A School for the Future

Dedicated to St Ambrose Barlow, a local Martyr and Saint, the school was established in 1985 as a result of an amalgamation of the Hollies RC High School for Girls and St Marks RC High School for Boys.

1960s     Courtyard

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 first phase of the building work was completed over the summer holidays of 2011 and in September 2011, our brand new, high-specification science block opened its doors for the first time. At the heart of the school's science specialism, the new building houses three specialist labs, two multi-use labs, two science studios, an ICT learning area and two prep rooms.

These facilities came in addition to a new drama and dance studio, sports hall, ICT suites, astro turf pitch and reception area. The renovation concluded in August 2012 with remodelled English, Maths, Design & Technology and Art departments; offering an environment that is both purposeful and inspiring.

For more information about the BSF project at The Barlow, you can view the plans: