Bispham High School Arts College

Bispham High School Performing Arts College is a secondary school situated in Bispham, Lancashire, England, with a mixed intake of both boys and girls aged 11-16.

The school is located on Bispham Road. It was formerly an all girls School called Greenlands High. The school is a specialist Performing Arts College. It is a Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts.

In 2005 the school achieved a GCSE pass rate with 40% of pupils achieving five A to C grades.

Building and refurbishment project

A £6M project was completed in early 2007. The project included -

The administration centre and atrium were opened on 7 November, 2006 by retired Blackpool footballer and former Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire, Jimmy Armfield OBE.

Pupils and staff

Emmerdale actress, Kelsey-Beth Crossley is a pupil at the school. Pupil Ashley Loyd played the part of Michael in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London in 2005.

  • Head Teacher - Mr Robert Harrison.
  • Deputy Head Teacher - Mr John Topping.

Link up with Royal Ballet School

In February 2007 it was announced that the school was to sign a three year deal with the Royal Ballet School, London to become a centre of excellence for dance. The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) have yet to agree funding, but it is due to start in September 2007.

Bispham High School Gospel Choir

The school also has a gospel choir, Bispham High School Gospel Choir, under the direction of Margaret Adereti (Conductor), Neill Oldham (Piano) and Sarah Bagot (Vocal Support).

In March 2007, the choir recorded a cover version of Crazy by Gnarls Barkley for the BBC 6 Music Hardchoral competition in which they reached the top ten. The choir made its national debut when the song was played on the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show over the Easter Weekend in April 2007. On 17 April 2007 the choir sang their version of Crazy on BBC 6 Music during a live broadcast from the school hall, as part of the Hardchoral competition.


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