Wellacre Academy

Wellacre Academy
Motto Bringing out the best in boys
Established 1955
Type Academy
Principal Miss Melanie Wicks
Chair Mr Martin Tanner
Location Irlam Road
Greater Manchester
M41 6AP
53°26′51″N 2°23′39″W / 53.44757°N 2.394089°W / 53.44757; -2.394089Coordinates: 53°26′51″N 2°23′39″W / 53.44757°N 2.394089°W / 53.44757; -2.394089
DfE URN 136378 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100
Students 1020
Gender Boys (with co-educational VI Form)
Ages 11–18
Website Wellacre Academy

Wellacre Academy is a secondary school for boys and coeducational sixth form in Flixton, Greater Manchester, England.


In 1966, a block was erected with an elevated assembly hall with a stage. A rebuilding programme was completed in 1980 to provide more modern facilities and since 1995 a rolling programme of the building of new classrooms and refurbishing older ones has continued.

Wellacre Academy stands in grounds which contain eleven hectares of playing fields including an all weather cricket pitch. A full sized artificial pitch with floodlighting was completed in 2005. It possesses two modern gymnasia, each with a separate suite of showers and changing rooms. Its multi-gym has a wide range of modern equipment.

The school has seven science laboratories, dedicated computer suites, a food technology room, a design technology workshop, a drama studio, a textiles room, a large library, a purpose built dark room and other specialist rooms for Music and Art. Three new rooms were built for the humanities department in 2004.

Ofsted Report

In 2011, Wellacre was in the top eleven per cent of schools nationally, gaining the highest grade for Ofsted Inspections.[1]


The Academy is on the edge of the greenbelt in south west Manchester. It is served by several bus routes and is 15 minutes walk from Flixton railway station. Whilst serving the local areas of Flixton, Urmston and Davyhulme, the Academy also has pupils from Eccles, Irlam, Partington, Chorlton and Stretford.

There has been an investment of over £2.5 million in facilities, including:

  • 8 refurbished Science laboratories.
  • Over 650 computer nodes including specialist Macs and 7 discreet ICT rooms.
  • CAD/CAM technology including laser cutters, CNC lathes, CNC routers and various industry standard software packages.
  • Digital and darkroom photography studios including industry standard image editing software.
  • Interactive whiteboards.
  • A Learning Platform (VLE)
  • Drama studio and Expressive Arts suite.
  • A dining room with a cashless system.

A new £7 million 6th Form opened in September 2009.

School Excursions

Wellacre arranges a week-long trip to Castle Head, Cumbria, in year 7 and to Inglebrough, Yorkshire, in year 9.


The uniform consists of:

  • Blue V-necked Wellacre pullover with the Academy logo
  • Blue Wellacre blazer with Academy logo (Years 7 - 10 only - introduced at start of 2011 term)
  • Black Academy trousers
  • Plain white shirt
  • Black Academy shoes (no trainers or boots or shoes with white stripes)
  • Wellacre Academy tie
  • No jewellery is allowed



Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Students attaining 5 or more GCSE A*- C grades 18% 25% 30% 32% 36% 45% 43% 51% 55% 57% 65% 85% 90%
Students attaining 5 or more GCSE A*- G grades 93% 86% 88% 96% 95% 93% 96% 97% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100%


The school is affiliated with Ferrum High School in South Africa via the Afri Twin project. As part of the Afri Twin Scheme Mr Howell, Mr Howarth and a number of students visit Ferrum High School during the year. As part of the scheme both Wellacre and Ferrum have been twinned with Syalungelwa School, a Township School.


  1. CYPnow, CYPnow (16 June 2010). "Children & Young People Now website". Haymarket Business Media. Retrieved 25 July 2011.

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