Community Christmas Markets

On Saturday 13th December, MCA hosted a Christmas Market in partnership with local small enterprises. A number of local businesses held stalls at the market selling a wide range of goods and Christmas gifts. In total, more than £260 was raised for Brainhouse on the day.

Community Open Evening

On Wednesday 10th December the MCA Community Team hosted an open evening, showcasing the wide range of activities on offer to the local community. Despite the inclement weather, over 40 local people attended the event and received information from MCA and our partners. Information was provided on local opportunities for education, volunteering, and employment and also other projects such as the Collyhurst Big Local with entertainment provided on the evening by students from MCA who sang throughout the event. The evening was a success, with a number of local residents signing up to join in with free activities and courses. A further open evening will be held in early 2015, please check our website for details. If you would like any information on community activities please call us on 0161 202 0161 and ask for a member of the Community Team or email

Drama and English

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This term the Drama and English Department are running a cross-curricular project based on Willy Russell’s “Our Day Out.” Prior to commencing the scheme, Miss Jackson and Mrs Nuttall organised a trip to the theatre for the whole of year 8, in a bid to inspire them and to give many of the students an opportunity they haven’t had before.

In English, many teachers have found that students were able to engage with the text on a deeper level, much earlier than in previous years. There has been a big focus on studying themes, issues from that era and gaining a thorough understanding of characters from the play. We were able to give the students an unseen exam style question for formal assessment and they had to answer in a way that shows they understand the text as a whole, again something we would not have been able to do in previous years.

Furthermore, Carly Henderson from Oldham Coliseum Theatre, who was the assistant director of ‘Our Day Out,’ came in to the academy to deliver a specialist workshop in drama. She ran the original audition workshop that was used to cast the actors for the production. Needless to say she was overwhelmed by the talent of our students!
A definite ‘love of learning’ has been achieved throughout this scheme. It most definitely has been more successful than previous years and we are now able to teach the scheme in a way that will prepare our students for the ‘new style’ examinations which will be first tested in 2017.

A roaring success! Miss Jackson.



The Academy has been working with some architecture students from the University of Manchester, who are working on a project in Cheetham Hill. Today, 17 year 11 students have been helping them with the project. Our students played Jenga, drew plans of their own homes and highlighted local areas on maps to help the architecture students with their own designs.  The Jenga bricks have words that describe the local area on them and the maps are highlighted with areas the students like and try to avoid. The architecture students found the event really helpful and are now able to design the buildings in Cheetham Hill inspired by our students. Our students have had the chance to meet university students and take part in a project which will help them decide if a career in architecture or design is right for them. Some of our students who are thinking about becoming architects in the future will be able to visit the School of Architecture for some work experience later in the year.

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School Trip: Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Year 10 GCSE Art and Design

On Friday 19th September the Year 10 GCSE Art students went on a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of their GCSE course. The trip was to form the starting points for their first unit of work. The park has many artists that create outdoor sculptures and these are displayed over a vast area of countryside. We were lucky to have good weather allowing the students to be able to spend the day exploring the artwork and creating drawing of the work in sketchbook using a range of drawing techniques as well as using Photography skills to capture the work.


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Art & English Exhibition

‘How do artists express themselves?’

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On Monday 20th October English and Art held a year 7 exhibition to celebrate the work that had been produced in the ‘How do artists express themselves project’. Year 7 students had been looking at the Year 10 GCSE work in their lessons and had chosen a student to analyse the work of and be inspired by. The students looked at the artists the Year 10 students had looked at as well as learning about how the work had been created and the meanings behind the work. Students then created podcasts where they explained the work and gave their opinions about the artwork. These podcasts were then shown at the exhibition showing the fantastic speaking and listening skills of the students.

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Handmade Film Festival 2014

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North Manchester and Harpurhey Handmade Film Festival

MCA again played host to the North Manchester and Harpurhey Handmade Film Festival.  A strong audience in excess of 150 local people attended the event on Friday 24th October. They were taken down Memory Lane, celebrate the magic of the movies with the added entertainment of Laura Harrison and the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.

Courtesy of the North West Film Archive 3 short films were enjoyed by the audience. ‘Round The Clock’ was screened containing scenes from the CWS Biscuit Factory in Crumpsall.  There was a glimpse of a popular dance rendezvous as the era of the ‘Flirtation Waltz’ was relived. Finally the audience revisited some 1950s street games. Groups of boys and girls were seen playing an array of games using their environments of cobbled streets, pavements, alleyways, waste ground and walls.

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Taekwondo Champions

This weekend; Maria A and Ben N participated in a Taekwondo Competition. They have been training very hard in preparation for this competition!

Maria won her semi final with an amazing score of 12-0, moving into the final which she won comfortably 14-4. Maria was awarded National Champion.

Ben also won his first match comfortably 13-6, with getting through to the semi final he was moved straight into the final following a disqualification in the semi final round, but this left him with a huge challenge on his hands, finally securing a win 17-16 after a tight competition. Ben was awarded National Champion.

Both students regularly train with the ESA Taekwondo club and also the Community Taekwondo club held as MCA with Daniel the coach (seen below on the National team picture).

Health & Wellbeing: A new beginning

I’m writing to share with you the hectic and exciting start to the year that greeted Health and Wellbeing as the UK School Games came to Manchester.
This was an extremely prestigious event that welcomed young people from all across the United Kingdom to compete in a variety of sports at an elite level.
The event started on Thursday night with the opening ceremony at the Phones 4U arena. There were dance performances, musical performances, speeches from dignitaries, interviews with famous athletes and needless to say, MCA students featured throughout the evening. One of the performances showcased 150 school children from across the city joining together to create a Manchester choir. All of this was instigated and co-ordinated by Anne-Marie McGill and 25 of our students sang their hearts out to an audience of 5000 people. Another group of students acted as flag bearers welcoming the athletes into the arena and finally Sirkirhat and Maria A were 2 of the 3 young people selected from all students in Manchester to deliver the batons used in the city-wide baton relay. They arrived on stage accompanied by Jade E, Katerina J and Ellie S.