The Co-operative Academy of Manchester

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The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
The Co-operative Academy of Manchester Logo.png
Established 2010
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Stephen Brice
Specialism Finance & Business
Location Plant Hill Road
M9 0WQ
England Coordinates: 53°31′45″N 2°13′19″W / 53.529276°N 2.222028°W / 53.529276; -2.222028
Local authority Manchester
DfE URN 136174 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Predecessor school. Plant Hill Arts College

The Co-operative Academy of Manchester is a non-selective, mixed secondary school in Blackley, Manchester. It opened in September 2010 and replaced Plant Hill Arts College.

The academy's lead sponsor is The Co-operative Group. It is also sponsored by Manchester City Council and The Manchester College. The values of the academy are Fairness, Ambition and Respect.

The school has a business-focused ethos, backed up by the support of its lead sponsor and features of the new building such as the open-plan flexible learning zones and the boardroom.[1] The academy's first Principal, Mrs Kathy Leaver, was appointed to transform the former Plant Hill school following her dramatic success as head of Sale High School.[2]

In July 2011 students from the Academy took part in the chorus of Victoria Wood's That Day We Sang, part of the Manchester International Festival.[3]

In 2013 the Manchester Evening News recognised the effort of the retiring Principal, Mrs Leaver, her team and parents in transforming the academy, whose results were the most improved in the city. The paper also recognised the academy's achievement in 2014 of the highest attendance rate of the city's state schools.[4][5]

New Principal Mr Stephen Brice took up his position in April 2014.


The Co-operative Academy of Manchester

The Co-operative Academy's facilities includes 5 large flexible learning zones, specialist sports, art, IT, technology, music and science facilities, and a hair salon where members of the community can have their hair cut by students.

The school acts as a hub for the local community, and hosts the 105th Manchester St Peters Scout Group, One Education Music Service, JSTAR Dance and Drama Academy and regular Bingo nights.

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