Your new dining experience!

We are looking forward to opening our newly extended Dining Room when the Academy re-opens after the half term break!  Students worked with the architects to design the extension, which features a new Protein Bar, more seating and a dedicated area for Year 11 students.  The space has been given a stylish makeover, with new furniture, wood effect flooring and slate walls.

The Academy’s commitment to healthy eating continues with the addition of the Protein Bar to the existing Hot Food and Grab & Go serveries, check out the menu below!


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Wear Red Day Friday 21st October

Next Friday, 21st October, we will be supporting ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, the UK’s anti-racism educational charity. Students will be allowed to wear an item of red on the day for a donation of £1.00. (Please note no face paints, red hair or wigs, hoodies or red footwear will be allowed.) There will be a number of fun activities during the day, including a raffle, cake sale and ‘Beat the Goalie’. All donations will be appreciated!

National Sports Award for Health Academy

The Sports Education team at Manchester Health Academy are celebrating after being awarded the National Bronze Mark from School Games for the first time.

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

This award recognises the excellence in inter/intra school competitive sport and opportunities for sports leadership.

Health Academy Head of Physical Education, Stewart Brown commented “I am really pleased the department has been given this award for the first time. Within our development plan we intend to be awarded both the Silver and Gold Games Mark award within the next two years”.

Health Academy Principal, Mr Owen, commented “It’s fantastic to see the hard work and commitment of our P.E. team being recognised nationally.  Their efforts in developing competitive sport within the Academy and with our Partnership Primary schools are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our students.”


Let them eat cake!

Staff and students at Manchester Health Academy came together to support Macmillan Cancer Care with their coffee morning appeal last week, raising just over £200.

Macmillan Cancer Care aims to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.  There are 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030.

Manchester Health Academy Principal, Mr Owen, said “I am really proud of the efforts our students and staff have made to raise funds for this important cause – we embed health education across our curriculum and events like this help to highlight how our students can make a positive difference to themselves and those around them.”

Brooklands Public Library, who share the Academy’s building on Moor Road, opened early to host the coffee morning for Academy parents, carers and the general public, while Tesco Extra Baguley kindly donated a tray of sweet treats.  The Academy’s Breakfast Club hosted their own event for students, and the Academy’s catering company Manchester Fayre also donated cakes.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Oct 2016

Extended Activities

After-school activities are back on, and what a lot there is to choose from!

Activities this term:
Mondays: Dance, Homework Club, Rugby, Drama, Youth Group, Community Languages,  Year 11 Computer Science Booster Club, Star Club;
Tuesdays: Homework Club, Fitness, Community Languages, Basketball, Inter-form Sports  Competitions, Homework/Study Skills;
Wednesdays: Fitness, Improve your English, Food Tech;
Thursdays: Dance, Homework Club, Choir, Fitness, Food Tech, Boys Football, Girls  Football, Art Club, Club Excellence, Film Club;
Fridays: Homework Club, Netball, Gymnastics, Homework/Study Skills.

Please let your parent/carer know when you will be staying behind after school for any activities. You must sign the register for these groups at the student desk so we are able to locate you if needed.

And don’t forget Breakfast Club is available to students each morning from 7.30am. Free  breakfast and the chance to play games and socialise with friends, all students welcome.

Happy New Year from Mr Owen

It’s great to be back – the Academy is buzzing with energy after the summer break.   It has truly been a pleasure to welcome our new Year 7 students to our learning community, and to see our returning students refreshed and ready to learn.

Working in education means that I tend to think of September as the beginning of the year, more so than the dark days of January.  So, a time of new beginnings, new goals and looking to the future.

The expansion of the Academy has moved forward during the summer, and our new ICT and English Rooms are complete.  The extension to the Dining Room is well under way too, which will offer our growing student body a great space to eat, relax and socialise.

Looking further ahead, this is of course a significant year for our new Year 11 students, who will be taking their GCSEs, the first cohort to experience the new GCSEs in some subjects – these will be graded 1 – 9 and based predominantly on exams rather than coursework.  This year will be a year of commitment, hard work and resilience for these students and their families, and we are ready to support them to shine as brightly as they can, and to secure their next step in education or employment.

Primary pupils in Year 5 and 6 are also thinking of their next steps as they start looking at secondary schools and applying for places for next September.  I’m looking forward to meeting these families as they research their choices, and helping them to make the right choice for them and their child.  Visits to Open Evenings is time well spent – I feel it is really important  for families to get a good feel of the school that their children will attend, and to meet the staff and other students.  A happy journey through secondary school is underpinned by parental engagement with their child’s education, and this can have a real impact on achievement.

We will be holding our Open Evening on Thursday 22nd September 2016 from 6pm – 8pm.  This will be for both the main Academy and the Sixth Form.

Going the Extra Mile for Health

As part of the Academy’s agenda of integrated health and wellbeing education across the curriculum, we will be starting a regular “Daily Mile” scheme on Monday 12th September.  This will take place at 8am each morning and will take no longer than 20 minutes, all students and staff are encouraged to join in.  Supervised by the staff from the PE department, there will be prizes for students who take part most regularly.

The Daily Mile was the brainchild of Elaine Wyllie, a primary Headteacher in Stirling who first piloted the scheme in her school four years ago.  She was recognised for her contribution to childhood health when she recently won the Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year Award.

Elaine, quoted in the Telegraph, says “The Daily Mile addresses not only physical but also social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing.  All these are currently at, or approaching, crisis point for millions of our children. And all in a slick 15 minutes a day – from leaving their desks to sitting back at them, ready to resume their work with improved focus and concentration.”

Daily Mile WEB

“Rest is not idleness” – enjoy your break!

Mr Owen’s Blog Post This week:

As the Academy closes for the summer holiday today, I would like to wish all our students and staff a good break.  For those students expecting exam results in August, I wish you all the very best.  I’ll look forward to welcoming you all back, along with our new Year 7 students, in September.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, staff, parents/carers, partnership primary schools, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT),  Manchester City Council, Manchester United Foundation and other organisations for their support this year, you make a real difference to what we do at the Academy.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” John Lubbock