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.”
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