Aldridge School

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Aldridge School
Tynings Lane, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0BG
United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°35′52″N 1°55′32″W / 52.597821°N 1.925483°W / 52.597821; -1.925483Coordinates: 52°35′52″N 1°55′32″W / 52.597821°N 1.925483°W / 52.597821; -1.925483
Type Academy
Headmaster David Mountney
Enrollment 1488 (2010)[1]

Aldridge School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Aldridge, in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall in the West Midlands, England. The other secondary school in Aldridge is St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College. Although not officially recognised as such, it has the unofficial status of a Specialist Music College,[2] as the school does offer a music scholarship to around 20 students per year. The school is also recognised as a Science College. The current headmaster is Mr David Mountney. Each student is assigned a House upon entering the school which helps to build confidence and offers care and competition opportunities.[3]


The school was formed by the merger in 1975 of Aldridge Grammar School and Tynings County Secondary Modern School, which were based in adjacent buildings on the same campus.

Aldridge Grammar School opened in September 1959 and was an 11-18 selective school. The Headmaster until his retirement in 1974 was E I E (Eric Ioan Emlyn) Whitman, BSc (1909-1990) who had previously played first class cricket for Glamorgan in 1932.[4]

Aldridge School adopted its current name when the merger took place in September 1975.

In September 2003, Aldridge School became a Science College.[5][6] Since then, it has invested heavily in science equipment for each subject, as well as a Biology block. The school boasts 15 laboratories with prep rooms and technical support, available for all three of the sciences.[7]

In November 2009 six students aged between fourteen and fifteen were hospitalized after drinking ethanol taken from a science lesson. The council said it believed the children had watched an episode of the BBC drama Waterloo Road, in which a similar event took place.[8][9]

House system[edit]

When a pupil joins the school, they are placed in a tutor group which is assigned to one of the four houses - Barr, Daniels, Linley and Scott - each of which houses around 360 pupils.[10] Each academic year, through a series of inter-house events,[10] mainly sports (e.g. football and cricket), each house may earn points depending on their respective positions in the event (1st place = 4 points, descending so that 4th place = 1 point).

Music Scholarship[edit]

Aldridge School offers a music scholarship for prospective students who wish to join the school in Year 7. To be eligible, one must play an instrument and undertake a selection process, completing two parts, namely the instrumental audition where one plays two pieces of their own choice and the theory part, similar to a normal music theory paper. Unlike normal selection where one must fall within a 3-mile radius of the school's location to apply, the scholarship process allows anyone to apply, with students coming from as far as Great Barr, West Bromwich and other places around the Birmingham/Staffordshire area. Aldridge has one of the largest state school music departments in the country, with over 50 pupils studying music at A-level.