“No nonsense and no excuses.” BBC runs a news story about our academy.

“No nonsense and no excuses.” BBC runs a news story about our academy.

How our co-operative ethos has made a difference in Higher Blackley.

On Sunday 14 October, the BBC website featured a news story about how the academy has transformed educational opportunities for young people in Higher Blackley since opening in 2010.

The academy replaced Plant Hill Arts College which, unfortunately, had a terrible truancy record. As academy Principal Mr Brice says in the article, “If children are not in the building, they’re not learning.”

The academy’s attendance (now over 97%) is now the best in Manchester and in the top 1% of schools nationally. This is in stark contrast to the figure of around 75% found in Plant Hill Arts College prior to 2010.

Whilst the BBC article focuses on the dramatic change in our attendance figures, we believe this is just the most visible sign of our higher expectations of uniform and behaviour, and our investment in making lessons far more engaging for students. Students are in school because they want to be in school learning.

You can read the full article at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45627485.