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Report - Counthill School / Waterhead Accadmy, Oldham - April 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Marsden1002, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Marsden1002

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    Hello All!

    Give you a little history of the place and then on with the explore!

    Visited with a Non-Member, i don't think he will be coming out with me again ;)


    Counthill School formerly a high-achieving Grammar School, was a mixed gender secondary school for 11 – 16 year olds in the Moorside area of Oldham in Greater Manchester, England. The School closed at the end of July 2010 as part of the New Oldham Academies Project, merging with Breezehill School to form Waterhead Academy. Initially the school site was used as the Moorside campus of the new academy, however after Waterhead relocated its main campus to a third site in November 2012, the old Counthill site is now the sports campus of the academy.
    Counthill school had approximately 900 pupils on roll, and opened in September 1951. Although sometimes mistakenly thought to be the highest secondary school above sea level in the country, it sits between 280 and 285 metres, which is lower than others such as Buxton Community School at 320 metres. Its motto was Animo Atque Fide.​

    I've had my eye on this one since January, never been able to gain access and then forgot about it for around a month. I then reminded myself and headed up to the school! Started of with a good wander around the site. Around 40% of the site has already been demolished, and the internals have been stripped of anything valuable and trashed. It was still worth a wonder just to gather the size of the place and get a "feel" for it.








    This is what "drove" the clock. All the mechanism still work's, we even moved the clock on . . .

    This gives you a scale of how big the site is. Quite a lot has already been demolished . . .




    We then went onto a roof above the clock which give stunning views. The friend who i took with me could see his house, and proceeded to ring home and began waving. It was confirmed his family could see us on the roof .. . . .




    At this point i clocked a police car approaching up the road. We ducked down and kept having a little look. Next minute there was 4 police vans (transit connect size) and 3 police officers running around the back. We decided to climb down and approach one of the offices at the front gate. We had a quick chat, explained what we was doing and he told us we were trespassing. Two offices went inside and the officer who was with us said "Go on then, show us how you got up". We had a good chat about how we wanted some pictures before it goes . . . .


    The officers also agreed it was a very good view! They led us back to the front gate and basically said they can't stop us from entering, and if more officers come out we just need to tell them the same thing :D





    Had a very enjoyable evening and a thanks to the police for being understanding and not "arsy" about the whole thing . . . .

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