Gorse Covert is the easternmost of the districts which form the town of Birchwood in Warrington. It is also the most easterly part of the Warrington urban area (though not of Warrington borough). It was formerly site 6 of the Royal Ordnance Factory at Risley. It is now a large, suburban residential area with a mixture of good quality housing. It has a pub, (The Poacher), a primary school (Gorse Covert Primary School) and a local shop (Spar). Gorse covert also has woodland areas and walks with views from Pestfurlong Hill.

If you wish to hire one of our community rooms, please contact Mrs Brown in the school office. There is a large community room (with kitchen) and a meeting room available during the day and evening. You may also wish to hire the school hall for larger groups during the evenings.

If you are experiencing problems at home, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Cooke who can put you in touch with a Family Support Worker.

We have an after-school link club and breakfast club attached to the school run by Wasps. For further information, follow the link.

Census information

At the 2001 census (the next one scheduled for 2011), there were 2790 residents living in 1191 properties (statistic areas 005B and 004B – Gorse Covert, Risley South and Locking Stumps East). Of these properties 81% are owner occupied, with the remainder being rented, either from the council, local housing authority or private landlords. Gorse Covert residents are approximately 23% more likely to be in paid employment than the average for England and Wales, with an unemployment rate of around 1.9% (around 53 residents) of all economically active people aged 16–74. 16% of economically active residents (i.e. 16-74 year olds) don’t have any form of qualification (around 446 residents)

Warrington Borough Council: Information & Support for Families


Warrington Leisure