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  • WE TURN 10 IN 2023!

    Published 16/01/23

    We’ll be celebrating throughout the year by sharing memories and pictures from the past 10 years. We’ll also be profiling 10 feeder schools and 10 partners. 

    Make sure you follow our social media channels to see these updates (InstagramTwitterFacebook and LinkedIn – #10YearsOfConnell).

    We’re planning a celebratory event for later in the year. More details coming soon…


    We want former students and staff to share their photos, videos and memories with us. Send them to

    Find out more on our 10 Years of Connell webpage.

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    Published 20/12/22

    Connell Co-op College will be working in partnership with Manchester Cycling Academy to offer budding cyclists the chance to train and study. 

    The cycling academy for aspirational bike riders aged 16-19 years is based on the Etihad Campus in East Manchester, less than four minutes away from the National Cycling Centre.  

    Students will be able to study the three A Level equivalent BTEC Sports Coaching and Development, BTEC Sport and Exercise Science or a choice of A Levels/other BTEC qualifications.

    Connell Co-op College is part of Co-op Academies Trust and is the number one sixth form college in Manchester for A Level and BTEC Level 3 Progress.

    The college has strong links with Manchester City FC through its CITC Football Programme. Staff are used to accommodating elite athletes and boast some notable graduates including current Team GB Track Cycling star Sophie Capewell; Para-Cycling Olympic gold medallist, Sophie Thornhill; Manchester City and England Women’s goalkeeper, Ellie Roebuck and current Manchester City and England men’s star Phil Foden.

    Emma Soper, Principal of Connell Co-op College, welcomed the announcement and said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Manchester Cycling Academy and welcoming future Olympians to Connell Co-op College.

    “Adding cycling compliments our existing sports offer which includes the City in the Community Football Pathway and the Sport in the Community Pathway which is run in partnership with GLL. Manchester Cycling Academy students will also benefit from the partnership we have with our nearest neighbour – the Manchester Institute of Sport delivered by Nuffield Health.

    “The programme will provide a unique opportunity for cycling students to benefit from high quality teaching, learning environments and great qualifications. When students complete the course they will stand out from the crowd and leave with a unique skill set.”

    Stefan Hopewell, Director of Manchester Cycling Academy also welcomed the announcement and said: “Connell Co-op College is a perfect fit for Manchester Cycling Academy. It fits our vision of offering A levels and BTECs and the close proximity to world class cycling facilities will allow the riders to transfer between their academic studies and training sessions without interruption.

    “Not only is it possible to transfer quickly from the college to the velodrome in minutes to facilitate cycling training sessions, the college has an excellent reputation for gaining academic results and for progression to higher education and training.

    “Adding A Levels to our offer means that those riders who want to take the traditional education route can still join the cycling programme and continue with their academic studies, whilst offering the three A Level equivalent BTEC means that those who want to choose a more practical and vocational qualification can also do so.”

    Places will be limited in 2023 and competition is expected to be fierce, so early application is encouraged. Apply now to be invited to an interview evening on Wednesday 25 January 2023. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2023. 

    Apply online now.

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    Published 09/09/22

    We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, and we join the nation in reflecting on her historic reign.

    In line with guidance, we will rightly respect this period of national mourning.

    All of our academies remain open.

    From Dr Chris Tomlinson CEO, and all the colleagues at Co-op Academies Trust

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    Published 23/08/22

    Congratulations to all of our students – we’re so proud of them! 

    The last three years have been unprecedented in education and our students have had to overcome enormous challenges in order to succeed. Their resilience is an inspiration and we’re really impressed with their achievements. We wish them the very best for the future.

    Our 2022 results:

    • 99% pass rate
    • 75% achieved at least one high grade (A*-B / Distinction)

    We’re excitedly supporting our students as they make their final decisions about their destinations. 84% of them made a university application and around 5% of students plan to start an apprenticeship. 

    I’d like to say a big thank you to our incredible staff who have supported our students so well in the most challenging of times. I would also like to thank our many partners – employers, universities and charities who have worked with us and our students to ensure that they have had access to the very best opportunities – without your support their success would not be possible.

    We’ll be sharing some of our student success stories on our social media channels. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter accounts for further updates and celebrations. 

    Congratulations Connell Class of 2022! 

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    Published 09/08/22

    Enrolment update, Tuesday 30 August: Many of our courses are now full. You’re welcome to call us on 0161 231 9200 or come in for a chat so that we can put you on our waiting list (in case any spaces open up).

    Getting ready for GCSE Results Day on Thursday 25 August?

    There are two ways to enrol:

    1. Priority pre-accepted – for students who’ve already accepted an offer from us (you get early access to enrol and should have been sent instructions via email)
    2. Open – for walk-in applicants


    1. Come to Connell on Thursday 25 August between 11am and 4pm.
    2. Bring your GCSE results slip (issued by your school, it’ll include your ULN and UCI number).
    3. Bring your ID (UK/EU birth certificate, passport, residency permit or UK driving licence).

    If you don’t attend enrolment on Thursday 25 August, we will be unable to guarantee you a place. If you’re not going to be in the country for enrolment, you should have already emailed us and been sent separate instructions.


    1. Come to Connell on Friday 26 August between 9am and 3pm.
    2. Bring your GCSE results slip (issued by your school, it’ll include your ULN and UCI number).
    3. Bring your ID (UK/EU birth certificate, passport, residency permit or UK driving licence).

    Please note we cannot guarantee a place on any of our courses for walk-in applicants, as priority will be given to our pre-accepted students.


    Want to make a start on your chosen subjects? You don’t have to, but if you do… you can find lots of information about each subject, do some worksheets and watch some videos on our Subject Taster Site. We’ve gathered a suggested reading list by subject too.

    Best of luck for GCSE results and we look forward to seeing you at enrolment! Until then, keep enjoying your holidays!

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    Published 05/07/22

    We’re delighted to have achieved the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard – the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for  secondary schools and colleges.

    Our CEIAG programme was described as ‘an example of outstanding practice’ and the ‘quality and breadth’ of our careers provision was recognised too.

    Great feedback!

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    Published 01/07/22

    A first for Manchester this week as staff from schools and colleges across the city came together to learn about the issues and solutions associated with climate change in education settings.

    The Bee Green Education Summit – hosted by Connell Co-op College and organised in partnership with Manchester City Council – provided advice, resources and tools to support education settings to reach net zero by 2038.

    Education settings – early-years, schools and colleges – are currently responsible for 50% of carbon emissions from Manchester’s public buildings. 

    The summit’s aims were to support and motivate education settings on their journey to creating carbon neutral and sustainable learning environments.

    Emma Soper, Head of College at Connell Co-op College, said: “We’re really proud to have helped organise and host the Bee Green Education Summit. We put on a packed agenda, practical workshops, a marketplace and lots more to help support fellow education settings across Manchester to make changes to reach net zero by 2038.”

    Attendees went away with a clearer understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, armed with practical ideas, resources and expert advice to make changes to become more sustainable and to support decarbonisation.

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    Published 25/05/22

    New for September 2022, we’re excited to be able to offer students studying BTEC Sport, Coaching & Development or BTEC Sport & Exercise Science access to our new Sport in the Community Pathway.

    Students who register will be given a guaranteed interview and employment trial with GLL – one of Manchester’s biggest employers in the sport and leisure industry. 

    Your employment with them can run throughout your time at Connell and beyond into university or full time employment. As a national company you will have the opportunity to work for them wherever you choose to go in the future too.

    GLL is a not for profit charitable social enterprise committed to delivering a better quality of fitness and leisure, libraries and performing arts facilities for everyone. They manage over 258 facilities across the UK. Find out more.

    In Manchester, this includes community and elite sporting venues such as the National Cycling Centre, National Squash Centre, Manchester Regional Arena, National Basketball Performance Centre; as well as local leisure centres, such as Belle Vue Leisure Centre, Manchester Aquatics Centre, East Manchester Leisure Centre, Moss Side Leisure Centre, and much more. Find a full list of Manchester venues.

    They also organise and support the delivery of major sporting events such as the recent European Taekwondo Championships at Manchester Regional Arena and are proud to host national teams across their venues including Manchester Thunder Netball, Manchester Giants Basketball and Belle Vue Aces Speedway.

    GLL are proud of their commitment in 2022 to be a real living wage employer. The hours you work will be flexible and up to you meaning you can work more during the holidays and quiet times and less or not at all when your college work is most demanding. As your employee, they will provide you with training and qualifications, enabling you to progress in the sports industry in the future.

    Students on this pathway will also have access to opportunities delivered by our other key partners in the sport industry: City in the Community, Manchester City Football Club and Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.

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    Published 21/04/22

    Connell Co-op College has today launched The Green Idea Competition for schools across Manchester as part of the 2022 Our Year campaign.


    Primary and secondary school students from across Manchester (key stages 1-5) are encouraged to:

    1. Put forward a ‘green idea’ to your school.
    2. Get your school to act upon your ‘green idea’. 
    3. Produce a report (up to two sides of A4) to assess the impact (e.g. over a week) or potential impact (if it can’t be actioned before the submission date). And create an accompanying poster explaining the key features and impact of your project (single-sided and sized A3 to A1). 
    4. Submit your report and poster by Friday 10 June. 
    5. Shortlisted entries will be invited to present their report at the Bee Green Education Summit at Connell Co-op College on Thursday 30 June. Judging will be age appropriate.
    6. Exciting prizes for the best ideas with the most impact. 

    The competition is currently open and it closes on Friday 10 June.

    Download the competition’s flyer.


    To take part, schools should register their interest, then take a photo of their poster and email it to: Keep it somewhere safe in case you’re shortlisted!

    Please include the following information in your email:

    • School name.
    • The name and email address of a teacher at your school.

    Any questions, please get in touch with us at


    A shortlist of the best entries will be invited to the Bee Green Education Summit at Connell Co-op College on Thursday 30 June to display their posters and present their reports.

    We want as many children and young people as possible to take part so that they can help shape a future that’s green, sustainable and healthy. So, please spread the word and share this web page!

    2022 OUR YEAR

    The 2022 Our Year campaign aims to create a programme of activities, opportunities and experiences for children and young people across Manchester to help them shape theirs and their city’s futures post-Covid. Find out more.

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    Published 31/03/22

    We held our prize giving evening for the children and young people who took part in the 2022 Our Year Art, Poetry and Short Story Competition on Tuesday 29 March.

    We received a huge variety of entries from children and young people aged 5-18, covering a number of key themes, including equality, wellbeing, play, family and friends, education and environment. We were blown away by the quality of the entries we received: some fantastic and interesting stories; deep and beautiful poems; and the artwork was beautiful and powerful. Narrowing down the entries and choosing the winners was a really tough job, taken on by a panel of experts, including published author Ellen Harrison (follow on Twitter and Instagram). 

    The evening was a brilliant celebration of the creativity and passion of young people in Manchester. After some light refreshments, the ceremony opened with a welcome from Head of College, Emma Soper. Then Andrea Daubney, Manchester City Council’s Assistant Director of Education, introduced Our Year and what it is aiming to achieve in Manchester. Two Connell students, Katie and Hanan, spoke about their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic and their vision for the 2022 Our Year project and beyond.

    The winners and runners up were invited to the prize ceremony which was split by three age groups (Primary School, Key Stage 3 and Key Stages 4-5) and by the three categories (art, short stories and poetry). Thirty children and young people were awarded prizes. 

    The first prizes were awarded to Benjamin Clark, Y2, Brookburn Community School; Sara Hassani, Y4, Pike Fold Primary School; Zuha Rafiq, Y4, Longsight Community Primary School; Noah Brown, Y10, Gabriella Taiwo, Y9, and Freddie Chauhan, Y7, Co-op Academy Manchester; Omar Naoum, Y9, Burnage Academy for Boys; Lauren Johnson, Y10, Co-op Academy North Manchester; and Muskan Ditta Afzal, Y12, Connell.

    Freddie, a Year 7 student from Co-op Academy Manchester, said: “I was really pleased to win an award for my poem. I wrote it about feelings but I’m not sure where the inspiration to write it came from as English isn’t one of my favourite subjects. I think I will write more poems in the future.”

    Muskan, a Year 12 student from Connell Co-op College, added: “I was pleasantly surprised to win. My drawing was inspired by discussions with my brother and based on the health of the earth’s environment. I think it has inspired me to be more creative in future – after my exams – to start doing sculpture.”

    Some of the winners

    Some of the pieces of art

    Co-op Academy Manchester students

    Burnage Academy for Boys students

    Benjamin from Brookburn Primary receiving an MCFC shirt from Alex Williams MBE

    The gallery wall

    The gallery wall

    Brother and sister winning together

    All the attendees

    Our partners – Co-opManchester Metropolitan UniversityMCFC City in the Community and Manchester City Council – donated some fantastic prizes. Some of the top prizes included a signed John Stones MCFC shirt, an afternoon tea at Hotel Football, an afternoon tea at Angel Square, a £25 restaurant voucher, Amazon vouchers, Arndale vouchers, footballs, books and stationery. 

    The competition formed part of the year-long Manchester campaign, 2022 Our Year, being run by Manchester City Council. The campaign is providing a programme of activities, opportunities and experiences for children and young people to help them shape theirs and their city’s futures post-Covid.

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    Published 20/01/22

    The competition closed on Monday 28 February. We have had some great entries; thanks to everyone who took the time to submit one.

    Connell Co-op College has today launched a community competition for local schools as part of the year-long Manchester campaign, 2022 Our Year.

    The 2022 Our Year campaign aims to create a programme of activities, opportunities and experiences for children and young people to help them shape theirs and their city’s futures post-Covid. 


    School children and young people from across Manchester (key stages 1-5) are invited to create a piece of art, poetry or short story inspired by one of the eight key themes: 

    1. Equal and included
    2. Safe and secure
    3. Health and wellbeing
    4. Connections (digital, transport…)
    5. Climate and environment
    6. Family and friends
    7. Education
    8. Play


    The piece of art can be created from any medium that you like, including photography. And there is no limit to the poetry or short story other than to keep them below 2,000 words.

    Ellen Harrison, who’s a poet/author, has written 10 top tips for writing short stories and 12 top tips for writing poetry that you may find helpful. Ellen works for Warwickshire Libraries and holds an MA in Professional Creative Writing. She writes both poetry and fiction, and her work has been published in Here Comes Everyone, Lucent Dreaming, and elsewhere. Follow Ellen on Twitter and Instagram, @_EllenHarrison.


    To take part, you first need to register your interest using this form, then email your piece of art (take some nice photos of it and keep it somewhere safe in case you’re shortlisted!), poetry or short story to Please include the following information:

    • Your full name
    • Age
    • School year
    • School name
    • An email address of a teacher at your school

    Download the competition’s flyer.


    A shortlist of the best entries will be selected from years 1-2, 3-6, 7-9 and 10+. An awards ceremony with prizes will then be hosted at Connell Co-op College on Thursday 31 March. The winners will have the opportunity to have their work put on display for the remainder of the year at a number of businesses throughout Manchester.

    Any questions, please get in touch with us at

    We want as many children and young people as possible to take part so they can help shape a future that’s safe, happy, healthy and successful. So, please spread the word and share this web page!

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  • RESULTS 2021!​​​​​​​

    Published 01/09/21

    The cohort of students who joined Connell in September 2019 expected to complete their studies in the same way as every other group of students that went before. They had no idea what a challenge they would face. The impact of Covid-19 and the global pandemic on education and society more widely has been immense. 

    Despite these challenges, our students have enjoyed immense success and we are so proud of them! 


    Leavers 2021 – we all wish you the very best for your futures and look forward to hearing all about your successes as you make your way in the world.  We are so proud of you! You have completed your studies in the most challenging of circumstances. Your effort, dedication and determination to succeed, in spite of all the challenges you have faced, have been an inspiration. All of us at the College wish you all the very best for your future. 

    I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of all our staff who have supported our students to succeed. It has been a year of huge challenges for all of us, and your commitment to our College and our students is awe inspiring.  It is an immense privilege to be your Head of College. Thank you to all of you for helping our students succeed. Emma Soper, Head of College.

    DATA FOR 2021

    – Our BTEC results have been in the top 10% nationally for student progress in 2020 & 2021

    – Our BTEC and A level results for 2020 and 2021 were outstanding for student progress and attainment. 

    – 85% of our A level courses showed progress in the top 10% nationally (ALPS 1/2) in 2021 and 43% of our A level courses showed progress in the top 1% nationally (ALPS 1) in 2021!

    – 87% of A level grades were A*-C

    – 56% of A level grades were A*-B

    – Our progression rates to University are 34% higher than average for 2021

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