Our Awards

Our school values are 'Believe, Aspire, Achieve, Respect', and part of this ethos involves the Academy and its students striving for success at every opportunity. We are proud to show that these efforts have recognised not only on a local, but also a national scale over the last few years - here are some examples of the awards we have won along the way.

Pearson National Teaching Awards

In 2019 we received the Silver Award for two categories in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

Stockport Academy was recognised in the Secondary School of the Year - Making A Difference category, while Mr McCarron received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Click here to read more about this brilliant achievement.

TES Secondary School of the Year finalist 2019 and 2017


In 2017, we were one of only eight schools in the country to be shortlisted for the TES (Times Educational Supplement) Schools Awards 'Secondary School of the Year' category, making us the first school in Stockport to achieve this honour. You can read more about this here.

We followed this up by being named in the shortlist for TES Secondary School of the Year again in 2019.

MEN Schools Awards


In 2015, our Executive Principal Mr McCarron was honoured at the Manchester Evening News Schools Awards with the title of 'Headteacher of the Year' - click here for more details.

Following on from this tremendous success, the Stockport Academy website was named as the School Website of the Year just 12 months later, highlighting the high regard the school is held in across Greater Manchester.

In 2019, we were shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year, reaching the final three in this category across Greater Manchester.

Show Racism the Red Card


In 2014, Stockport Academy students Holly Battrick, Emily Riley and Elisha Boycott claimed first prize in the Show Racism the Red Card School Competition. The students created a poster which was awarded the first prize in Year 7-9 artwork category of this national competition.

In 2015, Rebecca Little was awarded third prize in the same category for her poster, titled 'A world with colour is a lot less duller!' Rebecca accepted her prize at Anfield football ground in Liverpool at a special ceremony.

In 2018, we were proud to win the SRTRC artwork category with Year 9 student Evie Griffiths' exceptional entry. Click here to see it for yourself. Evie then won the competition for an unprecedented second year in a row in 2019.


Wellbeing Award For Schools

This whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils.

The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

Good Diabetes Care In School Award

As part of the Type 1 diabetes: Make the grade campaign, this exciting award recognises the schools that are making sure children and young people with Type 1 diabetes get the most out of their time at school. 

BIG Anti-Bullying Award

We have been awarded the BIG (Bullying Intervention Group) Anti-Bullying Award for the fourth year running and are the only school in Stockport to hold this. Read all about our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and the anti-bullying work throughout the school here.

School Mental Health Award

Stockport Academy is the first school in Stockport to be recognised by Leeds Beckett University with the Gold Standard for our provision around mental health and the work we do to raise awareness of this in school. You can read all about how we celebrated National Mental Health Week here.

National Happiness Awards


In November 2018, we were honoured to reach the final three schools in the 'Happiest Secondary School' category of the National Happiness Awards. For more information, please click here.

Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award

The Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award marks the fantastic work our PE staff have put into the PE programme during the academic year - covering not just time spent during the school day but also through after-school enrichment activities.

Speaker's Schools Council Awards

We were awarded this badge in recognition of our excellent student council and the impact of student voice within the academy. Judges commented they were 'thrilled' to see the council involved in 'such inspiring and worthwhile activities' and were 'impressed' with the 'commitment and passion that school councillors dedicated themselves to their amazing projects'.

To find out more about the excellent work our Student Council has been involved in, click here.

Inspiring IAG Award

We achieved the Inspiring IAG Award, which recognises the high quality of provision Stockport Academy offers for careers advice and guidance, for the first time in 2016 - and have subsequently retained this grading in the following years. Click here to read more.

Diana Award

Over the last four years we have been delighted to have had a number of successful Diana awards both for individuals and for groups of students. We have also been selected by the Diana Trust to be one of its showcase schools for practices to tackle bullying.

Click here to see our Anti-Bullying film produced by the Diana Trust

Discovering Democracy Award

Stockport Academy was presented with the British Youth Council's National Discovering Democracy Award by local MP Ann Coffey in 2016. The school was judged to deserve this prestigious honour based on our focus on raising social and political awareness among students, in particular through the work carried out by our Student Council.

Young Carers in Schools Gold Award

Stockport Academy was the only school in the country to receive the Gold Award for the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) Programme in 2015.

Organised by the Carers' Trust, YCiS assesses schools on the support they offer young carers, as well as the training on offer to staff in identifying them and meeting their needs.

Accord Inclusivity Award

In January 2014, Stockport Academy was awarded first place in the Secondary School category of the Accord Inclusivity Awards - a national honour celebrating equality and respect for all.

Speaker's School Council Awards 2014

We first achieved this award in 2014 (a feat repeated in 2017 - see above) in recognition of our work with Student Voice. Please click here to read more about our excellent School Council.

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