The Trust was founded in 2014 as a cooperative academy trust and the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity continue to guide our Trust values of Excellence, Leadership and Teamwork:
We have high expectations for all students. We believe that every learner should have the opportunity to achieve to their potential, be innovative and have the skills and knowledge that they need to excel in their chosen careers. We strive to create young people who want to learn throughout their lives and play a full part in life and work in Greater Manchester and beyond. As well as understanding and valuing the heritage and history of Manchester we want our students to be socially active citizens of the UK and the world: leading fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
We are committed to providing an inspiring and challenging curriculum through which students will develop broad knowledge and personal leadership qualities. Staff and students at every level should have the opportunity to take the lead. We aim to empower them to take personal autonomy, and to develop self-control, ownership, contribution, personal growth, pride, self-esteem, and self-identity.
We have a strong belief in and commitment to our Co-operative values. We expect that staff and students in our academies collaborate to attain high outcomes and make accelerated progress. We believe working collaboratively as a community, including students, staff and families is vital to success. We encourage partners to learn from and value each other’s skills and contribution, and work together towards high quality, relevant qualifications, skills and attributes. This is so that students, when they leave, have a sense of ambition and are able to make a positive contribution as 21st century global citizens.
To inspire and nurture young people who:
Learn throughout their lives; play a full part in life and work – guided by Co-operative values; are active citizens of Greater Manchester, the UK and the world; achieve to their potential and lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
Whalley Range 11-18 High School is a large school of 1500 girls located in the heart of inner city Manchester. Levenshulme High School is a school of 1,000 girls. The East Manchester Academy is a mixed school of 1000 students in the heart of Manchester’s regeneration area in Beswick. They serve some of the most deprived wards in Manchester and embrace and celebrate their cultural diversity.
The schools receive their intake from over 75 primary schools from within and beyond Manchester. Whalley Range 11-18 High School is the only community school in Manchester offering single sex post 16 provision. Over 90% of Sixth Form students are from ethnic minority backgrounds.