Welcome to Edgar Wood Academy


Welcome to Edgar Wood Academy. We are incredibly excited to have been chosen by the Department for Education (DfE) to open a new school to serve the local community in Middleton and Heywood. Helping our students realise their potential lies at the heart of everything we do. Through a culture of mutual respect, positive behaviour and high standards, we aim to inspire and engage all pupils, regardless of prior attainment or social background.

We have been progressing our plans to open the Edgar Wood Academy since entering the ‘pre-opening’ phase of the free school process in June 2019 and are delighted that a piece of land at Bowlee, accessed off Heywood Old Road in the Middleton area of Rochdale, has been identified for the 11-16 state-funded secondary school. This will be a new modern building with state-of-the-art facilities. Rochdale Borough Council has completed a pre-application consultation in relation to an outline planning application, which is looking to be determined by 1st November, subject to the planning process.

The Trust is committed to working with the Department for Education (DfE) and Rochdale Borough Council to meet the pressing local need for secondary school places and will confirm an intended school opening date when the outcome of the planning application is determined.

At Edgar Wood Academy, we believe in a holistic education. We devote ourselves to improving student achievement through high-quality teaching in a safe and caring environment. We value each individual child in our school and recognise that each has different talents and gifts, which we will nurture over the course of their school journey. We will help each student to develop, both personally and academically, so that they have the knowledge and skills to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community.

To help them along this journey, students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum which will capture students’ interests, provoke serious thinking and develop their intellectual curiosity. We will develop each child’s communication skills so that they have the ability and confidence to acquire and apply their knowledge both inside and outside of school. The curriculum will be culturally relevant to our students and will serve to develop social attitudes and behaviours, celebrate British values and ensure that students have an inclusive approach to their local and global communities. Edgar Wood will have an extensive enrichment programme which will ensure that all pupils are engaged in a curriculum suffused with memorable experiences and rich opportunities for learning.

We know that children who feel happy at school will thrive and be successful. Our pastoral care is designed to establish strong relationships from the outset, with both students and families. Our pastoral system will provide students with effective support and a nurturing atmosphere, so they will be able to develop the confidence and strength of character to aspire to achieve their very best.

We will share further news with you on the development of Edgar Wood Academy. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive our latest news directly to your inbox. Parents and carers of primary school-aged children can also pre-register an interest in a place at the Edgar Wood Academy. We hope this website gives you a flavour of life at Edgar Wood Academy. However, should you require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at m.kojder@edgarwood.org.

Marcin Kojder, Head of Academy Improvement, Altus Education Partnership

Our vision

It is our mission to ensure that all students achieve the best possible start in their lives and gain the knowledge and skills which will enable them to flourish in later education, employment and adult life.

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