SCHOOL REPORT: Gawthorpe High School is an 11-16 comprehensive school in Padiham, situated on a large attractive green-field site which was originally bequeathed by the Shuttleworth Estate.

The school boasts:

Five fully networked computer suites.

A brand new 'Sports Barn' currently under construction to contain a multi-gym facility.

An astroturf pitch -- scheduled for Phase 2.

A new Technology Suite due for completion in September 2002.

A strong Primary Liaison programme fully integrated with Gawthorpe Hall (the driveway of which adjoins our site).

A full-time pupil counsellor.

A full-time Home/School Liaison Officer.

Recent re-accreditation as an 'Investors In People' School.

An English Department designated as 'Leading Department' in Lancashire.

Awarded an 'Achievement Award by the DfES as one of the most improved schools in term of GCSE results in the country.

Regular winners of District Sporting Cups, notably Year 11 football (2000, 2001, 2002) and Year 11 basketball (2001, 2002).

A new library is scheduled for the future.

HISTORY LESSON: Gawthorpe High School was opened in 1967 by Mary Wilson (wife of the then Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson).

NUMBER OF PUPILS: Gawthorpe High School has a capacity for 745 pupils -- the number currently on roll is 760 with pupils placed on waiting lists for every year group.

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? The school draws initially from the town of Padiham with pupils gaining admittance from all areas of Burnley subject to the availability of places.

STAR PUPILS: Three of our pupils have been selected for the England Cross Country Team -- Emma Graham, Mark Hartley and Rebecca Gregory. James Walton (Year 10) is currently the reigning world champion in three disciplines within Ju-Jitsu. Robert McDonald is a Lancashire Rugby League player, currently with Keighley Cougars.

SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT: Our Primary Liaison programme has been developing over many years. Primary pupils regularly visit our school to use our computer suites.