Contact us

Co-op Academy Manchester,

Plant Hill Road,

Higher Blackley,


M9 0WQ

For general enquiries, please contact Mrs E Atkinson (Office Manager and Secretary to the Academy Leadership Team).

0161 795 3005 (Reception hours are Monday to Wednesday 8:00 - 5:30, Thursday to Friday 8.00 - 4.30pm during term time. During school holidays reception is open between 9am and 3pm. )
How can we help?
Who can I speak to about my child?

In the first instance, parents and carers should contact their child’s Learning and Pastoral Support Officer (LPSO). Please call the main academy number on 0161 795 3005 or find their email address below:

Each Year Group also has a named Assistant Vice Principal and Vice Principal who you can speak to about serious matters.


Year 7

LPSOs: Ms E McClean and Ms K Fitzpatrick


Academy Leadership Team links: Mrs J Baldwin, Assistant Vice Principal and Ms R Hepworth, Vice Principal.


Year 8

LPSO: Mr B Talabi and Ms J Thistlethwaite


Academy Leadership Team links: Mr R Haseler, Assistant Vice Principal and Ms R Hepworth, Vice Principal.


Year 9

LPSO: Mr B Graham


Academy Leadership Team links: Ms M Peavoy, Associate Assistant Vice Principal and Mr J Knowles, Vice Principal


Year 10

LPSO: Ms R Hardy


Academy Leadership Team links: Mr M Heaney, Associate Assistant Vice Principal and and Mr J Knowles, Vice Principal


Year 11

LPSO: Ms P Jackson


Academy Leadership Team links: Mrs G Marshall, Assistant Vice Principal and Mrs M McMorrow, Senior Vice Principal

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.
How do I contact the SENCO?

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Ms J McManus and she can be contacted at the academy via or by phone 0161 795 3005.

Visit our SEND page for full details about how we support students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

How do I contact the Principal or Chair of Governors?

The Principal is Mr S Brice, BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH.

The Chair of the Board of Governors is Mrs J McCall.

You can contact the Principal or the Chair of Governors by the main academy phone line, postal address or email address.

Where can I find term 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?

Please find contact details on the Trust’s website.