The Manchester College Principal, Peter Tavernor, took part in a traditional bolt tightening ceremony on the new building that will house the Manchester Health Academy in 2010.
The Manchester College is one of the sponsors of the Health Academy, along with the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester City Council, both of which were also represented at the event.
The Academy, which will be based in Brooklands, is one of seven across the city and will provide 600 places for 11-16 year olds and post 16 provision for 120 students available from September 2010. It will initially open in Brookway High School and Sports College this September for its first year, before moving to a new building on the same site in September 2010. The existing sports hall and community sports facilities will be retained.
Part of the complex will be home to a stunning new community library which will open during the day, evenings and on Saturdays offering a homework club, serving not only the academy students, but also local primary school pupils. It will also host regular reading groups, author visits and other free events for the community and will have an access point to wider council services such as benefits, health and employment advice.
Principal Designate, Barry Burke, said: “We are all absolutely thrilled at the progress of the new Academy building. It is going to be a fabulous resource for students, staff and the community and will offer state of the art facilities where everyone will be provided with the opportunities to succeed.”
Peter Tavernor, Principal of The Manchester College, adds: “The Academy is going to broaden horizons and raise aspirations for young people in Wythenshawe and The Manchester College is delighted to be co-sponsoring and supporting the developments. We’re really looking forward to bringing our expertise in delivering excellent learning opportunities to the Academy, where young people will be able to choose from a wide range of academic, vocational and work-related qualifications that suit individual needs.”
Source: Manchester College