‍Collective Spirit School

Collective Spirit Free School was a school that catered for children aged 11-16. It was built to hold 400 students, however only 243 students attended once the school opened in September 2013 on the old site of South Chadderton School. In 2012 South Chadderton School joined with Kaskenmoor School which then became Oasis Academy Oldham. After this merge, the school was re-located allowing Collective Spirit to be formed. The opening of the school was said to be controversial as it was the first free school in the Borough of Oldham. The opening also caused further controversy due to the land that the school is situated on is "prime development land" and worth an estimated £1.1 million. Many people thought that 'giving' the school the land was a lost opportunity to sell the land to a developer. Ofsted have a timeline of the school's life and inspections that were carried out. A full inspection took place in May 2016 and Ofsted ruled all areas to be inadequate which is the worst rating the board can give. A monitoring visit later took place in November 2016 before it closed the following year in August. A local MP called for the school to be closed after the Ofsted report and went ahead to say: "students weren't being given an acceptable standard of education and that students felt unsafe due to bullying and fighting". He further stated it was one of the "most damming" Ofsted reports he'd ever seen. Since then the site has been left abandoned. After a bit of digging, it appears a report was written on South Chadderton School in 2013 in the gap where the previous schools vacated and Collective Spirit was getting ready to become a reality. It is fair to say a bit has changed this then.

@jtza caught wind of this school and although it was a while ago now, I'm pretty sure we were bored one day and turned up for a scout. Everything went well and we found our way inside quickly. We revisited the site a month or so later to notice differences in vandalism as well as the introduction of a dog van. I've heard that it's been demolished now in the run up to development, but I can't confirm. With the power and clean setting, it made for an enjoyable walk around, most particularly in the gymnasium which contained a lot of fun sports equipment.

Outside seating next to the canteen.

Main hall - where most of the trashing took place. The first time we visited, the floor was immaculate, chairs were neatly stacked and to the side.

A packaged blazer hung up in the main hall.


Moving towards reception and the many classrooms.

Staff room.

An example of a classroom.

Science labs.

Games room.


Here is the link to our documentary styled video filmed at the school. We cover the building's past, present and future through cinematics and narration: