The Academy was selected by Manchester City Council to expand its student population so that more of the city’s children can attend a good school. Manchester Health Academy currently educates approximately 750 students, and will see this rise to just under 1100 students by 2022. More students will mean more staff, a broader curriculum and more investment in buildings and sports facilities, making the Academy bigger and better for everyone in the community.
The vision, values and beliefs of the Academy will continue to drive our future work and deliver a quality education for all our young people: ‘Excellence, Aspiration, Leadership, Success’.
The £10 million transformation programme of the Academy’s estate has already seen the addition of a new dining room extension, multi-use games area and FA standard all-weather pitch for students and the community to enjoy. The new building opened for use in September 2018.
Supporting the Academy’s commitment to improve standards in Maths and Literacy, the third phase of development has seen a brand new three storey building added especially for maths and English teaching. This has allowed classrooms in the existing buildings to be used for extra science, food technology and art labs. The new building housees a new main atrium, providing a welcoming entrance and flexible space for both the Academy and community.
Energy saving is a key feature in all new school buildings and the new maths and English building benefits from mixed mode ventilation and concrete floors which retain heat and help to prevent rapid temperature change. The lights react to levels of brightness and work on ‘absence detection’ meaning they automatically switch off if no movement is sensed after a pre-set time.
Classrooms also benefit from floating ceiling panels that absorb sound to improve acoustics, as well as cutting edge teaching and learning technology.
Legendary former Manchester United FC defender Denis Irwin officially opened Manchester Health Academy’s new all-weather pitch in November 2017.
The new floodlit playing surface, which can be used all-year-round, compliments the school’s other football facilities. These include two full-size grass pitches; two 7v7 pitches; one 9v9 pitch and a small-sided AGP. The Academy worked in partnership with the Manchester FA to secure a £386,583 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Manchester Health Academy’s site currently benefits from a community gym, sports halls, large playing field, a 3G pitch and Brooklands Public Library, with onsite parking for Academy staff and users of the community facilities.
This is great news for the local area, and we continue to work with our partnerships with local amateur clubs. The Academy enjoys a great relationship with Manchester United Football Club, with Manchester United Foundation having an officer based onsite who runs the Streetreds initiative here.
Students from Year 9 worked with the architects to design the extension to our dining room. Featuring new flooring, benches and tables and a bold new graphic panel highlighting diversity and aspiration, it opened for students and staff on Monday 31st October 2016.
Mr Green, Principal of the Academy says, “I am delighted with the way the Academy’s expansion is coming to fruition. These new facilities will provide our students with an excellent environment that will optimise their learning experience, whilst providing our teaching team with state-of-the-art tools to succeed. I want each and every one of my students to love school, and to develop high aspirations during their time at the Academy. I am both optimistic and enthused about working with them on their education journeys.”