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.
Letter By The Principal S Armstrong 22nd January 2021
During these times keeping things in perspective is key for us all. Please join in with the mindfulness podcast to help keep you grounded. It is important for us all to make time for ourselves even if it only 5 minutes a day Music:- 'A Christmas Meditation...
Letter By The Principal S Armstrongto year 11 pupils11th January 2021
Letter By The Principal S Armstrong to year 7, 8, 9, & 10 pupils 15th January 2021[pdf-embedder url="https://unsworthacademy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Letter-to-all-y7-10-parents-carers-15.1.21.pdf" title="Letter to all y7-10 parents &...
Letter By The Principal S Armstrongto year 11 pupils11th January 2021
GCSE Results 2020
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 Shaw Education Trust Head Office, Kidsgrove Secondary School, Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4DL. 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.