Ofsted say this a good school with outstanding features

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The schools inspectorate Ofsted praised the work of students and staff at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester in Higher Blackley when they visited in November 2014.  The inspectors comment: “There is an extremely positive culture for learning in which all staff set high expectations for students’ behaviour and achievement.


“Students show pride in the academy. They commit fully to the academy’s core principles of ‘fairness, ambition and respect’.”


The inspectors were impressed with the journey the academy has taken since the last inspection in early 2013. They say, “The academy has been transformed. It has raised aspiration for the local community and improved the lives of students. There is a very strong capacity to continue this improvement.”


Principal Steve Brice says, “there has been a total transformation in the past four years and this report underlines the fact that the academy is the most improved in the city and is now amongst the best Ofsted-rated schools in North Manchester.


“I am proud that the academy has contributed in no small measure to the regeneration of the area and has raised aspirations for Blackley families.  The students and staff work tirelessly every day to make the academy such a fantastic place to learn and we are very proud that the Ofsted judgements reflect this.”


This great news comes after several recent achievements, including the best GCSE results in the Blackley/Moston neighbourhood and the highest attendance rates in the city. The academy’s Year 7 cohort is the biggest ever, with parents increasingly choosing The Co-operative Academy of Manchester for their child.



Key points:

The following areas were mentioned as outstanding:

  • Leadership of the academy
  • Ensuring students attend and are kept safe and secure
  • Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • The quality of information, advice and guidance given to students about their choice of courses and career options

In the news:

Manchester Evening News ran a story about our Ofsted report - click here to read

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