Greater Manchester Alternative Provision
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Special school
11 - 16
Other independent special school

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Requires Improvement
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Pupils with SEN support
87 Blandford Street
Ashton Under Lyne
ol6 7hw

School Description

Most pupils are committed to their learning at Greater Manchester Alternative Provision. Many were disengaged from education before they started at this school and have missed significant amounts of learning. Pupils value the time and attention that staff here give to them. Typically, pupils said that they are much happier in this school and come to school more than previously. However, some pupils do not attend as well as they should. The school is working closely with parents and carers and referring schools to help these pupils to improve their attendance. The school has high expectations for all pupils. Pupils respond positively to the help that staff provide to support them in their learning. The school has a calm atmosphere, and pupils behave well. By the end of key stage 4, most pupils achieve the qualifications that they need to move on to the next stage of their education. However, the school’s curriculum does not enable pupils to study a broad enough range of subjects. Nor does it take into account pupils’ prior knowledge in some subjects. Pupils appreciate the opportunities that they have to spend time outdoors in the local area. For example, they enjoy walks in a nature reserve, park and by a canal. These experiences help pupils to learn more about their local community and support a healthy lifestyle.

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This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.