BBC’s Steph Opens Academy Building

The new Maths and English Building at Manchester Health Academy was officially opened by BBC Journalist and Presenter, Steph McGovern, on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.

Steph talked of the importance of schools like the Academy, where students are encouraged to develop vocational skills as well as academic ones, are equipped to go out and do well in their lives, and are given insight into the world of work.

In her keynote speech, Steph talked passionately about the importance of secondary education in preparing young people for successful lives and careers, in valuing skills in every child, and how schools like the Academy are helping children to grow up to be exactly what society needs.


Manchester Poet, and long-time collaborator with the Academy, Mike Garry, gave a moving rendition of his poem “Signify”, orating from the first floor.  He talked about how schools have changed for the better since his own school days, and highlighted the importance of students experiencing a great learning environment in terms of their aspiration and self esteem.  Following the event, Mike Garry tweeted “Young people are the future- none more so than in Wythenshawe. So, what an honour it was to read a poem at the newly built wing of Manchester Health Academy last night- a brilliant school that I’ve worked at for more than 5 years.”


The Academy’s students helped to showcase the new teaching and learning facilities, and the Steel Pan Players gave a wonderful performance.

The official opening of the building marks the completion of an ambitious £10 million development of Manchester Health Academy’s estate, enabling the Academy to almost double its intake, while providing the highest quality of teaching and learning facilities.

The transformation programme, which started in 2016, has seen an extension and refurbishment of the dining room, the addition of a multi-use games area and FA-standard floodlit all-weather pitch, as well as the new building that is dedicated to English and Maths teaching.  While the building was under construction, new food tech, science and ICT labs were installed in the main building.