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The curriculum at Manchester Communication Academy provides students with the opportunities to be prepared for their future, to uncover and nurture their talents and to excel in traditional subjects that provide them equitable opportunities for further study and success.

Our curriculum is text rich, offers a broad range of computing and digital literacy skills including the offer of 3 computing qualifications at KS4 to give students the best opportunities to succeed in an ever changing, highly competitive digital job market. MCA is also a Computing at School (CAS) and BCS lead school and a Digital Schoolhouse centre in supporting excellence in computer science education in both primary and secondary school. MCA values a broad Arts offer including instrumental and singing lessons for every student at KS3 and every student completing an Arts qualification at KS4.

The design of the building is around large flexible learning bases with separate specialist provision such as practical areas for science, creative arts and fitness. The timetable has core provision from years 7 – 11 in six faculty areas – Maths, English, Creative Arts [ includes Technology] Global Understanding [includes history, geography, RE and MFL], Science and Health & Wellbeing – PE, fitness and cookery].

The timetable allows for 4 x 1 hour 20 minute lessons per day from Monday to Friday lunchtime with whole year groups taught in a faculty by specialist staff. There is an extensive programme of extra-curricular activity that provides a variety of enrichment experiences as well study support and all students are required to attend a minimum of 2 sessions per week. 

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  • All students have the opportunity to follow an E-baccalaureate pathway as well as studying triple science

  • Students are given additional time in Year 11 to dedicate to core subjects as a result of early entry to creative examinations in Year 10

  • Subject areas provide differentiated curriculums to accelerate or fill knowledge gaps where appropriate. For example, English provide a vocabulary rich curriculum underpinned by some Philosophy for Children approaches for lowest attaining Year 7 students yet provide more challenging texts as part of the Accelerated curriculum  

  • Every child has access to free music tuition in yr 7 and 8

  • A study support offer as part of the ESA curriculum ensures students receive targeted intervention to fill knowledge gaps and develop key skills


  • Students are exposed to a high level of digital literacy. This comes through subjects such as computing, 3S design but also through the structure of learning in English lessons where students navigate through podcasts to secure knowledge and understanding

  • The curriculum has a huge focus on career pathways with dedicated curriculum time in each year group.

  •  Students are immersed in a text rich curriculum to close the vocabulary gap and ensure high levels of literacy for future success

  • The subjects students study serve the needs of the local labour markets. For example, community languages, computer science, engineering

  • Students act as peer readers to younger students developing literacy and leadership skills

  • Year 7 students who arrive below age related expectations engage with Accelerated Reader as part of their Year 7 English curriculum

  • Some students follow a more bespoke curriculum, gaining experience and qualifications through alternative providers


  • The MCA curriculum goes beyond the National Curriculum and subject specifications to ensure that the needs of our students and context are met. For example, students have the opportunity to gain qualifications in community languages and explore qualifications that are suited to their talents, for example in singing.

  • Subject selections or option choices are made in a phased approach starting with subjects being studied in the open unit at the end of year 8 to commence in year 9. Two of these subjects are completed in year 10 which allows additional time to study E-Baccalaureate subjects in year 11. This is not to the detriment of the students who perform exceptionally well in those subjects and the students still have time in creative and health subjects within year 11 to maintain a varied curriculum programme. The next phase of option choices are made at the end of year 9 to commence in year 10 and allow the students to select their MfL, humanities and science subjects

  • Students experience drop down days to delve into subject content in a more creative and expressive ay. For example a ‘Who Dunnit Day’ to develop questioning, oracy and written communication and a ‘Darwin Day’ to explore knowledge linked to evolutionary theory

  • A rich ESA offer enables all students to explore individual interests such as astronomy or drumming


  • The curriculum is underpinned by our MCA values, SMSC and a health curriculum to ensure that students grow to exceed their personal, academic and creative potential.

  • Dedicated time is given to a health and well-being curriculum every week

  • Through house time, students are equipped with strategies to support their mental health and well-being

  • Students have opportunities to be health ambassadors and student leaders