The school is a smaller than the average sized secondary school. In September 2012, the school changed its name and moved into a newly built school. The number of students on roll has increased significantly because students have joined the
school from another one nearby that closed down.
The school site is shared with Crosshill, a special school for students with moderate learning
difficulties aged from 11 to 16 years.
The proportion of students supported by school action is above average. An above average
proportion of students is supported at school action plus or has a statement of special
An above average proportion of students are from minority ethnic groups. The majority are of
The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is above average. An above average proportion of students are known to be eligible for pupil premium funding
(government funding to support disadvantaged students).
The number of students leaving and joining the school at times other than the usual start in
Year 7 is above average.
Alternative educational provision is provided for a small number of students by Blackburn College
and Fernhurst School.
The school meets the government's current floor standards which set the minimum expectations
for students' progress and attainment.
The school specialises in mathematics and computing. Since the previous inspection the school has become part of the East Blackburn Community
Trust. The school has worked in close partnership with Tauheedhul Islam Girls' School. A
strategic partnership leader from the staff of this school spends three days per week in
Blackburn Central High.
There have been many staff changes since the previous inspection.
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