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Inspiring Greatness

Great Academy Ashton

Welcome to Great Academy Ashton – a very special place indeed. The academy is the embodiment of our sponsor’s commitment to providing the very best start in life for all of our young people.


GAA is a non-selective academy and wholly inclusive in ethos. Partners include The Manchester United Foundation, Sea Cadets, local schools and businesses, and Tameside Council; together we make sure that GAA students have an unrivalled set of opportunities to broaden their experience and fulfil their ambitions.


GAA have an exceptional £43 million building and as you would expect, are able to offer one of the most stimulating learning environments in the North West of England, with cutting edge facilities in each department. Outstanding sports, art, drama and music facilities are available to all students and are regularly used by our community too.


Principal, Mr D Waugh says “GAA is a truly great school, full of great students and great staff.  Our mission is to ensure that every young person in our care becomes the best possible version of themselves, achieving highly, participating widely and “…jumping in with both feet” in to every aspect of their school life.  Our students are Genuine, Respectful, Excellent and Achieve Together.  I am so very proud and humbled to serve them and serve our community.  Together, we achieve greatness.”

Chair of Governors: Faye Hayes


Telephone: 0161 241 9555




Address: Great Academy Ashton, Broadoak Road, Ashton under Lyne, Tameside, OL6 8RF

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