Around 700 boys and girls are educated at the school. Many of our students continue their education to the age of 18 years at one of our partner FE schools and colleges and go on to complete university degree courses. 

The school site is spacious and is set overlooking the spectacular landscape of the Forest of Bowland. We are also lucky enough to be able to enjoy many tree varieties within our own grounds and our large pond offers habitat to many species of wildlife, including large numbers of ducks and their young at breeding times. Many visiting schools have commented that there isn’t a better classroom space to work in and we love being part of the rural heritage.

In January 2011 a fabulous new Sports Hall was opened by members of Blackpool Football Club GCA has an undisputed track record of sporting excellence and the facilities here enable all our students access to many different sports as well as outstanding coaching. Many of our students are proud to represent the school and some of our students compete at county and even national standard in their chosen fields. We are currently working towards the installation of an all-weather pitch which will enable us to take part in sports all year round and strengthen our links with our community with whom we would like to share the facility outside of school hours, as we do with other aspects of our school estate.

In 2014 our Business and IT block underwent a complete refurbishment giving our students access to excellent IT equipment in a spacious, vibrant environment. It also allowed the school to offer a dedicated area for careers advice to be given to our students and opportunity for our students to research further education and career information themselves in a professional and independent way.

GCA has a fabulous stage and tiered seating facility which provides the perfect setting for music and drama performances such as “We Will Rock You”, “Les Miserables” and “Grease”.. It is also very proud to be able to offer our students a fabulous library with a full time librarian.

All of our classrooms and buildings, which vary in age, are maintained to a very high standard because we believe that our students deserve the best environment we can offer.

Facilities & Environment