Welcome to Irlam and Cadishead Academy. A school of Standards and Character.

I am very pleased that your child has been offered a place at Irlam and Cadishead Academy and hope they are looking forward to joining us in September. 

As a school of standards and character, we are determined to do the best for your child. Each of our students is known as an individual. This means we can provide the right support as they strive to meet their academic potential, develop their own interests and thrive as young people. 

Our academy is a hub of activity each day. While lessons are calm and productive, we have a rich and growing programme of extracurricular opportunities. Our aim is to provide an Education with Character – one that inspires, excites and challenges students so that they leave us fully prepared for a happy and successful adult life. 

I know how significant a decision choosing a secondary school for your child is, so if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. I would be more than happy to speak to you about how we can support your child. We are also open for additional visits – either at one of the times below or upon contacting our Reception on 0161 537 0660.

Our students really are our best ambassadors – they are polite, respectful and courteous. Most of all, they enjoy their learning and that is what, as teachers, we know will stay with them for life. 

Before the summer, we will be hosting various induction days for new students, which I very much hope your child will be able to join us for. Further details of this are also attached.


Thank you for considering our academy. I hope to welcome your family to ICA very soon. 

With best wishes,

Mrs. Toni Holdsworth 

Principal, Irlam & Cadishead Academy


Dates for your diary

  • Friday, 13th March, 2020 – Coffee Morning (9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.) 
  • Friday, 24th April, 2020 – Coffee Morning (9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.) 
  • Thursday, 18th June, 2020 – Open Evening (4.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 – Induction Day 1 for students
  • Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 – Induction Day 2 for students
  • Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 – Induction Day 3 for students
  • Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 – Induction Evening for Parents/Carers/Students


Head Boy and Girl Welcome New Students

Our Head Boy and Girl are delighted to welcome all of our new students starting at Irlam and Cadishead Academy this September. To read their messages please click here:



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