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Secondary schools and colleges

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A new secondary school is due to open to serve the local community in Middleton and Heywood. The Edgar Wood Academy is proposed to open with an initial intake of 120 year 7 students in temporary accommodation within the grounds of Hopwood Hall College's Middleton Campus in September 2021 before moving to a permanent site located on land at Bowlee, accessed off Heywood Old Road. The permanent school building is targeted to open in September 2022.

Applications for Edgar Wood Academy are now open and should be submitted to the school directly. Closing date for applications is 5 February 2021.

You can view the admission arrangements and apply for a place online by visiting the Edgar Wood Academy website

Please note, for September 2021 entry, admission to Edgar Wood Academy runs outside of the normal co-ordinated scheme of admission and, as such, this school should not be stated as one of your preferences on the application submitted to the local authority. Anyone applying for a place at Edgar Wood Academy after 2 November 2020 must also complete the local authority application to indicate other preferences in case this school is oversubscribed.

Temporary address: Hopwood Hall (Middleton Campus), Rochdale Road, Middleton M24 6XH
Permanent address: on land at Bowlee, Middleton


0300 303 0340

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.

School Admissions / Early Help and Schools
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU