Pupils from Priesthope Co-op Academy

As the excitement over GCSE results fades a little, it’s a good time to reflect on the achievements of our Co-op Academies in the last academic year.

And what a year we had. Our GCSE results were really encouraging with some of the new academies making fantastic progress. One of our first ever academies, Co-op Academy Stoke-on-Trent, led the way with the highest ever GCSE results in its history.

Our primary results didn’t disappoint either. Another strong year with Co-op Academy Woodlands in particular doing brilliantly and being rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

These great results come off the back of Co-op’s announcement in April that it’s investing £4m to treble the number of academies it sponsors in the next three years. Taking us from 12 to up to 40 academies.

The importance of this investment can’t be underplayed. It means Co-op Academies Trust can not only help Co-op build stronger communities, but can show many more students, parents and communities that living and working by Co-op values can transform lives.

Welcome to our new academies

In October we’ll be welcoming four more academies into our family: Co-op Academy Broadhurst in Moston, Co-op Academy Parkland in Bradford, Co-op Academy Portland on the Wirral and Co-op Academy Walkden in Salford.

It’s not easy to convert a school to a Co-op Academy so I’d like to thank everyone – including colleagues at Co-op – for all the hard work in making this happen.

Connell Sixth Form made the headlines

In July, Co-op Academies Trust was chosen to run Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester which means we can extend the educational support (both vocational and academic) for students in Greater Manchester up to 18 years old.

Last week I spent lots of my time being interviewed by the press when Connell made the nationals as the first sixth form to offer students paid part-time work placements as part of their studies.

Students will work at our support centre in Manchester as part of their studies – another fantastic example of working as one Co-op.

Our Manchester Academies

In other news, Co-op Academy North Manchester is to be the base of IntoUniversity, a national charity that works with aspiring and able students from some challenging communities to help get them in to Russell Universities.

And in July, one of our Co-op governors, Gail Lyon, Head of Digital Engagement at Co-op, told us about the impressive £20m extension at Co-op Academy Manchester in Blackley. The students are loving the purpose-built theatre and climbing wall –  the first in the local community.

An incredible list of achievements to look back on. Thank you to Co-op which supports us in so many ways.

And if anyone working in the North fancies being a Co-op governor, please let Hazel Remeika know by emailing  hazel.remeika@coop.co.uk.

Frank Norris
Director of Co-op Academies Trust

Join the conversation! 8 Comments

  1. Can you tell me if there will be any academies south of the border in scotland

  2. I am so proud of the work the Coop is doing with the Academies, it really a lines with the Pioneers thoughts on the importance of education. I am also very pleased to see The Stoke on Trent Academy doing so well, Congratulations to the Children and Staff for putting in the hard work. I went to a careers day in July at this Academy and was made very welcome, The children were all very engaged, well mannered and keen to know about the world of work. Especially how long you work and how much you get paid!

  3. I would like to know how me and my team can get involved and help our Co-op academies more. Is there somebody i can contact?


    • Hi Alison. Of course. Hazel Remeika is the lady you should speak to. Her email is on the bottom of the blog post. As well as being a Co-op Academy governor you can get involved in a variety of ways. Hope that helps. Thanks ^Rachel

  4. This is great news.

    There is definitely something to be proud of to be part of an organisation that does something like this.

  5. Very well deserved results down to the hard work and commitment by students, academy leadership teams and teaching staff. The quality of teaching and learning at our Academies has improved massively under the guidance and governance of the Co-op Academies Trust. I am extremely proud to be a long standing governor at one of our most challenged Secondary Academies. A role that is hugely rewarding. Our Academies really do strive to ensure that our students attain to the very highest of their ability with pastoral care that is second to none. I would strongly advocate getting involved as a Sponsor Governor. It can be daunting, especially if you have no experience in education, but guaranteed, the central Co-op Academies team will support you all the way.

  6. A fantastic achievement and is fitting for the hard work, effort and relentless commitment that our Academies Leadership Teams deliver on a daily basis to ensure that our students achieve to the maximum of their potential. This is a real point of difference for the Co-op. One of the very few Multi-academy Trusts that is Proud to have the Sponsors Name as the name of the school. As a current Co-operative Academies Governor I would advocate putting yourself forward to act as a Sponsor Governor at one of our Academies. The support provided by the Co-operative Academies Team centrally is second to none. It can appear daunting, especially if you have no prior knowledge of education but you will be supported at every step. Being a Governor is such a rewarding role, recognising that you are playing a part in ensuring our students receive the very best standards in teaching and learning and pastoral care. You will see the Co-operative values and principles in action on a daily basis.

  7. An amazing year for our Academies, and this doesn’t even include some of the other activity we have delivered together including over 140 students joining us for work experience and projects like Massive Maths bringing subjects to life with support from colleague volunteers!
    Very exciting times ahead indeed and an real example of how being One Coop can make such an impact.

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