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Edgar Wood Academy

The number of pupils in the current year 4 and below has grown and existing schools in the Middleton and Heywood areas are unable to accommodate these additional pupils. This means that unless a new school is built, there will not be sufficient secondary school places to accommodate current pupils in year 4 and below.

Rochdale Borough Council have identified a piece of land at Bowlee accessed off Heywood Old Road with good transport and access links serving the local area.

The academy will open in September 2020 initially to just year 7 pupils. These are pupils currently in year 4.

Each year group in the academy will be 180, giving a total size of 900 pupils.

In 2020 the academy will welcome our first year 7 pupils and in 2021 year 7 and year 8 until in September 2024 the academy will have pupils in all years reaching a capacity of 900. The academy is large enough to meet the demand for additional school places required but small enough to offer an intimate and caring approach to all pupils and families.

Pupils will embark upon an inclusive, fulfilling, broad and balanced curriculum. In addition to English and Mathematics, they will study a Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish), Science, Computer Science/ICT, History, Citizenship, RE and Geography.

A fresh modern building accommodating state of the art facilities including:

  • High tech ICT infrastructure with the ability to use ICT resources from home
  • Industry standard science labs and apparatus
  • Multi use sports hall and high specification sports pitches
  • Strong pastoral support and high expectations
  • Excellent careers, information, advice and guidance
  • Direct links to the highest achieving sixth form college in the country

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Altus Education Partnership - Who Are We?

The Altus Education Partnership was set up in 2017 by the Governing Body of Rochdale Sixth Form College, an outstanding provider of A Level education serving young people from all areas of the Borough of Rochdale including Middleton and Heywood.

Rochdale Sixth Form College opened in 2010 in a brand new building and within 3 years had established a local and national reputation as being the highest performing sixth form college in the country, topping the Department for Education performance tables four times in the last six years and coming second for the other 2. This places the college consistently in the
top 10% of A Level providers nationally.

The Altus Education Partnership is committed to supporting local children in their academies to progress to a career, life and employment path of their choice.

The Edgar Wood Academy would be the second academy to join the partnership alongside Rochdale sixth Form College which is an academy for 16-18 year olds.

The application to open the Edgar Wood Academy is fully supported by The Pioneers Trust (an organisation which aims to support school improvement and represent the collective view of all secondary schools, pupil referral, special schools and post 16 providers in the Rochdale Local authority), headteachers of primary schools in Middleton, Heywood and Rochdale Borough council.