Founded in 1926, Crompton House was the gift of Miss Crompton and Mrs Ormerod, both members of the Crompton family, to the Church Commissioners for the establishment of a Higher Grade Church School and had an initial intake of 25 pupils. Today it is a Church of England 11-18 co-educational comprehensive school with academy status. We have about 1370 pupils including a Sixth Form of 370. We do not have a sponsor but have maintained our strong relationship with the Church of England Diocese of Manchester. We are situated in a pleasant residential area in the Pennine foothills near the border between the Metropolitan Boroughs of Oldham and Rochdale. In recent years the school has grown considerably in numbers from 706 in 1985 to its present position and every year there is considerable over-subscription for the places available. The school has a large catchment area attracting pupils from outside the Oldham Metropolitan Borough from Rochdale, Middleton, Alkrington, Bamford, Littleborough and Saddleworth.
Facilities at the school include a Hall, Sports Hall, Drama Studio, Gymnasium, Dining Areas, Library, Music and Practice Rooms, Technology areas and rooms for Food Technology, Textiles, Art, Business Studies, Information Communication Technology and Modern Languages. There is a purpose-built Science block, a Year 11 Common Room, and a separate Sixth Form Centre, together with other general and specialist classrooms for academic subjects developed since the foundation of the school. Many of the buildings are modern and the Administrative Block is based in the house which was the original school. A new teaching block with a Drama Studio was opened in 2005. Extensive playing fields, comprising two all-weather pitches and a grass pitch, adjoin the school. The school is fully networked for ICT and extensive use is made of laptops linked to the network. All teachers are issued with a laptop for school use. The school communicates electronically to parents and pupils via the website, VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), Parentmail (email and text), and Twitter. There is a school newsletter with photos and articles up-loaded to the website every half-term.
All pupils pursue a wide range of subjects commensurate with the National Curriculum to GCSE-Level and many stay on to follow A/S and Advanced-Level courses in our well established and highly successful Sixth Form. The school seeks to achieve excellence in all that it does and members of staff play their part in maintaining high standards of behaviour, dress and diligence. Staff take an active part in all aspects of the school’s life and to this end we seek to appoint people of the highest calibre and commitment.
On admission pupils are placed in tutorial groups for registration and pastoral purposes. In all subjects except Technology, Music, Drama and Art they are set by ability using KS2 and CAT (Cognitive Ability Test) scores. By the end of the first year all subjects are taught in sets graded according to ability. English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages, Religious Studies, Technology, Music, Drama, Art, History, Geography, and Physical Education are compulsory up to and including Year 9. From the end of Year 9 subject choices comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum for pupils embarking on GCSE courses. The academic structure of the school is based on departments and each is monitored by a member of the Leadership Team, a Governor and by the Head of Department.
The school has an enviable reputation for academic success and has established an excellent record of examination results well above the National Averages. We have been consistently ranked in the top 75 State schools at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Most of our Sixth Formers go on to University, including Oxbridge, to follow degree courses.
The school has been inspected in 1996, 2001, 2006 and most recently in June 2012 and has been praised for it’s high standards by HM Chief Inspector of Schools.
The latest OFSTED report describes Crompton House as “a good school with a strong sense of purpose and tradition. Students’ achievements are good across all key stages. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students feel very safe within the school and they ensure through their behavior that the school is harmonious, aspirational and inclusive. The headteacher ensures great clarity of direction and purpose providing the school with pace, drive and determination in its continued journey towards excellence”.
The 2012 SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) report carried out for the Diocese of Manchester stated that “Pupils receive an outstanding Christian based education. High expectations and explicit Christian beliefs and values are at the heart of all it does. The sense of citizenship and achievements are outstanding.” Both the OFSTED and SIAS reports are published on the school website.
In January 2005 the school became a specialist Arts School in recognition of its outstanding achievements in Music, Drama and Art. Crompton House is an Affiliated Woodard School and our pupils and staff join in events such as Master Classes at Oxford University and Senior Prefects training weekends. In partnership with the Metropolitan University of Manchester and the University of Huddersfield the school is a centre for Teacher Training. Around 100 trainees work alongside our staff and pupils each year.
The pastoral structure of the school is under the direction of Director of Main School who is supported by the Senior Leadership Team and assisted by Heads of House. Every member of staff has some pastoral responsibility, most being Form Tutors. Homework and the wearing of full school uniform are compulsory. The school enjoys strong parental support and pupils and teachers are assisted in their work by a wide variety of very effective and dedicated staff. A committed Parents Teachers and Friends Association works with the school and the Trustees in many ways, not least in fund-raising for improvements.
There is an extensive and varied extra-curricular life. The school has won considerable success on the sports field currently holding many of the Local Authority championship trophies. Many pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We stage drama productions, run well supported clubs, excursions, field trips, various holidays and a wide variety of other activities involving hundreds of children. All members of staff are encouraged to make a contribution, particularly in Sport, Music, Drama, and with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The school is particularly proud of its musical achievement. It has a variety of music groups, including choirs, a brass band, a wind band, a swing band, a samba band and an orchestra, all of high standard, which have developed strong reputations in the area by their performances in school and at other venues. Works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Rutter and Britten and Jenkins for large scale vocal and instrumental groups have featured among a wide range of music performed. The school is especially proud of its productions including Annie, The Wiz, The Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Dazzle, Return to the Forbidden Plant and Les Misérables. Music at Crompton House offers opportunities for development at various levels to all pupils with a keen musical interest. The school choir regularly sings Evensong in York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Manchester Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral, whilst the choirs and orchestra have performed concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1997, 2002 and 2010. Groups have performed with distinction at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Royal Festival Hall, London and the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The school orchestra was selected in 2005 to be the orchestra in the ‘Schools Prom’ held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Our school and everything we do is summarised by:
Loving God Caring for each other Achieving Excellence
Every member of our school family is valued; pupils, parents and staff are at the heart of all our endeavours. Crompton House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.