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


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.

Tickets on sale on Monday!

Tickets for the Academy’s summer production of Alice in Wonderland go on sale on Monday.

Students are rehearsing in earnest for what promises to be a fantastic production.  Performances will be given on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July at 7pm, with refreshments available in the dining room from 6.30pm.

Students can buy tickets from the Student Desk or Main Reception, or parents can pay on ParentPay. They are £2.50 each.

Forever Manchester Week

Manchester Health Academy is celebrating everything Manchester during Forever Manchester Week this week

During the week of 5 to the 9th June 2017 we have a programme of fun Manchester themed activities planned, including Hacienda Ravercise, running the Mancunian Way (equivalent distance, not on the actual Mancunian Way), Red vs Blue Football, Manchester Street Games and Glow in the Dark events.

Throughout the week we will be running a Manchester themed art competition. Students are invited to create a drawing, poem, rap, music or even a video which describes our great city. Entries to be handed to Lee Caldwell before the end of school on Friday 9th June. Prizes include a signed Wayne Rooney shirt, a luxury Art Set and Manchester United Museum and Tour Tickets. Winning entries will also be displayed in the Academy.

As part of the event we will be fundraising for the Forever Manchester Charity.

Students enjoying Hacienda Ravercise:

Making Manchester poster collages:

Fantastic Art Competition Entry by Natasha in Year 8:

Tasty Manchester Tart by the Year 10s: