What the Tes judges said
When staff at Manchester Communication Academy began a local history project asking pupils to interview older adults in the surrounding area and record their memories, they had no idea how the endeavour would take on a life of its own.
The Once Upon a Time project is now a registered community group, but the school also offers a range of accredited and unaccredited courses for adults in subjects such as literacy, numeracy and cookery.
In total, 304 adults enrolled on these courses in 2016 – many of whom live in the top 1 per cent of the most disadvantaged areas in England and Wales. By continuing to learn, they are setting an example to pupils that it is never too late to improve yourself.
The Tes Schools Awards judges said: “Manchester Communication Academy is true to its astounding aims and principles. Its actions demonstrate that it means what it says, and is seeking to gain as much of Manchester’s rich common wealth for its students as it can, while also contributing in return to the continual renewal of the city’s whole community.”