Balderstone Technology College

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Balderstone Technology College
Balderstone Technology College Logo.png
Motto "Dare and you will prevail"
Established 1953
(as Rochdale Grammar School for Boys)
Closed 31 August 2010
Type Grammar School
Technology College
Headteacher Mr Paul Wright
Mr Nigel Jepson
Location Queen Victoria Street
Greater Manchester
OL11 2HJ
Coordinates: 53°36′01″N 2°08′59″W / 53.60028°N 2.14964°W / 53.60028; -2.14964
Local authority Rochdale MBC
DfE URN 105836 Tables
Staff 150
Students 785
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Former name Rochdale Grammar School & Balderstone Community School

Balderstone Technology College was a school in the Balderstone district of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester, England. The school closed 31 August 2010 as a result of the Building Schools for the Future program. The school merged with Springhill High School and formed a new school called Kingsway Park High School. The Building will be used to host Kingsway Park High School until 2012 when a new building will be built on the former Springhill High School site, Turfhill Road.[1]


It was situated near the junction of Queensway (A664) and Oldham Road (A671) between Balderstone and Kirkholt. It is in the parish of St Mary, Balderstone,[2][3] which is nearby to the east.


Grammar school[edit]

The school was once called Rochdale Grammar School for Boys, formerly known as Rochdale Municipal High School for Boys on Church Lane. It was administered by Rochdale Education Committee, and moved to Queen Victoria Street in 1953 at a cost of £180,000. A grammar school had been founded in 1565 in Rochdale by Matthew Parker, then Archbishop of Canterbury. There was also Rochdale Grammar School for Girls on Falinge Road, becoming Falinge Park High School.[4]


It became a comprehensive in 1969 - the Balderstone High School, then Balderstone Community School in 1972 for boys and girls aged 14–18. In 1999 it gained Technology College status.


Rochdale Grammar School[edit]


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