Happy New Year from Mr Owen

It’s great to be back – the Academy is buzzing with energy after the summer break.   It has truly been a pleasure to welcome our new Year 7 students to our learning community, and to see our returning students refreshed and ready to learn.

Working in education means that I tend to think of September as the beginning of the year, more so than the dark days of January.  So, a time of new beginnings, new goals and looking to the future.

The expansion of the Academy has moved forward during the summer, and our new ICT and English Rooms are complete.  The extension to the Dining Room is well under way too, which will offer our growing student body a great space to eat, relax and socialise.

Looking further ahead, this is of course a significant year for our new Year 11 students, who will be taking their GCSEs, the first cohort to experience the new GCSEs in some subjects – these will be graded 1 – 9 and based predominantly on exams rather than coursework.  This year will be a year of commitment, hard work and resilience for these students and their families, and we are ready to support them to shine as brightly as they can, and to secure their next step in education or employment.

Primary pupils in Year 5 and 6 are also thinking of their next steps as they start looking at secondary schools and applying for places for next September.  I’m looking forward to meeting these families as they research their choices, and helping them to make the right choice for them and their child.  Visits to Open Evenings is time well spent – I feel it is really important  for families to get a good feel of the school that their children will attend, and to meet the staff and other students.  A happy journey through secondary school is underpinned by parental engagement with their child’s education, and this can have a real impact on achievement.

We will be holding our Open Evening on Thursday 22nd September 2016 from 6pm – 8pm.  This will be for both the main Academy and the Sixth Form.

Sport Relief: 57 hours of 5-a-side

Manchester Health Academy students helped raise £370,592 for people living incredibly tough lives when they took part in Sport Relief’s 57 hour five-a-side game recently.

Alan Shearer, who captained the Match of the Day team, beat Robbie Savage’s squad, who led the BBC 5 live team with 547 goals to 529.

More than 1,100 people played in the snow and rain outside BBC MediaCityUK in Salford, including two Manchester Health Academy teams from the Sixth Form and main Academy.

The 57-hour duration of the match was chosen because it is the equivalent of a Premier League club’s entire season.

The Premier League is matching all of the public’s donations up to a maximum of £500,000.

The money will go towards helping disadvantaged people in the UK and overseas, and you can still donate if you would like to support the cause here.

Official Team Pic WEB Sixth Form Team WEB

MHA Partner Primary League event

Last night saw the first of many football fixtures being hosted at Manchester Health Academy this year for our partner primary schools.

Year 3&4 pupils were invited to take part in a friendly league which consists of Button Lane, Northenden, Rackhouse, Sandilands and St Wilfrid’s primary schools. Each school was represented last night and the event was a great success, with 42 participants taking part. The atmosphere and spirit in which each of the games were played in was a credit to all the schools and the staff, with a special thank you to our 6th form students who refereed on the night.

Angela Nilan from Rackhouse Primary said ‘what a great evening of football it was tonight. The boys from Rackhouse are buzzing and they don’t get these opportunities very often, so cheers for going out of your way to organise them. Please thank all your referees too‘.

Sixth Form Open Evening

Thursday 3rd December 2015

There will be an Open Evening dedicated to our Sixth Form on Thursday 3rd December 5pm – 7pm.

Come and see our fantastic facilities and meet our talented staff and current students for yourself.  Ask questions about our courses and find out more about why Manchester Health Academy’s Sixth Form could be the perfect next step in your education.

If you are unable to attend on this date please contact us on 0161 998 3992 or e-mail admin@manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk to arrange a tour of the Academy at a time to suit you.

To see our current Sixth Form prospectus, click here

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6th Form Students get outdoors

Sixth Form students continue to work at their practical aspect of unit 10 Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, setting them up for possible work experience at Ghyll Head Outdoor Education Centre. They recently completed problem solving activities including den building at Lyme Park.

Student Jordan Rigg said:

“The practical activities are a really enjoyable part of the course, which we all really look forward to every week. It makes us really appreciate the safety aspect involved in these activities when working with younger people.”

6th Form Den Building web

Manchester Health Academy’s Sixth Form is a vibrant community that prides itself on an inclusive and positive approach to personal development. As well as academic courses to choose from, there is also a wide variety of enrichment and extra curricular activities with which students can be involved.

There is still time to apply for places in September 2015, read more here: http://www.manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk/post-16/