Aspire to Be: Border Force Officer

Aspire to Be is a new careers programme at the Academy.  Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

This week saw Border Force Officer based at Manchester Airport,  Gary Wade, talk about his experiences.

Previous sessions have included teaching and law.  Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

“Let others see their own greatness when looking in your eyes.” Dr Mollie Marti

As the year draws to a close and the darkest days are upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, peaceful Christmas and all the best for the new year.

2017 has been a challenging year for many, particularly Mancunians, but what gives me hope is the spirit of Christmas that is embodied in so many people.

For example, three colleagues assisted King’s Church with delivering Christmas hampers to families within the local community last week, taking festive cheer to people who we know will really appreciate it.  King’s Church meet at the Academy each weekend, and raised an amazing £1500 to pay for the hampers.  They asked the Academy to help identify families to receive them.

Staff and students of the Academy have also been busy with fundraising activities for Save the Children and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If selfless giving is a major feature of the Christmas season, the gift of presence is surely another.  I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends over the break, and I hope that you are too.  This year, I am determined to be mindful about the time I am spending with people – I want to really enjoy it and connect with them, and not be distracted by other things that can wait for a little while.   Life is too short and this time of year is a good opportunity to appreciate our loved ones.

My Christmas assemblies this year have considered the similarities that different religions have with regards to the importance of light and during this festive break the use of light is really apparent. I have to say that many of our students have shone so very brightly this term, stepping out of a group as it were to show what they can excel in, aspire to be, lead and succeed in.  All of these link to a great work ethic and if nothing else, a new year resolution has to be (and yes, Year 11….I am thinking about you here…) to work hard and consistently in your studies in school and at home.

So eat, drink and be merry, and I will look forward to seeing you all again in January.

Mr Green


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Celebrating Excellence

I had the pleasure of seeing our former Year 11 students receive their GCSE certificates at their awards ceremony last night.  It was a proud moment to see so many familiar faces back in the Academy looking so grown up!

The GCSE Celebration Evening evening is a celebration of hard work and determination on the part of students, with the support of their teachers and families.  GCSE qualifications open doors to further study and to work opportunities.  The five years spent at secondary school are very significant and formative years, when students transition from being a child to a young adult.

I am immensely proud of each and every one of our former students, and hope that the time they have spent at Manchester Health Academy will be with them throughout their lives, as they take forward and develop their personal values, their leadership skills, their desire for excellence, their aspirations and their drive for success. I know that each of them will be an asset to our society and community and to their own families, and I wish them every success in the future.

Our current students are set to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, with a number of them demonstrating their thirst for achieving excellence and being great team players this week.

On Thursday our boys Year 7, 8 and 9 football teams played 3 fixtures against a touring school team from Ivanhoe College in Leicester, and decisively won all three games. Also this week, our girls took part in the Greater Manchester School Games Rugby Grapple Tackle Competition. Both the U13’s and U15’s won 4 out of the 5 games they played.

Well done to all these students, who represented the Academy brilliantly.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. Aristotle

Mr Green


Aspire to Be

Aspire to Be is a new careers programme at the Academy.  Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.

Organiser Vice Principal Mr Trainor said “I am delighted with how this new initiative is being received, and by the enthusiasm of the people who have volunteered their time to come in and inspire, motivate and raise the aspirations of our students.”

So far, students have attended sessions on careers in teaching and law.  Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

A Matter of Trust

“You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs

Trust has been a recurring theme for me this week.

This week our value focus has been Trust, and we have been asking students to think about their responsibilities as learners, who they can trust to talk to if they have a problem and how they can make a difference to their own learning.  Being able to trust the people around you enables a strong team to be built.  The flipside of this is that we each need to be trustworthy and reliable.

Trust is an essential part of life and society, and is the foundation for all our relationships – both with others and with ourselves.  The relationship we have as teachers with our students and with their families is vital for us to succeed as a team – I have talked before about the three legged stool and how parental engagement is a huge factor in our students success.

Another area where we as an Academy has built a trusting relationship is with our lead sponsor, another kind of trust, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

I was honoured to welcome Kathy Cowell OBE, chair of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) to the Academy this week. Kathy is a huge advocate of the Academy and is gratified in the work that we do to transform and support our students’ life chances.

I was very proud of our students as I showed Kathy around the Academy, they were an absolute credit to themselves.


Mr Green



Year 7 Ghyll Head Residential

The Ghyll Head Residential for Year 7 is finally here! Below are a couple of points for students to remember:

  • Students should arrive at the Academy as normal at 8.40am and in their own clothing.
  • Please bring a packed lunch
  • Pack plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Please do not bring any sweets, fizzy drinks or excessive snacks – these will be confiscated.
  • We recommend phones are not brought as we cannot be responsible for loss or damage, and the mobile phone reception is poor at Ghyll Head
  • If your parents would like an update, they can contact Academy reception.
  • Don’t forget to bring a book; there will be some quiet time in the evenings.
  • Remember, we are there to represent the Manchester Health Academy community, develop a team ethos and have fun!

Mr Green’s Blog: Can you kick it? Yes you can!

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holz

It has been one month since our new FA standard all-weather football pitch opened, and it has been a delight to see both our students and community teams out playing on this fantastic new surface.

It was an honour to welcome former Manchester United player, Denis Irwin to officially open the pitch.

Denis was a very appropriate person to open the facility.  His track record of 20 years and more as an elite, professional athlete only happens when you have self-discipline, motivation, an incredible work ethic, when you’re a leader and a role model for those around you.

Those values that Denis exuded are the same values that we instil in our students – to excel, aspire, lead, and succeed, whether it be academically or through participation in performance or in sport, for them to experience success.

This week we have been focussing on our value of Equality and talking about why equality is important with students.  Football is still very much a male-dominated sport, but we starting to see more girls playing – the Academy hopes to become a hub for women and girls’ football, as improving local female football participation is a key objective. A boost of 175% in female football participation across all ages is expected at the site as a result.

Whether our students playing on this surface contribute to an amazing comeback, or if they manage to score a last gasp winner, what they will experience is the link between having a tremendous work ethic and experiencing success, as well as embracing our Academy aim of encouraging healthy lifestyles and in a society and in an area where challenges are ever present, these are valuable lessons for life.

Mr Green


Mr Green’s Blog: All Different, All Equal

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

― Steve Maraboli

This week our Value Focus is resilience, and we are asking students to think about when they are most challenged, how often they use mistakes to improve and how can we support the resilience of each other.  The ability to learn from mistakes and challenges is a very useful life skill that we encourage in all our students and staff, and one that will serve them well throughout their lives.

I was pleased to hear that so many students who are looking ahead to their careers attended our first Aspire to Be session this week, with a presentation given by one of our newer teachers, PE Teacher Miss Riches.  Miss Riches’ route into teaching involved lots of resilience and hard work, as well as making the most of opportunities for gaining experience.  Miss Riches gave examples of how having to work extra hard has made her the person she is today, for example undertaking teacher training in Wales despite speaking no Welsh, and undertaking a master’s degree in English Literature whilst on a sports scholarship in America. We are looking forward to other representatives of specific careers coming into the Academy as part of the Aspire to Be programme to share their stories, and I’m sure many will demonstrate that the path is not always straightforward.

It is Anti -Bullying Week this week, and the Academy has put on various activities to support this year’s theme of All Different, All Equal.  I am proud of the Academy’s robust anti-bullying policy and our positive promotion of diversity and respect.  Students have been attending assemblies focussing on what to do if they feel they are being bullied and looking at different types of bullying in classes.  We have also been talking about the differences between bullying and social conflict, and seeing the winning anti bullying posters designed by students in each year group.

I am very encouraged by the positive attitudes students have shown around this theme this week, they have given me hope for a future society with less prejudice and hatred, and more acceptance, mutual respect and kindness.

Mr Green


Your child’s growth

We have been asked by Central Manchester Hospitals to take part in a piece of research in relation to children’s growth.

The NHS School Health Service now measures approximately 45,000 children per year and parents can access their child’s growth chart via an on-line portal called CHAMP (Children’s Health and Monitoring Programme).

The NHS in Manchester has committed to producing a digital growth chart for every child attending a Manchester primary school.

We would be very grateful if you have access to a computer, and could spare 5 minutes, to complete a questionnaire asking for your view on whether it would be useful for the parents/carers of secondary school age children to have the same information. It is completely anonymous.