Archbishop Temple School

Archbishop Temple School, A Church of England Specialist College
Motto Faith, Nurture, Service
Established 1963
Type Voluntary aided school
Headteacher Mrs Gill Jackson
Founder William Temple
Location St Vincent's Road
Coordinates: 53°47′02″N 2°42′07″W / 53.7840°N 2.7020°W / 53.7840; -2.7020
Local authority Lancashire
DfE number 888/5405
DfE URN 119814 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff around 40 teachers
Students 760
Ages 11–16
Houses      York
Website Official site

Archbishop Temple School is a voluntary aided Church of England secondary school, situated in the city of Preston in Lancashire, England. The Headteacher is Mrs Gill Jackson It has 760 pupils and 47 teachers.


Archbishop Temple School welcomed its first pupils in September 1963, as a secondary modern school serving the needs of inner city Preston. It was originally named "William Temple School", after Archbishop William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury 1940-1944. The school is one of the top 10 non-sixth form schools in England at GCSE and was listed as number 2 in the Sunday Times list of best schools without a sixth form in 2014. The school is celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013-2014, and held a series of events to celebrate and raise funds, including a gala dinner held at Barton Grange, attended by the schools former headteacher Mrs Gillian James. The first 'comprehensive' intake (as opposed to 'secondary modern') was in 1967 and followed the closure of Preston grammar school. The headmaster at this time was Mr. Hattersley and deputy head Mr. Beauchamp. The school houses were originally Manchester, York, Canterbury and Blackburn. Over the course of the next two decades the school abandoned its house system, only to be reinstated and remodelled in 2006 by the then headteacher Mr Hugill, as Winchester, Durham, Canterbury, and York.

The Academic Successes

In 2013 90% of pupils left Archbishop Temple School with 5 or more GCSE qualifications (grades A*-C) including English and Maths. The pupils achieve this level of success consistently, year after year. Archbishop Temple School is the highest performing (non selective) school in Lancashire. The school achieves these excellent results because it has a very strong pastoral system, which is based on vertical tutoring and a house system. The school has four houses, Canterbury, Durham, Winchester and York. The four houses take part in lots of competitions including everything from sports day to masterchef, There are also lots of trips and visits. In 2013 pupils went to Poland to see Auschwitz, as well as visiting Iceland, France, Austria and India Ofsted rated the school as “Outstanding” in 2009, and in January 2010 Ofsted once again visited the school, to look closely at the work of its Headteacher Mr Hugill, and the senior Leadership Team, after the visit the school was invited to be a national support school, and the headteacher was selected as one of only 30 National Leaders of Education in February 2010, Ofsted again visited the Maths department in 2010 and rated it as “Outstanding”. Ofsted also conducted a Good Practice Visit to the Maths department in 2012. In 2013 97% of pupils left the school with a A*-C GCSE grade in Maths.

Subject list

Unless otherwise indicated, subjects below are taught throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils choose four other non-compulsory subjects to learn in Key Stage 4.

  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Products
  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles Technology

School Motto

The school motto is Faith + Nurture + Service


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