Bramhall High School

Bramhall High School is a comprehensive high school in Bramhall, Stockport, England.

Bramhall High School
Seal Road

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Coordinates53.35941°N 2.16458°W / 53.35941; -2.16458
TypeCommunity school
MottoMaximise Your Potential
Local authorityStockport
Department for Education URN106139 Tables
Chair of GovernorsSarah Brown
HeadteacherLynne Fox
Age11 to 16
Terra Firma

The school is a teacher training school in connection with Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester.


The school opened as Bramhall County Grammar School on Seal Road in 1967 as a co-educational three-form entry grammar school.

It became The Bramhall County High School in 1971 with a ten-form entry with a sixth form. New buildings were added to prepare for the comprehensive intake. Until April 1974 it was administered by Cheshire Education Committee. By 1973 it had a 12-form entry with around 1400 boys and girls. With the new LEA of Stockport, it became known as Bramhall High School in 1974. In 1975 it was a 9-form entry school with around 300 in the sixth form, and again was 12-form entry in 1980. Similar to Marple Hall School in Marple, the sixth form was closed in the early 1990s. Since the introduction of Academies under the educational reforms of Michael Gove a few secondary schools in Stockport have opened Sixth Form centres. Bramhall High School have started the consultation process into opening a sixth form at the school, with the view of opening in September 2015.[1]

Bramhall High School is partnered with Kitivo Secondary School in Tanzania. Bramhall students raise money to help the students and teachers in Kitivo. Their efforts have resulted in substantial improvements to the school, including a dormitory.


The school came under the spotlight in 2002, when they asked parents of pupils to pay £10 per annum to help following cuts in funding from Stockport Education Authority under the Labour government.[2]

The school was initially criticised after the installation of unisex toilets in 2000, as a move to tackle bullying and smoking.[3][4] Subsequently, this development has become accepted Government policy, and the school features on the 'Bog Standard' website,[5] was selected as a case study in good design by the Design Council and in 2007 was the subject of a follow-up documentary for the BBC Breakfast Programme.[6] The unisex toilets were segregated again in August 2013.

The school also was the focus of critical news headlines after it introduced sniffer dogs to search the school premises for traces of illegal drugs.[7] Like the toilets, this too is now official Government policy and accepted practice in many secondary schools.

In March 2007, the school was in the news after banning traditional knotted ties from the school uniform and replacing them with clip-on ties.[8] A spokesperson for the school later declared that the move to introduce clip-on ties was "more about student appearance than health and safety".


An OFSTED inspection in 2014 rated the school as "Requires improvement" in all categories.[9] Following the previous OFSTED inspection (2010) the school had been described as "a good and improving school with some outstanding features."[10]

Post-Bramhall Education

After Bramhall High, most students attend one of the local sixth form colleges: Aquinas College in Heaviley, The Cheadle College in Cheadle Hulme, Marple Sixth Form College in Marple or Stockport College in Stockport.

Academic performance

The percentage of students gaining the top grades has reached the highest ever at 79.4%. The percentage achieving English, Maths and 5+ A* – C grades rose from last year's 65% to 66% (provisional with remarks pending). At the same time the average points score per student rose by 13 points. This measure indicates students gaining (on average) the equivalent of an extra A* each compared with similar students in 2004. A massive 80% of students achieved at least two C grades in Science, and 118 students achieved C or better in 3 separate sciences.[11]

Notable former pupils and staff


  • Guardian, 29 January 1974, page 20
  1. "6th Form Consultation Letter".
  2. "School asks parents for £10 a month". BBC News. 24 April 2002.
  3. "School installs unisex toilets". BBC News. 7 September 2000.
  4. "Head defends unisex toilets". BBC News. 8 September 2000.
  5. "Information section – Case studies". Bog Standard. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. "Breakfast's series: Future School". BBC News. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  7. "School fights drugs with sniffer dog". BBC News. 24 May 1999.
  8. "School bans 'unsafe' knotted ties". BBC News. 19 March 2007.
  9. "School report: Bramhall High School, 23–24 October 2014". Ofsted. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  10. "Inspection report: Bramhall High School, 3–4 February 2010". Ofsted. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  11. ""Stunning" GCSEs from Class of 200" (PDF). Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  12. "Harriet Millar-Mills – Official RFU England Profile". Rugby Football Union. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  13. "Bramhall High School | Homepage 2011". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
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