The Swinton High School, an 11-16 comprehensive, is the first Converter Academy in Salford. We converted to an academy on August 1st 2011. Thousands of students have passed through our doors over the years and each one has been encouraged to do their absolute best. It is our mission that students leave us happy, fulfilled, highly qualified and ready to succeed in the next stage of their lives. We offer an exceptional learning environment designed to challenge and enrich the lives of young people, where our students are inspired to learn and achieve. With a committed and driven team of both staff and pupils, it is our high standards and enthusiasm that ensures year on year improvements in our results.
Our school came into existence in September 1988 when Wardley High School and Pendlebury High School merged to form a single 11-16 comprehensive school on one site, located half a mile from the Swinton town centre.
We continually strive to provide our students with the best learning facilities possible and this is seen by our recent £3.3 million investment in the school's buildings. We have created seven refurbished science laboratories giving us the best equipped department in Salford's schools. A new purpose-built maths block and new PE changing facilities are under way and we recently moved into a fully remodelled main building with two new additional classrooms on the ground and first floors. We have over 550 laptops and desktop computers in school, as well as over 250 iPads which are controlled remotely to ensure a focus on learning. Every teacher currently has their own laptop computer and all classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and visualiser. Lesson observations show that ICT for learning is a strength across all areas of the curriculum. Over the last 3 financial years we have invested over £400,000 in state of the art IT, including over £60,000 on a new wireless network.
We attract pupils across the full ability range, and have at present 640 pupils between the ages of 11 and 16 years. Our pupils are drawn mainly from the Swinton, Clifton, Pendlebury and Wardley areas of Salford. However, it is worth noting that over 1:3 of our pupils are from out of the immediate catchment area. This is a recent phenomenon reflecting our increasing popularity and is directly related to our growing reputation and improving exam results. 21% of our pupils are eligible for Free School Meals and there are 9 pupils with statements of special educational need.
Swinton is situated on the outskirts of Salford, bordering Bolton, Bury and Trafford. It is well served by the motorway networks, M6, M60 and M62 giving access to the surrounding countryside of Cheshire, Lancashire, The Lake District and Derbyshire national parks. The school is within easy reach of the rail network into Manchester City Centre. Swinton railway station is two minutes walk from the school and serves the Southport, Wigan, Bolton, Manchester lines. The regeneration of Manchester city centre, Salford Quays and the Trafford Centre gives a wide diversity of theatres, clubs, cinemas, restaurant and shopping opportunities within a few miles of our school. LS Lowry the famous artist living within a few hundred yards of our school.