Moorside High School

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Moorside High School
Specialist School in Mathematics and Computing
Motto Together We Believe, Achieve, Succeed
Established 1934
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr N. G. Ogden.
Deputy Headteacher Mr P. J. Livesey.
Deputy Headteacher Mrs. D. M. Woods.
Chair of Governors Professor. M. Gabbay.
Location Swinton, Manchester
England Coordinates: 53°30′29″N 2°20′49″W / 53.508°N 2.347°W / 53.508; -2.347
Local authority Salford
DfE URN 105977 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1000 pupils[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Website Official Website

Moorside High School established in 1934 is a secondary school located in Swinton, near Manchester, England. Moorside High School is proud of the ‘family ethos’ we have developed. This has culminated in the high levels of attainment, high attendance and standards of behaviour that Ofsted graded as ‘outstanding’. The school is located either side of the East Lancashire Road, south of Swinton town centre within the Salford Local Authority. The purpose built, Building Schools for the Future school has state of the art curriculum areas that support the high quality teaching and learning. Pupils are actively encouraged to be independent learners in an environment that stimulates their imagination. We are a community high school that prides itself on the interaction with its neighbours and partners, within the school website pages are just a small part of what we do every year to support others through curricular projects, charity events and personal challenges. After reading about our school you may want to visit us or ask how your child can become part of the Moorside Family. If you do then contact us via the school website. Thank you for your interest in Moorside.


Like all schools in Salford LEA, it is for ages 11–16 with no sixth form, because it is Local Authority run there is no exam to pass to gain entry into the school, local pupils are automatically placed into the nearest high school. However, if they wish to attend a certain high school they must complete the relevant forms and send them to Salford City Council as early as they can before the following academic year as places at the school are limited to 1050. As of 2015 the school has 1000 pupils attending. Moorside Primary School is the main feeder school locally with St Peter's C of E Primary School also being a feeder school in the area.


The school was originally located between the East Lancashire Road and Wentworth Road in Swinton.

Phil Neville's flying visit to pupils[edit]

In November 2007, England footballer Phil Neville visited the school by helicopter to thank pupils for supporting the New Children's Hospital Appeal. The school held a 20-minute question and answer session with Phil before being given a brief presentation about the New Children's Hospital Appeal.[2]

Specialist College Status[edit]

In 2008 the school was granted special status in Mathematics and Computing.[3] The school continues to improve in all aspects of the curriculum.

Death of former Deputy Headteacher[edit]

In 2008 A former deputy headteacher, Paul Simpson, 53, suffered a heart attack as he took part in a five-a-side game at Falinge Park High, in Rochdale. He was rushed to Rochdale Infirmary, where he died.[4]


As of October 2011 work started on the new school with trees being removed from the Deans playing field and the new entrance road being built off the East Lancashire Road. In December work has started on what will become the school drains and foundations. Landscaping work was still being carried out while the school opened its doors in September 2013.

Moorside Primary School is located on the same site in a purpose built part of the main building.

Academic performance[edit]

It gets average GCSE results and above average for Salford. The 2010 year group achieved 67% A*-Cs in all subjects with the Avg GCSE Points being 418.6.[5]
Moorside High School has been improving its GCSE results for the past five years:

  • 2006 with 41% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2007 with 44% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2008 with 50% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2009 with 50% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C
  • 2010 with 67% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C.[6]

Influence in local community[edit]

Moorside High takes great pride in the way that it is able to co-exist with the local community and businesses. The school also helps out in the local community sending food parcels to the older generation in the vicinity of the school. The school has a high presence in the community because the front of the school runs adjacent to the East Lancashire Road (A580), this has allowed the school to display the achievements that they have achieved.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable past pupils include:


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  2. ^ Rooth, Ben (13 November 2007). "Phil's flying visit to pupils". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 
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  4. ^ Keegan, Mike (16 January 2008). "Teacher died playing game he loved". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 
  5. ^ "GCSE league tables: North West". The Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). |
  6. ^ "GCSE league tables: North West". The Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). 

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