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Manchester Health Academy – Opening One Year Early

The first NHS sponsored Health Academy has been given the go-ahead to open one year early. The announcement has come today following a meeting of Manchester City Council’s top level Executive. The Health Academy will be at the site of Brookway High School in Baguley (Wythenshawe). The original intention was to open the new Health Academy in new purpose-built premises in September 2010. Work completing the brand new £19 million health academy, which includes a new £1 million community library on this site, will continue. Barry Burke, Principal Designate for the Academy says: “I am delighted that the decision to open the Academy early has been made. It 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 look forward to working with the students, their parents and the community of Baguley.” The Health Academy will provide 600 places for 11-16 year olds with an additional 120 post 16 places from September 2010. The health academy is sponsored by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with co-sponsorship from Manchester City Council and The Manchester College. Peter W Mount, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says: “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 will be 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. ENDS Notes: Manchester United Foundation was formed to celebrate 50 years of the Club playing in Europe. It aims to use the passion for Manchester United to educate, motivate and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and improve the communities they live in. The Foundation delivers football coaching, skills training, personal development and life changing experiences, providing young people with opportunities to change their lives for the better. Through football, it encourages them to develop as players and more importantly as people Issued by: Communications Department Tel: 0161 276 8763