- Collegiate High School, Blackpool
Collegiate High School Sports College Type Foundation school Specialism Sports Location Blackpool Old Road
Local authority Blackpool DfE URN 119737 Ofsted Reports Students 1038 Gender Mixed-sex education Ages 11–16 Website Collegiate High School
The school, which was previously called Collegiate High School Sports College, is located on Blackpool Old Road near the border with the Borough of Wyre and close to the village of Carleton and also Poulton le Fylde.
The original school at the site was the all-boys, Blackpool Grammar School, which had relocated from the original premises on Raikes Parade to Blackpool Old Road in 1961. In 1971 they amalgamated with Collegiate Girls School whose pupils and staff moved to Blackpool Old Road to create Blackpool Collegiate Grammar School. The sixth form moved to a new Sixth Form Centre premises further down Blackpool Old Road also in 1971 and what is now the independent Blackpool Sixth Form College which split from the school in 1989. The school became Collegiate High School in the mid-1970s. The current Headteacher is Ms C Ridgway BSc NPQH, former Deputy Head of another school located in Blackpool. In 2011, the school achieved its best ever results. <http://www.collegiateweb.co.uk School website> 
Awards for 2011
- "3rd most improved school in England" SSAT 2011
- "Good progress in every area” OfSTED February 2011
- Princess Diana award for anti-bullying 2011
- Highest attendance in Blackpool 2010-2011
Collegiate High School
- Matty Kay, professional footballer
Blackpool Grammar School
- Ian Anderson, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the head of rock band Jethro Tull who played two concerts at the school on 20 December 1965 and 4 April 1966.
- Alistair Cooke, journalist, television personality and broadcaster
- Rt Rev Kenneth Cragg, Anglican priest and scholar
- Peter Crampton, Labour Party MEP for Kingston upon Hull, 1989-99
- George Cunningham, Labour and Social Democratic Party MP for Islington South West from 1970 to 1974, and Islington South and Finsbury from 1974 to 1983
- Alfred Gregory, mountain climber, explorer and professional photographer
- Tony Gubba, journalist and sports commentator
- Sir Peter Hall, town planner, urbanist and geographer.
- Jeffrey Hammond, bass guitar player with Jethro Tull
- Arnold W. G. Kean, most notable for his contribution to the development of civil aviation law
- Bernard Langton, President of the Association of Port Health Authorities from 1972 to 1973
- Ernest Mason, World War II flying ace
- Eric Mottram, teacher, critic, editor and poet
- Hargreaves Parkinson, Editor of the Financial Times from 1945 to 1950
- John Reynolds, Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen from 2003 to 2007
- Prof Tom Whiteside, Historian of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge
- Joseph Wright OBE, Chief Executive of the National Pharmaceutical Association from 1961 to 1981
- Rt Rev John Yates, Anglican clergyman. Bishop of Whitby from 1972 to 1975, then Bishop of Gloucester until 1992, and finally Bishop at Lambeth until 1994.
Blackpool Collegiate School for Girls
- Ann Chant CB, Chief Executive of the Contributions Agency from 1991 and the Child Support Agency from 1994 to 1997
- Debbie Mellor (nee Clough) OBE Head of the Employment Branch in the HR Directorate of the Dept. of Health
New Basics Curriculum
In 2011 Collegiate changed the way students learn. They teach students in a way that no other school in Blackpool does. They have are introduced a brand new curriculum in Year 7 called New Basics. It deals with new student identities, new economies and workplaces, new technologies, diverse communities and complex cultures.
The New Basics Curriculum has rigorous standards of the National Curriculum standards whilst still freeing up the curriculum offer to ensure personalised learning is paramount.
This will change the way students learn. Rather than traditional teaching methods and routines of students going to teachers, teachers will come to the students. The students will be taught in "Pods" of 45 with three specialist teachers with them at any one time, always led by their "Pod Teacher" who will stays with the students for the majority of the week. There are similarities with the Primary School model and should enable a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary, although the standard of work in the schemes reaches GCSE level and beyond at times.
A large part of the curriculum is enabling students to learn for themselves, They managed to confirm some exciting guest speakers to meet our students so they can openly ask questions and take notes on their iPod touches which each student is supplied with about their presentations.
Gill Smith, Deputy Headteacher has overseen the introduction, development and launch of the pods in September 2011 and is excited by the year. “Our students will be better equipped to cope in today’s fast paced and ever changing world. They will direct, drive and track their own progress, with rigorous targets set at every opportunity. Not only do they have to demonstrate their learning in all the National Curriculum subjects, but they also need to prove they have skills for life and the ability to work well with others. Pod teachers will ensure that the curriculum is personalised to meet the needs of every student, and will plan activities and support that will enable all students, whatever their ability, to succeed and achieve. Specialist teachers of all subjects will teach in the pods to deliver sessions through ‘Rich Tasks’ - rigorous challenges with a real-life outcome at the end.”
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