Manchester Academy (secondary school)
Manchester Academy High School, also known as Manchester Academy, is a non-selective co-educational secondary school within the English Academy programme, in Moss Side, Manchester. It is situated on Moss Lane East (B5219), near Denmark Road, with the University of Manchester in Manchester nearby to the north and the Whitworth Art Gallery to the east.
|Manchester Academy High School|
Moss Lane East
|Department for Education URN||134224 Tables|
|Executive Principal and Senior Partner||Mr Eldon|
|Age||11 to 16|
|Former name||Ducie Central High School|
The Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys was established on Whitworth Street in 1900. While the Central High School for Girls in Manchester city centre remained at Whitworth Street, the Central High School for Boys moved to Kirkmanshulme Lane in Longsight in 1958. It amalgamated with Victoria Park Secondary School to form the Central High School for Boys (as a comprehensive school) in 1967. It then amalgamated with Ducie Technical College to form the Ducie Central High School for Boys in 1982.
The school moved to Moss Side, where new buildings were built at a cost of £5 million (the old site is now occupied by Belle Vue Centre), in September 1995. Iain Duncan Smith visited the school in October 2002. After a £12 million new building had been completed, the school re-opened under the leadership of Dame Kathryn August as the Manchester Academy in September 2003.
It is run by United Learning, a subsidiary of the United Church Schools Trust. Over half of pupils are entitled to free school meals and many are from refugee or non-English speaking backgrounds.
In 2009, the Manchester Evening News reported that the school had achieved an 'astounding transformation', with its predecessor once branded 'the worst in the country', it was now rated by Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, as 'outstanding'. The fact that many pupils come from diverse and often economically impoverished backgrounds led experts to state that pupils at the Academy performed much better than they would at most other schools.
Pupils from the Academy won the national Apax – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge 2009/10 Award, with their 'virtual business' having generated profits of over £6.3 million online. Attending a ceremony at Atlantic House, London, in March 2010, they were awarded a trophy and a cheque for £3,000 from BBC Dragon's Den and Radio Four Today presenter Evan Davis and Khawar Mann of Apax Partners.
Having won the regional final of the Debate Mate competition, pupils from the Academy competed as national finalists in the 2010 Richard Koch Cup Debating Final, chaired by Channel Four's Krishnan Guru-Murthy at the House of Lords.
Central Grammar School for BoysEdit
- Sir John Alcock, first flight across the Atlantic
- Prof. H. Wright Baker, Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1939-60 at the University of Manchester
- Joel Barnett, Baron Barnett, Labour MP from 1964-83 for Heywood and Royton
- James Bingham, Chairman from 1980-81 of Greater Manchester County Council
- Prof. Eric Boyland, Professor of Biochemistry from 1948-70 at the Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, London and expert on molecular toxicology
- Prof. Frank W. Cambray, professor and chairman, Geological Sciences, Michigan State University, USA
- Sir George Cartland CMG
- Sir James Chadwick, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1935 for discovering the neutron
- Sir Alcon Copisarow, Chief Scientific Officer from 1962-64 to the Ministry of Technology
- Prof William Alexander Deer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1971–73, Master from 1966–75 of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology from 1961–78
- Robert Donat, actor who won the best actor Oscar in 1939
- Sir William Downward, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester from 1974–87
- Reginald Eastwood, Professor of English Law from 1924-60 at the Victoria University of Manchester
- Prof. Robert Geoffrey Edwards CBE, Professor of Human Reproduction from 1985-89 at the University of Cambridge Nobel Prize for Medican and inventor, with Patrick Christopher Steptoe, of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 1978
- Georg Eisler, painter
- Denis Filer CBE, President from 2000-01 of the IMechE, and Director General from 1988-95 of the Engineering Council
- Rt Rev George Kenneth Giggall OBE, Bishop of St Helena from 1973–79, and Royal Navy chaplain
- Prof. Edward Gregson, composer and Principal from 1996-2008 of the Royal Northern College of Music
- Sir Henry Hardman CB, Permanent Secretary from 1963-64 at the Ministry of Defence
- Frank Hatton, local Labour MP from 1973-74 for Manchester Exchange, and from 1974-78 for Manchester Moss Side
- Rabbi Louis Jacobs CBE
- Prof. William Johnson, Professor of Mechanics from 1975-82 at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1960-75 at the University of Manchester
- Sir Leslie Kirkley CBE, Director from 1961 to 1974 of Oxfam, and largely responsible for it, and Chairman from 1977 to 1981 of the Disasters Emergency Committee
- Arthur Knowles CBE, Secretary General from 1946-56 of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce
- Kenneth Marks, Labour MP from 1967-83 for Manchester Gorton
- Cecil Melling CBE, President from 1962-63 of the IEE
- Vivian Pereira-Mendoza, Director from 1970-80 of the Polytechnic of the South Bank, and Principal from 1966-70 of the Borough Polytechnic (its predecessor)
- Sir Derek Roberts, Provost from 1989–99 and 2002-03 of University College London (UCL)
- David Rohl
- Benny Rothman, rambler
- Brian Statham CBE, English cricketer(fast bowler). Played for England 1951-65. In 1962 breaking the record held by Alec Bedser for the most wickets taken by an English bowler.
- James L. Tuck, physicist, member of the Manhattan project, shaped explosives expert
Ducie Technical High School for BoysEdit
- Mel Ainscow, Professor of Education at the University of Manchester
- Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive since 1998 of Manchester City Council
- Peter McGarr, composer
- Lord Monks, trades unionist
- Sir Trefor Morris CBE, Chief Constable from 1984-90 of Hertfordshire Constabulary
- John Thaw, actor.
- George Waring, actor
- Paul Young, singer and percussionist
Other local United Learning Trust schoolsEdit
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- Charity Commission. United Learning Trust, registered charity no. 1093277.
- Charity Commission. United Church Schools Trust, registered charity no. 1016538.
- Qureshi, Yakub (28 April 2009). "Reborn school a class act". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
- "Apax – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge".
- Mosaic (11 March 2010). "Manchester Academy Enterprise Champions". Mosaic. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Manchester Academy (1 July 2010). "National Finalists in 'Debate Mate' Competition at the House of Lords". Manchester Academy. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Eric Boyland
- Falconer, Isobel. ‘Chadwick, Sir James (1891–1974)’, [[Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept. 2004; online ed., Jan/ 2009 accessed 26 June 2009