Hall Garth Community Arts College

Hall Garth Community Arts College, originally Hall Garth School, was a secondary school in Acklam, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England.

Hall Garth Community Arts College
Hall Drive

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Coordinates54.54319°N 1.24490°W / 54.54319; -1.24490
Local authorityMiddlesbrough
SpecialistArts College
Department for Education URN111722 Tables
ChairDebbie Bivan[1]
Age11 to 16

The students of the school came from areas with higher than average levels of socio-economic deprivation. The number of students from minority ethnic groups, and those with learning difficulties and disabilities, were well above average.[1]

In 2000, it became a performing arts school and, in 2007, was renamed to Hall Garth Community Arts College from Hall Garth School.[2]

Fatal stabbing incident

Hall Garth was the scene of a fatal stabbing, on 28 March 1994, when Stephen Wilkinson burst into a maths classroom and stabbed several children including 12-year-old Nikki Conroy who died from her injuries. In October 2003 a permanent police presence was established on site. Wilkinson was subsequently convicted of manslaughter. A school memorial garden was opened for Nikki, in March 2004.[3][4]

Anti-bullying initiatives

The school established several initiatives in order to tackle bullying. The students made a video of an anti-bullying theatre performance in December 2004.[5] Then in May 2005 the school hired an anti-bullying co-ordinator and set up a peer support group of older pupils.[6]


Hall Garth Community Arts College and King's Manor School formally closed in 2010 and were replaced with Oakfields Community College.


  1. "Hall Garth Community Arts College". Ofsted. March 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  2. "Hall Garth school launches hall of fame". Gazette News. 2007-10-05. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26.
  3. "Police officer on patrol to keep school safe". The Northern Echo. 2003-10-07. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  4. "Family will remember schoolgirl". BBC News. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  5. "Tough role at play time". Evening Gazette. 2004-12-04. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  6. "The bully busters". Evening Gazette. 2005-05-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12.

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