Berry Hill High School and Sports College was a mixed, secondary school located on Arbourfield Drive, Berry Hill, Stoke-on-Trent. The school was awarded specialist Sports College status, though was usually just referred to as Berry Hill High School.With almost 900 students in 2005, merger proposals saw student numbers drop to around 500 by 2010. This period also saw a high turnover of staff. The school closed in summer 2011, and was demolished in 2015.AdmissionsThe school taught around 500 pupils, all between the ages of 11 and 16; broken up into Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). Most pupils were White British and qualified for free school meals, mostly coming from 'hard pressed families'.The majority of its students lived in the surrounding areas, and the suburbs of Bentilee, Bucknall, and Hanley. It was located by the Berryhill Fields.HistoryThe school opened in September 1964, originally with sixteen staff members and 196 pupils.Mr Stephen Daniels was appointed as Headteacher in June 1998. A November 1999 OFTED inspection noted that the school had a below average to well below average performance, though this performance was rated as average to above average compared with similar schools. The school was generally satisfactory, with good behaviour, leadership and ethos, and unsatisfactory attendance. The school's expenditure was £2,032,741 for 1999, an average spending of £2,181 on each pupil.
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