St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School

Wigan, United Kingdom

Location: Wigan, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School is a mixed, voluntary-aided, Roman Catholic secondary school for pupils aged 11-16, located in Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan in Lancashire. Its pupil roll is around 1,200.   

The school opened in 1961 and was formerly known as Blessed Edmund Arrowsmith. It was the first secondary school in the Wigan borough to receive the Green Flag Award. It is a high-performing specialist technology and music college with Leading Edge status.


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Values and vision

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School is committed to providing an education rooted in Gospel values, inspiring pupils to make the world a better place. “Prepare the way of the Lord” is the school motto.  

The key values upheld in the secondary school are: education; discipleship; mission; understanding; nurture; and dignity. St Edmund Arrowsmith strives to provide an environment for learning that is safe, supportive, caring and encourages life-long learning. Teachers believe every child is uniquely talented and seek to offer a curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils. 

Pupils who hope to attend a world-class university are encouraged to join the school's ROAR programme, which aims to turn aspirations into expectations. Graduates of the term-long ROAR programme enter the ROAR Club. The club brings in visitors and offers activities and trips that reinforce the message that St Edmund Arrowsmith pupils should be aiming for the very best in higher education.   

Ofsted report

“Behaviour is outstanding and students feel extremely safe at school. They show respect for adults and for each other and their highly conscientious attitudes to learning are an important factor in their achievement. Attendance is high, reflecting students’ enjoyment of school.” 

View St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School’s latest Ofsted report 

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Address: Rookery Avenue, Ashton-in-makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire, WN4 9PF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1942 728651
Positions available at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School