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Sports Awards Evening, CAM Talks, Alan Gibbons and more: end of term round-up

Sports Awards Evening, CAM Talks, Alan Gibbons and more: end of term round-up

The last few weeks of the school year are always an exciting time, with much to celebrate. In addition, as the exam season finishes, our staff plan a range of exciting activities. Here are just a few of our recent highlights. 

Sports Awards Evening

On Monday 15 July, we held a special, exclusive evening for our sports superstars and their families. For each sport played in the academy, we invited three exceptional athletes to the stage, where their teachers read out a personal message to them, congratulating them on their achievements. There were also trophies for those students who have achieved dizzying heights of sportsmanship outside of school, a Co-op Academy Manchester Sports Personality of the Year, and a team of the year (as voted for by the audience).

A massive congratulations to all the seventy-five students who were invited.


Award-winning author Alan Gibbons visits the academy

The academy was proud to welcome Alan Gibbons on Wednesday 17 July. Alan won the Blue Peter Book Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ and 16 other awards. He spoke to our Year 8 and Year 9 students who actually study his books in their English lessons. In addition, Alan met our Book Club.

“I really appreciated his honesty about his life, talking about his personal tragedies was touching. He mixed humour with reality in an impressive way. At the end of the session, I shook hand to show my respect and to thank him for his time.”

Basil, Year 9

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Year 7 impress with their CAM Talks

Talented Year 7 students delivered slick and thoughtful lectures on a wide variety of topics in CAM Talks. Students were mentored by their subject teachers but took to stage alone or in small groups to showcase their impressive public speaking skills. The judges were blown away by all ten talks, but crowned Matthew the winner for his fascinating lecture on the importance of music.



Visit from the Deputy Prime Minister

The Right Hon David Lidington MP visited the academy to meet students and staff, and find out how our students excel in many different arenas.


Year 10 return from their Work Experience placements

We are very proud of all our Year 10 students who completed a one-week work experience placement. Our students worked in a variety of business settings, including offices, shops, nurseries, primary schools, gyms and more.

Year 11 Prom

Our Year 11 students looked amazing at their Prom at the Village Hotel, Bury. Staff had such a lovely time with these brilliant young people, and we look forward to seeing them again when they receive their GCSE results.

GCSE Results Day is Thursday 22 August, 10am – 12noon. 

If your child cannot attend in person on the morning, results may be released to an adult. The adult must bring a hand written note from the child giving the adult permission to collect exam results on their behalf. The adult must also bring personal ID. The note must be given to Mrs Elsworth, the Exams Manager.

After 12.30pm pm on results day they may be collected from reception with the above restrictions.

End of year rewards trips

Although the weather was a little bit miserable, our students who met the criteria for the Rewards Trip were in great spirits. Students with fantastic attendance, behaviour and homework records chose to go to either Blackpool Pleasure Beach or Alton Towers to celebrate their hard work this year.

We hope all of our students have a brilliant summer holiday, and we look forward to seeing students again in September.

The academy opens to students on Wednesday 4 September.

New Year 7 students must arrive at 8.15am for an 8.30am welcome assembly

All other students (Years 8 to 11) must not arrive on site until 9.45am, ready for a 10.00am start in their tutor groups. Years 8 to 10 will go straight to the family areas and join their tutor groups at 10.00am. Year 11 will line up immediately in their form groups for an assembly in the theatre.