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Gala Opening of our extension and the Academy Theatre (July 2018)

Gala Opening of our extension and the Academy Theatre (July 2018)

A special concert was held in July to mark the official opening of our new £18m extension, which has a 300-seat theatre, climbing wall, sports pitch and fitness suite.

The concert, hosted expertly by Year 10 prefects, featured amazing performances from our Big Band, Choir and Drama students. Talented student Prince sung whilst playing piano, and Georgia and Reece joined Ms Compson for a woodwind performance.

There were also some very special performances as the Big Band was joined by extra musicians from the Blackley Music Centre Band, our choir was joined by three future students from E-ACT Blackley Academy, and past students came back to resurrect numbers from our past musical shows on our new stage.

You can see highlights of the evening in this video.

We were delighted that so many family members of the performers joined us for this special occasion, along with guests from the Co-op and Manchester City Council.

Principal Steve Brice said: “The official opening of the extension marks a very proud day for Co-op Academy Manchester.

“The academy sets very high standards for itself and all its students. We have some of the very best staff and students and the new extension will enable them to have access to some of the very best facilities to support teaching and learning.

“Staff and governors are committed to providing truly outstanding experiences and outcomes for all students and we are driven to improve the life chances of students and add value to the local community.

“The academy has gone from strength to strength in recent years. We are extremely proud of what we do at the academy and are delighted that the local authority approached us to extend the reach of this to even more young people in the city. The new building not only gives us much needed space to develop our offer, but also allows much larger intakes to benefit from what we do.”