Waterhead Academy

Oldham, United Kingdom

Location: Oldham, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Waterhead Academy

Want to join a TEAM that is creating something special?

"Good Leadership" OFSTED 2016.

Our teamwork led us to become one of the most improved schools in Greater Manchester in 2016.We believe in achieving together at Waterhead Academy. Our Team values Responsibility, Determination and Success.  We are looking for exceptional colleagues or newly qualified colleagues with great potential, who match our ambition for outstanding education for the students we have the privilege to work with. If you would like to play a part in developing something special, why not contact us for a discussion about how your career can develop with us.

"A Transformation" OFSTED 2016.

The Academy:

Waterhead Academy is an 11-16, non-selective academy for 1500 students. The academy replaced predecessors Breeze Hill and Counthill Schools in 2010, is situated in a state of the art build on the outskirts of Oldham and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The academy is located a 10 minute walk away from the metro link, with 20 minute ride to Central Manchester. The school offers state of the art facilities in a £24 million pound complex and offers a wide range of bespoke teacher and leadership packages for colleagues through our professional partnerships. The Academy also has a key strategic partnership with Manchester United. We have a strong commitment to developing colleagues with the very best professional development and research opportunities.

Our Mission:

To become the best school in the area for students and families. To do that we aim to:

  1. Deliver student achievement through highly effective teaching.
  2. Develop student aspiration, good manners and a strong work ethic.
  3. Develop a culture of teamwork that promotes improvement.
  4. Provide outstanding care, support and personal development opportunities.
  5. Ensure students are well equipped for success in their next stage.

The Trust:

Waterhead Academy is a partner of the South Pennine Acadamies Trust. The Trust has 6 partner Academies, this number will grow to 7 in 2017, has a Teaching School within the Pennine Teaching School Alliance and also features a National Support School. The Trust also operates a SCITT.

Why you, why us?

We are passionate about potential and are considered to be a very caring school; where relationships are very strong between young people and teachers. 

We are working together to build something very special for the young people we have the privilege of working with. If you would like to play a part in developing something special, why not contact us for a discussion about how your career can develop with us.

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Address: Home Campus, Huddersfield Road, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL4 3NY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 161 620 5859
What people say about us

'Oldham Sixth Form College has worked in close partnership with Waterhead Academy (and its previous guises) for almost 25 years. It is a relationship we value highly and we have always worked closely together to ensure that students aspirations are raised, that they are well-informed about their options post-16, and that they get all the support they need in making the right choices for them. We work with students across all the age ranges at Waterhead, delivering assemblies, attending careers events, meeting students and parents, and providing a variety of bespoke sessions - often involving ex-Waterhead students who are studying at OSFC. Waterhead students also visit the college for Taster Days, Open Days and events targeting Gifted and Talented students. It is an ever-developing relationship with new collaborations established every year. It is a partnership that has been very successful and one of which we're very proud.'

- Richard Lee - Assistant Principal OSFC

Positive Steps provides careers information, advice and guidance to students at Waterhead Academy.  The success of this work has been based on a firm foundation of effective collaboration between the academy staff and our staff at Positive Steps.  The careers programme and careers area organised by the academy helps to provide students with all of the information that they need and the individual guidance we provide helps to inspire students, help them decide on the most appropriate career pathways and be supported in making that transition from Year 11 to their next destination.  The senior management of the academy is utterly committed to preparing students for  adult life and the partnership between the academy and Positive Steps continues to thrive.

- Positive Steps (Oldham)

TV presenter and maths expert Rachel Riley joined the panel, which also included Anita Bernie, Director of Spacecraft Platform and Demonstration Missions at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited; Elspeth Finch, founder and CEO of Indigo&; Professor Karen Holford, Pro Vice-Chancellor in Physical Sciences and Engineering at Cardiff University; and Hazel Macnamara, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Rachel said, “I think it’s brilliant that Manchester United Foundation actually gets involved and goes into schools – they don’t just say the right things, they make things happen. The girls today have received an opportunity to attend a UK premiere of a really uplifting and inspirational film and they’re getting to speak to women who are working the industry and the girls can aspire to be like. We’re not just talking about football, we’re talking about maths, science and trying to improve people’s lives on a very real basis and I think it’s brilliant.”

- http://www.mufoundation.org/en/News/Archive/2017/01/Foundation-hosts-Hidden-Figures-film-premiere-to-inspire-young-women-in-STEM.aspx#sthash.UA7RQKug.dpuf

Juan commented, “It’s great to come to schools like this and to see the children so happy, we’ve been playing some games and I’ve enjoyed myself. “I always say that Manchester United Foundation does a great job for the community around Manchester; it’s incredible the amount of schools and hospitals they work with and for us players it is amazing to come here, see it in person and to really experience what it means to make others happy.” ” Foundation Coach, Claire Harrop, who works full-time at Waterhead and within the primary schools, described the impact on the students, “Seeing Juan here today is amazing; we’ve tried to keep it under wraps but there’s been a buzz all day. He is such a great role model, not only for the children but for the community; days like this really give people aspirations and help them to be a bit more motivated.”

- http://www.mufoundation.org/en/News/Archive/2017/01/Juan-Mata-brings-the-Spanish-celebration-of-The-Three-Kings-to-Manchester.aspx#sthash.lp1HhdUQ.dpuf

Enjoying his first #SchoolsUnited event, Pogba said, “It is always memorable doing work with the Foundation; we just want to make kids happy. For me, when I was a kid, it was a dream to meet a footballer, so it’s good to do things like this and to be an example for children as they are the future.” An ongoing supporter of the Foundation, Mata added, “The work that the Foundation does in Manchester is incredible and it’s nice for us to get involved and take part in some challenges with the kids – some of them are even better than us!”

- http://www.mufoundation.org/en/News/Archive/2017/02/Schools-United-2017.aspx#sthash.XvzLWMCh.dpuf
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