Principal’s introduction

Welcome to our virtual open evening and thank you for setting aside the time to look at Darwen Vale High school for your child’s secondary education.

So why choose Darwen Vale for your child?

As you will hear in our virtual open evening, we aim high, work hard and care for our students. We work together because we know that teachers and students working together leads to great learning and great outcomes for our young people. We make no excuses for demanding 100% from our students.

A number of factors combined make Darwen Vale a fantastic learning environment. Our facilities are world class and our site has won awards for its unique design that combines the traditional grammar school façade with state of the art modern facilities including a 4G sports pitch, purpose built dance and fitness studios, Sports hall and industry standard, “factory floor” and workshops. Don’t take my word for it, judge for yourselves tonight. We have a team of highly committed professionals who are totally focused on improving the quality of learning and we have a wonderful community of students. Our parents support us 100% and have great confidence in the school; over 4/5 would recommend the school – higher than the national average for this measure.

Our results have improved every year since 2017. In 2019 our English results were above the National average and our math’s results improved by 20%. They were some of the best results in our trust and we have some outstanding competition. In 2020 our results improved again with 51 students gaining the top grade 9.

There are 150 students in year 11, the cohort that joined the school in September 2016. There are 250 in year 7 the cohort that joined in 2019. We are full and anticipate being so again next year. I hope you are excited by the possibilities offered at Vale and showcased in tonight’s open evening.

Matthew Little