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New name for school as Co-op trust takes over; ACADEMY WAS RATED AS INADEQUATE BUT IS ON THE PATH TO IMPROVEMENT.

Byline: CHARLOTTE DOBSON newsdesk@men-news.co.uk @DOBSONMEN

A ONCE struggling high school is changing its fortunes...and its name.

Manchester Creative and Media Academy, in Blackley, will be known as Co-op Academy North Manchester from September.

The high school was taken under the wing of the Co-operative Academies Trust after software giant Microsoft pulled out as its sole sponsor in 2015.

MCMA was rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted in 2015 but leaders say the school is now on the path to improvement.

They say the new name will help seal the identity of the school.

The school has chosen Co-op Academy North Manchester after consulting with students, staff, parents and the local community. Rebecca Smith, Principal of Manchester Creative and Media Academy, said: "We know from the research carried out by the Co-op that this is a strong name.

"It not only celebrates that we are part of an outstanding Trust that is underpinned by co-operative principles and values, but this name also roots us in the community of North Manchester that we have been proud to be a part of over many generations."

The school was criticised by Ofsted in May 2015 for underachievement and poor student progress.

But in a follow-up visit, Ofsted observed 'the school's capacity to improve is strengthening.'.

Pupil attendance and behaviour is said to be better at the school.

"The academy is, on the whole, a calm, positive place to be," inspectors said.

MCMA has previously been sponsored by The Manchester College, Manchester council, Bright Futures Educational Trust and Microsoft after becoming an academy in 2009.

The Co-op Academies Trust sponsors two other academies in north Manchester, Co-op Academy Manchester and Co-op Academy Failsworth.

Frank Norris, Director of the Co-op Academies Trust, added: "All of our academies have Co-op as part of their identity.

"It's a sign of their commitment to the co-operative values that we live and work by and makes clear the good link we have with the Co-op business."

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Manchester Creative and Media Academy, in Blackley, is to be known as Co-op Academy North Manchester

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