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About Us

Poynton High School and Performing Arts College is an 11-18 school providing high quality education to the communities of Poynton, Disley, Adlington and Pott Shrigley. An increasing number of parents each year are also choosing to send their children to Poynton High School from further afield, and we welcome this widening community. 

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With 1500 students on roll, including a sixth form of over 300, our school is large and this allows us to offer a very wide range of subjects and opportunities beyond the classroom.

We are proud of the high standards we achieve academically for young people of all abilities. We are equally proud of the way we help our young people grow into responsible and healthy adults. Through Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Drama, Dance, Music, P.E., a thriving House system, a caring and supportive Pastoral system and a wealth of clubs and activities, we seek to fulfil our mission statement:

“We will inspire and empower all in our learning community to fulfil their individual potential and ambitions so that all are able to be active and successful citizens in our global society”

Poynton High School and Performing Arts College is consistently one of the highest achieving schools in the North West. Each year many of our students move on to Higher Education studying the full range of degree courses at Universities across the UK including Oxford and Cambridge. Over the years we have developed excellent relationships with many higher education establishments. At the same time as helping our older students to achieve their full academic potential, we also encourage them to work in a variety of ways with younger students in the school. In this way, we make the most of the opportunities offered by being an 11-18 educational community and all students benefit.

We believe strongly in being fully involved in our community. We work closely with our local primary schools to build curriculum and social links and, as the geographical area for our intake extends, we are developing our transition programme to help all our young people to make the transfer from primary to secondary education successfully. A Work Experience programme for all of Year 12 is also a valuable opportunity to help students learn about the world of work. We are an inclusive community and celebrate our diversity, not least in the extensive range of activities we offer which allow our students to extend their community links working with others locally, nationally and globally too.

The pastoral care of our students is a responsibility we take very seriously. To ensure each student is valued as an individual, our young people are welcomed into school by a Director of Learning for Transition and Year 7, specialising in ensuring a smooth transition to secondary school. Students stay with the same form tutor for Years 7 – 11 and their personal welfare is overseen by a team of Directors of Learning and Student Support Leaders during Years 7 -11. The Pastoral Leaders do not have a teaching commitment and they therefore ensure that parents can have personal contact with a member of staff at any point during a school day. The relationships developed in this way help us to know your children very well and to support them in making the most of the learning opportunities provided. A specialist team of staff working in the Sixth Form ensures that students receive the very best care and advice to help them prepare for their futures.

Being an 11-18 school also helps us to attract high quality teachers who want the opportunity to teach across the whole age and ability range. We go to great lengths to appoint the best teachers, because we know how crucial that is.

Students joining our Sixth Form benefit from the new state of the art Sixth Form Centre. The centre houses ICT Suites, general teaching rooms, study areas and a cafe.  Students have the opportunity to study a wide range of A levels in the Sixth Form.

We aim to work with parents to bring out the best in all our young people. We have a commitment to keep parents informed of progress and always welcome contact from you.

Matthew Dean
Head Teacher


Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811