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Welcome to Poynton High School



A warm welcome to Poynton High School.


Thank you for your interest in our school.  Poynton High School is a very special place with a long established record of providing a first class,inspiring and challenging education for all our students.  We are a large (approximately 1600 students) 11 – 18 school serving the communities of Poynton, Disley, Adlington, Pott Shrigley and further afield out towards Macclesfield and Stockport.


With a long established reputation for high academic standards we are consistently one of the highest achieving schools in the North West of England.  We constantly strive to deliver the best results with our enthusiastic and talented team of staff who see it as their job to help every one of our students to achieve their individual potential.  Through a wide and engaging curriculum, including Welfare Education, Drama, Music, Dance, PE and many forms of Performing Arts and Community


Programmes, we also develop our students’ wider personal skills and help to equip them for a successful future in our changing world. 


We are proud of the academic standards our students achieve, but equally proud of the way in which they grow up to be responsible, hardworking and healthy adults who contribute fully to their community.  I hope our website gives you a taste of our vibrant and successful learning community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us in school if you need more information or perhaps consider following us on twitter through @PHS_Headteacher and @PoyntonHigh.


Mr David Waugh
Head Teacher 

About us

Poynton High School and Performing Arts College is an 11-18 school providing high quality education to the communities of Poynton, Disley, Adlington and Pott Shrigley. An increasing number of parents each year are also choosing to send their children to Poynton High School from further afield, and we welcome this widening community.

With just over 1560 students on roll including a sixth form of over 300, our school is large and this allows us to offer a very wide range of subjects and opportunities beyond the classroom.

We are proud of the high standards we achieve academically for young people of all abilities. We are equally proud of the way we help our young people grow into responsible and healthy adults. Through Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Drama, Dance, Music, P.E., a thriving House system, a caring and supportive Pastoral system and a wealth of clubs and activities, we seek to fulfil our mission statement:

“To value all our people and prepare them for their future lives in a changing world.”

Poynton High School and Performing Arts College is consistently one of the highest achieving schools in the North West. Each year many of our students move on to Higher Education studying the full range of degree courses at Universities across the UK including Oxford and Cambridge. Over the years we have developed excellent relationships with many higher education establishments. At the same time as helping our older students to achieve their full academic potential, we also encourage them to work in a variety of ways with younger students in the school. In this way we make the most of the opportunities offered by being an 11-18 educational community and all students benefit.

We believe strongly in being fully involved in our community. We work closely with our local primary schools to build curriculum and social links and, as the geographical area for our intake extends, we are developing our transition programme to help all our young people to make the transfer from primary to secondary education successfully. We also have a large community links programme, in which our students have the opportunity to work in the local community, helping others and learning much themselves. A Work Experience programme for all of Year 10 is also a valuable opportunity to help students learn about the world of work. We are an inclusive community and celebrate our diversity, not least in the extensive range of activities we offer which allow our students to extend their community links working with others nationally and globally too.

Our Performing Arts specialism is further enriching the community links we have with local schools, including a special school, universities, the Health Service and Youth Service, charities, local arts groups, the Police and Town Council.

Being an 11-18 school also helps us to attract high quality teachers who want the opportunity to teach across the whole age and ability range. We go to great lengths to appoint the best teachers, because we know how crucial that is.

We aim to work with parents to bring out the best in all our young people. We have a commitment to keep parents informed of progress and always welcome contact from you.

Mr D Waugh, Head Teacher

Facilities available

This is an exciting time to be joining our school; in September 2012 we opened our new state of the art Sixth Form Centre. The centre houses ICT Suites, general teaching rooms, study areas and an internet cafe.

Additional support

The pastoral care of our students is a responsibility we take very seriously. To ensure each student is valued as an individual, our young people are welcomed into school by a senior teacher who takes on the Leader of Year 7 role, specialising in ensuring a smooth transition to secondary school. Students stay with the same form tutor for Years 7 – 11 and their personal welfare is overseen by a team of Year Leaders and Pastoral Leaders during Years 7 -11. The Pastoral Leaders do not have a teaching commitment and they therefore ensure that parents can have personal contact with a member of staff at any point during a school day. The relationships developed in this way help us to know your children very well and to support them in making the most of the learning opportunities provided. 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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

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