Stocksbridge High School

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Stocksbridge High School
New block at Stockbridge High School Stocksbridge High School.jpg
New block at Stockbridge High School
Stocksbridge High School
Shay House Lane

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S36 1FD

Coordinates 53°28′41″N1°35′47″W / 53.4781°N 1.5963°W / 53.4781; -1.5963 Coordinates: 53°28′41″N1°35′47″W / 53.4781°N 1.5963°W / 53.4781; -1.5963
Type Academy
MottoBelieve, Achieve, Succeed!
Local authority Sheffield City Council
Department for Education URN 145274 Tables
Ofsted Reports
HeadteacherAndy Ireland
Gender Mixed
Age11to 16
Colour(s)White and Grey

Stocksbridge High School is a mixed secondary school for 11 to 16-year-olds, located in the small town of Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, England. In December 2017 the school gained Academy school status. [1]



The first school established in Stocksbridge was a small single storey building constructed by a company of Independent Worshippers' on the site of the present NatWest bank in Stocksbridge. The school was named 'Ebeneezer' and was used as both a day school and a chapel. In 1927 Stocksbridge School was constructed on Shay House Lane and Ralph Ellis became the first headmaster. Between 1939 and 1945 the school played an active part in the war effort, and in March 1941 they raised a total of 91 pounds, 17 shillings and 8 pence as part of a 'War Weapons Week.' Two air raid shelters were also constructed, one on the site of the old car park and another on the site of the old sports hall. In 1971 the school became a comprehensive and was renamed to Stocksbridge High School.[ citation needed ]


The school consists of two blocks, north and south. The south block is further split into two floors, Oxley and Whitwell. The construction of a new school building was completed in 2014. This is a modern build however the design of the building was solely focused on appearance and so it lacks efficient use of space.

The school competes at football, rugby, hockey, basketball, gymnastics and dance.[ citation needed ]

C-Block. April 2011. SHS Project S1.jpg
C-Block. April 2011.
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D-Block. April 2011.
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Construction work. April 2011.

Catchment area

Stocksbridge High School has one of the largest catchment areas in South Yorkshire, encompassing Stocksbridge, Deepcar, High Green and the city of Sheffield.

Academic performance

The school's 2007 Ofsted inspection report rated the school as Grade 3 (Satisfactory) for overall effectiveness; the 2011 report raised the rating to Grade 2 (Good). A full Ofsted inspection in 2016, following a 2014 monitoring visit, stated the school 'Requires Improvement' in all areas and overall effectiveness. [2] The school has remained consistent in requiring improvement over the last decade and little improvement has been witnessed. There has been a series of headteacher turnovers to help establish improvements.

Notable former pupils

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