Manchester Communication Academy

Manchester, United Kingdom

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Manchester Communication Academy

Great teaching starts with great teachers and at Manchester Communication Academy we’re serious about looking after our talent.

This year we've expanded our staff development programme to ensure all staff receive training and coaching that compliments their role and career plan. We’re committed to developing everyone through weekly training session, learning communities, coaching and leadership development at all levels.  Our staff well-being programme includes a wide range of activities from yoga, relaxation and art therapy through to team sports and zumba.  Our onsite gym is always busy.

Staff well-being and development is a priority for all staff evidenced in the way we do things differently at MCA.   This includes the following:

  • Every member of staff can take one 'flexi day' holiday per year.
  • Teaching staff have two, two-hour planning sessions per week to collaboratively plan with colleagues.
  • Teachers teach in both break out areas and flexible learning bases where they can learn from one another through team teaching, coaching and mentoring.
  • We have a half day on a Friday with an hour's training from 1 to 2pm with a variety of teaching and learning communities to participate in.
  • Excellent career progression routes through a talent management strategy for those who are ambitious keen to develop.
  • A staff well-being group who meet regularly to discuss work-load and work-life balance and organise wellbeing and social events.

Ken Robinson once said, “Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth." And that's what we do.  Our collaborative, flexible learning bases ensure teachers plan together and teach together, learning from one another in the process.

Sounds interesting? See our latest opportunities below and also, take a look at 'The MCA Way' blog which reflects on the daily goings on at MCA and the elements of our Academy that make us unique and brilliant.

Manchester Communication Research School, part of the Research Schools Network and in collaboration with the Education Endowment Foundation, is based at Manchester Communication Academy in North Manchester, a secondary school serving a diverse and vibrant community. We are one of only 32 schools nationally who have been selected and designated as a Research School, reflecting our commitment to evidence informed practice.

As a Research School, our aim is to support schools and teachers to develop evidence-informed practice that will positively impact on outcomes for young people. We believe that developing this approach will ensure that all young people have the best possible chances of success, allowing them to succeed and flourish in their future lives.

Working at a school that is also a Research School has many benefits:

· You will have access to the highest quality professional development, learning from credible research that is designed to inform and transform classroom practice

· You will work as part of a team that is at the forefront of evidence informed practice and will be able to learn from a team of research specialists

· There are opportunities to join the Research School team as a Research Facilitator or an Evidence Lead in Education

· You will be part of an exciting and vibrant network that offers opportunities to learn from other schools locally and nationally

More information about Manchester Communication Research School can be found at where you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter ( You can also follow what the Research School is up to on twitter @ManComRS

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Address: Silchester Drive, Harpurhey, Manchester, M40 8NT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 161 202 0161


What people say about us

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“Soon as I came here and I saw the whole open planned atmosphere, I realised that actually, this is where I wanted to be because the staff are very supportive. Everyone works together really well.”

- Harriet Forrest, Maths Teacher

“I have an NQT mentor and they provide more support for the wider teaching and learning in the school. They provide two observations each half term. The good thing about that is you can get a really good follow up and some specific, tailored targets based on the observations.”

- Stuart Fyfe, Science Teacher

“We’ve got different people, with different levels of experience, so I can draw on their experience to help me”

- Mel Husraz, Global Understanding Teacher

“I’ve had loads of freedom to be able to try new things and develop and carve my own pathway, which has lead to me getting promotions through the years”

- Natalie, Science Area Leader
Positions available at Manchester Communication Academy