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Copley Academy

Message from Interim Principal Kenwyn Paddy


It is a great privilege to be here and to work with pupils, parents, staff and all our stakeholders. I am very much aware of the responsibility that my staff and I have to ensure the highest standards of behaviour, teaching and learning and achievement.


Since my appointment, I have had the pleasure of speaking to many of our parents. What is apparent to me is everyone’s commitment to making Copley Academy a great school that serves the local community and ensures students make good progress and get a good education. This ties in very closely with my own educational philosophy; everyone deserves to have a good education, the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to strive towards the academic or vocational career of their choice.


My priority as Acting Principal is to ensure that Copley Academy improves rapidly and is a school that students are proud to go to and teachers are inspired to teach in. Not only am I getting to know all the students, staff and local community, but I am building and developing an excellent team to work alongside me. This is to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all our children. It is vital that we achieve their full academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual potential.


I know how vital working in partnership with parents really is, in order for children to find school a positive and rewarding experience. I strongly believe that achievement and enjoyment go hand in hand to ensure each child’s outstanding progress.


I hope you will support our high expectations in all areas, especially in behaviour, achievement and attainment. We are ‘Raising the Bar’ at Copley in all of these areas and we are working with our young people to help them respond accordingly.


I would like to thank you for all the conversations you have already had with me supporting the school and its commitment to change. Additionally, I would like to thank you personally for your continued support to ensure that Copley Academy becomes an outstanding place of learning.

Chair of Governors: Governance is currently being undertaken by the Trustees, Interim Chair of the Trustees is Annette Hall.


Telephone: 0161 338 6684




Address: Copley Academy, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 3RR

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