Moorside in the News

7th July 2017

Headteacher of the Year 2017

The incredible achievements of outstanding children and teachers were celebrated at the MEN’s Greater Manchester Schools Awards.

Youngsters and teachers were treated to an afternoon off lessons to enjoy the fourth annual awards ceremony at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

And this year the standard of entries for the nine categories was higher than ever, judges said.

Newman RC College in Chadderton scooped The Manchester College Secondary School of the Year after wowing judges with their journey from the closure and amalgamation of two schools five years ago.

In that time, headteacher Mike McGhee has taken the college from strength to strength.

Collecting his award, Mr McGhee said: “It has been a difficult five years in many ways and a lot of hard work.

“We have been delighted with the response from the community who have supported us all the way.

“This award is wholly deserved by the students, staff and parents.”

The Primary School of the Year was won by Pictor Academy, whose choir’s also stole the show during the awards ceremony.

Jacqueline Wheble, head of Pictor, an outstanding special needs school in Timperley, said: “It has been a wonderful experience to celebrate the achievements of all of the children and staff.

“We have had a lot of big changes this year and we are taking on more children with far more complex needs.

“Staff have worked so hard to meet those challenges. Today was a fantastic opportunity for the children.”

Headteacher of the Year was awarded to Stephen Lawler-Smith, of Moorside Community Primary School in Swinton.

Under his leadership, ‘Team Moorside’ has recently been ranked in the top three per cent of schools nationally.

Mr Lawler-Smith said the award was a reflection of his team’s passion and enthusiasm at Moorside.

“This is for everyone and not just me,” he said.

Julie Noble was recognised for her efforts supporting pupils at Longdendale High School after one of their fellow students tragically drowned last summer.

Julie, a member of support staff, was commended for tireless efforst to support grieving pupils in and out of school.

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of awards sponsors The Manchester College, said: “I admire the teachers, pupils and support staff at all our local schools, and the awards are an opportunity to celebrate their success. In what has been a difficult year for the Greater Manchester community they have led by example and shown the very best of our profession, to which they are a credit.”

6th April 2017

Our Storytelling Project received some well deserved recognition recently, when the local news paper heard about the project and asked for further information.

Storytelling is something that we are all extremely proud of here at Moorside.

It was originally initiated in 2014 by Mrs. Robinson, our reading lead, after she saw how fascinated her own children were when hearing stories from their grandparents.

Mrs. Robinson contacted Reverend Ruth Watson at the United Reformed Church, in the hope that there would be some elderly parishioners happy to hear our pupils read and share stories of their own childhoods.

Mrs Ann Scott, one of the Reading volunteers commented, "It is a pleasure to listen to the delightful, well behaved children who each told their stories with enthusiasm and feeling". Mr Bill Lomax said "I suppose we oldies are a sort of living history book to them. Altogether, this is a great learning experience for young and old..."

For further information and photographs of our children taking part, please visit our Storytelling Project page.






17th February 2017 - We were honoured to receive a letter from the Minster of State for School Standards, Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP congratulating the school on our high levels of progress.

Letter from MP Nick Gibb

17th November 2016 - Salford Red Devils Foundation hosted a Touch Rugby League at the AJ Bell stadium which Moorside were proud to take part in.

8th November 2016


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Scarlett, 10, beats 120,000 to win Living Streets for Moorside Primary9th September 2015

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