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Andy Burnham Visits The Manchester Health Academy

As pupils attended their first day at the new Manchester Health Academy yesterday they were joined by Health Secretary Andy Burnham. The Academy, which is a partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (lead sponsor), Manchester City Council and The Manchester College, is a totally new way of educating young people to meet the learning needs of the city’s businesses. It forges links with education and business providing opportunities for both pupils and the residents of Wythenshawe and beyond. The Academy, is one of seven across the city and provides 600 places for 11-16 year olds and post 16 provision for 120 students available from September 2010. It has initially opened at the site of the previous Brookway High School and Sports College for its first year, before moving to a brand new building on the same site in September 2010. Work started on the site of the new £19m Academy several months ago. Part of the complex will be home to a stunning new district library, encouraging community use of the school. Andy Burnham, Health Secretary said: “I am delighted to have attended the opening day of Manchester’s Health Academy, the first NHS led Academy in the country. I am keen to support innovative projects such as this which are at the forefront of a successful partnership between health and education. The Academy promotes health and sport which is key for today’s young people to help them to understand the benefits for their future development and wellbeing.” Principal Designate, Barry Burke, said: “It was a very exciting day with the first pupils attending our new Health Academy and we were pleased to be joined by Andy Burnham. The Academy provides me with an opportunity to influence the learning of a significant group of students who will benefit from a transformational curriculum influenced by the lead sponsor – Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. “I am looking forward to working with the students, their parents and the community of Baguley.” Peter W Mount, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are proud and excited to be the first NHS organisation to be a lead sponsor of a Health Academy. As well as providing benefits to the local people of Wythenshawe it will also have an impact on Manchester as a whole. The academy has a focus on health, sport and well being, something which we as an organisation are keen to promote and support.” The Academy is an inclusive educational environment, supporting all types of learners whatever their interest, while also being a centre of excellence for everything relating to health, biosciences and sport and will give a focus on careers in the NHS. The Academy will also develop networks to help support and influence the health agenda at other schools across the city. The Academy has already received support from Manchester United Foundation, which will be working in partnership with the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as lead Sponsor to develop and promote healthy living through sport and the association with Manchester United, its players and philosophy. For further information about the Academy log onto: www.manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk Photo caption: Top row left to right: Barry Burke, Principal and David Cain, Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy. Pictured bottom centre – Andy Burnham, together with pupils of the new Academy.