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  • Open Evening - 28th September 2023

    Published 04/09/23

    On Thursday 28th September 2023 we are pleased to invite Year 6 and Year 5 pupils and their parents/carers to our Open Evening. 

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  • Celebrating GCSE Results Day 2023

    Published 24/08/23

    Co-op Academy North Manchester pupils celebrated their GCSE results today.  This special day marks the end of many years of commitment and resilience for our Class of 2023. We are so proud of their achievements as they embark on the next chapter of their lives as these results have unlocked places at colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeships.

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  • Parent Digest July 2023

    Published 23/08/23

    It was lovely to be able to see so many parents at our fabulous Open Evening at the end of June - a huge turnout and lots of positive feedback about our school made us really proud. All our tours were fully booked and we are once again full for September - one change is we have been asked by Manchester Local Authority to expand in 2023 and so the governing council have agreed to increase the intake in Year 7 to 270 for next year only.

    Year 11 Prom was fabulous as always - we will miss you Class of 2023 - the class of 2024 have much to live up to but we know they can do it!!

    Thank you for attending our Summer Showcase and thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to see the Trust-wide production of Les Miserables - it was an inspiring performance from pupils in Year 6 through to Year 13 and featured many of North Manchester’s pupils in starring roles!

    It’s the final Digest of the year and we must say some really fond farewells to some staff - many of whom have been with us for some time and played a large part in our story.  We say goodbye and good luck to:

    Mr Halshaw, Assistant Vice Principal for Behaviour and Attitudes who is leaving us to lead behaviour at Wright Robinson

    Mr Thompson, Assistant Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning who is leaving for promotion to Vice Principal at a school in Cheshire

    We are delighted to announce that after a very competitive external process Mrs Watkins was successful in securing the post of Assistant Vice Principal for Behaviour and Attitudes from September and we have also recruited an excellent colleague for Assistant Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning who will join us in January 2024.

    Two colleagues have been seconded to promotions on the Senior Leadership Team, Mr Burkitt who joined as an Assistant Vice Principal for Science and Technology becomes our new Vice Principal for Behaviour, Attitudes, Attendance & Safeguarding and Mrs Parkinson as Assistant Vice Principal for CEAIG (Careers) and Vocational Curriculum following her outstanding work in this area.

    Mrs McLean has secured a promotion from Head of English to Senior Early Careers Lead and will be working with the senior team to support new teachers in school after a diligent year’s work.

    Mr Dermody will return in September as Head of Research and Pedagogy - a new whole school role which is central to our commitment to the very best teacher training and excellence in the classroom.

    Also starting new chapters from September are: Mrs El-Musaraf, Mr Gaffney, Ms Greenhalgh, Ms Jordan, Ms Ludlow, Mr Hellawell, Mr Metcalfe, Mr Ormerod, Mr Routledge, Mrs Smith (Drama), Mr Spann, Mr Thornton, Mrs Williams and Miss Goodenough

    We welcome a number of new staff who will be wonderful additions to Co-op North Manchester and who with further strengthen our inclusive, diverse and aspirational offer:

    • Ms Philpotts - Assistant Deputy SENDCo who joins Mrs Davenport and Mrs Garsden in the leadership of our Hub
    • Mrs Nemane - Transition Manager
    • Miss Marshall - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • Mrs Tomkow - Assistant Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning
    • Ms Abonijim - Teacher of English
    • Mrs Bauer - Head of Modern Foreign Languages
    • Mr Colbourne - Teacher of Personal Development
    • Mrs Dean - Teacher of Health and Social Care
    • Miss Glorioso - Teacher of Design Technology
    • Mr Grimshaw - Head of Business and Computing
    • Mr Holland - Teacher of Maths
    • Ms Jones - Teacher of Science
    • Ms Massey - Teacher of Religious Studies and Personal Development
    • Mrs Woolstencroft - Remote Learning Lead
    • Mr Mupfumbati - Teacher of Maths
    • Mr Morris - Teacher of English
    • Ms Rozej - Teacher of English
    • Mr Da Costa - Teacher of Science

    Thank you to all parents and carers who completed the parental survey - the ‘scores on the doors’ showed that things like the digest are helping us communicate better with you and all the feedback around how behaviour was really positive. We have had internal and external audits for behaviour and safeguarding which were incredibly positive. I’d like to say a personal thank you because our pupils stand out to these visitors for their politeness, manners and the ways they regulate themselves and others especially at break and lunchtimes.

    The survey showed pupils feel happy and safe and know who to go to if there is an issue. They felt the values of school; Respect, Commitment and Trust were deeply understood and that they showed them every day. They also understood the Co-op Ways of being - Succeed Together, Do What Matters Most, Show You Care and Be Yourself Always

    Our catering and food offer should see further changes in September - we will write separately about the new menus and food/drinks offer at the start of next term. We have listened to what pupils want whilst making sure we offer a balanced and healthy diet.

    Holiday times can bring a lack of routine, more time unsupervised and the summer one - warmer weather🤞 - which can mean young people are more at risk from online abuse and dangers such as open water, traffic accidents and getting involved in anti-social behaviour. There are helpful sites, information and guidance for all parents and carers via our website and do please keep talking to your child about how to keep themselves safe outside and in online spaces. There are lots of resources available to parents, carers and pupils.

    Keeping Safe Over Summer hand out

    Your child is a valued and respected member of our school community and I’d like to thank you for all the work you put in at home to make sure they are in full uniform, have equipment, join clubs, help each other, open doors and just bring fun (and hard work) to school everyday.

    Next year we are doing much more work around keeping safe online, sexual violence and harassment including misogyny, and we begin accreditation with Leeds Beckett on our anti-racist curriculum. The Year 7 canopy will finally open, our extra curricular offer will again be huge and cater for all tastes and talents.

    Our pupils, your children - completed over 1060 hours of volunteering last term, and we are hoping to increase this term on term. One of our parent governors led a very successful litter pick and is working with the community group soon to plant a rainbow of bulbs lining Victoria Avenue East in a bid to slow traffic, so any help would be appreciated.

    Have a lovely summer.

    Here are links to some activities in Manchester over the Summer

    Loads to do in Manchester

    Free Summer activities from MCRactive

    Staying safe in the Sun and Water 

    Key Dates:

    Friday 21st July 2023

    End of Term

    Uniform Collections

     Tuesday 29th August 2023 - Friday 1st September 2023

    Thursday 24th August 2023

    Results Day - please read the arrangements here

    Monday 4th September 2023

    INSET staff training, closed to pupils

    Tuesday 5th September 2023

    INSET staff training, closed to pupils

    Wednesday 6th September 2023

    Start of Term - Year 7 pupils only from 8am

    Thursday 7th September 2023

    All pupils return to the academy

    Friday 8th September 2023

    Year 7 School Photography

    Year 7 Drop in at 3.30pm

    Thursday 21st September 2023

    Year 11 Progress Evening 4.00pm - 6.00pm

    Thursday 28th September 2023

    Open Evening 4.00pm - 7.00 pm

    Friday 29th September 2023

    INSET staff training, closed to pupils

    Friday 20th October 2023

    Half term break

    Monday 30th October 2023

    Pupils return from half term break

    Thursday 2nd November 2023

    Year 7 Progress Evening 4.00pm - 6.00pm

    Wednesday 8th November 2023

    Year 11 Mock Interview Event

    Friday 24th November 2023

    INSET staff training, closed to pupils

    Tuesday 28th November 2023

    How to Help Your Child Revise Event 5.30pm - 7.30pm

    Thursday 30th November 2023

    Academic Celebration Event 5.30pm - 8.00pm

    Friday 5th December 2023

    Flu vaccinations

    Thursday 21st December 2023

    Christmas break

    Monday 8th January 2024

    Pupils return from Christmas break

    Year 11 Mock Exams begin

    Thursday 18th January 2024

    Year 8 HPV/MMR Vaccination first dose

    Thursday 18th January 2024

    Year 9 Progress Evening 4.00pm - 6.00pm

    Friday 19th January 2024

    Year 8 HPV/MMR Vaccination first dose

    Thursday 8th February 2024

    Year 9 Options Event 4.00pm - 6.30pm

    Friday 16th February 2024

    Half term break

    Monday 26th February 2024

    Pupils Return from half term break



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  • GCSE Results Day 2023

    GCSE Results Day Arrangements

    Published 23/08/23

    We hope you have enjoyed the summer holidays. The arrangements for Results Day on Thursday 24th August 2023 are as follows.

    We are issuing results in person on Thursday 24th August 2023 and have provided pupils with an appointment time. Please check the attached slip that we issued prior to the summer break for your appointment time. We ask pupils to arrive promptly. It will not be possible for pupils to receive their results earlier than the scheduled time, so please only arrive at the specified time, no earlier.

    On arrival pupils will be required to queue outside the front reception entrance. Before receiving their results, we will need all pupils to complete their college destinations information via google forms. 

    The link to do this is:

    If pupils have not had the opportunity to complete this ahead of results day they will be required  complete this you will need to do so before receiving their results.

    Any results not collected by Thursday 24th August 2023 at the allocated appointment times will be posted out to pupils on the following day to the postal address we hold in our database.  Should pupils wish to have their results posted out on Results Day please provide a stamped, self – addressed envelope to Mrs Welsh (Examinations) by Monday 8th August. 

    If pupils require their results to be emailed to them, we need to notify us of this request by Monday 8th August using the email address

    Please note: if pupils have requested someone else to collect their results on their behalf, we will require written permission and for the person collecting the results to carry photo identification. Any results requested via email, this will be sent after all the in-person collections have taken place.

    Please refer to the Appeals procedure document on the school website (link below), in the event of a query regarding results.  Pupils can also email on

    All actual examination certificates do not arrive in the centre until November and pupils will receive information nearer the time about how to collect their certificates.

    We hope to see you on Thursday 24th August 2023 and wish the class of 2023 the very best of luck for the future. P

    Yours faithfully

    Mrs F Welsh, Assistant Vice Principal 

    Exams Appeal Information

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  • Les Miserables – A Co-op Academies Trust Production

    Published 15/05/23

    “Do you hear the distant drums?”

    Well – that could be the sound of our first ever Trust production of the smash hit musical Les Miserables drawing closer!  This July, students from all nine of our Greater Manchester academies are coming together to perform this spectacular show in the Academy Theatre at Co-op Academy Manchester.  Accompanied by a full orchestra and with impressive set and technical design, this show is not to be missed.  Tickets are already on sale and are moving fast.  The show runs from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th July with performances starting at 7.30pm (and 2.30pm & 7.30pm on Saturday).  Tickets are just £8 (adults) and £5 (concessions).  What better way to support our fantastic students, to witness our first ever joint production and have a great night out! 

    Tickets can be purchased online by visiting

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  • North Manchester Crowned ‘Best Academy’ in the Trust’s Spoken Word Competition

    Published 04/05/23

    On Wednesday 26th April 2023 two of our pupils took part in the Trust’s first ever Public Speaking and Spoken Word competition hosted at Co-op Academy Belle Vue.

    The competition aimed to celebrate the pupil’s ability to write, speak and perform about a topic they are passionate about. Ruby, Year 9 and Ewan, Year 7 both wrote a speech on ‘why Manchester is the best place to live in the UK’ and performed their speeches with 22 other speakers from the Trust.

    Their speeches were outstanding and really showcased their commitment and passion they’ve put into the whole process. Out of the 24 speakers, Ruby came 1st place, crowning the academy with ‘Best Academy’.

    The event was fantastic and it was inspiring to see so many great speakers showcase their talent and insight.

    Ruby said:

    “I was very excited to be invited to the competition and listen to the other wonderful speeches. it was a lovely day!”

    Ewan said:

    “It was a thrilling experience and I loved listening to all the other fabulous speeches!”

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  • Co-op Academy North Manchester take part in the Urban Debate Competition

    Published 03/04/23

    Pupils in KS3 have been taking part in the Urban Debate Competition this year. Since November, the academy has been lucky enough to have a mentor from the Debate Mate program attend the academy once a week to work with a group of pupils from Year 7-10 on their speaking and listening skills through the Debate Mate format. This format starts from the most basic fundamentals of arguing a point up to structuring a full debate within teams of 4.

    Five pupils from Year 7 and 8 attended the first round of the Urban Debate League on the 6th February following 8 weeks of extra-curricular work with the Debate Mate program. The five pupils represented themselves and the academy excellently, winning their first debate against a team of experienced competitors and narrowly missing out on a second victory to another excellent team of experienced debaters.

    The second round on the 7th March saw them win both their debates!

    We look forward to seeing these pupils progress further through the program and act as ambassadors and role models for building up a successful culture of debate within the school.

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  • Future Sound Live and Abram Wilson Charity Official Video

    Published 03/04/23

    At the start of the September 2022 term 19 pupils embarked on a journey with Future Sound and the Abram Wilson Charity to focus on skills that wouldn’t normally be offered as part of their in-school music curriculum, the full story can be found here.

    Future Sound created an official video that features saxophonist, composer and bandleader Emma Johnson, who led the project, along with students from Co-op Academy North Manchester and musicians Richard Jones, Alex Robinson, Nishla Smith, Nick Williams and Aaron Wood.

    S Hands, Principal, Co-op Academy North Manchester said

    It is an amazing experience and the reflections of the musicians and our pupils around confidence and creativity make me really proud. This project was not possible without the commitment from the pupils and staff involved and it has yielded unconscionable happiness and success.

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  • We’ve launched paid Teaching Internships in Greater Manchester

    Published 09/01/23

    Co-op Academies Trust has been chosen by the Department for Education to run paid Teaching Internships in STEM and Languages across it’s Greater Manchester academies.

    Postgraduate teacher recruitment in 2022-23 was 29% below the Government’s target. This was mainly driven by low recruitment for secondary teachers, where only 59% of trainees needed were recruited. 

    As part of a renewed drive to encourage graduates to go into teaching, the Government is revamping their approach. 

    Teaching Internships were first introduced a number of years ago, but all providers had to reapply for accreditation this year. The subject focus was also widened to include Chemistry and Foreign Languages. 

    Co-op Academies Trust was accredited as a new provider in 2022, joining legacy providers across the region. The trust has 38 Teaching Internships across its 6 Greater Manchester Secondary Schools, in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing and MFL

    With Teaching Internships, graduates get the opportunity to experience a range of activities to help them get a feel for school life.

    The experience provides undergraduates interested in teaching a unique paid teaching experience to help them decide if teaching is the right career choice for them.  

    Internships last for 3 weeks and start from Monday 19th June- Friday 7th July 2023.

    Internships taking place at:
    Co-op Academy Manchester
    Co-op Academy North Manchester
    Co-op Academy Failsworth
    Co-op Academy Belle Vue
    Co-op Academy Swinton
    Co-op Academy Walkden

    Interns are paid £300 per-week whilst they gain new skills and insights into the teaching profession.

    Co-op Academies Trust Teacher Training provision was set up to address the shortfall in teacher recruitment as well as retain more practitioners into the profession.

    Teaching internships play an important role in preparing future teachers for a fulfilling and successful career in teaching. 

    Find out more about our paid Teaching Internships

    Co-op Academies Trust works in partnership with University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, Bright Futures SCITT and Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT.

    “At Co-op Academies Trust we are looking to develop outstanding teachers who will deliver the best possible education for all of our pupils and students. The Teaching Internship Programme allows us to introduce potential teachers to the profession whilst they are studying and then support them with their continued ‘Get into Teaching’ journey onto our School Direct ITT Programme.

    “Over the 3 weeks, our interns will receive opportunities to immerse themselves within the profession, give them an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, provide them with the opportunity to work with and teach students, develop their subject and pedagogical knowledge and guide them on applying for initial teacher training.”- Andy Gibson, Head of Initial Teacher Training, Co-op Academies Trust

    The deadline to apply is Friday 10th March 2023.

    If you’re thinking of applying, get in touch-

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  • Performing Arts Winter Celebration Concert​​​​​​​

    Published 19/12/22

    On Wednesday the 14th December the academy welcomed parents, carers and the general public to enjoy our Performing Arts Winter Celebration Concert, showcasing our talented singers and musicians.

    The event featured the Steel Pans Band, the Choir and individual performances of seasonal classics.

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  • Pupils sing carols to the residents of Nazareth House to spread some festive cheer

    Published 08/12/22

    On Tuesday 6th December pupils performed to the residents of Nazareth House Care Home in Prestwich.

    Pupils performed Christmas carols and shared Christmas cards made by our Peer Mentor Groups.

    Watch some of the performance here

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  • Pupils attend Mock Interviews to prepare for their post-16 journey

    Published 07/12/22

    On Thursday 9th November 2022 we invited pupils in year 11 to take part in a mock interview supported by 20 local employers and further educational providers.

    As part of the academy’s extensive CEIAG offer for pupils, the mock interview process aims to give pupils the opportunity to prepare for the post-16 interview in an environment in which they feel comfortable.

    In preparation for the event, pupils were asked to complete an application form that was assigned to one of the employers and further educational staff who conducted their interview.

    The mock interviews help pupils to learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies, improve their communication skills and  reduce the stress and anxiety that pupils may feel or develop as they receive their invites for any upcoming interviews.

    The event was an extremely successful one, with pupils given feedback on their interview and provided with a range of guidance allowing them to feel confident and prepared for their post-16 journey. The employers who facilitated the event commented that pupils were ‘passionate and engaged with the process and showed a great level of maturity in how they prepared and presented on the day’ 

    A Year 11 pupil commented:

    ‘it was really good, I learnt how to speak at an interview, the right body language, what I need to improve on and I feel well prepared for my interview coming up at college’.

    A Year 11 pupil commented:

     ‘I felt really nervous when I was going into the interview but I felt really good when I came out. I was very proud of myself and as a result I now feel ready for my interviews thinking about the feedback I was given’.

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