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 Did we mention that Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst were pupils? Staff and pupils are inspired by the school’s history but the atmosphere is energetic and forward looking. The building is incredibly light and open. We didn’t see any gloomy corridors or dark corners; there are glass walls all over the place. No glass ceilings, though. The school recently ran Balance Week during which all pupils and teachers were encouraged to find their own work-life balance by pushing the homework to one side and trying out activities ranging from knitting to skateboarding...

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Manchester High's Head Mistress since September 2020, Helen Jeys BA (Durham), PGCE (Cambridge) was previously Deputy Head at MHSG before moving to the Headship of Alderley Edge School for Girls in 2016.
She achieved a first class honours undergraduate degree in Theology with Ancient Languages from Durham University.
She started her teaching career at the Manchester Grammar School, going on to lead the Religion & Philosophy Departments at Malvern Girls’ College, Hulme Grammar School for Boys and Manchester High School for Girls.
Her previous roles at Manchester High included seeing the first cohort of girls through the International Baccalaureate and acting Head of Middle School for pupils in Years 8-11.
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Since September 2020, Helen Jeys BA (Durham), PGCE (Cambridge), who was previously deputy head here before moving to the headship of Alderley Edge School for Girls in 2016. First class honours in theology with ancient languages from Durham; she started her teaching career at Manchester Grammar, going on to lead religion & philosophy departments at Malvern Girls’ College, Hulme Grammar School for Boys and Manchester High School for Girls. Her previous roles here included seeing the first cohort of girls through the IB and heading years 8-11.


Almost all girls from the prep go on to the senior school (they all sit the entrance exam but there is automatic entry for everyone except any girl who has struggled in prep - those girls are supported to find something more appropriate). But the majority come from...

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Special Education Needs

A member of the Learning Support Department interviews each student for whom the school has received a report from a specialist assessor, education psychologist or a clinician. Students may also be referred to the SENCo by teachers and internal assessments may be carried out in order to identify any potential underlying difficulties. A personalised one page profile will be co-produced following discussions with the student, parents and teachers, which would also respond to recommendations highlighted in the report. The one page profile includes the student’s strengths as well as areas of difficulty. It also includes strategies for teachers and the student to use so that the student’s needs are met and an independent approach to overcoming any barriers to learning is fostered. The SENCo oversees the provision and will liaise closely with teachers to ensure progress is made. Most students will have their learning needs met through Quality First Teaching and may not require additional support, however for some pupils where there is a widening gap in attainment and other abilities, a short-term Intervention programme may be appropriate. This would form part of the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle as highlighted in the SEND Code of Practice. The Senco also helps to refer pupils for external assessment where relevant.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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