The Orme Academy

Coordinates: 53°01′35″N 2°13′24″W / 53.0265°N 2.2234°W / 53.0265; -2.2234
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The Orme Academy
Milehouse Lane

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Coordinates53°01′35″N 2°13′24″W / 53.0265°N 2.2234°W / 53.0265; -2.2234
MottoEmpowering learners for life.
Established1928; 95 years ago (1928)
Local authorityStaffordshire
TrustShaw Education Trust
Department for Education URN142015 Tables
HeadteacherMark Boughey
Age11 to 16

The Orme Academy, previously known as Wolstanton High School and Wolstanton County Grammar School, is a high school in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.[1]


Crest as Wolstanton High School

The school was founded in 1928, as Wolstanton County Grammar School, as a replacement for The Orme Middle School, which closed in 1927. The grammar school was originally designed for 500 male students from a catchment area that included Staffordshire and the neighbouring parts of Cheshire.[2] In 1977 the school merged with Watlands Secondary Modern School to become the Marshlands High School, and later became Wolstanton High School in the 1980s.[3] Starting with the academic year of 2020, the school renamed itself to The Orme Academy.[4]

In a 2012, Ofsted judged the school as "satisfactory," but that fell to "requires improvement" by 2013.[5] It was noted that the majority of students are of "White British backgrounds, with a small number from other ethnic groups." The number of students "eligible for free school meals is just below the national average."[6]


In 2018 Ofsted recognised this as an improving school with good leadership, raising the standards, but facing students with low aspirations – that still required improvement.[7]

At Key Stage 3, that is in years 7, 8, 9, the staff try to engage the parents in supporting their children. Year 7 children study English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, a Foreign Language, Geography, History, Art, Music, Literacy, Physical Education, Religious Education, Computing and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship. Extra support in English and Maths is targeted at some students. In year 8, some students are given the chance to study triple science.[8]

At Key Stage 4, the pupils were guided into three pathways: Blue Green and Purple. These allow student to focus on a BTEC education, a GCSE academic route or more practical subjects. Each pathway follows a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Careers, Physical Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). These will be supplemented by options suitable for their pathway.[9]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Jenkins, J. G., ed. (1963). "Newcastle-under-Lyme: Schools and charities". A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Way We Were: Wolstanton Grammar School". The Sentinel. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  4. ^ McInnes, Kathie (17 August 2020). "New era as school is relaunched with new name and uniform". StokeonTrentLive. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Wolstanton High School: School Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Wolstanton High School: Inspection report" (PDF). OFSTED. 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Ofsted report 2018". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Curriculum Intent - Wolstanton High School". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Year 9 Options Booklet 2018-2020" (PDF). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  10. ^ Collinson, Zita (22 January 2013). "Lorna's back in the frame". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Way We Were: Former Newcastle resident Chris Lowe recalls his schooldays at Wolstanton Grammar School and his career in teaching". The Sentinel. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  12. ^ Dod, Charles; Dod, Robert (2007). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. UK, London: Dod's.
  13. ^ "Nick Foskett appointed VC of Keele". Keble College, Oxford. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  14. ^ Edwards, Brian; Fall, Margaret (2005). The Executive Years of the NHS: The England Account 1985-2003. Oxon, UK: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. p. 17. ISBN 9781857757590.
  15. ^ Luckett, Richard (16 January 1995). "ROBERT LATHAM : OBITUARIES". The Independent. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  16. ^ Dod, Charles; Dod, Robert (1967). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Vol. 1–2. UK, London: Dod's.
  17. ^ Davies, R,. (2004) Particles & Particle Systems Characterization 21 177-8 In Memoriam – Brian Scarlett