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Principal's Welcome

Polam Hall School was founded by Quakers in 1848, and while it has undergone major change over the years, its essential character remains – that is a shared desire among all staff to instil a sense of community among our students, and to focus on creativity and the development of the whole child, both in and out of the classroom.

It is our mission to ensure that all pupils develop resilience and we achieve this by presenting them with a challenging yet supportive learning environment in readiness for adult life. Our conversion to a Free School brought us even closer to the local community and surrounding areas and by offering a continuous education for 4-19 year olds, alongside boarding facilities for 60 pupils, we have remained unique.

As a 4-19 through school, every child who joins us can look forward to a seamless transition into the Senior School. We remain a relatively small school and pupils and staff get to know each other well, so children joining us at any point very quickly make friends and become fully integrated into various activities. Another key feature is that our older Juniors are taught specialist subjects such as Modern Languages and Music by subject teachers from the Senior School – all of which provides for a confident transition.

At Year 7, we extend to a three-form entry allowing further pupils to join us from different primary schools, while at Sixth Form external candidates join us each year to pursue their A Level Studies under the care and guidance of academic staff who take the time to steer them towards suitable university and career options.

If you are interested in a Polam Hall education for your child then please view the pages of this website and come to one of our open evenings. You can also arrange a personal visit. You will always find a warm welcome. Our facilities have moved on since 1854 but we still maintain a traditional feel and our expectations of our pupils are high. We are very proud of our School and its history and work hard to build on this foundation to develop well-rounded, capable young people ready to take their rightful place in the world.

Martin Fleetwood, Principal