Music Stuff - KS3 (East)

Music Stuff

Unit 2 - The Cuthbert Centre

(Entrance off Bartlett Street)

877 Ashton Old Road

Openshaw

M11 2EU

0161 223 8700

Music Stuff - KS3 (South)

1085 Stockport Road

Levenshulme

Manchester

M19 2RE

0161 432 2862

Music Stuff - ISS

195 Fog Lane

Burnage

Manchester

M20 6FJ

0161 445 1849

Music Stuff - Vocational Centre

Units 3&4 - The Cuthbert Centre

877 Ashton Old Road

Openshaw

Manchester

M11 2NA

Music Stuff - ISN

599 Ashton New Road

Clayton

Manchester

M11 4UA

0161 231 2635

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General enquiries should be addressed to:

Mr M. T. McCann, Headteacher

Music Stuff

Unit 2 - The Cuthbert Centre

(Entrance Via Bartlett Street)

877 Ashton Old Road

Openshaw

M11 2EU

Phone: 0161 223 8700

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

This section has a list of answers to FAQS; should you wish to speak to somebody from the school directly plese do not hestiate to get in touch. Visit our contact page for more details.

Why are you called Music Stuff?

Prior to becoming an independent school Music Stuff operated solely as a voluntary sector organisation, which offered music-based projects to (predominantly but not exclusively) Greater Manchester youth community. A lot of these projects were targeted at disengaged young people, with the intention of providing real opportunities for positive progression.

 

We currently have one centre (Vocational - Units 3&4 - The Cuthbert Centre, 877 Ashton Old Road, M11 2NA) which still operates with this agenda, however, this is a separate entity to the school-based provision offered at our other sites.

Except for the name and (some) enrichment opportunities, Music has a limited significance on our educational services. In fact, we offer a broad curriculum to cater to the diverse needs of our KS3 and KS4 cohort.

Please continue to read below for more FAQs.

What type of school is this?

Music Stuff is an Independent (secondary) School, registered with the Department for Education. Music Stuff adheres to the Independent School Standards and is inspected (like other schools) from Ofsted. All of our pupils have SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) needs; we aim to support pupils in managing these needs and reaching their brilliant potential.

The majority of pupils referred to Music Stuff are (relatively) short term (one year or less); the reason for this is that we specialise in offering intensive (educational/pastoral) support to get every child on the right track.  When a pupil is ready and has the skills to succeed, we will always aim for a transition towards a mainstream or specialist (high school) setting.

How does the Manchester Secondary PRU come into this?

Presently Music Stuff (only) accepts referrals from Manchester Secondary PRU; we operate as an Alternative Education Provider. Our school officially has no pupils on roll, all pupils referred to Music Stuff are on roll with Manchester Secondary PRU. We work in partnership to ensure that our standards are approved and effective for the pupils within the PRU, one of the ways we do this is by being subject to a stringent Quality Assurance process facilitated by the PRU themselves.

Additionally, Music Stuff works (closely) with the PRU to report and manage assessment, attendance, exclusions, pastoral information and any other pertinent data relating to pupils, on a daily basis. For further information on this, you may wish to contact the Headteacher of Music Stuff, or Manchester Secondary PRU, for full contact details please click here: Contact.

Is there any differences in the provision between Music Stuff Centres?

All of our centres are targeted at pupils who need ‘Intensive Support’. Often pupils referred to our learning centres have (previously) had a least one alternative PRU placement breakdown, and substantial barriers which cause a hindrance to academic progress and behaviour. The pupils referred to our provision, are often some of the most disengaged and disenfranchised young people in Manchester; and we aim to change this.

The intensive support moniker was originally applicable to our KS4 centres (only); as referrals to these centres needed a very bespoke offer (due to the complex needs of the cohort). However, our KS3 cohort requires the same level of support and intervention.

KS3 and KS4 pupils referred to centres may have ongoing EHCP assessments, personal difficulties, criminal proceedings (ongoing), learning difficulties, low resilience, mental health difficulties and so much more. To support this, we use carefully tailored interventions (which are constantly reviewed) to develop pupils to independently make progress, and overcome barriers at their own pace. All centres (now) have a cohort which accepts pupil referrals who have complex needs.

Our KS4 Intensive Support centres offer Individual Education Plan (IEP) placements, which comprise of one:one tuition, delivered in an isolated/external premise; the intention of IEP’s are to off a rest-bite from centre, and remove as many barriers to learning as possible, and concentrate solely on the individual and their progress; these IEP’s included a modified timetable offer. Our KS3 (East) centre offers an intervention programme; similar to the IEP, this intervention involves offering a rest-bite from the classroom environment. Delivered one:one or in very small groups, this aims to work on specific barriers before a transition back into the main centre.

All of our centres are targeted at pupils who need ‘Intensive Support’. Often pupils referred to our learning centres have (previously) had a least one alternative PRU placement breakdown, and substantial barriers which cause a hindrance to academic progress and behaviour. The pupils referred to our provision, are often some of the most disengaged and disenfranchised young people in Manchester; and we aim to change this.

The intensive support moniker was originally applicable to our KS4 centres (only); as referrals to these centres needed a very bespoke offer (due to the complex needs of the cohort). However, our KS3 cohort requires the same level of support and intervention.

KS3 and KS4 pupils referred to centres may have ongoing EHCP assessments, personal difficulties, criminal proceedings (ongoing), learning difficulties, low resilience, mental health difficulties and so much more. To support this, we use carefully tailored interventions (which are constantly reviewed) to develop pupils to independently make progress, and overcome barriers at their own pace. All centres (now) have a cohort which accepts pupil referrals who have complex needs.

Our KS4 Intensive Support centres offer Individual Education Plan (IEP) placements, which comprise of one:one tuition, delivered in an isolated/external premise; the intention of IEP’s are to off a rest-bite from centre, and remove as many barriers to learning as possible, and concentrate solely on the individual and their progress; these IEP’s included a modified timetable offer. Our KS3 (East) centre offers an intervention programme; similar to the IEP, this intervention involves offering a rest-bite from the classroom environment. Delivered one:one or in very small groups, this aims to work on specific barriers before a transition back into the main centre.

What happens when things go wrong?

All pupils work with staff to identify their personal targets. It is our job to help each young person to make good progress. Sometimes though, things do go wrong, and pupils get into trouble. As well as Pastoral Workers who support each centre and work with other agencies to support pupils and their families, the centre staff will always try to find a solution to every problem. If Music Stuff ever have to withdraw a placement, we will work very quickly with Manchester Secondary PRU to support the transition to an alternative place, where the pupils can learn from their mistakes and make a fresh start.

How will my child get to their Learning Centre?

Taxis are provided for all students.

What kind of rules should my child expect?

The expectations are that all pupils and staff will work hard to ensure that everyone’s rights will be respected. We believe in celebrating positive behaviour and establishing firm but fair boundaries. This is underpinned by our Behaviour for Learning policy, which is available on the website or in any centre.

What uniform should my child wear?

We realise that traditional (mainstream) schooling, and the approaches within do not work for everybody. Therefore, we offer a provision which looks to remove as many barriers to learning as possible, and concentrate on the personal and academic development of every child. Should your pupil be transitioned back to mainstream, we will support them in their transition (this includes uniform arrangements and prep).