Comic Relief

A big thank you to everyone that supported the Comic Relief cake sale on Friday, either by bringing cakes in or buying them here at the Academy.

Lots of students brought cakes in, some lovely ones were made by Lauren, Nichola, Olivia-Li and Hussain, and not forgetting Miss Lomas and her form who baked and made posters to advertise the event.

We raised a total of £119.26!

Wear it Pink on Valentine’s Day

Let’s turn the Academy pink on Valentine’s Day and raise funds for a great cause!

Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

On Tuesday 14th February students are invited to wear an item of pink with their uniform and to make a voluntary donation to the charity.  We plan to hold a cake sale, so any donations of cakes would be very gratefully received.

Staff will also be wearing pink and donating.

An option for parents/carers to donate on ParentPay will be set up nearer to the date.

Wear It Pink


A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our One Big Toy Appeal.  We have managed to raise a fantastic total of £415.00!

This time of year can be a time of being asked to donate to lots of causes, so we really appreciate that you have supported this appeal that will benefit lots of poorly children.

This Christmas, instead of collecting toys, we asked for donations towards the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s One Big Toy appeal. They would like to build a multi-sensory room that will benefit even the sickest children all year round.

If you have not donated but would like to, there is still time to do so on our JustGiving page here, or parents and carers of Academy students can donate via ParentPay.

Principal’s Blog: Positivity Pays Off

I was delighted to be presenting our former Year 11 students with their GCSE certificates last week – our GCSE Celebration Evening is a lovely event, celebrating our students’ successes.  We also awarded some special prizes each year to students who have been outstanding in their studies and efforts.

The GCSEs and special awards achieved by our students represent many hours of hard work, commitment and revision, both on the part of the students and the staff supporting them through their journey to the exam room.


I think this poem written by Year 8 student, Jason Castillo, is fitting to share here, as it sums up the ethos of the Academy and how we put it into practice each day.


The Six Keys of Positivity

Being great’s not always easy,

Especially for me.

I’ve learned some things help me out’

Resilience is key.


Discriminating gets us nowhere,

Neither you nor me.

Treat each other respectfully,

Equality is key.


Without trust you’re all alone,

And how sad that would be.

Be honest, listen, take advice,

Trust is key.


You give respect to get respect,

It’s obvious you see.

Positive attitudes, friendships made,

Respect is key.


Aiming high and working hard,

Be the best that you can be.

“Good enough” isn’t good enough!

Excellence is key.


Do all these things and you’ll be proud,

It’s right, don’t you agree?

Show off the skills that you have got,

Pride is key!


Just £1 per ticket, buy them from the Student Desk.

Thursday 15th December, arrive at 6.30pm for a mince pie and a drink in our new Dining Room, show starts at 7pm.

Raffle will be held on the night for the One Big Toy appeal, prizes include a hamper kindly donated by Manchester Airport, a signed copy of Alan Titchmarsh’s latest book and more.

Help Keep Your Academy Healthy

In this week’s blog Mr Owen talks about healthy eating at the Academy:

At Manchester Health Academy we pride ourselves on providing health education to all students across the curriculum, passing on the knowledge they need to make healthy choices for themselves into adulthood.  We have been honoured to receive a number of awards from Healthy Schools, and our Dining Room offers healthy meals, including the popular new Protein Bar offer.

I am appealing to students, parents and carers to support this by not allowing children to bring in fizzy drinks, energy drinks and large bags of crisps.  These items do not help children to learn well.  Replacing these with healthier alternatives such as fruit, cereal bars and water could make a huge difference to health, and to achievement at school.

Research shows that pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better, and healthy eating is a great place for students start. Popular sugary foods and drinks, such as Lucozade and other energy drinks, give a quick burst of energy by causing a sharp increase in blood sugar, but when levels fall this can cause moods to dip.  They are not good for you. This cycle can make us feel irritable, anxious and tired, affecting concentration and behaviour.

The government recommends that free or added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 5% of the energy (calories) you get from food and drink each day. That’s a maximum of 30g of added sugar a day for adults, which is roughly seven sugar cubes. As an example, one can of cola can have as much as 9 cubes of added sugar.  Crisps can contain very high levels of fat and salt, neither of which is healthy for any of us.

So please save the sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks for Christmas, and discourage your child from bringing them into the Academy.  These items will continue to be confiscated if brought in.