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NORTH Chadderton pupils have been chosen

A PAIR of students from North Chadderton School have been selected to take part in a life-changing scheme with a world-class athlete mentor.

Adam Hurst (17) and Callum Townsend (15) have been chosen for the AQA Unlocking Potential programme, run by exam board AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. 

The young people will be mentored by former boxer Courtney Fry.


North Chadderton School is one of 28 on this year's programme, selected from 100 applicants.

AQA Unlocking Potential provides mentoring for young people aged 14 to 19 who have faced personal challenges or disadvantages. 

Students are paired with specially trained mentors who have competed at world-class sporting events ­- including the Olympics and Paralympics ­- and have overcome their own significant personal challenges.


Courtney Fry will provide personal mentoring for the students over eight months to help unlock hidden attitudes and skills. They will also help the students to deliver a community project towards the end of the programme.

Elizabeth Healy, Year 11 senior progress leader at North Chadderton School, said: "The collaboration with AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes trust will help to raise the profile of diminishing the differences at North Chadderton School and show that every pupil, regardless of their ability or background, is capable of success. 

"Our focus at North Chadderton is to encourage a growth mindset and improve student resilience by challenging pupils in and out of lessons, this programme helps build the foundations of refusing to give up when work gets hard."


Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is a national charity supporting young people facing disadvantage through high-impact mentoring programmes led by world-class athletes. 

The trust currently deploys athletes onto a diverse range of personal development programmes and community projects. 

To find out more about AQA Unlocking Potential please visit


Monday 14th November, Meeting with Councillor Jabarr

Jabarr and Student Council

Year 7

Why is it seen as acceptable to have to wait even longer for bin collections?

This is seen as a very important matter for the council as well as the community. There are 94 000 houses, flats, and apartment’s etc. that need to dispose their waste every week in the borough and due to budgets being cut it was becoming too costly for the council. Also, the council noticed that people were disposing recyclable material in the general rubbish which was costing the council 16 million pounds a year alone! So they delayed the collections as people became ignorant towards recycling (costing the council too much) and wanted to encourage the community to recycle more as currently the recycling rate is 37%. As a result, the council will save 1.5 million each year and it has a good impact on our environment!

Will there be adequate gritting done now the cold weather has arrived?

The highway maintenance staff have planned a very detailed and highly technical rota where they will check the weather forecast on a daily basis and grit the roads and streets. However, the budgets have been cut so the council can’t do as much as they used to.

What is the impact going to be of Brexit on Oldham?

It’s a really complicated matter and it’s too early on to understand and make predictions. However, the Council did get funding from the EU and it is a worry that this revenue source could come to an end in the next 2 years.


Year 8

Is it possible to reduce bus fares for under 16’s?

Bus fares are controlled by bus operators not the council. There’s currently a petition going in the Houses of Commons about this and if it goes through successfully it will give power to the council. Personally, I (councillor Jabarr) thinks it should be free as fares are expensive which restricts young people in their wo.

Year 9

Why the decision was made to build a new cinema complex costing £ 36.7 million in the centre of town when Oldham suffers from poor quality housing ?

It was a very hard decision for the council. Firstly, the town would ‘die’ without modernising so to bring it back to life they opened the cinema to make it vibrant. Also, there was no cinema in the Oldham borough. Furthermore, the Old Town Hall is a listed property and the council was paying millions just to keep it and they wanted to make use of it. As a result, the cinema complex was made. Moreover, the council will get money back through rents and business taxes.

Sixth Form

Callum Dixon What made you choose the Labour party?

I lived in a terraced house when I came from Bangladesh to Oldham. I noticed the inequality in society and discrimination towards ethnic minorities which shaped my political values. I wanted to get involved and make a change. I got elected as Mayor and now I hold the significant role of Deputy Leader.

Haziq Majid Are you a Jeremy Corbyn supporter?

The Labour party is undergoing a very ‘interesting period’. He does support Mr Corbyn now but he didn’t at the beginning. Also voted for him the second time.

Carl Fitzgerald What are your thoughts on the recent allegations of online harassment and anti-Semitism made against Labour MP’s?

He takes this matter very seriously. His initial role is to help people who need help regardless of background etc. and is against any type of discrimination. Councillor Jabarr believes these matters should be investigated and dealt with and the Labour party always stands against any type of discrimination.

The Marks and Spencer’s construction plan was also discussed. 700 houses are built each year and the council want to build aspirational homes to make people be proud of where they live.

 By Safah Mahmood


North Chadderton School is part of The Oak Trust.

Headteacher & Chief Executive:
Ms J Clark

Senior Director of Education

Mrs S. North

North Chadderton School
Chadderton Hall Road, 
Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 OBN.
Tel: 0161 624 9939 


Mrs G Tonge
Mrs A Galgani

Chair of the Oak Trust Board - Mrs L Brierley, c/o North Chadderton School.
Chair of Local Advisory Committee - Mr G Crabtree.


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