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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

'We will inspire and empower all in our learning community to fulfil their individual potential and ambitions so that all are able to be active and successful citizens in our global society'


"There is no better performing similar school...within 75 miles." - Department of Education, 2019

A warm welcome to Poynton High School.


Thank you for your interest in our school.  Poynton High School is a very special place with a long established record of providing a first class, inspiring and challenging education for all our students.  We are a large (approximately 1400 students) 11 – 18 school serving the communities of Poynton, Disley, Adlington, Pott Shrigley and further afield out towards Macclesfield, Stockport and Derbyshire.


With a long established reputation for academic excellence we are consistently one of the highest achieving schools in the North West of England.  We strive to deliver the best results with our enthusiastic and talented team of staff who see it as their job to help every one of our students to achieve their individual potential.  Through a wide and engaging curriculum, including Welfare Education, Drama, Music, Dance, PE and community programmes, we also develop our students’ wider personal skills and help to equip them for a successful future in our changing world. 


We are proud of the high academic standards our students achieve, but equally proud of the way in which they grow up to be responsible, hardworking and healthy adults who contribute fully to their community.  I hope our website gives you a taste of our vibrant and successful learning community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us in school if you need more information or perhaps consider following us on twitter through @PHS_Headteacher and @PoyntonHigh.


Matthew Dean


In December 2018, Poynton High School and Lostock Hall Primary School became the founding partners of The TRUE Learning Partnership.  Disley Primary School joined the TRUE Learning Partnership on 1 April 2020.  On 1 November 2020 Hague Bar Primary School was welcomed to the Trust and on 1 December 2020 the Trust welcomed Glossopdale School.

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  • Courage & Confidence


    The Davenports were a family of landowners in the North-West of England whose ancestors can be traced back to the Norman Conquest. In 1160, the family became responsible for looking after Macclesfield Forest and, in the early 1200s, Vivian Davenport became its Grand Sergeant.

    The family's coat of arms includes a man's head with a rope around the neck, which is said to represent the family's power over life and death during this time.

    The Davenports owned land throughout the area, notably at Henbury, Woodford and at Bramhall .

    The Davenports were Lords of the Manor for around 500 years, and it is likely that they built Bramall Hall. It is possible that Lord Davenport was involved in the final battle of the Wars of the Roses at Bosworth and that he helped Henry VII to become King. He was rewarded with a pension of 20 marks per year payable for his lifetime which helped pay for the Hall.  Bramall Hall may have been vandalised when a thief called Randle Hassall, stole most of the timber and so the Hall had to be rebuilt.

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  • Respect & Teamwork


    Lyme Park was the home of the Legh family, and for many generations the men served as soldiers, fighting in famous battles in British history against the French and the Scots.

    Lord Legh was fighting at Agincourt with King Henry V against the French, and he took with him a Lyme mastiff, a vicious breed of guard dog. Lyme mastiffs were given as gifts to Kings across Europe, but the breed had died out by the early 20th century.

    The Leghs had a family tradition of naming the eldest male heir Peter, or Piers. So each new head of the house gained a Roman numeral after his name.

    Peter X created the Lyme Park we know today, transforming the earlier Tudor house into a stately home in the Italian style.  Work began in 1725 and, over the next few years, they built an elegant house and this design was copied  by many country houses in England.

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  • Loyalty & Optimism


    The family had been landowners in Cheshire for centuries. Thomas Newton was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and then he joined the Diplomatic Service and worked at the British Embassy in Paris from 1881 to 1886.

    He was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for his home of Newton until 1898 when he succeeded his father and took his seat in the House of Lords as 2nd Baron Newton.

     In 1915 he was appointed as Paymaster-General.  In 1916 Lord Newton was put in charge of two departments at the Foreign Office, one dealing with foreign propaganda and the other with prisoners of war. In October 1916 he was appointed to the new Prisoner of War Department and, in this position, he negotiated the release of thousands of British prisoners of war in the First World War .

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  • Commitment & Passion


    The Vernon family can trace their ancestry back to France before the Norman Invasion of England in 1066. Richard Vernon was a Knight for William the Conqueror and he ruled as Lord over 14 manors in Cheshire in the Domesday survey of 1086.

    By 1785, Lord Vernon owned the lands and coal mines around Poynton and the village grew to become a successful mining and farming community. The Vernon family were rich and powerful landowners and mine owners so they were very important local celebrities in Poynton.

    The Vernon family lived in a mansion a short drive from Towers Road in Poynton. The house and the gardens were extended and the King Pool had a boathouse, with a fountain in the lawn, and fruit orchards. By 1911 there were tennis lawns, a cricket pitch and a croquet lawn, extensive fruit and kitchen gardens and large heated greenhouses for vines and peaches. The latest modern technology was added and electricity was produced by a home generator with gas lighting and central heating. The Park, Pool and two lodges were included in the grounds. In 1950, the Mansion and the two towers were demolished.

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