Saint Aidan’s is a popular, high achieving secondary school for 11-16 year old students. The last few years have seen the school growing from strength to strength, with record breaking GCSE results and excellent reports from Ofsted in 2018 and again in 2023, and from SIAMS (Church School inspectors) in 2017. Providing a mutually respectful community and a wide range of extra-curricular activities alongside a sound academic education has always been what Saint Aidan’s is all about, and this is even more important following the COVID pandemic.
Since 1963, Saint Aidan’s has been offering the highest standards of academic education, pastoral care and extra-curricular activities within a Christian framework. We opened as a small secondary modern school serving the young people of Over Wyre. We are now a fully comprehensive school with 850 students. We are still the school of choice for nearly all of Over Wyre’s young people, but are also able to welcome many students from communities such as Poulton-le-Fylde, Fleetwood and Great Eccleston. We are celebrating our diamond jubilee this year, with the official opening of the John Armfield Sports Hall having taken place in July. You can find more about our first 60 years on our 60th anniversary page here.
You can also find the booklet we produced for our 50th anniversary in 2013 here.
Message from the Headteacher
Our school is a friendly community where staff and students of all ages work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect based on Christian values. We have high expectations of all our students, and can offer them a huge range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. If you are considering whether Saint Aidan’s is the right school for your child please contact us for more information or, even better, arrange a visit to see the school in action. We hold an annual Open Evening in September, but it is often even more useful to arrange to come into school on a normal working day. We welcome visits by arrangement at any time of year. We are all proud of our school and want to show it off to as many people as possible!
Our young people make our school. They support one another across the age range, they work hard, they treat one another with respect and they make the very best of the opportunities they are given. Ofsted were so impressed when they came to the school in October 2013 that they gave the school the rare “Outstanding” judgement for Behaviour and Safety. Their previous judgements were confirmed in our most recent short inspection in 2018 and 2023.
Our GCSE results in recent years have made us one of the most improved and one of the highest performing secondary schools on the Fylde peninsula. Students continued to achieve excellent results in 2020 and 2021 through the Teacher Assessed Grade system, and our class of 2022 achieved even better results as exams returned. It is also important to note that we do not narrow our curriculum to artificially boost our results – we are committed to ensuring that all our students study the right subjects for them.
Beyond the Classroom
Our students are given the high quality teaching and support they need to excel academically. They also need to learn to work together, to develop new skills and to contribute to the world around them. There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved in, ranging from sporting and musical groups through to opportunities to learn about 3D Printing, Photography, Debating and even Astronomy. We have active partnerships with a school in South Africa and run lots of local and overseas visits. Our students raise thousands of pounds each year for charity and learn that we all depend on one another as part of a global community. Our new Sports Hall, officially opened in 2023, gives our students and the local community even more opportunities to participated and excel in sport. Saint Aidan’s has something to offer all our students, whatever their individual interests and aptitudes.
I would encourage you to come to visit the school, either at one of our annual Open Evenings or, by arrangement, during the school day.
I believe that the Saint Aidan’s difference is tangible – why not come and discover it for yourself?
Andy Smith Headteacher