Principal’s Welcome

Principal’s Welcome


Welcome to Co-op Academy Walkden 

We are an 11-16 Academy with 1500 students, a strong sense of community and common goals which are shared by all of our students, staff and parents.

I am privileged and proud to be leading the amazing young people who walk through our doors everyday, along with the talented staff who are dedicated to providing the very best experience for all of them. We are proud of our heritage and I am determined to build on the very best of what we had as Walkden High School previously, with new ways of thinking and doing things. We will ensure that Co-op Academy Walkden delivers a first class education for our young people. Pupils will leave us with excellent qualifications, skills and personal attributes that will place them well for future success. Most importantly, they will leave us as both responsible and valuable members of their local and wider communities.

As a parent myself, I know how important a decision the choice of school is. Children only get one chance at this stage of their education and I want you to feel confident that your child will be provided with the best chance possible. For me, that means ensuring that they receive a great all round experience during their time at our Academy. Their experience will be that of a vibrant, safe and ambitious learning community, where every child can develop the knowledge, skills and character needed for their next steps.

We have a strong belief in the power of high expectations for both our students and of ourselves, along with the importance of personal goals that are meaningful to each individual. Every student is unique and we are determined to ensure that we support, nurture and fulfil the potential in each of them. Inside and outside the classroom, we provide a wealth of exciting learning opportunities that will enable them to expand their knowledge and skills, whilst making excellent progress.

We are proud of our team of dedicated staff who provide an inspiring, structured and supportive learning environment, in which every student is challenged to realise their full potential and encouraged to be ambitious for their futures. Our school continues to celebrate good results; they are attributable to the hard work and high aspirations of our students, the strong teaching from our committed and talented staff, the outstanding pastoral support and a clear commitment to raising achievement from all members of the school community.and Inside the classroom, we have the highest expectations of achievement from every child. Through quality teaching and learning, along with strong pastoral support, ensure that their academic potential is maximised.

We have a great range of extracurricular opportunities. For example, we have an excellent Combined Cadets Force, Dance and PE clubs, MFL clubs and our Co-op Academy Jazz band, to name but a few. These, along with our drama productions and many trips, are what makes our community so vibrant. Our Gardening club won a £2,000 grant from the RHS last year and have built a beautiful sensory garden for all to enjoy. Our extra-curricular offer is dynamic and we are always looking for new ways to develop our learners outside the classroom so that they become well-rounded individuals who are prepared well for future life.

We are determined that all students feel valued and that their achievements are recognised throughout their time with us. We recently celebrated with over 100 of our students and their families at our ‘Ways of Being Walkden’ event, which recognised the significant contributions that these students made to both their own development and the wider success of the Academy. Celebrating success on a daily basis is a core focus for us as an Academy and there is always a great deal to celebrate!

Our academy is part of the Co-operative Academies Trust. As such, we are part of a network of schools and academies all working co-operatively, with shared goals and core values. These goals are to provide nothing less than the best all-round education for the young people in our care and to deliver this through the co-operative ‘Ways of being’. These ‘Ways of Being’ permeate everything we do and we know that when we live those values everyday, our young people will leave us with pride in themselves and their achievements, along with a deep sense of care for others, their communities and will be better citizens for the future as a result.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Academy.

Mr M Hacker