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, an excellent Ofsted report in 2018 and SIAMS (Church School) report in 2017 and an ever-increasing range of opportunities available to our students. We kept our students’ education going through the challenges of the recent COVID pandemic, both in school and at home, and have built on this as we work with our fantastic students to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic world together.
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. In 2013, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the school, a booklet was produced telling the story of those first five decades. The booklet can be viewed by clicking the link below. It is now 60 years since our founding so we will no doubt be able to add some new chapters!
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.
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 Astronomy, Photography and even Mandarin Chinese. 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, opened in 2022, 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