Values & ethos
Values & ethos
Our mission statement:
"We exist to value each other and bring out the best in everyone"
- Fair and seen to be fair to everyone
- Ambition, to raise aspirations and inspire all of us to achieve
- Respect shown to ourselves, each other and our community
Our academy is an 11-16 secondary school in the heart of Blackley in North Manchester, with a small Sixth Form provision for 16-19 year olds. The academy opened in 2010 in a brand new £23 million building.
As an academy, we receive our funding direct from the Department of Education and we decide how our budget is spent to meet the specific needs of our students. Although academies are classed as independent schools, we still work in partnership with the local authority and other schools in our area and we are open to everyone, accepting students from all backgrounds and abilities.
What makes us special is our relationship with our sponsor, the Co-op. We receive guidance, expertise and insight into finance and business from the sponsors who also help to manage how the academy is run. The Co-op has developed a strong set of values over its 150 year history and been a force for good in the communities it serves.
Teaching & learning
Our students have access to the very best teaching and are coached to be great learners themselves. Our teachers use co-operative learning techniques that enable students to coach and learn from each other, as well as from the staff. Students have access to a wide range of 21st Century learning technologies to support their studies, including Apple Macs and computers, iPads, Chromebooks and more.
The curriculum our students follow equips them to succeed and move on to fulfil their aspirations, whether that includes college and university, or apprenticeship and employment. They also have some choice in their learning pathways, choosing some of their Key Stage 4 subjects.
A nurturing environment
Keeping our students safe and happy is a priority for us. We offer a high level of pastoral care to students. Not only do students have a Learning & Pastoral Support Officer (LPSO) acting as their head of year, but they also have access to a wide range of staff members who ensure they have the support they need. This includes a dedicated Special Educational Needs team and a dedicated programme for Able and Talented students.
Our academic success is consistently above the average for schools in the city of Manchester, and is amongst the highest in the neighbourhood. The great majority of our students progress to study A Levels and have a wide set of options available to them.
Whilst academic success is important, we also fully value the full range of student achievement. We have a vibrant extra-curricular programme, and many students take the opportunity to develop their sporting prowess, their artistic sensibilities and to get involved in the local community.
We have developed student voice programmes which give students an opportunity to have a say in the way the academy is run, and we have a variety of student leadership programmes through which they develop key transferable skills and gain real-world experience.