Balderstone Technology College

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Balderstone Technology College
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Queen Victoria Street
Balderstone , Greater Manchester , OL11 2HJ
Coordinates 53°36′01″N2°08′59″W / 53.60028°N 2.14964°W / 53.60028; -2.14964 Coordinates: 53°36′01″N2°08′59″W / 53.60028°N 2.14964°W / 53.60028; -2.14964
School type Grammar School
Technology College
Motto"Dare and you will prevail"
(as Rochdale Grammar School for Boys)
Closed31 August 2010
Local authority Rochdale MBC
Specialist Technology
Department for Education URN 105836 Tables
HeadteacherMr Paul Wright
Mr Nigel Jepson
Age11to 16
Number of students785
Former nameRochdale Grammar School & Balderstone Community School

Balderstone Technology College was a school in the Balderstone district of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester, England. The school closed 31 August 2010 as a result of the Building Schools for the Future program. The school merged with Springhill High School and formed a new school called Kingsway Park High School. The Building will be used to host Kingsway Park High School until 2012 when a new building will be built on the former Springhill High School site, Turfhill Road. [1]

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It was situated near the junction of Queensway (A664) and Oldham Road (A671) between Balderstone and Kirkholt. It is in the parish of St Mary, Balderstone, [2] [3] which is nearby to the east.

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The school was once called Rochdale Grammar School for Boys, formerly known as Rochdale Municipal High School for Boys on Church Lane. It was administered by Rochdale Education Committee, and moved to Queen Victoria Street in 1953 at a cost of £180,000. A grammar school had been founded in 1565 in Rochdale by Matthew Parker, then Archbishop of Canterbury. There was also Rochdale Grammar School for Girls on Falinge Road, becoming Falinge Park High School. [4]

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It became a comprehensive in 1969 - the Balderstone High School, then Balderstone Community School in 1972 for boys and girls aged 14–18. In 1992 it became a high school for boys and girls aged 11-16. In 1999 it gained Technology College status.

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  1. Details of the new school (Kingsway Park HS) Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved 20 May 2011
  2. Saint Mary Church, Balderstone Archived 8 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine .. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  3. Parish Church of St Mary, Balderstone. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  4. History of Rochdale schools
  5. Leslie Fowden