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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

Past Articles

Horsing around at Bright Futures School for children with autism

Pupils with their prizes at Dickey Steps

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Six pupils from Bright Futures School for children with autism in Grasscroft, completed a horse riding and horse therapy course at Dickey Steps Riding School in Littleborough with a special awards ceremony recently, to celebrate their fantastic achievements.

Thanks to an ‘Action Oldham 2016 Seedcorn’ grant, awarded to the school’s parent teacher association, Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS), pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning how to horse ride as well […]

Saddleworth School plans ruled unlawful by High Court

SDAG spokesperson, Keith Lucas

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council will now have to rethink their plans to build a new Saddleworth School in Diggle after a High Court ruled they were unlawful.

The school case was taken to the Royal Courts of Justice in London by the Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) after a long fought campaign and financial backing from various sympathetic donors.

SDAG had always claimed the plans to move the school to Diggle were flawed and […]

Oldham’s Mayor visits Bright Futures School in Grasscroft

Left to right: Lady mayoress, Lord Mayor, Head of Development-Zoe Thompson, Pupil Matthew Persse, Staff members Karen Hutchinson, pupil Harry Gibbins, staff member- Krista Brierley, pupil Marley Servio and Alison Hughes – Head of Learning, Bright Futures School – photo Stuart Littleford

Reporter: Allan Roach

Oldham’s Mayor, Councillor Derek Heffernan and Mayoress Di Heffernan visited Bright Futures School for children with autism in Grasscroft, recently to find out more about the school and the specialist work it does.

Upon […]

The sky’s no longer the limit at Rishworth School

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Rishworth School is well-known to the many in Saddleworth who have attended over the years but its latest innovation, the launch of its own space programme, might catch you by surprise.

“Science and technology is so much more that I thought it was. There is so much to explore and learn and every part brings new experiences. I’ve learnt that there’s always more than one solution to problems and that you can solve most things if […]

St Anne’s Lydgate Primary School inspirational in creating peace garden

Left to rightJacob Kellett, Thomas Whitehead, Jemima North, Holly Marshall

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The children, staff and volunteers at St Anne’s Lydgate Primary School have been inspirational in creating a beautiful Peace Garden at the school.

The garden was officially opened on 19 June by the Mayor of Oldham, Ateeque Ur-Rehman and his wife Yasmin Toor, the Mayoress.

Saddleworth School Brass Band played at the beginning and the end of the ceremony with the whole school later singing a […]

Save Diggle Action Group interview on Saddleworth School

Saddleworth News interviewed two members of the Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) last week, who put their views across on the proposed move of Saddleworth School to Diggle.

Mike Buckley and Keith Lucas took part in the interview.

Interview by Gregory Deane, Camera – Danielle Bradshaw and Matthew Jaggar (editor).

OMBC: ‘Fighting tooth and nail for Saddleworth’s children’

A public meeting was held at Uppermill Civic Hall on Wednesday night to allow public consultation over the planned building of the new Saddleworth School.

Oldham Council Leader – Jim McMahon

The main points discussed at the meeting were traffic issues, building and design work, pupil safety and the visual impact the development would have on the surrounding area.

Other topics included the financial implications of the new school and whether or not the present school site could be […]