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Our Mission

What We Stand For

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 values are Respect, Pride, Ambition

Our environment

Caring for your child

Unsworth Academy provides a high quality caring environment for all learners. Year Form Mentors are led by Year Heads of Progress and supported by a non-teaching Pastoral Manager. This dedicated team enables us to provide high quality pastoral care, support and intervention, to break down barriers to progress and ensure our learners are fully prepared for the next stage of their education and personal development.

Our Vision

Teaching the Professionals of tomorrow

Learners in Years 7 and 8 follow a broadly based curriculum reflecting the National Curriculum.  All learners study ‘core’ subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and ‘foundation’ subjects Design and Technology, ICT, Geography, History, Physical Education, Art, Performing Arts, Spanish and PSHCCE (Personal, Social & Health Education/Citizenship/Careers Education). This ensures the curriculum offers the academic rigour as well as the broad nature to prepare learners for GCSE choices at the end of Key stage 3.

KS3 Curriculum Guide | Extra Curricular Activities

In Years 9, 10 and 11, learners continue following GCSE specifications for English, Maths and Science as well as their compulsory Physical Education We begin our Options process towards the end of Year 8 in the spring term where learners are guided carefully onto a range of courses in which they show both interest and aptitude.

The majority of learners will study History or Geography as well as a Modern Foreign Language (where appropriate). This will enable the vast majority of our learners to gain accreditation in the necessary subject areas to ensure they meet the requirements of progress 8 and attainment 8 measures, which are enhanced through a rigorous and academic curriculum.

KS4 Curriculum Guide | Extra Curricular Activities

As a school, our aim to ensure all learners are challenged and given the opportunity to excel in all subjects they study. Also, to make sure all doors are open to them when they leave Unsworth Academy in year 11.

There are three pathway planned by the school, the vast majority of learners will be in pathways GREEN or ORANGE. These pathways are heavily focussed on academic progress and challenge as well as provided the best outcomes for all learners.

EBACC Pathway: Will follow an academic route, with learners ranked based on their KPI 5 data in Science, Maths and English. The top percentage will be guided to choosing the Separate Sciences as one of their options or Computer Science as both count within the EBACC section. Learners will then have further choices to choose a Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography. This will leave one guided option choice.

Progress Pathway: Similar to EBACC Pathway, but without the Triple Science/Computer Science compulsory choice. Learners on this pathway will have to choose at least one EBACC subject in their fourth choice.

Accelerate Pathway: Is for a smaller targeted group of learners who may require additional support in numeracy and literacy through the ASDAN option. These learners will be identified and met with alongside parent/carers to discuss their options.

Pre-Options Year 9 | Curriculum Enhancement

A Message 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 Academy’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. ”



What Our Parents are Saying

“My son has received tremendous support throughout his time at Castlebrook. The school has a caring, inclusive attitude.”

Year 11 parent

Parents Evening, March 2019

“We came to Year 8 Parents’ Evening and I was extremely impressed with all of the teachers and their passion for teaching and desire to encourage my daughter to maximise her potential.”

Year 8 Parent

Parents’ Evening , March 2019

“Excellent evening. Lovely seeing past and present learners speaking so highly of the school. An excellent presentation with lots of information. I’m looking forward to my daughter enjoying her time here.”

Year 6 Parent

Induction Evening, June 2018

GCSE Results 2020


Entering EBacc

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

Email: information@unsworth.shaw-education.org.uk

For general enquiries please ask for Miss Charlotte Allen, Operations Manager

Privacy Policy (excerpt)

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, natalie.kennedy@shaw-education.org.uk.   


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