See the plans - consultation on building expansion

The consultation website including detailed plans is now available at

We invite parents, carers and the local community to have their say in connections with plans for a significant expansion at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester.

The following letter is also being sent home to parents and carers. In addition, local residents will also be invited to join the consultation.  

What do the plans include?

The plans will include growing student capacity from c. 900 to 1500 and providing improved facilities including an Expressive Performing Arts Centre, new teaching spaces and improved sports provision, aiming for completion in September 2017.

This will enable the academy to continue to both serve the local community and continue to offer excellent standards of teaching. The additional school places are required as part of a City-wide programme of school expansion and building new schools to accommodate the need for secondary places to accommodate a growing City population.

The additional academy places will be accommodated within an extension to the existing school building on part of the existing grass pitches to the east of the site. To ensure that the academy is able to accommodate the required sports pitch facilities, Manchester City Council, has offered additional land to the west of the site (on City Council land), currently forming part of Tweedle Hill Common.

Invitation to a drop-in event                                           

Before we finalise our plans, we would like to invite you to view the latest plans and provide feedback.  To find out more, we are holding two drop-in consultation exhibitions for staff, parents and students as well as surrounding residents. The events will take place as follows:

  • Thursday 14th April from 4pm – 7pm [during Easter Break]
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016  from 4pm – 7pm

The events will be held at the Main Hall, The Co-operative Academy of Manchester, Plant Hill Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, M9 0WQ.

Please could all visitors sign in at the main reception on arrival.

At the event, there will be members of the project team to answer any questions that you may have.

Any feedback that you provide will be considered as part of the planning application which will be submitted to Manchester City Council in the following weeks.

Ways to find out more

Visit for detailed information on the plans.

If you have any questions about the events or more generally about the plans, please contact the consultation team:

  • By Email:
  • By Phone: 0808 1688296
  • Or write to: CAM Consultation, c/o Turley, 1 New York Street, Manchester, M1 4HD
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