Moorside High School

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For Moorside High School in Werrington, Staffordshire, see Moorside High School (Staffordshire).
Moorside High School
Specialist School in Mathematics and Computing
Motto Bringing Knowledge To Life
Established 1934
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr N. D. Ogden
Location Swinton, Manchester
England Coordinates: 53°30′29″N 2°20′49″W / 53.508°N 2.347°W / 53.508; -2.347
Local authority Salford
DfE URN 105977 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 776 pupils[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Website Official Website

Moorside High School established in 1934 is a secondary school located in Swinton, near Manchester, England.


Like all schools in Salford LEA, it is for ages 11–16 with no sixth form, because it is state run there is no exam to pass to gain entry into the school, local pupils are automatically placed into the nearest high school. However if they wish to attend a certain high school they must complete the relevant forms and send them to Moorside High as early as they can before the following academic year as places at the school are limited to 1050. As of 2010 the school has 800 pupils attending. Moorside Primary School is the main feeder school locally with St Peter's C of E Primary School also being a feeder school in the area.


The school was originally located between the East Lancashire Road and Wentworth Road in Swinton.


The school suffered an arson attack in July 2002, in which thirty pupils needed hospital treatment.[2]

Phil's flying visit to pupils[edit]

In November 2007, England footballer Phil Neville visited the school by helicopter to thank pupils for supporting the New Children's Hospital Appeal. The school held a 20-minute question and answer session with Phil before being given a brief presentation about the New Children's Hospital Appeal.[3]

Special status[edit]

In 2008 the school was granted special status in Mathematics and Computing.[4] The school continues to improve in all aspects of the curriculum.

Death of former Deputy Headteacher[edit]

In 2008 A former deputy headteacher, Paul Simpson, 53, suffered a heart attack as he took part in a five-a-side game at Falinge Park High, in Rochdale. He was rushed to Rochdale Infirmary, where he died.[5]

Fire fighters rescue trapped girl's hand[edit]

On 16 March 2010, a 16-year-old schoolgirl was taken to hospital after her hand became stuck between a shipping container and a concrete slab in the yard. Firemen from Agecroft Fire Station used equipment usually used in car crashes to free her after they were called to the incident, the girl was taken to hospital by ambulance and she was allowed home after doctors treated her arm.[6]

Planned and abandoned merger[edit]

Under the original Labour Government planned to have the Swinton High School and Moorside High School demolished, their administration merged into a one with a new school being built on the site of Moorside's playing fields. The new school's playing fields would have been based where the current Moorside building stands. Along with the two high schools, Moorside Primary School would have also be rebuilt attached to the new school.[7]

On 2 November 2010, Despite the threat of government cuts, the proposal to merge Moorside High School and the Swinton High School was approved by Salford Council’s ruling Labour cabinet. The two schools will be replaced by a new £25m, 1,350-pupil Super-school built on Moorside’s playing fields. The scheme was first proposed in 2006 but had been delayed due to uncertainty about the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The planned merger is no longer happening, Moorside High will now have a school built on the fields opposite the school. The work is due to start in 2012 and last for two years, until the new school has been completed.


As of October 2011 work started on the new school with trees being removed from the Deans playing field and the new entrance road being built off the East Lancashire Road. In December work has started on what will become the school drains and foundations. Landscaping work was still being carried out while the school opened its doors in September 2013.

Moorside Primary School is located to the west of the high school.

Academic performance[edit]

It gets average GCSE results and above average for Salford. The 2010 year group achieved 67% A*-Cs in all subjects with the Avg GCSE Points being 418.6.[8]
Moorside High School has been improving its GCSE results for the past five years:

  • 2006 with 41% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2007 with 44% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2008 with 50% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2009 with 50% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2010 with 67% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C.[9]

Influence in local community[edit]

Moorside High takes great pride in the way that it is able to co-exist with the local community and businesses. Because of the amount of pupils that are at the school, there is a great opportunity for businesses to make money. This opportunity has attracted Subway (restaurant) to move next to the school. The school also helps out in the local community sending food parcels to the older generation in the vicinity of the school. The school has a high presence in the community because the front of the school runs adjacent to the East Lancashire Road (A580), this has allowed the school to display the achievements that they have achieved.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable past pupils include:


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  2. ^ Keeling, Neal (2 October 2004). "School-fire head's two-year nightmare". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 
  3. ^ Rooth, Ben (13 November 2007). "Phil's flying visit to pupils". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Keegan, Mike (16 January 2008). "Teacher died playing game he loved". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 
  6. ^ "Firefighters to the rescue as girl traps hand". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 17 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Kathryn (18 February 2010). "Every school in city set for refurb". Salford Advertiser (M.E.N. Media). 
  8. ^ "GCSE league tables: North West". The Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). |
  9. ^ "GCSE league tables: North West". The Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). 

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