Breeze Hill School

Breeze Hill School
Roxbury Avenue

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Coordinates 53°32′05″N 2°04′57″W / 53.5348°N 2.0824°W / 53.5348; -2.0824Coordinates: 53°32′05″N 2°04′57″W / 53.5348°N 2.0824°W / 53.5348; -2.0824
Type Community school
Motto Language for Life
Established 1960
Closed 2010 (now Waterhead Academy
Local authority Oldham
Department for Education URN 105731 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Age 11 to 16

Breeze Hill School was a mixed-sex (Comprehensive school|comprehensive]] secondary school for 11- to 16-year-olds in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. It was a specialist Humanities College, and served over 750 students. Bernard Phillips was the last headteacher of Breeze Hill School before it merged with neighbouring Counthill School to form the Waterhead Academy. Since the school lay in the heart of Oldham's Pakistani Asian community, the students were predominantly Asian.


The Breeze Hill School campus contained two main teaching blocks. The Year 7 Base was for new arrivals, and was created to ease the transition between primary and secondary school. The main teaching block served students from Year 8 onwards.[1] Breeze Hill had intensive playing fields and an Astro-turf pitch, used for various sports both by students from the school and by the local community.


In May 2001, a racially motivated attack outside Breeze Hill School began a series of events that escalated into a five-day period of rioting known as the Oldham Riots.[2][3]

On 31 August 2010, Breeze Hill School and Counthill School merged to become the Waterhead Academy. The campus was renamed Roxbury Campus until the academy moved to a third location in November 2012.[4]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 2004. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  2. ^ Ian Herbert (2001-05-28). "In Oldham's 'no go' zone, all it took was a scuffle to set off a terrible night of rioting". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  3. ^ "Oldham's tarnished name". BBC News. 2001-05-28. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
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