Burnage Academy for Boys
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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.
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. The school became 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 had 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
In 2007, the school was given Media Arts College status and was renamed as Burnage Media Arts College in 2008. Despite this change, it remained an all-boys school for 11- to 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. Upon 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.
Previously a community school administered by Manchester City Council, Burnage Media Arts College converted to academy status on 1 April 2014 and was renamed Burnage Academy for Boys, however the school continues to co-ordinate with Manchester City Council for admissions.
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.
The school's latest OFSTED report was conducted in 2012 and rated the school as "Good" (Grade 2). This follows the school's last inspection in 2010 when it was rated merely as "Satisfactory" (Grade 3).
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. The school has had consistently improving GCSE results since 2001 (with the exception of 2005 when results dipped, and in 2013 when there was a sharp drop), though they remain well below the national average. GCSE performance results as published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) since 2001 are as follows:
Percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSE A* - C results or equivalent (national average for each year in brackets):
- 2001: 23% (50%)
- 2002: 33% (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 GCSE A* - C results including English and Maths (national average for each year in brackets):
- 2005: 27% (44%)
- 2006: 33% (46%)
- 2007: 28% (46%)
- 2008: 33% (48%)
- 2009: 40% (50%)
- 2010: 43% (54%)
- 2011: 50% (59%)
- 2012: 56% (59%)
- 2013: 43% (59%)
In September 1986, the school made headline news when 13-year-old Asian pupil Ahmed Iqbal Ullah was fatally stabbed in the lower school playground by another 13-year-old pupil, Darren Coulburn, in what was believed to be a racially motivated attack. Coulburn, a juvenile delinquent who had already burned down the school art block in 1985 causing £50,000 of damage, was convicted of murder and detained indefinitely. The incident severely damaged the reputation of what was once a well-respected school in the district, and launched the MacDonald Inquiry into racism and violence in Manchester schools. The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, established in 1999, was named in Ullah's memory.
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. After his arrest, staff at the school also found crib sheets that Sarwar had drawn up to help his pupils cheat at their exams.
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.
Notable former pupils
Burnage High School for Boys
- Jason Beckford - former Manchester City footballer
- Wes Brown - Sunderland and England footballer.
- Aziz Ibrahim - Guitarist (worked with Simply Red, the Stone Roses)
- Brian Sterling-Vete - author, Guinness World Record Holder, motivational speaker, film-maker, TV presenter, actor, and entrepreneur.
- Darren Beckford - former Manchester City footballer
- Menelik Watson - Oakland Raiders American Football
Burnage Grammar School for Boys
- Alan Badel - stage, film and television actor
- Roger Byrne - Manchester United and England footballer killed in the Munich air disaster
- Michael Croft - Founder and Director of the National Youth Theatre
- Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank - architect
- John Hutton - Author
- Sir Stephen Sherbourne CBE - Conservative political advisor
- Mike Smithson - Editor (since 2004) of Politicalbetting.com
- John Smithson - BAFTA award-winning film producer
- Qureshi, Yakub (2008-01-04). "Burnage school gets new status". The Asian News.
- Burnage High School 2010 OFSTED report
- OFSTED reports (Burnage Media Arts College)
- 2002 OFSTED Report (pdf)
- 2006 OFSTED report
- DCSF School Attainment Tables 2001–04
- DCSF Attainment Tables 2008
- DCSF Attainment Tables 2009
- Schools Performance Tables (2010-2013)
- 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)
- "Manchester teacher who led drugs gang jailed". BBC News Manchester. BBC. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
- "Teacher, 30, who led double life running cocaine gang faces jail". Daily Mail. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- Yakub Qureshi (3 April 2013). "Struck off: The teacher who stole cash from kids' sports club". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- Prohibition order - Department of Education
- Burnage High School for Boys - Manchester UK