16th September 21
It has been an exciting start to the new academic year as we have welcomed boarding students into our new boarding facility, Clydesdale House.
The new purpose built boarding house is for Students aged 16 or above and and offers high-quality, safe accommodation in the city centre and within a 10 minute walk of Abbey College Manchester.
Clydesdale House which is based on Turner Street, has 24-hour on-site security, along with secure door entry system and CCTV cameras. There is also secure cycle storage, laundry facilities, onsite maintenance team, and cleaning of kitchens completed weekly.
Abbey College Manchester has exclusive accommodation on the top three floors of the building, with access restricted to their own students and staff. There are 57 en-suite rooms in separate clusters for girls and boys. In addition, each cluster (approx. 10 rooms) has a large kitchen equipped with hobs and ovens and generous fridge and freezer space. There is a large communal lounge in each cluster with a 50-inch television, a corner sofa and a table for socialising, study and activities.
We have also been delighted to welcome three new house-parents who will be joining the existing student residence team in looking after the students whilst at Clydesdale House.
These include Emma Jordan who has relocated from Birmingham to Manchester to take up her new role and who brings with her 18 years of experience in education.
Emma will be joined by Katherine Mickleson, who is a teacher specialising in ‘English as an Additional Language’, as well as having previous boarding experience. After graduating from university, Katherine spent time in Berlin before moving to Spain for several years.
Completing the trio of new staff is Nichole Rigney who studied Criminology at university and has worked in both primary and secondary schools as a SEND teaching assistant for three years prior.
Chris Randell, Assistant Principal – Boarding and Pastoral at Abbey College Manchester comments: “We have had such positive feedback from the students, who are all very much enjoying their brand-new space, including the spacious common areas. From quizzes and charades, to arts and crafts, and movie nights, the team at Clydesdale House are enjoying hosting a whole set of creative and fun activities for the students, helping them get to know each other and feel at home in Manchester. On Monday, the students enjoyed a spa evening, and even the boys got involved!”