Gold Standard Games

MHA’s PE Department has been awarded the School Games Gold Mark for the third consecutive year, a fantastic achievement that ranks the school in the top 20% of schools nationally. 

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. 

We value sports education highly, and our students benefit from fantastic sports facilities. We are currently undertaking a £1.2 million overhaul of our Community Sports Facilities.

Head of PE, Mr Brown, said “I’m really proud of my team, who work very hard to keep games fresh and exciting for our students. We continually look for ways to engage more students in games as we strongly believe that physical activity and the joy of playing sporting games contributes to both physical and mental health.” 

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Meet our new Student Leaders 

We are delighted that this year’s Executive Student Leadership team have been selected.  Head Girl is Summer Mee, Head Boy is Ali Mohammed, Deputy Head Girl is Libby Bonney and Deputy Head Boy is Daniel Phillips.

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These roles are the most senior student roles in the Academy, and provides a sense of community and strength for the student community and an important link between students and staff.  It involves being both the voice of the students, as well as being strong role models and ambassadors for the Academy.

Deputy Head Girl, Libby, said, “I am looking forward to ensuring that students across the Academy know that they will be listened to, and to making sure that the school is the best it can be for students.  This step into leadership has given me a new sense of independence, and I know it will be a great experience to draw on in the future.”

Head Boy, Ali, added, “We are honoured and privileged to have been chosen for these roles – it has been a dream throughout my time here to represent the students and Manchester Health Academy.”

The four are studying hard and all aspire to go onto further study – Summer plans to study Health and Social Care, whilst Ali plans to pursue electrical engineering and manufacturing. Libby has wanted to continue with her long-held interest in drama and acting, and Daniel is interested in studying electronics.

Record Breaking Cyclist Visits Academy 

A group of our Year 7 students had the opportunity to meet professional cyclist, Josh Quigley, when he visited Manchester Health Academy yesterday.

Josh is a Scottish cyclist who has made a fighting comeback after his recovery from life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car whilst riding across America on his bike last year. Not allowing either his injuries or Covid-19 travel restrictions slow him down, he set a new world record for cycling the North Coast 500 route (NC500) on Saturday 19th September 2020.

The students were selected to meet Josh and hear his inspirational story after they worked hard to become the Academy’s first Peloton Award winners. Academy Principal, Mr Green, created the award to celebrate individual students who have gone the extra mile in their learning.

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He says, “I often use an analogy with our students, of a cyclist in a race. Cyclists race in a group called a peloton, saving energy by coasting near to one another. I encourage each of our students to break free of the peloton, excel individually and make the most of the opportunities offered at the Academy. Josh’s story is a perfect example of how single-minded pursuit of excellence brings success, and it was fantastic for our young students to be able to ask him their own questions.”

One of the powerful messages delivered by Josh was, “always get back on the bike”. He says that he has learned that life is not always easy, and that there are obstacles and adversity along the way, but as with cycling, you should always get back on your metaphorical bike and move forward in life.

Student, Alexis, presented Josh with his own Peloton Badge and Certificate on behalf of the Academy, in recognition of his amazing achievements.

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The Gift of Reading

What better way to start the new academic year than with a beautiful package of books?

We are welcoming each of our students back with a gift of a hand picked books over the coming week.

Organisers, Miss Milward and Miss Farby, said, “We have missed our students greatly and wanted to do something that would be both enjoyable for them and to help their academic progress.”

Reading is an essential part of all students’ journeys through school and something we insist students do every day. Enjoy the hand-picked books MHA, you deserve them!

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The Inspirational Class of 2020

Having risen to the challenge of completing their secondary school education during the global pandemic, it was a pleasure to welcome our Year 11 students back to the Academy today to collect their GCSE results.

Emma O'Hare

Principal, Mr Green, said, “I am delighted for our students, for whom today brings the end of an anxious wait for their results.  They have demonstrated a high level of forbearance and resilience throughout this most unusual of academic years, and their hard work over their five years with us at the Academy has yielded a set of results that will open up doors for them into further education, training and the world of work.

Secondary education is about so much more than exam results – the class of 2020 leave the Academy as a group of young people who have grown into strong, independent, hard-working and inspirational citizens, who have achieved despite the hardest of circumstances. We couldn’t be prouder of them and wish each and every one of them all the very best for the future.”

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A Question of Sport

We are delighted that Manchester Health Academy have been awarded the Games Mark Gold Award for 2019-20.

Due to gaining this prestigious award, we have been asked by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England to support them with a survey in regards to behaviour and attitudes towards physical activity.

Results from previous years have resulted in the introduction of new activities such as yoga, pilates, UV glow in the dark tennis and body pump being added to the curriculum, so it would be great to know where our students’ interests lie.

Please will you ask your child to complete this survey so that their views are included?

Behaviour and Attitudes Towards Physical Activity Survey

We are proud to support a number of our students in their sporting endeavours outside school, who represent their sport regionally, nationally and internationally.  To help us to support your child, please complete this questionnaire:

PE Department Questionnaire

Please contact me if you would like more information.

Many thanks,

Stewart Brown  |  Head of Physical Education

School Games Gold Mark

Read all about it! The Word is out…

The Word Summer 2020 (2)

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week (18th – 24th May 2020) is the Mental Health Foundation‘s Mental Health Awareness Week, an event that we usually celebrate with our students in the Academy.

This year’s theme is “Kindness”.  The Foundation say, “We chose kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. It strengthens relationships, develops community & deepens solidarity” which are all so important right now.


National Careers Week in Full Swing!

National Careers Week is in full swing here at the Academy, with a focus on careers all week.

Assemblies are taking place all week showing the National Careers Week Video, which has the theme of “Hope”.

Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome Pav Bhatti from the BBC, who talked to students about careers in broadcast media and her experiences as a journalist.

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Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow our Careers Advisor, Lisa Hutchinson, is holding a drop in advice session in the Dining Room, as well as her usual appointments throughout the day.

Careers Officer Drop in session

Then on Thursday, we are looking forward to a visit from Peter Sproule of Moda Living, who will talk about Careers in Architecture and Design.  Friday will see Michelle Kennedy of the Department from Work and Pensions talk about Apprenticeships.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Students in Year 9 at Manchester Health Academy enjoyed some wonderful experiences with representatives of the Manchester University Confucius Institute, when they came along to run workshops in Chinese dancing, Mandarin language skills and Chinese musical instruments.

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Part of Manchester Airport’s ‘International Week’, which involves Airport colleagues visiting schools to run workshops focusing on the art, culture and language of different countries, these workshops celebrated the recent Chinese New Year.

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