Burnage Academy for Boys

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Burnage Academy for Boys
Motto achieving excellence
Established 1933
Type Academy
Headteacher Ian Fenn
Location Burnage Lane
Manchester
M19 1ER
England Coordinates: 53°25′39″N 2°12′12″W / 53.4275°N 2.2033°W / 53.4275; -2.2033
Local authority Manchester City Council
DfE number 352/4256
DfE URN 140703 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 55
Students 941
Gender Boys
Ages 11–16
Houses Ash, Oak, Maple, Rowan
Website BMAC

Burnage Academy for Boys is a secondary school with academy status, located in Burnage, Manchester, England.

History[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

The school was founded in 1933 as Burnage Grammar School for Boys, situated on Burnage Lane. The school was expanded in the 1950s with the addition of a multi-storey building. It remained a selective grammar school for over 30 years before becoming a comprehensive school in 1967, when most secondary schools in Manchester became comprehensives.

Comprehensive school[edit]

In 1967, the school became Burnage High School for Boys and merged with Ladybarn Secondary School, a secondary modern school on the junction of Parrs Wood Road and Briarfield Road in Withington. This site then became the lower school (for years 7 - 9) while the Burnage Lane site remained the upper school (for years 10 & 11 and the sixth form). This remained the case until 2000, when the lower and upper schools were amalgamated. All students are now based solely at the Burnage Lane site, which was expanded with a new building in 1999 and a new Sports Hall in 2001, though the school no longer has a sixth form. The lower school site on Parrs Wood Road was demolished following its closure and a new housing estate was built in its place.

Media Arts College[edit]

In 2007, the school was given Media Arts College status and has since been renamed as Burnage Media Arts College.[1] Despite this change, it remains an all-boys school for 11-16 year olds.

In 2010, the school was reconstructed under the Building Schools for the Future initiative which saw the original 1930s and 1950s buildings replaced by a new building. The 1999 building was refurbished and the Sports Hall (built in 2001) was also improved with a new gymnasium. On completion of the new main building, the old buildings were demolished and the grounds they once stood on were resurfaced to provide all-weather sports facilities.

Academy[edit]

Previously a community school administered by Manchester City Council, Burnage Media Arts College converted to academy status on 1 April 2014. It has been renamed Burnage Academy for Boys, however the school continues to co-ordinate with Manchester City Council for admissions.

Admissions[edit]

The school draws pupils from various districts of Manchester, including Didsbury, Levenshulme, Longsight, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Withington, Hulme, Ardwick, and Burnage itself. The majority of students live in Longsight, Levenshulme, Rusholme and Ardwick wards, which suffer from high levels of poverty, deprivation and crime. As mentioned in its 2010 OFSTED report, over 90% of the school's students are from ethnic minorities, and over 64% are of South Asian heritage with more than 50% of all students speaking English as an additional language.[2]

OFSTED Inspections[edit]

The school's latest OFSTED report was conducted in 2012 and rated the school as "Good" (Grade 2).[3] This follows the school's last inspection in 2010 when it was rated merely as "Satisfactory" (Grade 3).

Academic performance[edit]

In the school's 2002 OFSTED report, it was noted that overall examination grades for students at the school in recent years were well below the national average.[4] The school has had consistently improving GCSE results since 2001 (with the exception of 2005 when results dipped), though they remain well below the national average.[5] GCSE performance results as published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) since 2001 are as follows:[6][7][8]

Percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSE A* - C results or equivalent (national average for each year in brackets):

  • 2001: 23% (50%)
  • 2002: 32% (52%)
  • 2003: 38% (53%)
  • 2004: 42% (54%)
  • 2005: 35% (56%)
  • 2006: 38% (58%)
  • 2007: 40% (61%)
  • 2008: 50% (65%)

Percentage of students achieving 5 or more A* - C including English and Maths (national average for each year in brackets):

  • 2005: 27% (44%)
  • 2006: 32% (45%)
  • 2007: 28% (46%)
  • 2008: 33% (48%)
  • 2009: 40% (50%)
  • 2010: 43% (54%)

Controversies[edit]

In September 1986, the school made headline news when 13 year old Asian pupil Ahmed Iqbal Ullah was fatally stabbed in the school playground by another 13 year old pupil, Darren Coulburn, in what was believed to be a racially motivated attack. The incident severely damaged the reputation of what was once a leading and well-respected school in the district, and launched the MacDonald Inquiry into racism in Manchester schools.[9]

In 2009, the school made headline news when teacher Mohammed Sarwar was arrested after police had obtained evidence that he had been leading a double life as the mastermind behind a major local drugs gang who had a large-scale operation to deal cocaine and cannabis. Sarwar, who was known as "The Teacher" to his gang, had taught I.T. at the school for seven years until his arrest. In April 2011, he was convicted and sentenced to 21 years in prison.[10] After his arrest, staff at the school also found crib sheets that Sarwar had drawn up to help his pupils cheat at their exams.[11]

In 2012, the school made headlines again when former supply teacher Mutasem Alqtaishat was arrested for fraud after he collected weekly payments from young players at a local basketball club that he coached at and deposited the payments into his personal account for his own use over a five month period. Alqtaishat received a 13-week prison sentence (suspended for one year), and was ordered to pay £400 and perform 180 hours of unpaid community service. In 2013, he was also struck off by the Teaching Agency for a minimum period of two years.[12][13]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Burnage High School for Boys[edit]

Burnage Grammar School for Boys[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Qureshi, Yakub (2008-01-04). "Burnage school gets new status". The Asian News. 
  2. ^ Burnage High School 2010 OFSTED report
  3. ^ OFSTED reports (Burnage Media Arts College)
  4. ^ 2002 OFSTED Report (pdf)
  5. ^ 2006 OFSTED report
  6. ^ DCSF School Attainment Tables 2001–04
  7. ^ DCSF Attainment Tables 2008
  8. ^ DCSF Attainment Tables 2009
  9. ^ Murder in the Playground: Report of the Macdonald Inquiry into Racism and Racial Violence in Manchester Schools, Ian Macdonald, New Beacon Books (ISBN 978-1-872417-00-4)
  10. ^ "Manchester teacher who led drugs gang jailed". BBC News Manchester. BBC. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Teacher, 30, who led double life running cocaine gang faces jail". Daily Mail. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Yakub Qureshi (3 April 2013). "Struck off: The teacher who stole cash from kids' sports club". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Prohibition order - Department of Education
  14. ^ a b c Burnage High School for Boys - Manchester UK

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