School Cook Honoured

Manchester Health Academy’s Cook, Pearl Farrington, has been recognised for her amazing work in the Academy’s kitchen, in catering management company, T(n)S’s annual employee awards.

Pearl was nominated by Operations Manager, Robbie Patton, for their Employee of the Year award, who said, “Pearl delivers a fantastic service to the students and staff at MHA every day and we have received some really positive feedback.  Pearl also delivers great results on Food Safety audits and again, acts pro-actively to ensure the safe delivery of our services. Pearl motivates her team to deliver great service and it is clear that she is very well respected by them all. I am so pleased with her progress and very proud to have her as part of my team in the North West.”

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As a finalist, Pearl was presented with a commemorative plaque, champagne and a special cook book. Pearl said, “What an unexpected surprise! I really appreciate being recognised, not just for me, but for my amazing team who work so hard every day.”

T(n)S Catering have been providing the school meal service at Manchester Health Academy since April 2018, when Pearl and other members of the team joined them from the Academy’s former catering provider. Since then, the Academy has seen innovative new menus, special theme days, and changes to the way food is cooked and presented, all overseen by Pearl.

School Excellence Award Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the first ever MFT School Excellence Award is our Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Maguire.  Mrs Maguire is the Academy’s super hero – unfazed by the most challenging of circumstances and always approachable, she works tirelessly to keep students safe and well.  The Award is given to a member of staff at the Academy who makes an outstanding contribution to the lives of our students, and Mrs Maguire certainly fits the bill.

Mrs Maguire received her award at the MFT Excellence Awards ceremony on Friday night, which was hosted by Kathy Cowell OBE DL, the Chairman of Manchester Health Academy’s lead sponsor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and television presenter Andy Crane, at the Principal Hotel in Manchester.

Nominated by colleagues across the Academy, this year’s shortlisted staff were Student Support Officer, Mrs Gill; Receptionist, Mrs Turner; Curriculum Leader of Global Education Ms Mullen, alongside Mrs Maguire.  Academy Principal, Mr Green, said “All were worthy finalists and I congratulate each of them for this achievement. It was a fabulous evening and all four finalists received a genuine and warm reception from hundreds of MFT NHS staff in attendance.”

Manchester Health Academy’s lead sponsor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust hold an annual awards evening to celebrate the work and dedication of colleagues in all of its trust-wide hospital provision.

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Health Academy Achieves Gold!

Manchester Health Academy’s PE department has been awarded the School Games Mark Gold, a fantastic achievement that ranks the school in the top 20% of schools nationally for the Academic year 2017-18.

The visiting inspector said, “It’s very clear the MHA PE staff have a big impact on the students’ lives and do far more than just teaching lessons and being concerned about passing PE accredited courses in KS4.  It was refreshing that PE staff were aware of the clubs the children play for outside of school and have extremely strong links with the local clubs and the children’s parents. “

He also commented on the Academy’s holistic approach to PE, school sport and the link into the local community, saying they demonstrated “some of the best examples of this from the 325 schools I have visited over the last 6 years”


The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress

Head of PE, Mr Brown, said “The department was awarded the Bronze Award in 2016-17 for the first time in the school’s history. As a department, we then planned a vision to gain the Silver Award for 2017-18 and set ourselves the aspirational target of the Gold is Award by 2020. I am so proud of my team and other staff who have supported the department over the last year to be awarded the Gold Mark.”

Teaching Assistant of the Year

Congratulations to Miss Robson on her nomination for Teaching Assistant of the Year 2018! Mrs Robson is a hugely talented TA who works tirelessly to assist all the students she works with to get the most out of their learning.

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The support team at Manchester Health Academy works tirelessly to support all students both in class and during social times to ensure their time at the Academy is an enjoyable and successful one. The team provide 1:1 and small group support as well as a wide range of interventions and all have built up trusting relationships with the students they work with.

Miss Robson has worked at The Academy for over 12 years now and is very experienced. She has supported most curriculum areas and has a particular fondness for Food Tech, Child Care and health and Social Care. Nothing is too much trouble for Miss Robson, and she always goes above and beyond to support both students and her colleagues.

Over the last two years Miss Robson has taken on the extra responsibility of supervising the Apprentice Learning Support Assistants, and is doing an outstanding job.

Students and staff alike are very fond of Miss Robson. She is a real team player and much loved by all.

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Above: The TA team celebrate on National Teaching Assistant Day

National Rugby Award for Health Academy

The RFL have presented Manchester Health Academy with an “Embed the Pathway” award in recognition of the work of the PE staff and Academy students. This means that the Academy has become an England Rugby League Player Profile Development School and our most talented performers will be tracked and monitored over the next 5 years, with the possibility of gaining professional contracts.

PE staff attended Continuing Professional Development training and have built structured formal links with Salford Red Devils and Manchester Rangers. Over the last year, ten boys have represented Manchester in Rugby League, and the Year 8 boys team has qualified for the Regional Final in March 2017 at the AJ Bell stadium.

Head of PE Mr Brown, said “I am pleased with this award and hope this ongoing support from the RFL will enable some of our most talented performers to reach their potential and make a career in the sport”.



National Schools Games Award for Health Academy

The Sports Education team at Manchester Health Academy are celebrating after being awarded the National Bronze Mark from School Games for the first time.

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

This award recognises the excellence in inter/intra school competitive sport and opportunities for sports leadership.

Health Academy Head of Physical Education, Stewart Brown commented “I am really pleased the department has been given this award for the first time. Within our development plan we intend to be awarded both the Silver and Gold Games Mark award within the next two years”.

Health Academy Principal, Mr Owen, commented “It’s fantastic to see the hard work and commitment of our P.E. team being recognised nationally.  Their efforts in developing competitive sport within the Academy and with our Partnership Primary schools are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our students.”


Manchester Evening News Schools Awards 2016

Year 8 students at  have been recognised for their work in listing their local war memorial at the Manchester Evening News Schools Awards 2016, where they made the final three in the Active Community Awards category.  One of our students accepted a certificate on the group’s behalf at a glittering ceremony hosted by DJ Mike Toolan at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, accompanied by History Subject Leader Miss Morris and Director of Specialism Mrs Walker,

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Manchester Health Academy is one of  200 schools around the country involved in Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme which has been set up to encourage school children to develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.  They are the first school group in the North of England to have helped to place a local war memorial, the Northenden Cenotaph, on the National Heritage List for England – Read more here.

Congratulations to the winners of the award, Lostock College.