It’s not quite the time for the dreaded end of year report but we’ve got some great news about one of the schools we sponsor. The Co-operative Academy of Manchester has transformed from being one of the worst in the country for truancy to having one of the best attendance figures in Manchester, putting it amongst the top two per cent in the country… and we couldn’t be more proud!
We began to sponsor the school, formerly Plant Hill High School, in 2010. Back then students were 10 times more likely to be absent that the national average and its truancy record was well known. Today the school’s reputation is very different as The Co-operative Academy of Manchester is now one of the top attended schools in the country. As the Principal Steve Brice says:
“This data is a tribute to the work of our excellent attendance staff, and underlines the fact we have seen a total transformation in the past few years. It is inspiring to see how the students and staff work tirelessly every day to make the Academy such a fantastic place to learn. I am also proud that the Academy is now firmly established as an important part of the community and has contributed to the regeneration of the area by raising aspirations for Blackley families.”
The Co-operative Group sponsors eight academies in Leeds, Manchester and Stoke on Trent. Through our support for these schools we are working to improve life chances for learners in deprived communities, and provide an outstanding education based on co-operative values. Allan Leighton, Chair of the Co-operative Group, explains: “Education has been an integral part of co-operation since the Rochdale Pioneers set up the first Co-op Society in Rochdale in 1844 and so I am very proud of that the Co-operative Academies Trust is continuing that tradition.”
The Co-operative Academy of Manchester is committed to supporting the regeneration of the Upper Blackley area by raising aspirations for local families. And our involvement in our Academies is not just financial, Steve Brice adds: “The success of the Academy is also due in no small measure to the tremendous support we receive from The Co-operative Group which offers numerous opportunities to both students and staff and provides very high calibre governors who offer not only their professional expertise but also exceptional leadership qualities.”
One recent and practical development has been the creation of a new enterprise hub known as The Hive. It’s designed to give a helping hand to budding entrepreneurs, start-ups and freelancers in Blackley and North Manchester who now have access to a new enterprise office space.