind. 

Supporting our students to become effective learners is a key priority at Carnforth High School. We aim to help them to become respectful, responsible, reflective and resilient learners. Our Learning Model is used to highlight, recognise and strengthen these qualities in our students. Staff use the elements of the Learning Model as a focus in different elements of their lessons.

Our core aims are as follows:

  • To achieve high quality learning through high quality teaching within a stimulating and well ordered environment
  • To use assessment to inform teaching and to provide detailed feedback to students so they can understand what they have achieved and what they need to work on to improve.
  • To set a level of challenge tailored to the ability of each student so that he/she is stretched to achieve their full potential and are engaged in their own learning
  • To provide opportunities for students to work as independent learners, responding to their diverse learning needs.
  • To foster a school ethos where respect and responsibility for others, learning and environment are paramount and where praise, recognition and encouragement are central.
  • To include all members of the school community in development of their own learning and in overcoming learning barriers
  • To use the opportunities provided by new technologies to promote learning and achievement

Learner success

Year 13 Examination Performance 2016

The post 16 results at Carnforth High School this year are an excellent testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and students.

The Year Thirteen have built on the success of last year to achieve impressive results in a wide range of subjects. Of particular note is schools’ first cohort of the prestigious NHS Cadet programme where students work with front line NHS staff to pursue academic and vocational qualifications, opening a pathway to study nursing at University. This unique blend of study and real experience enabled every student on this course to attain a triple Distinction*.

In fact, all the vocational students have performed extremely well, giving an average grade across the Sixth Form of the top vocational mark- Distinction *

As the Sixth Form continues to grow, students have also studied courses new to Carnforth High School, and we have published our first set of results for Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies, Computer Science, Polish and Religious Education.  

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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