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.

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.

In 2019, we were judged to be a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted. This was an incredibly important achievement for the school and its community as it recognised not only the improvements made in terms of teaching in the classroom but also our extensive extra curricular offer, our safeguarding measures, our mental health and well-being and the strong social, emotional, spiritual and cultural education we provide.

“I am delighted to be taking up the post of Headteacher at the Academy from September 2020. Having been part of the school’s journey for the last few years, I am immensely proud to be taking on Mrs Smith’s legacy and making sure that Coop North Manchester builds on its success and continues to strive for excellence in all areas.” Sharon Hands