Contact us

General enquiries: Mrs E Atkinson (Office Manager and Secretary to the Academy Leadership Team)

Principal: Mr S Brice

Chair of Governors: Mrs J McCall

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO): Ms J McManus

Co-op Academy Manchester, Plant Hill Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester M9 0WQ

0161 795 3005
How can we help?
When is reception open?

During term time:

Monday 8am 5.30pm
Tuesday 8am 5.30pm
Wednesday 8am 5.30pm
Thursday 8am 4.30pm
Friday 8am 4.30pm


During holidays:

Monday 9am 3pm
Tuesday 9am 3pm
Wednesday 9am 3pm
Thursday 9am 3pm
Friday 9am 3pm

The academy is closed completely on Bank Holidays and during the Christmas break.

Who can I speak to about my child? Where can I find contact details for key staff and governors?

Please visit our leadership team and key contacts page.

Which buses pass near the academy?

Please see Transport for Greater Manchester’s website for the latest information:

  • First service 42 – Manchester, Cheetham Hill, Crumpsall, Alkrington, Middleton
  • Stagecoach service 56 – Manchester, Collyhurst, Lower Crumpsall
  • Stagecoach service 156 – Manchester, Collyhurst, Lower Crumpsall, Heaton Park, Rhodes, Middleton

Schoolday only service:

  • M Travel service 716 – Newton Heath, Moston, Harpurhey

Some students who live further away from the school may be eligible for a free travel pass from Manchester City Council.

All students using buses to get to and from the academy will require an I-go pass for bus travel and to prove their age in order to pay a concessionary fare.

Is there any car or coach parking available? Where can I drop-off or pick-up my child?

The academy has a number of car parks for staff and visitors, and drop-off and pick-up points for parents and carers. Please download our parking map.

Pick-up and drop-off

  • Please note that Plant Hill road is very narrow and busy; we encourage parents and carers to avoid stopping on the road and to use our drop-off/pick-up spaces.
  • The car park at Gate 4 has bays around the outside reserved for dropping off and picking up safely. This is marked in red on the map. The gates will open automatically in the mornings and afternoons, but are closed during the school day.
  • Additional drop-off and pick-up spaces are available in the large red area on the map at Gate 1.

Car parking

  • The main car park for visitors is behind the academy, and accessed at Gate 1. Please then make your way to reception at the front of the building. There is a pedestrian gate you will need to buzz through.
  • Additional car parking is available at Gate 6. During the day the site is secured and you will need to walk down to Gate 1 and buzz through to reception.

Disabled visitor access

  • Disabled bays are available at the front of the academy near the bus bays. Please use the buzzer at Gate 1 to access these.

Buses and coaches

  • Bus and coach bays are available at the front of the academy. Please use the buzzer at Gate 1 to access these.
Where can I find term and holiday dates?

The dates when students are expected to be in the academy are published on our term dates page.

How do I hire academy facilities during evenings, weekends or holidays?

Please see our venue hire page.

What child protection procedures do visitors need to be aware of?

All external visitors who wish to meet with students must have a current, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

External agencies must provide the academy with the name of the person(s), together with their DBS certificate number and issue date before meeting with students.

No student will be seen alone unless we have verification of documentation and photo ID.

What is the daily timetable for the school?

Please see our daily timetable page

How can I get paper copies of information on this website?

If you require paper copies of any of the information on this website, please contact the Website Manager on 0161 795 3005 or email

Please let us know what information you require. This will be provided free of charge.

How do I contact the Co-op Academies Trust?

Any complaint or concern should be raised via the Chair of Governors, this is clearly outlined in our Complaints Policy. The contact for our Governing Body is – FAO Chair of Governors, Co-op Academy Manchester, Plant Hill Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester M9 0WQ or email: (please put FAO Chair of Governors in the subject line)


Following this should you still wish to contact the Co-op Academies Trust, you can write to the Central Team at X99 Co-op Academies, 8th Floor, 1 Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG. (Please mark all envelopes with X99 to ensure it reaches the Trust.)