Manchester Enterprise Academy


Manchester Enterprise Academy,  just one mile from Manchester Airport, is our local secondary school. In September 2009 it secured ‘Academy’ status. Together with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and The Manchester College, we are proud to sponsor the  Manchester Enterprise Academy, where our specialist knowledge of business, travel and tourism will help enrich the curriculum over the years ahead.

With the help of our Chief Operating Officer and people at every level of our business, we have ben actively involved in the project. Our HR Director Olivia Clayton is a Governor of the school and has also been involved in planning/running the Academy. In addition, a senior member of our team has been seconded three days a week to the project.

Previously known as Parklands HS, the students already have the opportunity to benefit from its links to Manchester Airport. Here are just a few:

Events
We offer students the opportunity to come to the airport one day a week over a whole term to organise a unique event. 

Management Development
To develop management skills and promote the long-term success of the Academy, teachers have attended Manchester Airport’s Management Development training courses and received presentations from senior airport management. Special arrangements have been made to run the courses in evenings and weekends without interrupting teaching time.

Airport Community Network Conference
This project involved organising an annual conference at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Manchester Airport. Attended by 100 delegates and an MP.

Learning achieved

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Financial Management
  • Organisational skills
  • Team working

Outcome A successful conference was delivered
The compare (a Parklands student) was highly praised for his performance
3 young people are more confident of their abilities

Cheshire Show – ICT project
The project involved a competition for all of Year 7 to design an activity aimed at young children, that would be delivered by the Manchester Airport community relations team at their community outreach event at the Cheshire Show. The students were given 5 weeks to develop their ideas and 3 shortlisted entries were presented to the Airport in April.

Learning achieved 

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Financial Management
  • Organisational skills
  • Team working

Community Football Programme
This programme was funded by the Airport and delivered in conjunction with City in the Community (Manchester City Football Club). The project involved a team of students working together to plan and deliver a community football tournament for several local primary schools.

Learning achieved

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Event Management
  • Organisational skills
  • Team working
  • Key football skills
  • Introduction to rules and regulations

Extra curricular visits were arranged to:

The Airport Fire Station and Runway Visitor Park
The City of Manchester Stadium and the North of England Squash Centre
The Greater Manchester Police – Horse and Dog unit at Hough End
The Crowne Plaza Hotel - gynasium

Job Shadow Morning
Hosts from the Airport are recruited and students are allocated in pairs to visit the hosts workplace and learn about what they do. - Project delivered in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014

Work Experience Opportunities (1 week placements)
Five students were offered the opportunity to carry out their weeks work experience at the Airport, in:-

Manchester Airport Developments
our Administration and Finance Team
our Commercial Team
our Planning Department and at the Emirates Call Centre in Wilmslow

All the students benefited from being in a work place environment, learning how to conduct themselves in a professional manner, and how to operate office equipment.
Performance reviews were carried out at the end of their placements, so students could receive feedback on how they had done.

Learning achieved

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Organisational skills
  • Team working