Byrchall High School
Wigan, United Kingdom
About Byrchall High School
Byrchall High School is a co-educational academy school based in Wigan for students aged 11-16.
The school is located on an extensive greenfield site in Ashton in Makerfield. Historically, the school dates back to Elizabethan times and was originally founded as Ashton Grammar School by Sir Robert Byrchall in 1588, the same year as the Spanish Armada.
Computing, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are particularly strong at Byrchall High School and Triple Science is always a popular option at GCSE level.
The school also has close links with schools in Tanzania and South Africa.
Values and vision
Byrchall High School recognises that all children are different and that one size does not fit all. This is why, along with core subjects, it also offers dozens of different courses such as Music, Drama, Food, Business, Graphics, Art, Product Design, Spanish, French, and Psychology. Indeed, there are more than 32,000 different subject combinations for Year 9, 10 and 11 students.
“Teaching is good. Learning is most effective when students enjoy their lessons, when care is taken to match tasks to their different needs and when they are given detailed feedback on how to improve their work and given time to do so. Students appreciate their teachers’ efforts and respond by working hard and behaving well, both in lessons and around the academy. They are welcoming and polite to each other and to adults.”