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Mr Barker’s Update- 6 April 2021

Mr Barker’s Update- 6 April 2021

Welcome to our fortnightly news letter. We are excited to share all the latest from Co-op Academy Belle Vue over the coming weeks and months. The progress we are making every single day is staggering, all with the end goal of opening up a fantastic school, not only for our new pupils in September but for our local community too.

Transition Days Confirmed

We are very excited to announce that we will be running out year 6 transition days on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July. We will be holding them at our temporary site of Connell Co-op College. We have sent all parents who have accepted a place a letter with all the details. If you’d like to know more then you can get in contact with our team on 0161 250 3101 or

Primary Competition

We are really excited to share with you the details for our Spring Card Competition.. We are looking for a spring-themed design and would love it if your pupils could participate in our competition.

The winning design from each school will feature on our social media accounts and website, and the pupil who designed it will receive a prize hamper at their school.

If you want to get involved, print off a template from here or our twitter account.

Then complete your design and then email us a photo of it to Deadline is Friday 16th April.

Meet our Chair of Governors- Helen Carroll

What do school governors do? School governors make sure there are high aspirations for the all the pupils and that they are achieving the best possible outcomes. Governors work with the school to both challenge and champion and need to be naturally inquisitive and have the ability to question and analyse, and a willingness to learn. A Governing body is at its best when it brings many different perspectives, experience and expertise together to all focusing on making the school the best it can be.

What attracted you to this role for the new school? I was previously the Vice-Chair of Co-op Academy North Manchester and immensely enjoyed my time as I was part of the journey that saw the academy move to a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. I also have 12 year old twins who both attend the Co-op Academy of Walkden so I have got to see the positive impact of the Co-op Academies Trust both through the role of a governor and as a parent. The Co-op Academy Belle Vue is such a fantastic opportunity for us to build a Co-op school from the ground up and embed our Co-op values, the views and needs of the wider community and our experience from the wider trust. That is a journey I really wanted to be part of.

What is your current role in Co-op and what does that entail? My current role at the Co-op is Head of Community Strategy and Engagement and that involves setting the plan for how the business can make a meaningful difference in communities through the issues that we tackle and the engagement of our colleagues, members and community causes. We are committed to making things fairer for people within and across communities and to do this we focus on 3 key missions to provide fair access to food, mental wellbeing support and education and employment for young people. It’s a hugely rewarding role and it’s great to be able to work together with our communities to make things fairer for all.

What are you looking forward to the most? I am most looking forward to working with the community to make sure that the school becomes a true community hub, providing an inspiring and enjoyable education, alongside providing vital community resources and facilities. I believe that a school is at the heart of a community and it’s not often that we get to come together to build one that can truly meet all its needs.

What is an interesting fact about yourself? I once starred in a Weetabix advert where myself and my hubby had to taste different toppings on our Weetabix every day for a week. We didn’t tell anyone that we had done the ad and when we appeared in the middle of X-Factor our phones went wild. Top tip: Nuts and yoghurt are awful on Weetabix!

Uniform samples are in

I received some uniform samples this past week and they look fantastic. Our future Pioneers are going to look the part come September when we open our doors to the Belle Vue Academy. More details about where you can get your uniform as well as measuring events we are putting on will be released shortly.

Reading over the Summer

Last month, the Manchester Schools Alliance ran an evening session where we got to speak with author Ross Welford. He is the author of the fantastic book ‘The Kid Who Came From Space’. All year 6 pupils will get a free copy of this book from their primary schools and it is something we will be going through when you join us too, so keep your eyes out and happy reading!


Every newsletter we will have a focus on a particular topic that you will be studying when you arrive in September. This newsletter is focussing on some of the topics you will cover in Maths. We are setting you a maths challenge with this link.

Head on over to the webpage and see how well you can do on the three activities; Beat the Clock, Number Juggling & Problem Solving!

Mr Barker