Edgar Wood Academy welcomes first Year 7 students

Date published: 18 September 2021

The new academic year saw the opening of the new secondary school, Edgar Wood Academy, which welcomed its first Year 7 students earlier this month.

The school has opened in temporary accommodation at Hopwood Hall College, Middleton Campus. Once building works are complete at the school site at Bowlee, the new permanent school will open in September 2022 and will provide 900 places when it is at full capacity.

Marin Kojder, headteacher of Edgar Wood Academy said: "I am incredibly proud to be the new headteacher of Edgar Wood Academy, serving the families and communities of Middleton and Heywood.

"The facilities at both the permanent and temporary site are outstanding and will allow us to provide a school which allows students to thrive both academically and socially. We are looking forward to establishing a culture of excellence in the temporary building, developing student ambassadors who will act as exemplary role models as we move into our new school next year.

"None of this would have been possible without the close collaboration and incredible work by all partners including Altus Education Partnership, Hopwood Hall College, the DfE, the local authority and Wates construction."


Edgar Wood Academy Headteacher Marcin Kojder
Edgar Wood Academy Headteacher Marcin Kojder


The new Edgar Wood Academy is an 11-16 state-funded secondary school operated by Altus Education partnership who are also responsible for the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Rochdale Sixth Form College.

Richard Ronksley, CEO Altus Education Partnership, commented: "We are delighted to see that the hard work and commitment of so many people has come to fruition with the opening of Edgar Wood Academy.

"I can think of no better teacher than Marcin Kojder, former deputy headteacher at the highly regarded Hollingworth Academy, to create a unique learning environment to ensure students thrive. Marcin has appointed a team of highly skilled specialist teachers, whose enthusiasm and passion for their subjects is infectious.

"It is a very exciting time."

When it is complete, the Bowlee school will feature: a well-equipped sports hall and activity studio/gym; a well-stocked library and resource centre, open to students before and after school; modern specialist teaching resources including science labs, computing rooms and art studios; dedicated performing arts facilities with practice music rooms and a drama theatre, plus a fully-resourced technology suite, with catering, product design and construction facilities.

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