Manchester Academy (secondary school)
|Executive Principal and Senior Partner||Dr Antony Edkins|
|Location||Moss Lane East
|DfE URN||134224 Tables|
|Former name||Ducie Central High School|
It is run by United Learning, a subsidiary of the United Church Schools Trust. Over half of pupils are entitled to free school meals and many are from refugee or non-English speaking backgrounds.
The Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys moved to Whitworth Street in 1900, then moved to Kirkmanshulme Lane in Longsight in 1958. It was originally known as the Manchester Central Boys' High School. The Central Grammar School for Girls remained at Whitworth Street. The boys' school had around 950 boys. The former site on Whitworth Street became the Mather College of Education in 1963, a teachers' training college. The boys grammar school merged with Victoria Park Secondary School for Boys to become the comprehensive Central High School for Boys in 1967 with 1,300 boys and girls.
The Ducie Technical High School had separate boys' and girls' schools, with 600 girls and 700 boys. It moved into a new building in 1964.
This became a comprehensive in 1967 when the boy's and girls' schools were merged. The Ducie High School was on Lloyd Street North. It merged with the Central High School for Boys in 1982 to become Ducie Central High School for Boys.
It then moved to a site on Daisy Bank Road towards Longsight. In 1993 it had the highest truancy rate of schools in England. It moved back to Lloyd Street North in September 1995, when new buildings were built at a costs of £5 million when the headteacher was Dawn Peters. The former school site is now the Belle Vue Athletics and Leisure Centre.
It was a very multi-ethnic school, when known as Ducie High School. Prince Charles visited the school. Due to its multi-ethnicity, the pro-multi-cultural National Union of Teachers was alarmed when a Christian charity, the Church Schools Company, offered in April 2002 to take the school over. A teacher at the school said the development of a white, middle-class, Christian ethos would be offensive at the multi-ethnic school. Iain Duncan Smith visited the school in October 2002.
Upon takeover by the United Learning Trust, a new £12 million school was built, replacing Ducie High School (formerly Ducie Technical High School) which had earlier absorbed the old Central Grammar School for Boys, established in 1900.
The school opened under the new name of Manchester Academy in September 2003 under the leadership of Dame Kathryn August.
In 2009, the Manchester Evening News reported that the school had achieved an 'astounding transformation', with its predecessor once branded 'the worst in the country', it was now rated by Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, as 'outstanding'. The fact that many pupils come from diverse and often economically impoverished backgrounds led experts to state that pupils at the Academy performed much better than they would at most other schools.
Pupils from the Academy won the national "Apax – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge". 2009/10 Award, with their 'virtual business' having generated profits of over £6.3 million online. Attending a ceremony at Atlantic House, London, in March 2010, they were awarded a trophy and a cheque for £3000 from BBC Dragon's Den and Radio Four Today presenter Evan Davis and Khawar Mann of Apax Partners.
Having won the regional final of the Debate Mate  competition, pupils from the Academy competed as national finalists in the 2010 Richard Koch Cup Debating Final, chaired by Channel Four's Krishnan Guru-Murthy at the House of Lords.
Central Grammar School for Boys
- Sir John Alcock, First flight across the Atlantic
- Prof H Wright Baker, Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1939-60 at the University of Manchester
- Joel Barnett, Baron Barnett, Labour MP from 1964-83 for Heywood and Royton
- James Bingham, Chairman from 1980-1 of Greater Manchester County Council
- Prof Eric Boyland, Professor of Biochemistry from 1948-70 at the Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, and expert on Molecular toxicology
Prof. Frank W. Cambray, professor and chairman, Geological Sciences, Michigan State University, USA
- Sir George Cartland CMG
- Sir James Chadwick, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1935 for discovering the neutron
- Sir Alcon Copisarow, Chief Scientific Officer from 1962-4 to the Ministry of Technology
- Prof William Alexander Deer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1971-3, Master from 1966-75 of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology from 1961–78
- Robert Donat, actor who won the best actor Oscar in 1939
- Sir William Downward, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester from 1974–87
- Reginald Eastwood, Professor of English Law from 1924-60 at the Victoria University of Manchester
- Prof Robert Geoffrey Edwards CBE, Professor of Human Reproduction from 1985-9 at the University of Cambridge and inventor, with Patrick Christopher Steptoe, of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 1978
- Georg Eisler, painter
- Denis Filer CBE, President from 2000-1 of the IMechE, and Director General from 1988-95 of the Engineering Council
- Rt Rev George Kenneth Giggall OBE, Bishop of St Helena from 1973-9, and Royal Navy chaplain
- Prof Edward Gregson, composer and Principal from 1996-2008 of the Royal Northern College of Music
- Sir Henry Hardman CB, Permanent Secretary from 1963-4 at the Ministry of Defence
- Frank Hatton, local Labour MP from 1973-4 for Manchester Exchange, and from 1974-8 for Manchester Moss Side
- Rabbi Louis Jacobs CBE
- Prof William Johnson, Professor of Mechanics from 1975-82 at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1960-75 at the University of Manchester
- Sir Leslie Kirkley CBE, Director from 1961-74 of Oxfam, and largely responsible for it, and Chairman from 1977-81 of the Disasters Emergency Committee
- Arthur Knowles CBE, Secretary General from 1946-56 of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce
- Kenneth Marks, Labour MP from 1967-83 for Manchester Gorton
- Cecil Melling CBE, President from 1962-3 of the IEE
- Vivian Pereira-Mendoza, Director from 1970-80 of the Polytechnic of the South Bank, and Principal from 1966-70 of the Borough Polytechnic (its predecessor)
- Sir Derek Roberts, Provost from 1989–99 and 2002-3 of University College London (UCL)
- Benny Rothman
- James L. Tuck, physicist, member of the Manhattan project, Shaped explosives expert.
Ducie Technical High School for Boys
- Mel Ainscow, Professor of Education at the University of Manchester
- Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive since 1998 of Manchester City Council
- Peter McGarr, composer
- Lord Monks, trades unionist
- Sir Trefor Morris CBE, Chief Constable from 1984-90 of Hertfordshire Constabulary
- John Thaw, actor.
- George Waring, actor
- Paul Young, singer and percussionist
Other local United Learning Trust schools
- United Learning Trust, Registered Charity no. 1093277 at the Charity Commission
- United Church Schools Trust, Registered Charity no. 1016538 at the Charity Commission
- Qureshi, Yakub (28 April 2009). "Reborn school a class act". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). Retrieved 28 April 2009.
- "The 'quiet man' hits the road". BBC News. 14 October 2002.
- Mosaic (2010-03-11). "Manchester Academy Enterprise Champions". Mosaic. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Manchester Academy (2010-07-01). "National Finalists in 'Debate Mate' Competition at the House of Lords". Manchester Academy. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Falconer, Isobel. ‘Chadwick, Sir James (1891–1974)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2009 accessed 26 June 2009