Polam Hall School

Darlington, United Kingdom

Location: Darlington, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 4 - 19 years

About Polam Hall School

Polam Hall School is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational all-through free school with sixth form situated in Darlington, County Durham. It is supported by the single-academy trust Polham Hall Educational Trust. Before it became a free school it was an independent. It provides 882 places for primary, secondary and sixth-form students aged 4-19.

The school was founded in 1848 as a finishing school for girls. It became a registered charity in 1964, began to admit boys to its nursery in 1999 and sixth-form in 2004, before becoming fully co-educational in 2010.

Interim Headteacher

Martin Fleetwood

Values and Vision

Polam Hall behaves like a small, intimate establishment and prides itself on being able to provide a high standard of teaching and pastoral care. It aims to recognise individual strengths and areas of need that require support, going on to develop these areas to help students reach their full potential. The school offers a supportive and encouraging environment for pupils, as well as a maturing experience that continues from primary all the way up to sixth-form.


“Pupils’ achievements and learning are good throughout the school. They are well educated in accordance with the school’s aims. Attainment is good and they work well, both independently and collaboratively. In and out of lessons, pupils reach excellent standards in a wide range of undertakings. Pupils make good progress; their attitudes to learning are excellent. Throughout the school the quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent.”

View Polam Hall School’s latest ISI report

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Address: Grange Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 5PA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1325 463383