It has been a wonderful beginning to the new academic year! As I have welcomed students to the Academy, it has been heartening to see how refreshed and prepared they all are to get on with learning.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our First Day Back Coffee Morning – what an amazing turnout! I could not be there in person as I was setting the tone for our new and returning students in their assemblies, but colleagues tell me that it was a lovely event.
I am pleased to report that we are full in Year 7, a reflection on our vision to become the local secondary provider of choice in the heart of our community.
As you know, students are expected to arrive with the “MHA 5” – their school bag, pencil, pen, ruler and planner, and I have noticed that almost every child has arrived with a bag. They are also observing our Water Only policy, and overall are demonstrating an attitude that is as good, if not better, than when we finished last year.
I am delighted to report that this summer’s GCSE results showed a significant improvement on the previous year, with some absolutely fantastic individual achievements. When looking across Manchester, we are in the top 3 schools for improvements made since the last academic year in ‘The Basics’ (GCSE grade 4 and grade 5 in English and Maths combined) and separately in those subjects! I congratulate students, staff and of course parents and carers for this improvement. We aim for this trend to continue and staff have been set targets to allow for further progress to be made in the coming year.
The new building is partly open, and the new reception and classrooms are looking brilliant! The rest of the building will be open in early October.
I am really energised by this great start to the year, and I hope students and parents/carers are too!
I am looking forward to meeting you at one of our forthcoming events, such as our Year 11 Information Evening tomorrow, or the Macmillan Coffee morning that will be held on Friday 28th September in Brooklands Library.
Mr Green, Principal