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Parrs Wood High School is a popular oversubscribed mixed 11-18 community school with a thriving Sixth Form that has a proven record of academic excellence.
The original school opened in 1967 as an 11-18 co-educational comprehensive situated in the South Manchester suburb of Didsbury.It now occupies an enviable site at the heart of the community, having been completely rebuilt in 2000. The main school accommodates 1500 pupils in years 7 to 11, whilst our 400 Sixth Form students are mainly based in Parrs Wood House, our 18th Century Georgian Villa.

Parrs Wood is truly comprehensive. It is a multi-cultural, multi-faith school with a broad range of ability levels. It has an excellent local, national and international reputation. The school is at the heart of the local community and it’s facilities are used by a wide range of community groups including being a base for the Bobby Charlton International Summer School programme.

Parrs Wood is proud of its place in the community. We believe that our strong links with local primary schools, further and higher education providers and local businesses are of significant benefit to our students.

We have a large, flourishing Sixth Form housed in the unique atmosphere of a beautiful Georgian Villa Parrs Wood House. The new facilities provide spacious teaching rooms and study facilties with the advantages of a college setting within a supportive and structured environment. A separate prospectus is available for the Sixth Form Centre.

As an 11-18 school, it is our expectation and hope that the vast majority of our pupils will remain with us into the sixth form to achieve the level 3 qualifications they desire to enter Higher Education, an apprenticeship or the workplace.


Ofsted judged Parrs Wood Sixth Form to be good and particularly praised the `strong community spirit engendered’, `effective leadership’ and `strong care, guidance and support’.


The School and Sixth Form provides excellent facilities:

  1. All subject areas are suited in dedicated rooms
  2. The school has extensive ICT facilities both within the main school and the Sixth Form with the latest smartboard technology in all teaching rooms.
  3. The Independent Learning Centre is available to all pupils which is equipped with computers and a well-stocked library staffed by qualified librarians.
  4. Purpose built specialist rooms exist for Technology, Science, Languages and Art.
  5. Parrs Wood House, a 1780s listed building, within the campus, is the home for our Sixth Form which has a proud tradition of academic success.
  6. Our sporting facilities include an astro-turf recreational area, large sports hall, gymnasium, dance studio and fitness suite.
  7. The main dining hall doubles as a large auditorium and performance space. In addition there is a Drama Studio and Editing Suite.
  8. Our recently enhanced Music facilities offer suites of classrooms, rehearsal rooms, an ICT suite for Music Technology and a state of the art recording studio for internal and community use.
  9. On site vocational provision has been developed allowing us to provide opportunities for some of our pupils to study Construction, Beauty Therapy and Animal Care alongside their core curriculum.

We are proud of our status as a Specialist School for Technology , a specialism which reflects our hopes and aspirations for all our learners to develop their problem solving and design and creativity skills.