St. Ninian’s High School

Our Mission:

To inspire, prepare and equip young people for their future.


Our aims:
  • To help students develop the skills and dispositions that are required for successful life-long learning.

  • To provide active, engaging, learning centred teaching that motivates students to embrace the challenge of learning.

  • To provide a relevant, flexible, inclusive curriculum with pathways enabling all students to be successful.

  • To ensure students experience high quality care, guidance and support for health and wellbeing.

  • To nurture productive partnerships with parents, employers, providers and the community.

Who we are:

St. Ninian’s High School (Manx Gaelic: Schoill Ard Noo Ninian) is a secondary school located in Douglas, on the Isle of Man. The School is set over two different sites, catering for Years 7 to 13.  There are currently over 1300 students on the school roll. St. Ninian’s High School was formed in 1985 after a review took place of secondary education in Douglas.

The Lower School: ‘Bemahague site” was opened in September 2012.  It is a superb modern building with excellent facilities including two sports halls, astro turf pitch, tennis/netball courts, landscaped grounds, dance studio, assembly/performance hall, a suite of ICT rooms, five science labs and a hydro therapy pool. There are far more facilities than space to list however one major feature is the care taken to ensure all students can enjoy a full and inclusive education on the site. The Lower School is home to students in key stage 3 so Years 7, 8 and 9.

The Upper School: ‘Ballaquayle site’ was built and completed in 1927 in what was then Outer Douglas. Now it is based within the town boundary. The Upper School is home to students in  key stage 4 comprising years ten and eleven; as well as key stage 5 where Years 12 and 13 study.

St. Ninian’s is a thriving school which is working very hard to further develop it’s links with the community. To this end the school’s sports facilities are used by outside groups on both sites throughout the week and weekend. In addition we have cookery, art, dance and zumba classes taking place within the wider school. If any group would be interested in making use of the community facilities on either site at St. Ninian’s High School please do contact the school on 648800.


How we are organised

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

The SLT consists of the Head teacher, two Deputy Head teachers, Four Assistant headteachers and a Bursar.

The Head teacher and the two Deputy Head teachers oversee the strategic direction of the school.  The Bursar has oversight of the financial and personnel aspects of the organisation.  Each of the, four Assistant Head teachers have specific whole school responsibilities and they line manage the Subject Leaders and Heads of Year.

Heads of Year (HoY) and the pastoral team.

We have Heads of Year for years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, we also have a Head of Sixth Form (years 12 and 13).  Each Head of Year leads a team of tutors.

The HoY are responsible for monitoring and supporting the academic progress and personal development of the students within their year group. Along with their team of tutors, HoY always consider the “whole child”, and work in partnership with students, parents, carers, staff across the school, and draw upon expertise from other government departments, agencies, organisations and providers.   Our HoY and their teams implement relevant intervention strategies designed to support and develop individual students with the aim of improving their outcomes and prospects for a happier and successful life.

Faculty Leaders (FL), Subject Leaders (SL) and the curriculum team.

Faculty Leaders lead larger departments of: English; Maths; Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics); Computing (Computer science, Digital Applications, Information Technology); and Design Technology (Food, Product design, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control; Textiles).

Subject Leaders lead smaller departments of: Art, Business Studies (inc. economics); Core Skills; Drama; Geography; History; Modern Languages (French and Spanish); Music; Physical Education; Religious Studies; Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, politics).

Faculty and Subject Leaders have the responsibility to offer suitable courses that provide appropriate pathways for all students and to ensure the teaching of these course is effective, in order to maximise the academic performance and progress of all students.

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