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Castlebrook High School

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Established  1971
Acting headteacher  Mrs Sue Armstrong
DfE URN  105363 Tables
Phone  +44 161 796 9820
Number of students  903
Type  Community school
Acting deputy headteacher  Mr Timothy Orrell
Address  Parr Ln, Bury BL9 8LP, UK
Motto  Best for all
Founded  1971
Location  Unsworth Greater Manchester England
Local authority  Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Similar  Parrentho High School, St Gabriel's RC High School, Bury Church of England, Prestwich Arts College, Philips High School

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Castlebrook High School is a comprehensive school located in Unsworth, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England.



The school opened in September 1971 and was originally called Unsworth Comprehensive School. Its initial enrollment was 146 pupils. In 1983, the school merged with Whitefield High School (aka Albert Road) and was renamed Castlebrook High School.

Intake and catchment

It has a wide ranging catchment area with some pupils travelling from central Manchester or neighbouring Bury and Salford. Some even come from as far as Bolton.

Possible closure

Throughout 2006, along with several other schools in the wider Bury borough, it had been under a sustained threat of closure. It is believed that there will be 2,000 fewer high school pupils in Bury, so Bury Council wanted to close two high schools in the area. It was possible that Castlebrook would amalgamate with nearby Philips High School, or that either Castlebrook or Philips will be closed.

As of 2014, 806 pupils attend the school.

Talent of the school

The school has been known for its great musical and theatrical ability and has staged many productions, musicals and musical, from Hobson's Choice, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and most recently in 2006 one of the first, if not the first, comprehensive school to perform the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The school has also been known to create its own musicals and stage them themselves, for example in the year 2001 the school staged a production (musical) called Sold Out which was written by the performing arts staff of the school.

The school's GCSE results have been improving greatly over the last few years; with 61% of pupils achieving 5 A*-Cs in 2008, up to 76% in 2009 and to 80% in 2010, the highest the school has ever achieved.

As of latest Castlebrook gets the highest GCSE results in the Construction BTEC course in England.

Castlebrook was judged to be "inadequate" in 2016 by Ofsted. The number of pupils attaining 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) at grade A*-C in 2014 was below the national average.

Notable former pupils

  • Gemma Atkinson
  • Trevor Sinclair
  • David Ball
  • References

    Castlebrook High School Wikipedia