Our unique Health Specialism is central to Manchester Health Academy.
We work closely with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, our lead sponsor, to provide opportunities, raise aspirations, inspire and promote good health and wellbeing for students across the Academy.
Our students gain knowledge and understanding of health issues through our assembly and tutorial programme and engage in our well established ‘Health Days’ in order to raise aspiration and support personal growth and development.
We maintain our Healthy Schools Award by working with key lead practitioners from Healthy Schools, Manchester. We have supported the delivery of the Healthy Schools pilot programmes such as “I Matters” the new Safeguarding Curriculum and are soon to trial the new “Curriculum for Life” programme in the post 16 area. This supports the provision of a varied PSHE ( personal social and health education) curriculum in order to meet both physical and emotional needs and encourage our students to make healthy lifestyle choices. We maintain up to date and current knowledge of curriculum change and government strategy around important issues such as relationship and sex education and mental health.
We use our specialism to build self-esteem, enhance teaching and learning, and to develop lifelong learning opportunities with students, parents and our community. We are proactive in developing links with external partners such as Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, the Anti Bullying Alliance, the Proud Trust and the Anna Freud Centre for Families to ensure we provide quality experiences and emotional support for all students. We support local community events which build resilience such as International Women’s Day.
As part of our key stage 4 curriculum students have the opportunity to choose a Level 2 Award in Babysitting and a Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care. These courses are accredited by the NCFE CACHE, the leading awarding organisation for Child Care. This supports their progression to careers in Health and Early Years, for example, Paediatric Nursing, Early Years Practitioner and Primary Teaching. Students have the chance to participate in local community projects such as teens and toddlers. This enables them to work with nursery children in local primary schools on a one to one basis and gain a valuable certificate in personal development. Our BTEC Health and Social Care qualification, the Level 2 Award, is firmly established and its success has been consistent since the opening of the Academy. Many of these students opt to apply to the post 16 area to further their studies in this area.
We see the importance of working with our health council/health ambassadors to promote healthy messages across the Academy and beyond. Students provide valuable feedback during consultation about the health curriculum and participate in the annual “Big Health Challenge”, a mini health campaign.
Health and Social Care students benefit from work experience, health workshops and visits to MFT and other organisations, making their studies at the Academy a truly enriched experience. These include work experience on paediatric wards, outpatients, maternity units, local primary schools, residential care homes, local private nurseries. They leave with unique insights and experiences that benefit them in their future studies and careers.
In Sport Science we aim to engage and capture the imagination of students in the Academy. We have invested in state of the art equipment, such as heart rate monitors, which relay your heart rate live whilst performing, and WATT Bikes which allow students to take part in cycle races individually or in teams whilst still in the classroom. We have also introduced a ‘Fitness Battery’ of ten fun fitness challenges that allow us to compare the fitness of students within the Academy. Our aim is to show improvements in the key indicators of strength and stamina, which correlate closely to health.
Through our partnership with the Manchester United Foundation we are able to create a culture of aspiration and help inspire students to make positive choices regarding their health, fitness and lifestyle.
Many of our post 16 students choose to apply to University and are offered places because of the amazing opportunities provided by our sponsor and partners. We see these opportunities as key in helping them to become strong, resilient, independent and successful employees of the future.