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Ashton on Mersey School
Ashton on Mersey School is one of the most popular and oversubscribed schools in the region.
Founded in 1981, following the amalgamation of separate Boys’ and Girls’ schools, Ashton on Mersey School is the founding school of The Dean Trust which is a multi-academy trust comprising six secondary schools and four primary schools across four local authorities. The school is also part of the West Trafford Learning Partnership, with the governing body being shared with Broadoak School. It has been the lead in driving the gradual and successful expansion of The Dean Trust with respect to providing leadership support to schools joining the Trust and beyond via an extensive alliance of schools.
At Ashton on Mersey School, examination results are consistently strong and our reputation for ensuring pupils achieve the highest possible outcomes at Key Stage 4 and 5 is deserved. We have an Outstanding (Ofsted 2019) Sixth Form which builds on the excellent foundations developed in Key Stages 3 and 4 by providing relevant, interesting and varied learning opportunities in preparation for higher education, apprenticeships and the world of work.
Ashton on Mersey
Founded in 1981, following the amalgamation of separate Boys’ and Girls’ schools, Ashton on Mersey is the founding member of The Dean Trust. The school prides itself on its traditional values, high expectations and a proven track-record of high academic outcomes. Ashton on Mersey prides itself in providing an excellent educational and inclusive provision where pupils can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. The school is proud to have a number of prestigious business partners including a long-standing partnership with Manchester United which began in 1996.
Broadoak School joined in partnership with Ashton on Mersey in 2005 to become part of the West Trafford Learning Partnership. This partnership meant that the school was one of the founding schools of The Dean Trust. The school has been on a profound journey, raising standards and expectations across all areas of the school. Ofsted stated in 2015: ‘Students see the school as a family; they are proud of it and get on well together’ and – ‘Teaching helps students learn well. Inspectors saw outstanding practice.’
The Dean Trust
In May 2012, The Dean Trust was formed comprising Ashton on Mersey School, Broadoak School and Forest Gate Academy. By February 2019 the Trust will comprise 10 schools across the north-west, six secondary schools and four primary schools all of which are supported centrally by its Teaching School.
Forest Gate Academy
Forest Gate Academy became part of The Dean Trust in September 2012 and was the first primary school to join the organisation. Since joining the Trust Forest Gate has thrived, with the school population growing to maximum capacity. The school has been on a journey to excellence, improving standards and raising expectations for all children. In its most recent inspection (June 2018) the school was successful in maintaining its ‘good’ Ofsted rating with the report stating that “the trust has been pivotal in the school’s rapid improvement journey”.
Lord Derby Academy
Lord Derby Academy (LDA) converted to Academy status as part of The Dean Trust in February 2014. LDA has gone from strength to strength since joining the Trust and is now the school of choice in the local area. LDA serves nine local, named partner primary schools, two of whom (Park View Academy and Blacklow Brow School) are also part of The Dean Trust. The school has been officially oversubscribed for the past four years. LDA was inspected by Ofsted in January 2017 and April 2019. Inspectors stated that ‘the reputation that this is a school that insists on the highest standards of behaviour is deserved’ and that ‘pupils at this school are a credit to themselves, their parents and the local community.
Dean Trust Ardwick
Dean Trust Ardwick started its journey as a brand new school in September 2015 with 120 Year 7 pupils. By 2019 the school will have a full intake from Years 7-11 and has become a well-established ‘school of choice’ in the local Manchester community. Ofsted judged the school in May 2018, as ‘good’ with outstanding leadership and management and personal development and welfare also recognising their ‘relentless pursuit of excellence’.