Wardle Academy is a converter academy school for young people aged from 11-16 years. The academy replaced Wardle High School in September 2013. The school has grown in size in recent years with an increasing strong academic record, and a good reputation within the local community. Currently there are approximately 1200 students on roll, and we have been oversubscribed in recent years.
The school is located in a semi-rural setting on the north eastern edge of Rochdale. It serves the Pennine communities of Wardle, Littleborough and Smithy Bridge, although an increasing number of students now travel from Calderdale. There is a school bus service to and from Todmorden and Stansfield.
We are a designated secondary school in Rochdale for young people with a physical disability.
In December 2013 we moved into our new school building with brand new facilities including a swimming pool, two large sports halls, a fitness gym, a performance hall, an outdoor theatre and almost £1 million of new ICT resources. The Science and Technology facilities are innovative and forward looking.
The school has a strong tradition in music. Music tuition is free with over 250 students playing instruments. Our brass bands are nationally recognised and have been invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on four occasions since 2000.
The school is an active member of the REAL Trust, Pioneer Trust and the Northern Alliance supporting education and training in schools across Rochdale and Greater Manchester.
A Message from the Head
Wardle Academy is a successful 11-16 school with a strong tradition at GCSE, outstanding pastoral care and guidance and with exceptional provision for music.
In December 2013 we moved into a brand new building. Our facilities are some of the most up-to-date in the area with two large sports halls, swimming pool, fitness gym, performance hall and brand new science, technology and ICT areas. In addition, nearly £1 million was spent upgrading our computer and electronic provision.
This is my third headship and since joining the school in 2006 we have, as a team of staff, students and parents, come a long way in partnership together. We have a bright future and I would hope that you would want to join us on that journey as we continue to improve and enhance the life opportunities for all of the children in our care, regardless of ability or need.
Graham Wright, Headteacher.