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Welcome to Spring Brook Academy


Spring Brook has been in its current home in Hollins since 2007, having been located at many different sites within Oldham prior to this.

Our purpose-built school has been designed especially to meet the particular needs of our primary pupils who all experience a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.

The reasons for these can be various and include children with a diagnosis of Autism, SEMH, Speech, Language and Communication difficulties and having a specific learning need. Children who attend Spring Brook have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) outlining their needs which enables us to provide a personalised, individual curriculum offer that ensures they are able to become effective learners and develop a better way of managing their needs.

At the heart of the school’s mission, “Learning together, learning for all, learning for life,” is the belief that all our pupils, whatever their background or ability, will be successful and valued. Many of our pupils have struggled to engage fully with education in a mainstream environment and find that our smaller class sizes and excellent relationships with a higher ratio of adults help them to re-engage with learning.

Our teaching staff are experienced at supporting children with a wide range of problems and helping them believe that they are capable of learning. Careful development of their self-esteem through providing opportunities in which they can succeed, allows them to see a different future is possible and we support them in realising their aspirations.

Our curriculum is broad and provides opportunities for academic and social development to enhance life opportunities. Classes are small and teaching staff work closely alongside support staff to provide the very best learning experience for our young people.

Pupils achieve well at our school and we are very proud of the progress they make, both academically and with their social/emotional skills development. Our reputation for providing an outstanding education to pupils extends beyond Oldham to its surrounding boroughs.

Spring Brook also has a secondary department which is located in Failsworth and you can visit their website here.

Our school became a member of the New Bridge Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in December 2016, joining New Bridge School, New Bridge Learning Centre and Hollinwood Academy. The MAT belongs to the New Bridge Group and our young people now benefit from the shared expertise and resources available as part of a thriving and innovative organisation.

Our website aims to provide you with key information, curriculum insight and news on the school. It’s also a valuable resource for pupils and parents/carers to help keep everyone involved and up-to-date. If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact us. We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

Myself and the staff at Spring Brook Academy look forward to working with you.

Toni Thomason, Head of School

Jenny Dunne, Executive Head of Site

Jenny is presently the Executive Head at Spring Brook Academy.  She has 20 years’ experience of working with children and young people in both mainstream primary schools and Special Educational Needs schools.  

Jenny currently leads on the development of curriculum and assessment systems within the MAT to ensure the whole curriculum is purposeful for each individual learner and that we can capture the progress that they make not only in academic areas, but also holistic areas of their development. Alongside this Jenny leads on the 1;1 iPad strategy across the MAT and is passionate about technology complementing and enhancing teaching and learning, both academically but also in developing purposeful life skills.   

Jenny is passionate to ensure all children and young people access a broad, balanced yet personalised curriculum offer.  She believes that there should be no barriers to learning that can not be broken down to ensure each learner reaches their potential destination to play a meaningful part in the community in which they live.  

Our curriculum continuously evolves and develops to ensure it meets the needs of your child and supports all children to develop a core foundation of knowledge and skills. In addition to this, our holistic offer ensures that their social, emotional and mental health needs are given at least equal priority, in order that they can attain the highest level of recognised qualification appropriate to them and prepare them for independent living, further study, training, volunteering and employment.

Our dedicated staff team are committed to your child’s personal development and delivering the best possible outcomes for each individual. We strong believe in working in partnership with families and therefore look forward to meeting you to discuss how we can work together to achieve the very best for your child.


Spring Brook Lower School, Heron St, Oldham OL8 4JD

School Hours

Monday to Friday

Office Hours – 8am – 4pm

School Hours – 8:50am  – 3:10pm

Compulsory Time Open – 31.25 hours

Registration Times –

Weekends – Closed

Phone & Email

0161 883 2431