Maths & Art Exhibition

On 25th February, Maths hosted an Art Exhibition showcasing a project that Year 7 students had been creating in their Maths lesson. The artwork was based on Maths shapes before being printed onto canvas, with some of the work being auctioned off. The evening was a success and enjoyed by all with the auction raising over £300 for Brainhouse Academy in Kenya.

Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra 2015

On Friday evening, MCA had the pleasure of once again hosting the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra (PSO). The 70-piece orchestra played Ibert, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The Prokofiev piece included a narrative of Peter and the Wolf. The event was a huge success with over 170 community members attending with £300 being raised for the Brainhouse Academy. The event was the 1st birthday of PSO, following their debut concert here this time last year. We look forward to hosting their 2nd birthday and enjoying more fabulous musicGroup crop 2

Theatre Skills

On Wednesday 18th March MCA, in partnership with MaD Theatre Company, will launch a new and exciting ‘Introduction to Theatre Skills’ course. This course lasts for six weeks and covers areas including acting, directing, script writing, costume design, set and lighting design, and marketing. The course is free to join and will take place each Wednesday from 5.30pm until 7.30pm at MCA.
To reserve your place, or for more information, please contact Sarah Wait on 0161 202 0161 or

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Health and Fitness

Did you know that MCA offer a free Health & Fitness programme for adults? On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the MCA gym is opened up to members of the local community.

Our qualified tutor will work with you to set personal targets and will support you to achieve these in a friendly, non-intimidating environment.
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If you would like to join our health and fitness programme, or would like further information, please contact Sarah Wait on 0161 202 0161 or

‘Create a Community Newsroom’ Course

On Monday 16th March, MCA in partnership with FC United of Manchester, are launching a ‘create a community newsroom’ course. This course lasts for 12 weeks and on successful completion, participants will achieve two qualifications.

During the course, participants will learn how to write scripts, interview, and present, record, produce, and edit recordings.

The course is free of charge. For further information or to enroll, please contact Ben Hughes on or 0161 273 8950Radio Production Level 1

Feelgood Fridays

On Friday 27th February, MCA are launching ‘Feelgood Fridays’. For just £1, members of the community can come to the Academy for a session of gentle exercise followed by a hot two course meal. We aim to have at least three exercise options available each week, which will include chair based exercise, walking football, gym, and table tennis.

Feelgood Fridays start at 2.30pm with the exercise session, and will be followed with a hot meal from 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

This project is run in partnership with FC United of Manchester, and sees ten volunteers undergo a ten week training programme which will see participants gain two qualifications and volunteering experience within a catering setting. If you are interested in taking part in the programme, please email Sarah Wait at or call 0161 202 0161.

Feelgood Fridays at MCA

VEX Regional Championships 2015

On Friday 6th February, MCA again hosted the 2015 VEX Regional Championships. Schools that took part in the event were Great Sankey school from Warrington, Bishops’ Blue Coat C ofE High School from Chester, Siddal Moore school from Heywood and Brine Leas School from Nantwich.

MCA’s technology teacher Steve Taylor led one of his teams to victory and this qualifies them for the U.S. Open Robotics Championship, an opportunity for top VEX Robotics teams from across the world to compete with and against the best of the best.


Urban Crew Friday 30th January


On Friday 30th January the 120 ‘Urban Crew’ members from across 12 North Manchester primary schools attended an ‘Enterprise Day’ at MCA. This day formed part of the 35 hour citizenship programme which all children will complete to achieve an ASDAN ‘Key Steps’ Award, equivalent to a unit of a GCSE B grade.

During the day, children within their school groups were given the challenge of designing and producing a business idea, which ranged from greetings cards, finger puppets to smoothies, fruit kebabs and more! At 1pm all the staff from MCA were given monopoly money to come and spend on the products to enable a real life selling experience for the children.
After counting up all the monies taken by each school, three winners were announced…
St Malachy’s primary won ‘Best Sales’ 
Seymour Road primary won ‘Best Profit’
And Crumpsall Lane primary won the overall prize of ‘Best Business Team’, chosen by our 3 judges from Convergys, a global telesales company who kindly took the time out to support the event, for outstanding communication and team work skills!
All in all the day was a huge success and we look forward to the next one in 2016!



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Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre

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In December a group of pupils worked with myself (Miss Jones) to take part in a project linked with the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre . The aim of the project was for the academic health community to consult and work alongside young people to come up with realistic and practical ways in which the health of Manchester citizens may be improved.

The first group of pupils, ranging from years 8 to 10, attended a workshop day with myself and Miss Maders alongside a number of other schools. On the day they listened to a number of speakers from the MAHSC present concepts of health and the current health outcomes in Manchester and then they worked in small groups to come up with solutions to specific health problems.

The students were very creative and worked hard to come up with ideas, which they presented confidently to a large room of teenagers and adults. One of the ideas presented by the MCA students “Health Hubs within Schools” was valued by the MAHSC researchers and the students were invited to take part in the next stage of the project, where they came up with a four-minute play depicting their idea.

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One Day Christmas Camp Monday 22nd December 2014

One Day Christmas Camp Monday 22nd December 2014
MCA embarked on a first ever Christmas Holiday Camp on Monday 22nd December. The day provided an opportunity for parents to finish off their last minute shopping and/or Christmas preparation. Different to our standard offer there was only one camp available, combining sports including team races, football, basketball and the Christmas film Elf. 63 children attended the day; this included 32 boys and 31 girls. 92% of the attendees were from our target post codes of M8, M9 or M40.
Parents were extremely positive about the camp; one commented “You are a lifesaver.”
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