Welcome back to the Academy!

My first week as Acting Principal of Manchester Health Academy has been brilliant.  I have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming all our students and staff back to the Academy for the start of what promises to be another amazing year.  I thank parents and carers in having the students all turned out so smartly, very much appreciated.

Over the summer, the expansion project has developed at a pace, with a new ICT room and five new classrooms being built, the new Community Facility entrance complete and serving temporarily as the main entrance, and the new sports pitches almost complete.

I hope that everyone is refreshed from the summer break and raring to go, as we have a busy time ahead.

This year will be especially important for our Year 11 students who will be taking their GCSE exams.  Most subjects will be assessed under the new grade 1 – 9 framework, which is based predominantly on exams rather than coursework.  I can’t stress enough how important working hard will be for these students – this will be one of the most decisive years for each student in terms of their future pathways, and it will take commitment and resilience from students, their families and school staff throughout the year for each student to reach their potential.  Myself and my team are ready to support students to achieve the very best that they can, and to help them secure their next step in education or employment.

Year 10 students will also start working in earnest towards their GCSEs, while Year 8 students will start thinking about their future pathways.  Sixth Form students will be working hard towards their BTEC Extended diplomas and planning their next moves in education or employment.

Something that I am passionate about is the role that parents and carers play in the success of their children – a happy journey through secondary school is underpinned by parental engagement with your child’s education, and this can have a real impact on achievement.  Take a look at our new Support for Parents and Carers webpage for suggestions of how you can support your child to succeed.

As well as getting settled into this academic year, I am already looking forward to meeting some of our future students and their families at our Open Evening soon.  We will be holding our Open Evening on Thursday 21st September 2017 from 5.30pm – 8pm.  This will be for both the main Academy and the Sixth Form.

 

Mr Kevin Green

Acting Principal

GCSE Results

Congratulations to all our students who collected their GCSE results today.

Remember, whatever your results, you are much more that numbers and letters on paper – you are a young person with a bright future, with knowledge, experiences, values and resilience that will be useful throughout your life.

Good luck for the future, we will miss you at the Academy.

 

GCSE Results Thursday 24th August 2017

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We look forward to welcoming all students who have examination results to collect tomorrow, and wish you all the best with your results.

Year 11 students are asked to attend the Academy to collect their results from 10am on Thursday 24th August 2017.  If someone is going to collect your results for you they will need to bring a letter signed by yourself to confirm that you have nominated them to collect your results on your behalf, along with ID for themselves.  Results will be available to collect until 12 noon.  Your results will be posted to you if they are not collected.

Year 10 students with results to collect are asked to attend from 11am on Thursday 24th August 2017.  If someone is going to collect your results for you they will need to bring a letter signed by yourself to confirm that you have nominated them to collect your results on your behalf, along with ID for themselves.  Results will be available to collect until 12 noon.  Your results will be posted to you if they are not collected.

Results will be given out in the Assembly Hall, please use the new main entrance in the Community Building when you arrive.

Please note that the Academy will close at 12 noon and you will be unable to collect your results after this time.

The End

So here is it – my final blog as Principal of Manchester Health Academy.

In education, July is a time of endings for staff and students alike – finishing things off, tying up loose ends, the last week in that year, finishing school forever.  The end can be many things – a rush to complete a project, the sadness of knowing you won’t see some people again, the excitement of the holidays coming.  You might see it as a deadline or as a finish line.  These are all points on our individual journeys and all good things must come to an end.

It has been an absolute honour to be the Principal of this Academy.

When I became Principal, I had a clear vision of where I wanted to take the Academy.  As a parent, I knew that I wanted the best possible education for my son, and I wanted the same for my students.

That meant setting high expectations, it meant striving for excellence, it meant raising aspirations and it meant doing everything possible to achieve success.  And it meant doing that for everyone, regardless of their starting point, regardless of the difficult personal circumstances some live with.  It meant bringing every colleague on that journey.  It meant bringing every family on that journey.

I passionately believe that, with the right teaching and the right support, every child can succeed and every child deserves that opportunity.

I will be leaving the Academy at the end of this week to take up my new role as Executive Principal at the Greater Manchester Learning Trust.  I am sad to be moving on, but I leave confident that my colleagues, the governing body, and the students and their families will continue to take Manchester Health Academy to new heights.

Thank you to all of you for working with me, and for making me so proud on a weekly basis.

Mr Owen

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”  Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

Apply Now to be a Young Health Ambassador!

Students at the Academy are invited to apply to become a Young Health Ambassador as part of the Youth Sport Trust Program. Part of this program means we can allow 10 students in our school to be a part of this project in promoting healthy living in school, while receiving leadership qualifications that they can put on their CV.

The positions are open for all years to apply for. It’s a fantastic leadership opportunity. Please e fill out the form attached, or go to the PE department to collect one.

Closing Date: Thursday 20th July.

YHA Application

Young Health Ambassadors – Overview for Schools – 10.7.17

Immunisations

The year 10 boys and girls will be receiving their Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio immunisation on Tuesday 11th July.  Please can parents and carers return their consent forms to school as soon as possible.  Without a consent form they will not be able to have their immunisation.  If you have any questions or queries please speak to Anna Davies, the school nurse.  Thank you.

Be Seen In Green

Be Seen In Green is back and bigger than ever before!

On Friday 7 July The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is asking people to show their support by wearing an item of  green and making a donation.   We suggest donations of £1 for students and £2 for staff to take part.

This year, Be Seen in Green Day is raising funds to support children and young people diagnosed with brain tumours, right here in Manchester and the North West.

Year 10 Mock Exams 2017

The Year 10 mock exams will take place during the week beginning 3rd July 2017. These Core Subject exams will be held in the sports hall.

Students will be issued with individual timetables during form time this week.  Options subjects will be assessed during usual timetabled lessons during the week beginning 3rd July.

Monday 3rd July English LanguageMaths Non Calculator Paper

 

9am – 10.45am12.45pm – 2.15pm
Tues 4th July Combined SciencePhysics (Triple Science)

Chemistry (Triple Science)

9am – 10.30am9am – 10am

11.15am – 12.15pm

Weds 5th July Maths Calculator PaperBiology (Triple Science)

 

9am – 10.30am11.15-12.15pm
Weds 12th and Thurs 13th July  Art exam All day

Football Stars Break Ground For New Football Facility!

Manchester United star Daley Blind and former midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger officially broke the ground for a brand new full-sized all-weather pitch, and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, at Manchester Health Academy recently.

The £1m project into improving our sports facilities has been supported by a £386,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF), which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The Academy’s site currently benefits from a community gym, sports halls, large playing field, an all-weather pitch and Brooklands Public Library, with on-site parking for Academy staff and users of the community facilities. The next phase of work will see the addition of the new full-sized all-weather pitch and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, plus additional parking opening in the Autumn. This is great news for the area and local amateur clubs, to whom the facility will open outside school hours.

FA press release WEB

The support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund builds upon it’s significant investment in Manchester towards grassroots sports facilities, which the Fund replicates in all regions across the country. Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 65 grants worth £16m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £37m across the whole of Manchester. Nationally, the Foundation has helped invest more than £1.4bn into the grassroots game.

Principal Mr Owen said “Securing funding for these new facilities is something that I’m very proud of.  Manchester Health Academy strives for excellence in teaching, learning and facilities.  The plans for these new pitches meet FA criteria, allowing our students and the local community to enjoy their sports on top class, professional standard pitches.”

We are currently investing £10 million to transform our estate, including a new dedicated English and maths block and new dining room to welcome new students into the Academy as part of our expansion programme.