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Our Schools

There are currently six schools in our Multi Academy Trust.

Please click on the school names below to visit each school’s own website: 

New Bridge School is a generic special needs school for pupils and students between the ages of 11 and 19 across two sites, our 11-16 Roman Road campus and our 16-19 St. Martin’s Road site. New Bridge School delivers a personalised curriculum that ranges from P1 to GCSE and equivalents. The school houses a swimming pool and specialist theatre, both of which are used daily by the local community. 

Hollinwood Academy is a discrete environment catering for those on the autistic spectrum between the ages of 4 and 19. The school is based on our Hollinwood campus and offers qualifications that include GCSE and equivalents. 

Spring Brook Academy is an all-age school that caters for pupils with a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties split across two sites. Spring Brook Lower School, the primary department, is co-located with Lyndhurst Primary School in Hollins. Spring Brook Upper School, the secondary department, is based at our Dean Street site in Failsworth. The school delivers a personalised curriculum for KS1, KS2 & KS3 learners. 

The Springboard Project is a new free school opened in September 2019 on our campus in the centre of Oldham to provide high quality innovative alternative educational experiences for pupils and students with SEMH needs across the 14-19 age range.


Hawthorns School is located in Audenshaw and supports primary aged children from across Tameside who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) and complex learning needs. Hawthorns is also a nationally designated Teaching School.


Samuel Laycock School caters for pupils from the ages of 11 to 16 with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLKD) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). 

Successful partnerships involving good schools working together ensure that they become even better.

All our schools bring something to our Trust. We are all equals working together.

We know that strong collaboration with shared accountability leads to better progress and attainment for our young people and helps schools meet rising expectations:

  • School leaders and teachers can share thinking and planning to spread expertise and tackle challenges together.
  • Trustees and Governors work together to share strategic thinking, combine skills and support each other.
  • Leaders, teachers and other staff are shared across more than one school, enabling schools to find different solutions to recruitment challenges.
  • We retain the best staff by providing new opportunities within our Trust, allowing us to plan succession more effectively.
  • Groups of schools find it easier to source and fund specialist expertise such as specialist teachers, health and safety, HR and finance.
  • We share professional development and research more effectively across our Trust.
  • Economies of scale and collective purchasing ensure that best value procurement methods are achieved.

We provide our families with:

  • An annual review with person centred values at the heart of the meeting
  • Assigned and named pastoral teams
  • Electronic communications and regular school updates
  • Affordable child care in the holidays
  • Support groups as required
  • Family learning
  • Access to celebrations and events
  • Subsidised residential visits
  • Family friendly policies

Our schools remain at the heart of their communities and we offer:

  • Access to all our buildings
  • Access to events
  • Training
  • Opportunities for the community to support our learners into employment
  • Volunteering and work experience opportunities
  • Apprenticeships