History of Worden

Academy @ Worden opened its doors in 1955 as 'Worden County Secondary School'. As we approach our 60th anniversary, we remember and celebrate some of our achievements:

History of Worden
2015

September - school has been open for 60 years (1955 - 2015)

2014

Academy @ Worden has a float and a marquee at the Leyland Festival

School roof is replaced

2013

August - "Worden Channel" on You Tube is created

Starting using the web site "Show My Homework"

March - Official Opening of the Academy@Worden by local MP Lorraine Fullbrook

February - School gains Academy Status and becomes "Academy @ Worden"

2012

Academy @ Worden has a marquee at the Leyland Festival

March - Local MP Lorraine Fullbrook, visits Worden Sports College, looking at lessons and having her lunch cooked by a year 10 pupil - Harry Moon.

February - New look web site launched

2011

Academy Consultation process begins

13th October the Learning Pod was officially opened by the Mayor

Introduction of new uniform in the new Worden colours

Introduction of the new time for the school day starting at 8.45pm and finishing at 3.00pm, with 4 lessons before lunch and one lesson after.

Second Summer Technology Academy held during the summer holidays. The theme was endangered animals with a visit to Blackpool Zoo.

June - Worden Facebook is launched

June - School web site re-launched in the new school colours

June - A visit by author Joseph Delaney, he talked to the pupils about his life as an author. He was also interviewed by Mr Gardner about his popular series of books "Spooks".

March - A visit by poet Gez Walsh who delivered a performance of his poetry to year 7 and year 8

January saw the opening of the new fitness suite

2008

The fourth Summer Sports Academy held during the summer holidays, with an emphasis on health & fitness and producing a health meal.

Fifth Sports Presentation Evening held at Wellington Park Hotel, Leyland, guest speaker Susan Smith.

New unisex toilets installed for the pupils.  TV film on Granada Reports

2010

First Summer Technology Academy held during the summer holidays. The theme was chocolate design and production with a visit to Cadburys World in Birmingham. This was written up in the DATA magazine as good practice (see link from the Technology Faculty page)

Launch of the new school web site, school logo and the opening of our dance studio during September.

Mr. C. Catherall, BSc, PGCE, NPQH and Mr P. Scarborough Bsc (Hons), NPQH became acting head teachers.

Seventh Sports Presentation Evening held at Wellington Park Hotel, Leyland

2009

The fifth Summer Sports Academy held during the summer holidays, with an emphasis on the Olympics and finding out as much as possible about their chosen country, e.g. Italy, India and China.

Sixth Sports Presentation Evening held at Wellington Park Hotel, Leyland.

2007

As part of Preston North End’s “Playing for Success” project a group of year 9s enjoyed an afternoon in the National Football Museum with the museum’s Poet in Residence Paul Cookson. They composed their own poems about football.

Presentation Evening – Mrs. Lisa Welch presented for the first time the award “Against All Odds” to recognise students who achieve despite hardship or challenges. It was named after her daughter Lisa Welch, a former pupil of Worden and Runshaw College, who died Boxing Day 2006. Lisa was an inspirational and charismatic young lady, always with a cheeky grin and a joke to share. Not many knew from her zest for life the issues she had to face.

The third Summer Sports Academy held during the summer holidays, “The Apprentice” with an emphasis on design technology and designing and making a sports shoe and presentation box.

Fourth Sports Presentation Evening held at The Civic Centre Leyland.

A refurbished £500,000 Science Block (The Newton Suite) was officially opened on 28 September by the Mayor of South Ribble and Suzanne Hall (Hollyoaks actress).

2006  The second Summer Sports Academy held during the summer holidays, with an emphasis on street dance and design technology, on the last day the students had a dance off between the groups.

2006 two classrooms - 15M and 13M - were knocked together to form the first air-conditioned computer suite followed by the 2nd suite (17M) in September. The third computer suite in 8B followed later that year.

Third Sports Presentation Evening held at The Civic Centre Leyland.

The new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle went live during July.

61 boys and girls from Worden taking part in a 'keepy uppy' world record attempt on the 26th April. It was organised by the Englandfans and The FA with over 650 schoolchildren from 16 schools throughout England taking part. The officials were in constant radio contact with each school, to make sure every pupil could keep the footballs in the air for 10 seconds. 459 pupils managed to keep the footballs in the air at the same time to beat the previous record of 446 which had stood for the last seven years.

2005 

First Summer Sports Academy held during the summer holidays, with an emphasis on athletics and design technology, both Fridays the students spent at the University of Central Lancashire athletics stadium.

Second Sports Presentation Evening held at Civic Centre, Leyland.

Celebrations took place for the school 50th year (1955 – 2005). A special school logo was designed with the Worden Lion and the number 50.

Opening of the new bookshop and office next to the English area.

The house system relaunched. The students and staff are divided into four houses Dragon (red), Griffin (blue), Phoenix (yellow) and Unicorn (green). Presently five trophies are presented each year: House Point Cup, Competition Shield, Attendance Shield, Sports Day Cup. Each winner of one the previous four trophies is awarded four points, second place gets 3 points etc. The house with the most points is awarded the Championship Cup.

Mrs. S. Rignall, M.A., B.Sc. Hons., NPQH became head teacher. 

2004 

Flying Start Summer School, two weeks of the summer holidays with our new year 7s improving their literacy skills and having fun.

First Sports Presentation Evening held at Worden Sports College.

“Big Dave” UK strongest man came to the school and pulled a 50-seater coach along Westfield Drive, which was blocked off by the police for the event. Big Dave then came into school and talked to the pupils about bullying.

Together with the Wellcome Trust, the BBC launched a national photographic competition inviting entries on the theme of 'How is Science changing us?' The competition focused specifically on developments in bio-medical technology and was open to both individuals and group entries from schools. The Worden team's entry was awarded runner up prize in the schools section, winning £1000 of photographic equipment for the school and £50 worth of equipment for each pupil involved. They were invited to the Royal Albert Hall, London, to collect their prize. All photos were part of a national exhibition that toured six venues around the country.

The school field had a new £150,000 field drainage system put in.

2003 

Flying Start Summer School, two weeks of the summer holidays with our new year 7s improving their literacy skills and having fun.

The Sports Hall and entrance were refurbished as a result of the Sports College status and a second lift was installed giving access to the B corridor.

2002 

Sports College Status Awarded - school name was changed to Worden Sports College

Flying Start Summer School, two weeks of the summer holidays with our new year 7s improving their literacy skills and having fun. 

2001

Flying Start Summer School, two weeks of the summer holidays with our new year 7s improving their literacy skills and having fun.

2000

Flying Start Summer School, two weeks of the summer holidays with our new year 7s improving their literacy skills and having fun.

1999

Children’s author Terry Deary (Horrible Histories) comes in to school to talk the students.

1996

Worden achieves 52% five or more A-C grades and becomes one of the most improved schools in the North West.  Mr Tilson appears on TV program North West Tonight.

Worden is awarded “Investors in People” award for the first time.

Literacy Week saw the renowned poet, illustrator and performer Paul Cookson giving talks to the pupils.

The first Worden web site went live on 6th March.

1995  Refurbished Food Technology room (£20,000) opens with Runshaw College catering students taking part in a Ready Steady Cook challenge. 
1994 

Environment Week, pupils planting trees around the school grounds, talks on the countryside and even a demonstration of sheep shearing during lunchtime by Mr. Worden (geography teacher and farmer).

School minibus fitted with seatbelts. 

1993

A day of workshops by Zircus Circus with more than 100 students taking part in plate spinning, juggling, stilt walking and unicycling all part of the South Ribble Arts Festival

In the early 1990s, the ROSLA block was gradually sold off to the Westfield Centre.

1989

Readathon Week sees a visit by Antony Horowitz to give a talk about his latest book “Robin of Sherwood

Mr D. R. Tilston, M.Ed., B.A. became head teacher.

1976

Mr Makereth became head teacher.

1972

The school name was changed to 'Worden High School' with the introduction of the Comprehensive System to Lancashire and the abolition of the 11-plus examination.

1955

Worden County Secondary School opened with Mr A. G. Moffatt, B.Sc. as head teacher. The original house system, used the names of local rivers: Shaw (yellow), Lostock (red), Bannister (green) and Atherton (blue).