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 parents.


Read our Mission Statement