Waterhead Academy

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Waterhead Academy
Motto Character First, Personal Best
Established 2010
Type Academy
Principal Collete Macklin
Location Huddersfield Road
Greater Manchester
England Coordinates: 53°33′02″N 2°04′19″W / 53.5505°N 2.0719°W / 53.5505; -2.0719
DfE number 353/6907
DfE URN 136148 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,424
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Hartshead, Dovestone, Strinesdale
Website www.waterheadacademy.co.uk

Waterhead Academy is a secondary school with academy status located in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The academy has specialisms in English and Creative Technologies, and is sponsored by Oldham College.

The academy first opened in September 2010, following the formal closure of Counthill School and Breezehill School;. The academy was initially located at the two campuses of the former schools, however it relocated to a new main campus in November 2012.[1] The main campus is located on the site of the former Orb Mill. The academy also operates a sports campus which is located at the site of the former Counthill School.


Waterhead Academy began with the merging of two Oldham secondary schools: the predominantly Asian Breezehill School and the predominantly White British Counthill School, using a strategy of 'forced integration' in an attempt to quell racial tension between Oldham children.[2]


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