Blackpool Aspire Academy

Coordinates: 53°50′14″N 3°00′55″W / 53.83711°N 3.01516°W / 53.83711; -3.01516
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Blackpool Aspire Academy
New school building on Blackpool Old Road (2016)
Blackpool Old Road

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Coordinates53°50′14″N 3°00′55″W / 53.83711°N 3.01516°W / 53.83711; -3.01516
Local authorityBlackpool
Department for Education URN141132 Tables
PrincipalJohn Woods
Age11 to 16

Blackpool Aspire Academy is a secondary school located in the Layton area of Blackpool, Lancashire, England.[1]

The school was formed in 2014 by merging Collegiate High School with Bispham High School Arts College. It was temporarily located on Bispham Road until new buildings were constructed on Blackpool Old Road.

School history[edit]

The original school at the site was the all-boys Blackpool Grammar School, which had relocated from the original premises on Raikes Parade to Blackpool Old Road in 1961. In 1971 they amalgamated with Collegiate Girls School whose pupils and staff moved to Blackpool Old Road to create Blackpool Collegiate Grammar School. The sixth form moved to a new Sixth Form Centre premises further down Blackpool Old Road also in 1971 and what is now the independent Blackpool Sixth Form College which split from the school in 1989. The school became Collegiate High School in 1974. The last Headteacher was Ms Cordeaux, followed by acting head Mr Topping for a short while. In 2012, the school achieved its best ever results.[citation needed]

Plans to merge Collegiate with Bispham High School Arts College were under discussion 2012–14. The new merged school (named Blackpool Aspire Academy) is sponsored by the Fylde Coast Academy Trust. The school was temporarily housed at the former Bispham High School campus, but relocated to new buildings at the Collegiate site during 2015.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Collegiate High School[edit]

Blackpool Grammar School[edit]

Blackpool Collegiate School for Girls[edit]

  • Dr Averil Mansfield CBE FRCP (born 21 June 1937)[1], vascular surgeon. She was a consultant surgeon at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, from 1982 to 2002, and in 1993 she became the first British woman to be appointed a professor of surgery.
  • Ann Chant CB, Chief Executive of the Contributions Agency from 1991 and the Child Support Agency from 1994 to 1997
  • Debbie Mellor (née Clough) OBE Head of the Employment Branch in the HR Directorate of the Dept. of Health
  • Barbara Robotham, opera singer and voice teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music[3]
  • Annie St John, television continuity announcer and presenter.


  1. ^ "Blackpool Aspire Academy".
  2. ^ "JETHRO TULL Tour Schedule 1965 – 1969". Meliora Sequamur. Retrieved 1 June 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ The Times (16 August 2013). "Obituary: Barbara Robotham". Retrieved 17 March 2015 (subscription required).

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