High Storrs has a Sixth Form and is a specialist Arts College in the Performing Arts, with a second specialism in Maths and Computing. Headteacher Ian Gage took up post in January 2010.
It is situated in Ecclesall, accessed via the A625.
The school opened on 10 March 1880 as the Central Higher Grade School in the centre of Sheffield, and re-located to its present site at High Storrs in 1933. The association for former pupils retained this historical connection in its name, the Old Centralians. However, in 2015, due to diminishing membership, high postal costs and other reasons The Old Centralians Association was dis-associated and its funds handed to the school to form and mantain the High Storrs Alumni Register, whose members would be hereafter called "HighStorrians" and who have a dedicated Facebook Group. Further information can be obtained from the school's public relations staff.
The building housed two separate grammar schools from the 1940s to 1968: High Storrs Grammar School for Boys, and High Storrs Grammar School for Girls. It was administered by the Sheffield Education Committee. The buildings were improved in the early 1960s.
These were merged into a single comprehensive school, starting in September 1969 with around 1,600 boys and girls.
On 11 July 1978, an aerobatics pilot (Philip Meeson, who now owns Jet2, a British aerobatics champion) gave a display above the school; he had chosen the wrong school, as it was Newfield Secondary School he had been asked to perform for.
In 1993, rivalry with the Notre Dame High School led to battles in Endcliffe Park with knives and iron bars. It led to the death of a High Storrs pupil, 17-year-old Grant Jackson (18 November 1975 – 30 April 1993), who was killed with a 2-foot-long bayonet by 14-year-old Errol Donaldson. Grant Jackson had gone to the park not knowing a battle had been arranged. He was kicked on the ground and knifed three times with the bayonet. He died of shock and haemorrhaging soon after in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Donaldson, who initially claimed manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, received a life sentence at Sheffield Crown Court on 24 November 1994. Donaldson had boasted about the stabbing the next day, and when the police found the bayonet in his room, had claimed he was keeping it for a friend and denied knowledge of the battle. After release he would be later involved in the death of a 22-year-old Sheffield young mother in a hit and run incident on 29 August 2009 in Beauchief.
On 28 June 2008 an event was held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the school on its present site, with past pupils invited back to the school.
Mr Chapman stepped down suddenly after Easter 2009. The acting headteacher was Roisin Paul, and her permanent replacement is Mr Ian Gage who has been in place since January 2010. In 2016 when the chancellor George Osbourne released new plans to make all schools academies, Ian resigned, but only before the plans were scrapped. Claire Tasker, the former Tapton School deputy head took the job.
In 2008, the traditional "Key Stage" system was radically changed to the Vertical System, where instead of year groups, there are houses with ten forms to each house. The forms of thirty have six pupils of every year (not including sixth form) in each. This system is meant to reduce bullying and encourage friendships with pupils of different ages. The four houses are named after the main four theatres in Sheffield: Crucible, Lyceum, Merlin and Montgomery. Sixth form students are also attached to a vertical form for organisational and mentoring purposes; typically three sixth formers are attached to one form.
In 2008 63% of pupils who took GCSE exams achieved the standard of 5 A*–C grades, including Maths and English. This is above both the Local Authority average of 40.8% and the national average of 47.6%.
The average points score for AS and A2 Level students was 675.8, below the national average of 739.8.
It gets above-average GCSE results and A-levels at the England average.
From September 2009, the school was going to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma however the new head teacher Ian Gage scrapped the ideas and the school no longer offers the IB, becoming the first comprehensive in Sheffield to do so.
Almost £27 million was allocated for a complete refurbishment and remodelling of the school under the Government's Building Schools for the Future programme, with £2 million being spent on ICT equipment. Preparatory work on the field ready for the new temporary teaching rooms began in July 2008. Demolition of the 1960s extensions to the north of the school was completed in November 2008, and the project was completed in 2011.
Due to the school's Grade II listed status, only the interior of the main school building can be refurbished, with the exterior remaining almost unchanged. A new extension was built at the north end of the building to replace the old dining rooms, school hall and performing arts block, whilst a second extension will be built at a later date to replace the 1960s additions at the south end of the school.Veronica Hardstaff, Labour MEP 1994–1999 for Lincolnshire and Humberside South and Sheffield City Councillor 1970-1978 and 2002-2007, taught French and German at the girls' school 1963–1966.
Nicholas Matthew, squash player
Jessica-Jane Clement, television presenter
Tom Ellis, actor
Jayne Irving, GMTV presenter
Anna Lauren, actress
Jack Lester, footballer
Chloe Newsome, actress
Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur & England footballer
Steve Heighway, Ex Liverpool footballer
Grace Clough, Paralympic gold medal winner
Judith Bingham, composer
Janet Brown, Chief Executive since 2007 of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and Managing Director from 2000–7 of Scottish Enterprise
Stella Greenall, involved in the introduction of student grants in 1962
Tessa Bramley, Michelin-starred chef
David Allford CBE, architect
Prof John Anderson, Professor of Dental Prosthetics from 1964–82 at the University of Dundee
Joseph Ashton OBE, Labour MP from 1968–2001 for Bassetlaw
Prof Eric Bradford, Professor of Dentistry from 1959–85 at the University of Bristol
Kenneth Brooksbank DSC, Chief Education Officer of Birmingham from 1968–77
Prof Robert Buchanan OBE, Professor of the History of Technology from 1990–5 at the University of Bath
Prof Edward Clegg, Regius Professor of Anatomy from 1976–89 at the University of Aberdeen, and President from 1988–9 of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and Chairman from 1988–92 of the Society for the Study of Human Biology
Jacob Ecclestone, President from 1979–80 of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Prof Harold Egglestone, Professor of Mathematics from 1958–66 at Bedford College (London)
Prof Timothy Evans, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine since 1996 at Imperial College School of Medicine
Peter Glossop, opera singer
Steve Heighway, footballer
Paul Heiney, BBC reporter
Very Rev Alfred Jowett, Dean of Manchester from 1964–83
Jeff Rawle, actor
Geoffrey Schild CBE, Director of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control from 1985–2002