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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Co-op Academies Trust