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Our History

Our History

We have been proudly serving the North Manchester community for many years. One thing that has never changed is our commitment to enabling young people in our community to lead happy and successful lives.


We are a purpose built Academy with amazing facilities, set in nine acres of land. As well as modern classrooms we have a two storey performance space, a 3G pitch, recording studio, dance studio and a cinema. These facilities can all be used by members of the local community and can be booked out here.

In February 2016 we joined the Co-op Academies Trust, who are built on the same principles as co-operatives across the world. Together we work to empower teachers and young people to work together for a better education and a better community. We’re now regarded as one of Manchester’s most improved academies, and also reached the finals for ‘Secondary School of the Year’ award in the 2017 M.E.N. School Awards.

We were previously known as Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MCMA). But following extensive research with students, staff, parents and the local community, our governing body chose the new name Co-op Academy North Manchester.

“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.” Rebecca Smith, Principal.

Including Co-op in our name demonstrates our commitment to a co-operative approach to education, and our pride in being part of the Co-op Academies Trust. You can read more about our Co-op Commitment here.

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