Manchester Health Academy has been on a journey of tremendous success over the past two years, moving from a judgement of ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in November 2013 to one of ‘Good’, with many outstanding features, just 18 months later.
As a result of our success we have been selected by Manchester City Council to extend our Academy so that more of the city’s children can attend a good school. 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. A £10 million transformation programme of the Academy’s estate will include a new dedicated English and maths building, new dining room extension and state of the art sporting facilities with new changing rooms, multi-use games area and FA standard all weather pitch for students and the community to enjoy.
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’.
Manchester Health Academy currently educates approximately 700 students, and will see this rise to just under 1100 students by 2022. The first phase of expansion was completed in October 2016, with the addition of new classrooms within the existing building and an extension to the Dining Room, which has been positively received by students.
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.
Manchester Health Academy’s 68,516m2 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.
The next phase of work will see the addition of a new full-sized 3G pitch and a floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area. There will also be additional parking provided and development to the Community Sports building’s internal layout.
This is great news for the local area, and we will continue to work within our local partnerships with local amateur clubs. The Academy already enjoys a great relationship with Manchester United Football Club, with Manchester United Foundation having an officer based onsite who runs the Streetreds initiative here.
Supporting the Academy’s commitment to improve standards in Maths and Literacy, the third phase of development will see a brand new three storey building added especially for maths and English teaching. This will allow classrooms in the existing buildings to be used for extra science, food technology and art labs. The new building will house 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 will benefit from mixed mode ventilation and concrete floors which retain heat and help to prevent rapid temperature change. The lights will react to levels of brightness and will work on ‘absence detection’ meaning they automatically switch off if no movement is sensed after a pre-set time.
Classrooms will also benefit from floating ceiling panels that absorb sound to improve acoustics, as well as cutting edge teaching and learning technology.
Mr Owen, Principal of the Academy says “I am looking forward to seeing our expansion plans come to fruition in tandem with our ongoing work to drive up standards of teaching and learning. I am passionate about providing children with the best education possible, and this new teaching space will extend our excellent school facilities for a new generation of students.”