The Barlow RC High School
The Barlow RC High School is a high performing Catholic
secondary school, with over 850 pupils on roll. Our staff and
student relationships are excellent and the school has made
significant improvements over recent years. This was recognised in
our last Ofsted report in November 2016.
In 2018, we also achieved our outstanding GCSE results,
we are absolutely delighted that well over 50% of all
grades achieved were at the strong pass level surpassing last
year's results, with 111 grades being at the highest Grades of 8
and 9 and with one student achieving almost a full complement of 8
grade 9's! An amazing result!
Dedicated to St Ambrose Barlow a local Martyr and Saint, the
school was established in 1985 as a result of the amalgamation
of the Hollies RC High School for Girls and St Mark's RC High
School for Boys. The Barlow is situated in the heart of East
Didsbury, a suburb of Manchester and is easily accessible from
the A34 bypass and the M56 and M60 motorway networks.
In April 2010, The Barlow began a programme of building
work at an estimated investment of £11.2 million. The
renovation work was part of the Building Schools for the
Future programme - the Government's investment in
rebuilding and refurbishing secondary schools in England. The
building work was completed in 2012 and as a result the school has
a new, high-specification science block, lecture theatre,
sports hall, ICT suites, astro-turf pitch and reception area. The
English, Maths, Design & Technology and Art departments were
all remodelled; creating an environment that is both
purposeful and inspiring.
The Barlow's aim is to develop the whole child; morally,
socially, physically, academically, spiritually and in accordance
with their individual needs. Our assemblies are instrumental in
helping to develop the aims, attitudes and values of our school
and we celebrate and reward the success and achievements of
our children. We are proud of the friendly and focused learning
atmosphere, which is often remarked upon by visitors.
Our Governing Body is very supportive of the school and
the Governors are involved in all aspects of school life. We
strongly encourage and believe in working in partnership with
Read our Mission Statement