How we support our students

At TOAN we pride ourselves on the excellent pastoral care we provide, ensuring each student is happy and settled in their environment, and that all students develop into confident, hard-working and ambitious young people.

Our strong support network includes heads of year, progress leaders, form tutors as well as a dedicated pastoral team. We cater to the individual needs of each and every student at the academy.


We are one of the few secondary academies in Oldham that offers a two day transition for every Year 6 student. In addition to this we are the only academy to host our very own free one week summer school, additional welcome evenings, friendship evenings and settling in evenings throughout the year, so it doesn’t matter if you’re the only student coming from your primary, you will settle and have lots of friends by the time you start in Year 7.

As well as the students, we want to support parents and carers as much as possible. For a Year 6 parent it can be as nerve racking as it is for the student transitioning into secondary education. We welcome parents and carers to ring or visit the academy as often as they like.

Please feel free to contact the academy to speak to speak to a member of staff or to arrange an additional visit for you and your child.

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Year 7

Miss O’Connor – Head of Year 7 & Transition

My role is to make sure that not only are students achieving, but that every student is happy, safe and genuinely enjoys their journey here at TOAN.


Mrs Smith – Transition & Year 7 Learning Mentor

My role is to help students overcome barriers to learning and any additional problems they have.

I am always on hand to listen to students. Year 7 is a crucial year for them, so we must ensure their time here at the academy is a pleasant one. We work hard to support all our students, and my role is to be on hand with whatever support they need.

Year 8

Mrs C Higgs – Head or Year 8

My main aim is to make sure all students have a happy, smooth and fun transition into Year 8. I want to ensure I can support them as much as possible as I know there are a lot of changes they will face throughout this academic year.

Year 9

Miss D Henry – Head of Year 9

My role entails providing advice, guidance and pastoral support to students in my year group with a firm but fair approach. I am able to identify student barriers and identify strategies to overcome them as these could affect their learning and restrict their future achievements.

Year 10

Mr S Mills – Head of Year 10

Year 10 is a pivotal year for our students at the academy as they begin to embark on their career pathways and start their GCSE courses.

Our focus is to guide and develop students academically and personally, to provide support and encouragement that will ensure they make excellent progress that will enable them to continue to build on the good foundations for their transition into key stage 4.

Year 11

Mr A Rowland – Head of Year 11

Year 11 is a pivotal year in the academic and personal development of students at TOAN. At the end of the year they will sit their final GCSE exams and make key decisions about their futures. We provide an unparalleled level of pastoral care during this time, ensuring all students are confident in their abilities and ready to succeed.


Woodlands is an extra provision unit within The Oldham Academy North that provides individual support for students who are finding it difficult in the classroom environment.

Woodlands provides a space where students receive one-on-one support in order to improve their progress.

Mrs Godwin – Learning Support Mentor

I work with students to nurture, support, champion and empower them to overcome barriers to learning and to achieve their full potential.

I am passionate about embedding outdoor learning and eco therapy for a healthier lifestyle here at The Oldham Academy North, and believe that the Forest School ethos is fundamental to supporting eco therapy.

This is our connection to the natural world and the environment we live in. Eco therapy uses a range of practices in order to help connect with nature and ultimately with our ‘inner’ nature and helps us to nurture and enrich our lives.

For more information about Forest Schools please click here.

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