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Holden Lane High School

Holden Lane High School Specialist Sports College
Established 1963
Headteacher Mr. John G. Patino DMS, MEd

Milton Road
England Coordinates: 53°02′46″N 2°09′27″W / 53.0461°N 2.1574°W / 53.0461; -2.1574

Local authority Stoke-on-Trent
DfE URN Ofsted Reports
Staff Approx. 75 (full time equivalent) teaching staff and 20+ non-teaching staff
Students 995 (May 2011)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

Holden Lane High School is a comprehensive / community school located in Sneyd Green, Stoke on Trent, England. It was established in 1963 and educates pupils of ages 11–16. It became a specialist Sports College in 2001 and is the hub for the development of P.E. and school sport for both secondary and primary schools in the north of the city.

Situated in the north of Stoke-on-Trent, the school has a catchment from the neighbourhoods of Sneyd Green, Milton, Baddeley Green, Norton-in-the-Moors, and Ball Green. The socio-economic circumstances of the area the school serves are below average. The vast majority of students are White British.

Ofsted Inspection 2011/2012

The latest Ofsted inspection was on 23 – 24 May 2011. It rated Holden Lane High School as 'inadequate' and as a result the school was placed into special measures. They have now had a further inspection and Holden Lane has been seen to be doing many improvements and is taking its steps to become out of special measures. But Holden lane have previously had two further inspections. On the first they revived all satisfactory for all and good for management and then on the second visit they Achieved good in all areas.

Academic standards

In 2010 the school achieved GCSE examination performance of 89 per cent of pupils obtaining 5 or more GCSE's at the higher grades of 'A star' to 'C' (5A*-C), and 55% of pupils obtaining 5 or more GCSE's at the higher grades of 'A star' to 'C' including English and Maths. This latter figure exceeds the 'The Fisher Family Trust' measure FFT D, which indicates the progress made by schools in the top 25% percentile of value-added scores nationally.

In 2009 the school's achieved 75% 5A*-C and 43% 5A*-C including English and Maths. In 2011 Holden lane achieved 87% (5A*-C)in their GCSE Results.

School Leadership & Management

The Headteacher is Mr John Patino. John was formally deputy head at Alsop High School, a school graded as Outstanding by Ofsted.

For 17 years, the school was led by Mr. D. Gray. He retired in July 1996. Mr. P. Roberts, Deputy Headteacher, became Acting Headteacher for one term prior to Lynne Hardcastle's appointment in January 1997. Mrs. Hardcastle took early retirement in July 2006. She was succeeded by her Deputy, Mrs. Jacqueline Lewis. Mrs. Lewis served the school in various capacities from September 1972 and was Acting Head until May 2011.[1]

'Feeder' Primary Schools & 'Cluster' Secondary Schools

Pupils at the school are drawn largely from Norton, Milton, Hillside, Sneyd Green, Ball Green and Holden Lane Primary Schools, with lesser numbers coming from Newford (Smallthorne) and Greenways Schools.

Holden Lane High School is 'Clustered' with Birches Head High, Mitchell High, and Berry Hill High.

Notable students

  • Famous Performer Jonathan Wilkes attended the school. Wilkes is famous for being in multiple pantomime performances including Snow white, Cinderella and Aladdin. He also presented Stokes' Got Talent at the Regent Theatre and has appeared on programmes such as The Paul O'Grady Show, BBC Radio 1 and was captain of ITV's Celebrity Soccer Aid in 2008.
  • Professional footballer Anthony Malbon attended the school from 2003 to 2008.
  • professional footballer Tom Pope[2]
  • Professional weight lifting champion Josh 'Stacks' Pearce also attended this school.


External links

  • School's official website
  • School's Directgov homepage
  • School's Ofsted homepage
  • DfE web site
  • DfE web site
  • DfE web site
  • DfE web site
  • Fischer Family Trust web site
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