Ofsted praises academy for supporting EVERY student

Ofsted praised The Co-operative Academy of Manchester this week for its commitment to supporting every single student – including those who find traditional classroom learning challenging.

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Ofsted visited as part of their survey on schools’ use of alternative provision. Like many schools, The Co-operative Academy of Manchester in Blackley has a small number of students on roll who learn outside the academy at specialist providers, where they take vocational subjects alongside English and Maths.  Ofsted praised the way the academy is reducing the number of students who learn off-site by developing innovative ways to engage students on site.


Since opening in 2010, the academy has developed a strong curriculum of traditional subjects including English, Maths and Science alongside high quality work related learning. Students can choose to study joinery, plumbing and other valuable skills in our Mobile Construction Unit, which visits the academy each week. Academy students also have the opportunity to study hair and beauty in the academy’s very own fully-functioning hair salon.


Principal Kathy Leaver is clear that all students can succeed. She says, “for the great majority of students the academy’s nurturing environment provides the best platform for future success in life and in work. Staff work to bring out the best in all students – and for some students this involves learning in smaller and less formal settings.”


Ofsted highlighted the hard work of academy staff who “are skilled at placing students appropriately” and ensure that students have the learning experience that’s right for them. The academy has a dedicated Offsite Provision Manager who ensures that off-site students have the same opportunities for personal development as their peers. Staff also work closely with parents, carers and external providers to ensure that students following an alternative curriculum live the academy values of fairness, ambition and respect.  

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