Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Co-op Academy Walkden 

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

I am privileged to be leading the amazing young people who walk through our doors everyday. I am also proud to lead our talented staff team. Our staff are dedicated to providing the very best experience for all students. They provide an inspiring, structured and supportive learning environment. Our staff challenge students to realise their full potential. They encourage our students to be ambitious for their futures.

We are proud of our heritage. I am determined to build on the very best of what we had, with new ways of thinking and doing. We will ensure that we deliver a first class education for our young people.

Students will leave with excellent qualifications and skills that will set them up for success. They will leave us as responsible 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. I want you to feel confident that your child will be provided with the best chance possible. This means we will give them the best experience during their time at our Academy. We are a vibrant, safe and ambitious learning community. Every student can develop the knowledge, skills and character needed for the future.

We have high expectations for both our students and of ourselves. We know the importance of setting goals that are meaningful to each individual. Every student is unique. We nurture and fulfil the potential in each of them. We do this through providing opportunities that will help students expand their knowledge and skills, whilst making excellent progress.

Our school continues to celebrate good results. They are good because of the hard work and high aspirations of our students and the strong teaching from our committed and talented staff. Inside the classroom, we have the highest expectations of achievement from every child. The outstanding pastoral support and commitment to raising achievement also contribute.

We have a great range of extra-curricular opportunities. We have an excellent Combined Cadets Force, Dance and PE clubs, MFL clubs and our Co-op Academy Jazz band. 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. We are always looking for new ways to develop our learners outside the classroom. We want our students to become well-rounded individuals, prepared for future life.

We are determined that all students feel valued. We want their a achievements to be 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. This event rewarded students academic achievements as well as their contributions to the wider 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 cooperatively, with shared goals and core values. We will provide nothing less than the best all-round education for the young people in our care. We will do this through the co-operative ‘Ways of being’. These ‘Ways of Being’ permeate everything we do. We know that when we live those values everyday, our young people will leave us with pride in themselves and their achievements. Alongside that, they will have 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