Stockport Academy

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Stockport Academy
Motto The Best in Everyone
Established 2007
Type Academies
Founder United Learning and United Church Schools Trust
Location Heathbank Road
Cheadle Heath

Greater Manchester
53°24′00″N 2°11′01″W / 53.39987°N 2.18374°W / 53.39987; -2.18374Coordinates: 53°24′00″N 2°11′01″W / 53.39987°N 2.18374°W / 53.39987; -2.18374
Local authority Stockport
DfE URN 135262
Students 681 (March 2015)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website Stockport Academy

Stockport Academy is a non-selective co-educational school within the English Academy programme, located in Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Greater Manchester. It caters for children aged 11–16 and has approximately 681 pupils on roll. It was rated a good school with outstanding features in the 2015 Ofsted report.

The school which opened officially in September 2007 as a replacement of Avondale High School which later moved into a new building in 2008 which was constructed on the same site by Bowmer & Kirkland,[1] the school run by academy organisation United Learning,[2] formerly the United Church Schools Trust.[3] which opened the academy after Avondale was to be shutdown. It is operated on a non-denominational basis, but followed the Christian, specifically Church of England, ethos of its parent organisation.[4]

Ofsted Report[edit]

In March 2015, Ofsted recognized Stockport Academy as a Good school, with Outstanding features.[5] Highlights of the report included recognition that the behavior of students is "impeccable" and students have "total confidence that they are well cared for".

Other findings in the report include the recognition that students "achieve well" and teachers have "high expectations and aspirations" for their students.


Stockport Academy once officially known as Avondale High School, back in 2004/2005 Avondale was set to be shutdown by Stockport Metropolitan Council due to multiple Ofsted reports declaring the school inadequate, after it was officially announced that the council would cut the funding for the school and later force it to close the council was confronted by organisation known by the name of United Learning Trust at the time Known today as United Learning and United Church Schools Trust stating that they would like to take over Avondale High School to later re-brand as Stockport Academy.

In 2005/2006 the re-branding for Avondale High School started, the first step they took while re-branding the school a name change was in order, so from this day the school was no longer known as Avondale High School, Stockport Academy was born, later they started work on the development of a new building which was to be located on the same site as where the original Avondale buildings were housed so they slowly demolished parts of the old build to make way for the £28 Million pound building.

Stockport Academy opened its doors in 2007, Principal Mr Tim McCarthy later resigned after being head teacher of Avondale High school for nine years, when Mr McCarthy left the Academy his replacement was vice principal Mr Ben Dunne whom was to fill in for the next two terms who later became the principal permanently. In 2013 Mr Dunne later left due to family reasons.

After previous principal Ben Dunne resigned, the school sponsor United Learning appointed Mr Frank McCarron known for this work with other schools over the country, before McCarron joined Stockport Academy in September 2013 the Academy still needed to be improved after being taken out of special measures while Mr Dunne was principal.

After being principal for 2 years principal Mr Frank McCarron, Stockport Academy later received an Ofsted report which declared them as a good school with outstanding features as of 2015.

Between 2008-09 Stockport Academy was used by Greater Manchester Police for initial training of student officer. This was done to ensure transparency following the BBC screening of the controversial documentary “The Secret Policeman”, in which undercover reporter Mark Daly revealed racism amongst police recruits in Manchester.


Angela Rayner (b.1980) is a British Labour politician and current Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bowmer & Kirkland
  2. ^ Charity Commission. United Learning Trust, registered charity no. 1093277.
  3. ^ Charity Commission. United Church Schools Trust, registered charity no. 1016538.
  4. ^ UCST: About Archived 9 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [1]

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