Inspire. Challenge. Excel.Welcome to Unsworth Academy
“I have had both a son and a daughter who are past and present learners at Unsworth Academy. Their teachers so far have been outstanding and have gone above and beyond to prepare them for exams, as well as giving great feedback and instilling confidence in their abilities and providing a safe and happy school experience.”
About Unsworth Academy
We have now moved into our new school building. This is an exciting chapter in the school’s journey and enables learners to benefit from an amazing building designed to meet their needs, and the wider community.
The school benefits from extensive grounds and provides a bright, modern facility within an environment that supports teaching and learning across all subject areas.
Coupled with high-quality teaching, this enables all learners to access the curriculum in a manner that matches each child’s talents and helps develop a love of learning for all.
Address: Unsworth Academy, Parr Lane,
Bury. BL9 8LP
Tel: 0161 796 9820
For general enquiries please ask for
Miss Charlotte Allen, Operations Manager
About Shaw Education Trust
On 1st February 2017 Castlebrook High School (now Unsworth Academy) became the eighth school to join the Shaw Education Trust, joining schools from across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
Shaw Education Trust is a growing multi academy trust sponsored by the Shaw Trust, a charitable company which helps people gain an education, develop their career and improve their wellbeing.
“We are delighted to welcome Castlebrook into our family of schools. We are working with the leaders, staff and students to enable the community to produce awesome outcomes for young people; outcomes which stimulate a world of opportunity, with the highest aspirations, for the greatest possible success. Together we are stronger and capable of incredible things; the future is bright.”
– Jo Morgan (Shaw Education Trust Chief Executive)
We are Unsworth Academy
Mission, Vision & Values
Our Mission is to work together to inspire and challenge our learners to achieve excellence. This mission is summed up in our motto: Inspire, Challenge, Excel.
Our Vision is to be outstanding in everything we do.
This is our end goal. This is what we are striving to achieve in everything we do.
Our core values are Respect, Pride, Ambition.
From Our Principal
” As Academy Principal, I am delighted to welcome you to Unsworth Academy’s website, which provides a wealth of information about all aspects of school life. Our core principles and standards are what we consider to be most important to us as a school – to have respect, pride and ambition, for ourselves, our school and others. Unsworth’s principles are completely aligned to the core principles of “We Believe, You Achieve” which lie at the heart of the work of the Shaw Education Trust. “
– Mrs S Armstrong
In The Know
Latest School News
Our Outstanding Curriculum
The curriculum at Unsworth Academy aims to support the highest level of achievement of all pupils. A wide range of subjects are available enabling us to offer learners a highly personalised curriculum matched to each child’s talents. A thorough options process in Year 8 with independent careers consultations prepares learners for a three year GCSE course. We are proud of the breadth and balance of our KS4 offer, which allows for a blend of English Baccalaureate and other exciting subjects. Ours is an outstanding curriculum that inspires, challenges and excels.
We offer a wide range of meals throughout the day starting with Breakfast Club through to a wide selection of snacks at break-time and a variety of menu options at lunchtime. We have a team of fully trained catering staff and ensure that all of our menus follow the government nutritional guidelines. Eating a school meal has great benefits as it:
- Provides up to 3 of your child’s 5-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables
- Is a nutritionally balanced meal which aids concentration in lessons
- Is a great way to introduce new foods to your child
- Helps your child grow into a fit and healthy adult
- Avoids the hassle of preparing a packed lunch
The school day at Unsworth Academy has 5 lessons, each lasting one hour, across the week, totalling 25 per week. The school operates a two week timetable cycle of 50 lessons.
- Form time: from 8.45am to 9.05am
- Period 1: from 9.05am to 10.05am
- Period 2: from 10.05am to 11.05am
- Break: from 11.05am to 11.25am
- Period 3: from 11.25am to 12.25pm
- Period 4: from 12.25pm to 1.25pm
- Lunch: from 1.25pm to 2.05pm
- Period 5: from 2.05pm to 3.05pm
- By downloading the schoolgateway app on your mobile – this puts everything in one place for you i.e payments, attendance, reports – please note, your email address and mobile number must match our records. If you are having trouble just contact us and we can check what information we have for your child.
- You can also pay by logging into
Getting To School
95 Operated by First Manchester
Salford Shopping Centre – Lower Kersal – Kersal – Carr Clough – Whitefield – Bury
This is an hourly service.
97 Operated by First Manchester
Manchester – Higher Broughton – Prestwich – Hillock – Unsworth – Bury
This service runs every 20 minutes.
98 Operated by First Manchester
Manchester – Higher Broughton – Prestwich – Whitefield – Radcliffe – Bury
This service runs every 20 minutes
135 Operated by First Manchester
Manchester – Cheetham – Heaton Park – Whitefield – Bury
This service runs at frequent intervals of not more than 10 minutes.
995 Operated By Rossendale Transport
Bradley Fold – Little Lever – Radcliffe – Stand – Philips H/S – Unsworth Academy
To view 995 timetable, click here >
Kearsley – Ringley Bridge – Outwood – Whitefield – Castlebrook High School
This service runs a morning journey to school and an afternoon journey from school and is operated by R S Tyrer.
Letters Home, Announcements & Events
Keep up to date with the latest information from school. You can also sign up to our newsletter by popping your name and email address into the Subscribe box on our News page.
There will be a Bury Careers Event on Wednesday, 25 September from 3pm – 7pm in the Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall. This is a great opportunity for school leavers and those who have left college, employment or training to find out about future options...
Letter to parents regarding school’s early closure on Tuesday 24th September to enable staff to prepare classrooms for Open Evening
It is with a very great sense of pride and gratitude that I write to you at the end of our first week as Unsworth Academy. And what a week it has been!
A reminder to our existing students as to our mobile phone expectations, as well as to our new September intake: Mobile phones must NOT be used in school. Any learner needing to contact home or vice versa must do so via the school telephone. All mobile phones must be...
The brand new Unsworth Academy is ready to open to all learners on Wednesday 4th September. As in previous years, year 7’s will arrive for an 8.45am start, with years 8 to 11 arriving for a 9.45am start. On this day our staff will ensure that all our learners quickly...
It gives me great pleasure to write to you all at the end of what has been another amazing year here at Castlebrook. This academic year has really flown by and it has been a real privilege for me to work in partnership with yourselves, your children, our staff, our academy councillors and colleagues across the Shaw Education Trust.
GCSE Results 2019
EBacc Average Points Score
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSE
Maths 4+ (Standard Pass)
Progress 8 Score
Attainment 8 Score
% Staying in Education or Entering Employment
English 4+ (Standard Pass)
Get In Touch
Location: Unsworth Academy, Parr Lane, Bury. BL9 8LP
Telephone: 0161 796 9820
For general enquiries please ask for Miss Charlotte Allen, Operations Manager
Unsworth Academy collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school. This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. Unsworth Academy is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is The Lodge Wolstanton High, Milehouse Lane, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England, ST5 9JU. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy: firstname.lastname@example.org.