Ofsted: This is a GOOD school

We are celebrating a great achievement after the official release of our latest Ofsted report following a two-day inspection in April.  The Academy has been on an incredible journey over the last 18 months after inspectors graded the last inspection as Inadequate in November 2013.

The recent inspection graded the Academy as Good in all areas, with many outstanding features.  This thriving and successful co-educational establishment has grown to become one of the most popular secondary schools in the city with a current waiting list for September.

Ofsted recognised that the excellence in teaching that staff have delivered is having a real impact on student progress:

“The quality of teaching overall is good and some is outstanding. Teachers use questioning very effectively to inspire students to think more deeply and respond more thoughtfully.”

Ofsted were particularly impressed by the culture of high expectations, inclusion and care in the Academy:

“The safeguarding of students’ health and wellbeing is outstanding.”

Principal, Mr Damian Owen, who joined the Academy immediately prior to the previous inspection said “I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of all our staff and students over the past two years has had such a positive impact on the Academy’s performance, and that Ofsted have recognised the significant improvements we have made.”

Mr Owen added “The students of Manchester Health Academy make good progress and benefit from good teaching and outstanding pastoral care. The outcome of the latest Ofsted inspection report demonstrates how far we have come, but this is simply a point on our journey – our hard work will continue as we become an outstanding school.  In September 2013 we set out our vision for excellence for every child who comes to Manchester Health Academy.  Our recent Ofsted inspection judgement confirms the amazing progress we have made, the wonderful results our students are achieving and the quality of education they receive.  We will continue to expect and deliver the highest standards in everything we do: excellence for all and by all.”

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The inspection also highlighted the work of the Academy with regards to students’ personal development:

“Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development lies at the heart of the work of the Academy. As a result, students demonstrate high levels of social and cultural engagement and understanding; they are interested in the wider world, are respectful of people’s differences and enjoy making a positive contribution to the life of the Academy.”

Governance of the school was also commended in the report, with Ofsted stating:

“Governors … are proactive in the life of the Academy, are well informed, skilled and experienced, and therefore able to provide an effective challenge to the leadership.” Mr David Cain, Chair of Governors, commented “As Chair of governors I am delighted with the outcome of the recent inspection which is testimony to the hard work of the teaching staff and the efforts of our students who are a credit to our Academy.”

The Sixth Form was also seen as good, with the subject knowledge of staff, and how well students are prepared for their next steps in their education, training or employment particularly highlighted.

Working with sponsor Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and co-sponsor Manchester City Council, the Academy delivers a unique learning experience at the forefront of sports science and health education.

To find out more about the exciting opportunities at Manchester Health Academy call 0161 912 3998 to arrange a tour with the Principal or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Read the full Ofsted report here: Ofsted Report May 2015

Manchester United Ball person 2015/16

This is just a reminder that all applications for the ball person role have to received before Friday 22nd May at 5pm where the application will not receive any submitted applications after this time.

Thanks to those that have applied for the role, but it is only for Year 9 students only.

We will now be supporting Champions League football for next season so this is a great opportunity for those that apply.

Thanks Mr Caldwell.

Manchester United Ball person 2015/16 season

The form is now available to apply for the Manchester United Ball person role for the season 2015/16. Remember the role is available to boys and girls this season.

Just a reminder that the deadline for entries is Friday 22nd May. Please follow the link below to apply for the role.

Thank you and good luck to everyone.

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Manchester United Girls Centre of Excellence trials

Manchester United Foundation is holding open trials for its FA Girls Centre of Excellence. If you love football and want to be at the top of your game, then attend our open trials at Ayrshire Road Training Ground.

The Manchester United Foundation FA Girls Centre of Excellence provides opportunities for girls to play football at the highest standard, with the potential to progress into the international programme. If you are selected for the Centre we will provide you with intensive training and support, along with the chance to compete against other Centres of Excellence teams from the North West.


Manchester United Ball person season 2015/16

The application form for Year 9 students only, to apply for the position will be on the VLE shortly. We are currently looking to create an online VLE application to make it easier for the students to send to Lee Caldwell the Hub Officer.

Once this has been completed we will let your form tutors know so you can apply before the end of the half term.


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Defeated but passionate and proud

Manchester Health Academy’s U16 Girls Football team lost 3-2 against Wright Robinson in the Manchester Schools’ U16 Cup Final last night.

In very windy conditions the girls got off to a slow start, with Wright Robinson having most of the early possession. Our girls were playing well, keeping the attacks at bay with timely interceptions and strong tackling. After 10 minutes the opponents had a corner and, after a defensive mix up, they managed to squeeze the ball into the net.

The impact of going behind got Manchester Health Academy to start playing the match that saw them getting into the final. Our players reacted well, creating problems for Wright Robinson’s defence and eventually scored with a great shot low into the corner to equalise. The second half saw Manchester Health Academy with the wind and dominant possession. Wright Robinson’s reaction was to pack the defence and midfield to neutralise our attacking potential. Our team grew in confidence and did not allow a shot on goal.

The second half remained goalless and so we went into extra-time. Manchester Health Academy again dominated the match but could not score against a keeper who seemed inspired throughout the game. For the first time, it took penalties to decide the game. We went first and missed, with Wright Robinson scoring to put us behind. We then scored and made a great save to keep us in the final. We unfortunately missed the next penalty which meant that we came Runners-Up for the second consecutive year.

The girls played with pride and passion and were again a credit to Manchester Health Academy.

Manchester United U21’s v Manchester City U21’s

Manchester United U21s vs. Manchester City U21s
Old Trafford
Tuesday 12th May, KO 7pm
On Tuesday 12th May, Warren Joyce’s U21 squad will welcome local rivals Manchester City to Old Trafford for a fixture which could decide who claims the title for this season’s Barclays U21 Premier League .
Currently sitting at the top of the table, our U21 team will be looking to replicate the first-team’s success (some of whom could possibly be included in this fixture) in the local derby.  
We are delighted to announce that entry is free for all supporters and there’s no need to register – so you can bring as many friends & family as they wish to Old Trafford and get behind our young Reds’ quest to win the League.

Holiday Club

Bookings are now being taken for places on our popular Holiday Club.

The Club will open on Tuesday 26th until Friday 29th May, from 10am until 3pm each weekday and is for children aged 7 – 14 years.

Costing just £5.00 per day per child, sessions will be led by experienced and CRB checked members of staff. Children will take part in lots of sport and craft activities.

You can download a booking form here, which can be handed into reception once completed.

Alternatively please e-mail community@manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk or call 0161 998 3992.

The last holiday club was well attended with children attending from many schools in the Manchester and Trafford area.  Below is some of the feedback received from parents and children:

“The coaches were really kind and made it so much fun.  I also made lots of new friends” – Lucia, 10 years old.

 “The day was full of activities which everyone enjoyed.  I especially liked the craft table, making Chinese lanterns for Chinese New Year.  We also made medals and crowns for the Olympic party on the last day”- Max, 13 years old.

 “The course is fantastic and well organised, both of my children loved it.  They also made lots of new friends who are actually joining MHA in September” – Mrs Derbyshire.Web banner