The Radclyffe School
|Motto||Working Together For Excellence|
|Type||Comprehensive foundation school|
|Headteacher||Mr Hardial S. Hayer|
|Chair of Governors||Mr Jim Greenwood|
|DfE URN||105738 Tables|
The school was originally called Chadderton Grammar School and opened in 1930. It was officially opened in October 1930 by David Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford. It had 300 boys and girls, which rose to 700 in 1950 and 900 by 1958. It was decided to split the school into two schools – a boys' and girls'. This provoked protests from parents. In 1959, the school became Chadderton Grammar School for Girls with around 600 girls in the 1960s. The boys school, a grammar-technical school was on Chadderton Hall Road.
It was renamed Mid Chadderton Comprehensive academy after grammar schools were abolished in September 1975, and the boys' school became the North Chadderton School. The two sites of the North Chadderton Secondary Modern School were split between the two new schools based on the former girls' and boys' schools.. In January 1976, the school pupils voted on a change of name. The name "Radclyffe" was taken from a local land owning family in the 19th century and at one time, had owned the land that the schools stood upon. Contrary to the aforementioned, pupils were not consulted as to the choice of name; rather the name was presented as a fete accompli through a rigged vote. However, the original torch badge was designed by pupils in a competition.
The school was originally located across two sites – the Lower School (Years 7–9) on Broadway and the Upper School (Years 10 & 11) on Hunt Lane. However, in 2008 a new state of the art school was built at the Hunt Lane site, housing both the lower and upper school students.
The school has a successful Young Enterprise team which first garnered attention in 2007 after winning several awards including the New Start, New Stars Judges Award, Pride in Oldham Award and were Overall Winners at the Oldham Business Awards.
Notable former pupils
Chadderton Grammar School for Girls
Chadderton Grammar School
- Sir Ronald Hadfield, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police from 1990–6
- John Leeming, Director General of the British National Space Centre from 1987–8 and husband of the Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan
- John Stalker, former policeman and former deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
- Graham Wynn, Owner and Director of Superior People Recruitment, Melbourne, Australia from 1974-1977 www.superiorpeople.com.au