Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) at Manchester Health Academy has provided all students with a rich and varied curriculum. In Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11) an element of choice is introduced in order to allow more time for subjects to be studied in depth.
All students in Key Stage 4 will study the core (compulsory) subjects along with Health, Religious Education and ICT. Students will be asked to choose subjects from two option blocks.
Citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Students are encouraged to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities and duties, and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.
As Health is our specialism, students have one lesson a week during which they learn about issues which are important to their own health and well-being. This might be about keeping themselves safe, drugs and alcohol education, sex and relationship education, or first aid delivered by the ORCS team from Central Manchester Hospitals. As part of these sessions we have the support of several outside agencies who will come in and carry out workshops. Sixth Form students often deliver Health lessons too. Students are also involved in Healthy Schools projects such as Health Promotion campaigns. Students also get involved in our biannual Health Days, one of which features the Summer Health Walk.
Students in Year 9 will continue to be offered 2 hours of core Physical Education per week. The aim is to promote a life-long love of participating in physical activity. Students will participate in a wide and varied curriculum in sports and activities such as Handball, Trampolining, Fitness and Gymnastics as well as the more traditional sports of Football and Netball. More focus is placed on leadership and coaching roles throughout the Year 9 curriculum which will lead to opportunities in Year 10 of gaining qualifications in coaching and completing a Junior Leadership Award. Students in Year 9 will also begin to study for a Level 2 BTEC Award in Sport which will give them an additional qualification in Year 11.
During RE sessions students are taught about the appreciation of the many different religions and cultures which exist in our society, from Christianity to Buddhism, from Hinduism to Judaism. Students visit different places of worship and gain an awareness of different ways of life including the celebration of different traditions and festivals.
Students will study effective revision and study techniques in a single lesson known as ‘Study Skills’