Unified by Football

Well done to the students who teamed up with students from specialist school Brentwood High School to take part in Unified Football , a 10-week training programme, culminating in a tournament at Manchester United’s iconic training ground, and aired on Match of the Day on Easter Sunday.

The programme is inspired by a simple idea; training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Football, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more exciting and fun for all.

The training period enabled students from both schools to develop ways of working together as a team and to build relationships between the two sets of students.  In the tournament, two teams were made up of a mix of students from both schools. One of our teams made it to the semi-finals, but was unfortunately knocked out when it went to penalties.

Teacher Miss Steers said “The students were a credit to the academy, with Corey even doing an interview for Match of the Day! Their opponent was intolerance. Only shoulder-to shoulder, as teammates together, could it be defeated. It was a fantastic opportunity and a very enjoyable experience.”

Unified Football is a Special Olympics GB campaign delivered in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, which joins people with and without learning disabilities on the same team.

The tournament was filmed for the Foundation’s annual Match of the Day community feature and was broadcast on Sunday 1st April at 7.25am on BBC1.  It was attended by BBC Reporter and former England Women’s Team player Sue Smith, England Cerebral Palsy football team captain Jack Rutter and members of the Manchester United youth teams including Angel Gomes, Luca Ercolani, George Tanner and Aidan Barlow.

The tournament concluded in a victory for the Co-op Academy Swinton and Oakwood Academy who beat The Oldham Academy North and Redwood School 2-0 in the final.

Manchester Health Academy is linked with Manchester United Foundation through its Partner Schools programme, which bases full time coaches in targeted areas to building lasting relationships and impact the lives of young people.

See more information  here.

Aspire to Be an Architect

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues.  Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

Last week saw architect Charles Shoreland talk to students about the role of an architect, how to become an architect, and other roles within the construction industry.

Previous sessions have included teaching and law.  Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Holding Back The Years

The Academy was honoured to take part in the BBC’s Holding Back the Years television series, in an episode that talked about the future of adult social care that aired on Tuesday 20th March.  Hosted by Bill Turnbull, Fiona Phillips and Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Holding Back the Years looks at how to stay well, live longer and be healthy – whatever age you are.

The programme can be viewed on BBC I Player, the feature that the Academy appears in begins at approximately 33 minutes in.

The students and staff who took part were a credit the Academy, and did a fantastic job of explaining why our health specialism is so important.

BBC Holding Back the Years

Photo: Principal Mr Green, Head Boy Jack and Head Girl Lauren show presenter Bill Turnbull around the Academy.

Aspire to Be in Business

Another interesting Aspire to Be session was held recently, with Lucy Evans, a director at  global employment screening specialists, Sterling Talent Solutions, who shared her insights into getting ahead in business

Lucy’s top tips for succeeding in any career are:

  • Attitude is the most important thing
  • As much effort as you put in you get back
  • Approach everything you do with passion, enthusiasm and energy and you will find yourself on the right path
  • Be careful on social media – companies can and do check your history

See more about Lucy’s presentation on the MHA website.

Aspire to Be a Surgeon/Researcher

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues.  Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

This week’s session saw Dr Naseer Ahmad and Dr Frank Bowling from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, talk about their very different career paths.

Previous sessions have included teaching and law.  Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

THURSDAY 1ST MARCH 2018 – WEATHER ADVANCE NOTICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS OF ACADEMY STUDENTS

Well done to all staff and students that came into school today.
We don’t yet know how severe tomorrows conditions will be. At this time school will be open tomorrow as normal. We will text in the morning at 7am to confirm if the school is open or closed. This decision will be based on whether we feel it is safe for staff and students to travel into school.
This advanced notice is so that you can prepare for childcare should the school close.
Thank you for your support in this matter.