Hawkley Hall High School

Wigan, United Kingdom

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

About Hawkley Hall High School

“An outstanding school providing an excellent quality of education and care for its students”.  (Ofsted September 2009)

Hawkley Hall is a highly successful mixed comprehensive which opened in 1986.  The school continues to be very popular and is heavily oversubscribed.  We are well thought of in the area and have strong links with our partner primary schools, the local community and local industry.  Staff have a positive and proactive approach to progress and raising attainment.  The success of the school has been recognised by awards in recent years such as the Inclusion Quality Mark, CPD Quality Mark and the Basic Skills Quality Mark. 

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Hawkley Hall was named as one of the top ten most improved schools nationally showing sustained improvement and in September 2009 was judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding school.  In recognition of its outstanding practise Hawkley Hall was made a National Support School in Spring 2010.

We see successful education as a partnership between parents, students and ourselves.  Links with parents are of paramount importance, with regular and frequent contact via parents’ evenings, reports, newsletters and the school planner contributing to a continuing dialogue about the education we provide for our children.

The school is situated in the south western part of the town, close to the M6 motorway, in an area of substantial private development.  A wild fowl nature reserve borders the school grounds providing an open attractive outlook to the site.


The original buildings of the school were built in 1980 for what was then the Hawkley Hall Middle School.  Since 1986 there have been extensive building, re-modelling and refurbishment programmes on the site to complete the modern and attractive accommodation which is now Hawkley Hall High School.  Around £300,000 is spent annually on refurbishment to keep the fabric at an excellent standard.


The ratio of students to computers is 2:1 including an extensive wireless and mobile solution.  Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a Virtual Learning Environment allows access at home. 


Students in KS3 are taught in either mixed ability forms or sets depending upon subject. 

In Years 10 and 11 students follow a core of subjects: English (16%), Mathematics (16%), Science (20%), Physical Education (4%), Religious Education (8%) and choose 3 option subjects.

From the options students select from a range of academic and vocational subjects in close consultation with curriculum leaders, to find the most beneficial combination for each student.

The time allocation is based on 25 x one hour lessons per week.

Special Educational Needs provision is delivered through a combination of in-class support systems and withdrawal.

We have 18 resourced places for children on the autistic spectrum.

In 2016 72% of students gained 5 or more A* - C grades including English and maths.  In the new government measures, Hawkley students gained 73% in the "basic" measure, which is the number of students gaining A* - C in both English and maths.  In the new Progress 8 measure the year 11 cohort achieved a score of 0.35 which is much higher than the national average of 0.0


Pastoral Care is the responsibility of every teacher in school but is formalised on a year basis.  Each student comes under the direct care of a form teacher who registers the form daily and looks after the day to day routines.  A Head of Year, (for Year 7) and heads of key stages (Y8/9, Y10/11) with an assistant and attached staff co-ordinate the pastoral care within the year groups.  The form teachers stay with the same year groups as they move through the school.

Our code of conduct and behaviour follows what we refer to as the ‘Hawkley Way’ – an expected way of doing things based upon mutual respect.


There are 70 teachers on the staff, teaching across the full range of age and ability.  The teaching staff are supported by 82 professional and very competent support staff.  We work as a unified team to support and enhance the learning experiences of our students.  At the time of writing this document 97% of teaching was rated as good or better under Ofsted criteria, and 58% outstanding.


There is a link to our outstanding Ofsted report on our website www.hhhs.net.

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Address: Carr Lane, Hawkley Hall, Wigan, Lancashire, WN3 5NY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1942 204640