We are a non-selective, co-educational, independent college in the heart of Manchester city centre. Most of our 220 students study A-levels, GCSEs or on our International Foundation Programme. In our friendly, safe, supportive environment students achieve their goals and successfully move on to their chosen university. We offer a unique alternative to traditional schools with flexible programmes and personalised learning whilst maintaining a strong academic ethos.
Abbey College Manchester was founded in 1990 and is part of the Alpha Plus Group of independent schools and colleges.
Abbey College Manchester is now celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 and has a developed a strong reputation locally, nationally and internationally for high-quality teaching, small class sizes and a strong tutor support system.
A range of courses to suit the needs of individual students are offered: Two Year A-Levels; One Year Intensive Retake A-Levels; One Year Business BTEC; One and Two Year International Foundation Programmes (Business and Engineering) and One Year GCSES.
The college is located in a modern five-storey building in the heart of Manchester city centre. All classrooms, suites and laboratories are well-equipped and resourced and provide a teaching and learning environment to help students fulfil their aspirations.
Abbey College Manchester has a range of modern equipment and resources to help deliver high-quality teaching to students.
All our classrooms benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, access to modern technologies including interactive whiteboards, laptops and touchscreens. All departments are equipped with specialist rooms and textbooks are provided for all courses.
Students have their own personal computer login and access to the student shared drive where teaching resources are stored. Practical work and investigation are central to the teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and so each subject is taught in a modern, subject-specific laboratory. Each room has been fitted to the highest standards and is well equipped to allow the delivery of a wide range of experiments and demonstrations to stimulate student learning.
Creativity flourishes within the college with Art & Design and Photography taught in dedicated, well-equipped rooms. Students are encouraged to express themselves using techniques ranging from 3D modelling, textiles, sculpture and photography as well as conventional painting and drawing. There is also a dark room where images can be enhanced and developed by the students. A large study centre is available as a silent and supervised study area. Here, students can use their own or college laptops for personal work. There is wireless connection available here and around the college.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning are rigorous whilst being creative and responsive to individual student need.
We believe that small classes and high-quality teaching are the keys to success. This approach is very personal and means that students are focused on their studies and are given lots of attention from teachers to maximise attainment and fulfil potential. Alongside small class sizes, we foster a friendly environment by having a no uniform policy and creating relationships where everyone is on first name terms.
Our dedicated teachers have an excellent knowledge of their subjects and the specifications and as examiners for the major examination boards, they are well positioned to offer guidance and support in developing examination technique. Teachers break down subjects into manageable sections so that students can work more easily towards the grades they need. Students are prepared thoroughly for public examinations and gain important study skills.
Studying in the college
All students have timetabled, supervised study built into their programmes. In our study centre students work quietly and this builds a culture of concentration and respect for the learning needs of others.
Assessment and monitoring process
Small class sizes mean teachers can spend more time assessing each student’s work and giving verbal and written feedback on a one to one basis. Teachers assess student effort and attainment frequently. Reports are sent home each half term and include written comments and data covering attendance, academic attainment and student effort both in the classroom and in their own time. Students and teachers reflect on current work and raise standards by agreeing with targets in areas such as subject knowledge, time management, revision techniques and progress on coursework. This, in turn, builds confidence and raises standards.
Attendance is monitored through daily registration and at the start of every lesson. Parents/guardians are contacted if a student is not present in class.