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.”

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“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


Tickets are on sale now for the performance of Annie Jr, TONIGHT AND TOMORROW ONLY!  They cost just £3.00 each are available from the Student Desk during dinner and after school, or pay on the door.


One lucky winner at each performance will go home with an Annie DVD, book and a chocolate bouquet!  Make sure you buy your raffle ticket, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

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It promises to be a great show!  Performances will be on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th July at 7pm in the Assembly Hall at Manchester Health Academy.

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Manchester Evening News Schools Awards 2016

Year 8 students at  have been recognised for their work in listing their local war memorial at the Manchester Evening News Schools Awards 2016, where they made the final three in the Active Community Awards category.  They were represented by student Chloe Hince at a glittering ceremony hosted by DJ Mike Toolan at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.  Accompanied by History Subject Leader Miss Morris and Director of Specialism Mrs Walker, Chloe accepted a certificate on the group’s behalf.

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Manchester Health Academy is one of  200 schools around the country involved in Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme which has been set up to encourage school children to develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.  They are the first school group in the North of England to have helped to place a local war memorial, the Northenden Cenotaph, on the National Heritage List for England – Read more here.

Congratulations to the winners of the award, Lostock College.

MHA Shortlisted in Metrolink Schools Competition – Help Us Win!

A commercial made by two of our students has been shortlisted in the Metrolink Schools Competition.  Metrolink is going back to school to tackle anti-social behaviour and fare evasion on the tram network, with the help of school children from across Greater Manchester.  They challenged 800 local schools to create 60-second TV and radio adverts to help them prevent future anti-social incidents.

Here is where we need your help! We are taking part in the ‘Social Media Challenge’ runs from 5-11 July. The video that gets the most views will be selected to feature across Transport for Greater Manchester’s social media channels and see their winning entry viewed by thousands of people across Greater Manchester.

Please watch our commercial here to cast your vote for MHA!

Three winners will be chosen at an event on 13 July at Manchester cultural venue, HOME, where pupils will get to see their work on the big screen.


The winning schools for the three categories will be announced at the Final event on 13th July. The winner of the best video advert will be used as a trailer for selected family film screening on Sunday 31st July at HOME’s Big Family Day!  The winners of the best radio advert and the social media challenge will be used by Metrolink/TfGM as part of their ongoing promotion and education around the issue of anti-social behaviour and fare evasion.  The winning schoolchildren of the three winning adverts will each receive restaurant vouchers for themselves and two adults along with cinema tickets for HOME plus Metrolink day tickets to be used on 31st July.

The ucreate programme provides young people aged 7-19 with real world CSR projects and careers advice using the kudos of media and creative writing.



Be Seen in Green!

Students and staff are invited to wear an item of green and donate £1 on Friday 1st July, with all donations going to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Helipad Appeal.

Standard school uniform should be worn with an additional green item, donate your money at form time.  This is a great cause that will benefit people across Manchester, please give generously!

Students should bring their £1 to the Academy, or parents can donate via ParentPay.

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