Head’s Welcome

Welcome to Pleckgate High School, a thriving multi-cultural community that places the best interests of young people at the heart of everything we do. All students are challenged and supported to Aspire and Believe, Act and Succeed.

We are a large secondary school under the sponsorship of the Education Partnership Trust (EPT), situated on the northern outskirts of Blackburn with Darwen, comprising 1100 students and 170 staff with state of the art facilities that benefit both the school and local community.

At Pleckgate everyone is committed to providing the best educational experiences and opportunities for our students. At the heart of the school’s work is a commitment to high quality teaching and learning and achievement for all: for our students to be safe, happy and successful developing as individuals into caring, responsible citizens who participate fully in school life and are proud of their achievements. Every student at Pleckgate is encouraged to have ambitious goals and everybody is responsible for creating a culture of high expectations and academic excellence.

We are proud of our achievements – our examination success, our extra-curricular programme, our charity work and our community involvement.  We are committed to the pursuit of outstanding teaching and learning alongside the highest possible academic, personal and moral standards. This commitment is built upon a shared belief in hard work, self-reflection and a culture of respect and support for others.

Pleckgate is a rapidly improving 11 – 16 high school and over the past three years has achieved the following:

  • Improving progress 8 score, highlighted by an impressive P8 score of +0.4 placing us in the top 18% of schools nationally in 2017.
  • In 2017, an impressive 52% of students achieved at least a grade 5 in English and mathematics with the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or more in these subjects was 71%.
  • Pleckgate students also achieved 28 grade 9’s in English and maths, demonstrating success at the very highest level.
  • Outcomes in 2018 continued to demonstrate excellent progress with a fourth successive year of positive Progress 8.
  • Admission numbers to Pleckgate in September 2018 have shown a 20% increase in first choices and for the first time in three years the school was oversubscribed.

Mark Cocker
Headteacher