Revision Booster Sessions for Triple Science Year 11 Students

Year 11 Triple Science Students – please attend these revision booster sessions that the Science department have arranged for you:



Time Focus Staff
Sat  13th June


9am-12noon B3 revision RLM
Mon 15th June


9am B3 EXAM  
Mon 15th June


P2 and P3 C3 revision CP
Tues 16th June


P3 – P5 C3 revision CP
Weds 17th June


9am C3 EXAM  
Weds 17th June


P3 and P5 P3 revision AM
Thurs 18th June


P2 – P5 P3 revision AM
Fri 19th June


9am P3 EXAM  

Healthy Cakes for Health Boss

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Year 8 students at Manchester Health Academy baked “healthy” cakes for Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, when he paid a visit to the Academy.

Simon visited to see for himself the work done by the school on healthy eating, personal social and emotional health and obesity reduction.

Manchester Health Academy’s main sponsor is Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), an internationally recognised centre of medical excellence.  The focus of health runs through all aspects of student life and learning at the Academy.  Ofsted have rated the Academy “Good” in their recent inspection, reporting that “The safeguarding of students’ health and well-being is outstanding”.

Principal Mr Damian Owen commented “It was an honour to have Simon in the Academy.  He met David Cain, our Chair of Governors, staff and students and was able to see first-hand the fantastic work we do.  The Academy have won several Healthy Eating awards and works with local health workers to promote good health to our students and the wider community.”

The Academy won the National Catering Award at the Education Business Awards held in London in November 2013. The award followed on from the work with the Children’s Food Trust in July 2013, when the Academy became the first school in the UK to receive the Children’s Food Trust Award.  Since then ongoing work with Healthy Schools, Manchester has seen the Academy recognised in a number of different areas of health improvement, including drugs education and nutrition.

Helen Walker, Curriculum Leader for Health said “As an Academy which has the health and wellbeing of our students at its heart it is fantastic to have the work that goes on here every day recognised by NHS England. The students were really keen to talk to Simon about what health means to them and were an absolute credit to the Academy.”


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

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.

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 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

Science Revision

22 Days to Make a Difference!

The Science Faculty have produced a structured, targeted revision plan for students in Year 10 and 11 who will be sitting their GCSE Core Science Exams in May, supporting our students in achieving and surpassing their target grades.

Each day the Science faculty will provide an activity that will focus student revision by reviewing what they really need to know in bite sized chunks, giving example questions and answers to practice exam technique, showing different ways to revise and self-test, and building student confidence with help and support from staff.

Dr Rachel Martin, Curriculum Lead for Science says “The message to students is that your first exam is in 22 days – but don’t panic! Join the 22 Days to Make a Difference sessions and take action to make a real difference to your exam performance.”

Full details and the schedule are here

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