27 April 2022
We are proud to announce the opening date for our brand new specialist support school in Blackley, North Manchester.
On Tuesday June 7th, Prospect House Primary Specialist Support School will open it’s doors to 50 children. Prospect House will be the first Trust school to open in North Manchester, offering places for children with very significant learning needs and other associated additional needs, aged 3 – 11 years old.
Prospect House first opened to a small cohort of students in 2020 within the Grange School site and has been eagerly awaiting the move to their new building and location in North Manchester. The brand new purpose built site will include specialist facilities including a state-of-the-art hydropool including changing room to pool hoisting, ASC friendly classrooms and corridors, Food Technology Room, Library, Immersive Learning Room, Sensory Regulation Room, Parent Room, Pets as Therapy Dogs (Alfie and Ovie) and two KuneKune Pigs (Sebastian and Dolores).
Working within the cluster of special schools in the Trust has been valuable to the design and development of the new site for Headteacher Tracyann Gallier and Deputy Headteacher Robin Anthony who, working closely with Tilbury Douglas Construction North West, have used their experiences to inform ideas for the layout, facilities and learning environments created in the new building as Ms Gallier explains,
“We are more than proud to bring the next chapter to our children, families and community. As a school and as a Trust, we firmly believe that all children deserve the very best. We have worked tirelessly, alongside may wonderful professionals who have been open to new ideas and collaboration, to support the design and build processes that will bring an exciting, fit for purpose school that will offer new opportunities, give choices and shape the future.”
The Trust currently comprises of 8 schools, including 4 mainstream high schools and 4 special needs schools (both primary and secondary) with further schools anticipated across Greater Manchester. Employing over 900 staff, the Trust is passionate about providing exceptional education for children from any background so that they become happy, confident adults with excellent academic knowledge and qualifications. We believe that our staff play a vital role in achieving our vision.
‘Great schools thrive because of the great people in them.’
Offering an attractive employee benefit scheme and opportunities for professional development, the Trust has recruited approximately 190 staff across all levels since September 2021, from apprenticeship roles to senior leadership positions. The expansion of the Trust into North Manchester has provided over 40 jobs locally to date and 50 school places. At full capacity, the school will be able to provide a further 50 school places and will increase staffing as the numbers grow. As the Trust aims for its schools to be ‘rooted within their local communities,’ the leadership team are keen to be involved with the Blackley community and have been working with several local groups including The Byrons Housing Care, Friends of Heaton Park, local artist Dave Gee and local allotment groups.
To celebrate the opening of the new school, there will be an official opening event this Summer for the current students and families, followed by an event later in the year at which the local community will be invited to meet the team and explore the amazing facilities on offer, dates to be confirmed.