Inspection Reports

Independent Schools Inspection – March 2018

This compliance only inspection occupied two full days in the college during March 2018.

This integrated inspection occupied a period of four continuous days in the college during February 2015.

The inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with students and examined samples of students’ work. They held discussion with senior members of staff and with representatives of the proprietor, observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection period and attended form meetings and assemblies. The inspectors visited boarding accommodation and the learning support and educational resource areas. The responses of parents and students to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed and the inspectors examined curriculum and other documentation made available by the college.

This was a compliance only inspection and as such only reported on the college’s compliance with the standards, including the boarding national minimum standards.

We are delighted to report that the college has met all 8 of the standards in the schedule to the Education Regulations 2014, the national minimum standards for boarding schools 2015 and associated requirements.

These standards were:

  • Quality of education provided
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  • Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  • Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  • Premised of and accommodation at schools
  • Provision of information
  • Manner in which complaints are handled
  • Quality of leadership in and management of schools

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The staff team, the students and their parents all deserve congratulations for the part they have played, and continue to play, in making Abbey College Manchester such a wonderful place to be.

Independent Schools Inspection – February 2015

This integrated inspection occupied a period of four continuous days in the college during February 2015.

The inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with students and examined samples of students’ work. They held discussion with senior members of staff and with representatives of the proprietor, observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection period and attended registration sessions and assemblies. Inspectors visited boarders’ accommodation, including a small sample of lodgings with host families and the Cavendish Place, the student residence and looked at the medical facilities. The responses of parents and students to a pre-inspection questionnaire were analysed and the inspectors examined regulatory documentation made available by the college.

We are delighted to say that the final report was overwhelming positive and praised the college in many different ways.

The staff team, the students and their parents all deserve congratulations for the part they have played, and continue to play, in making Abbey College Manchester such a wonderful place to be.

Key findings from the report include:

“Abbey College is highly successful in achieving its aims to guide students to achieve academic success, to fulfil their aspirations and to learn to respect and value one another”

“The students’ personal development is excellent. They are confident, articulate and sensitive to the needs of others”

“The students have excellent attitudes towards their work. They are well focused in class, eager to succeed and hard-working”

“The contribution of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision is excellent”

“The college benefits from clear leadership”

“The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the students is excellent”

“Excellent relationships exist between students and staff”

“Students from overseas integrate well and work happily with local students in classes, tutorials and the enrichment programme”

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Independent Schools Inspection – January 2011

The college was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in November 2010 and January 2011 and received an outstanding report.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) carried out the inspection of Abbey College Manchester in two parts: an initial two-day inspection of regulatory requirements during November 2010 was followed by the three-day final inspection of the college’s broader educational provision in January 2011.

We are delighted to say that the inspection report was excellent and praised the college in many ways.

The staff team, the students and their parents all deserve congratulations for the part they have played, and continue to play, in making Abbey College Manchester such a wonderful place to be.

Key findings from the report include:

  • “The college succeeds in its aim to help students achieve their academic ambitions in an atmosphere which is sensitive and supportive”
  • “The academic curriculum is excellent and is a major strength of the college, fully supporting its aim to help its students achieve academic fulfilment”
  • “The college is a model of harmonious inter-racial relations”
  • “The quality of pastoral care is excellent”
  • “Students have a very positive attitude to learning. Their behaviour is lessons is exemplary”
  • “Students receive excellent advice regarding their higher education choices”
  • “They (students) enjoy being at the college and grow in self confidence”

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Abbey Manchester

Covid-19 Update

Abbey College Manchester is still operating whilst the College building is closed in accordance with Government requirements.

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admin@abbeymanchester.co.uk for general enquiries

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or call:+44 (0) 161 817 2700

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