A welcome from the Principal

  • Mr Brice, Principal
"The academy has been transformed since opening four years ago. It has an excellent reputation and has raised aspiration in the local community. Students show pride in the academy and do their best to uphold the core principles of ‘fairness, ambition and respect’."
Ofsted 2014

The business of learning & the art of success

Welcome to The Co-operative Academy of Manchester’s website. I hope it will give you a flavour of what makes life at the academy so special.

Our standards at the academy are high, and so is the quality of our offer:

  • the very best state of the art facilities and equipment
  • the very best team of teaching and support staff
  • the very best environment where your child is safe, feels valued and can excel
  • the very best curriculum offer to motivate and encourage your child and set them up for future success

In 2013, the rapid rise in our GCSE examination results meant that we were the most improved school in Manchester and in November 2014, Ofsted judged the academy to be ‘good’ with many ‘outstanding’ features. Innovation at the academy comes not only through extremely high quality teaching, but from our co-operative values of fairness, ambition and respect, which we hold dear. We believe that all children have a talent and can excel at something. It is our job to unlock this and provide experiences that mean your child will want to come to school every day, to make friends, to enjoy learning and succeed. Our core values are at the heart of all we do and are not only the key to ensuring the best learning experiences each day, but are central to promoting the future successes of the young people in our care. Leadership is a strength of the academy and was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. We are committed to developing student leadership at all levels and it is the excellent relationships between staff and students that enable us to continue to raise standards.

I invite you to come and visit us and experience for yourself the confidence and ‘can do’ attitude of our staff and students. You will see from visiting the academy that we do things a little differently - with Flexible Learning Zones modelled on modern open plan business spaces, our students treat the academy as a working environment. The business of learning is our core purpose, and we pride ourselves in excelling at this. Equally important for us though is the art of success which can be seen not only in students’ qualifications and results, but also in the exciting range of arts and sports enrichment opportunities on offer throughout the year.

I am proud to work alongside such talented staff and students every day, and look forward to welcoming you to the academy to share in our success.

Steve Brice

Principal - The Co-operative Academy of Manchester