The EdStart 13-16 Alternative Provision operates from our DFE registered specialist independent schools in Wythenshawe and Broughton and offers a range of vocational courses designed for young people who find it difficult engaging in mainstream education. With vocational qualifications being offered our aim is to re-engage young people, creating opportunities which lead into further education or employment. Each pupil receives an individual learning plan and is supported throughout the training programme by our highly skilled teachers, learning mentors and youth workers. Courses range from entry level to level 2 and are recognised on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). Learning programmes are personalised, giving the learner the greatest opportunity to achieve.

Specialist Education

Our alternative provision fulfils the requirements of the various subjects and areas of learning for Year 10 and 11 learners,  meeting the six areas of learning and offering a full and broad curriculum. Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT are integrated into all courses as are additional qualifications aimed at developing and assessing young people’s social and personal skills.

Year 10 and 11 Provision (KS4)

Programmes include:

  • BTEC Health & Social care
  • BTEC  Business Studies
  • BTEC Public Services
  • BTEC Sport and Active Leisure
  • Functional Skills Maths/ English/ ICT
  • Edexcel Personal and Social Development (Award / Certificate)
  • Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
  • Level 2 Sports Leadership Award
  • AQA Unit Award Scheme (as a vehicle to deliver various subject areas)
  • GCSE Support classes for Maths/ English/ Science

All learners will have access to careers and training advice, to support them in finding a pathway after compulsory education.

Year 9 Provision (KS3)

Programmes includes:

  • Core Subjects – Maths/ English/ ICT/ Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Projects on Citizenship/ Religious Studies/ History/ Geography
  • Enhanced PSHE and Personal Development for all learners
  • Physical Education through BTEC L1 Sport / Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
  • Vocational Options include BTEC Business Studies/ Public Services/Health and Social care

Intensive Support Provision

Where  young people are having difficulty accessing either mainstream or alternative provision, EdStart has specialist staff that can be flexible to the individuals needs.  This may involve educating a young person from a base other than one of our centres but closer to their homes with short one to one  sessions that focus on core subjects and investigate possible next steps in education, training or employment.

Rates are variable dependent on the level of support and need, and will be negotiated on an individual basis with the referring school or agency.

A Students Perspective

Each student will have an opportunity to develop an individual learning plan with their Learning Mentor or Teacher which they will follow throughout their time on the programme. Goals and Targets will be set for each young person and reviewed regularly to ensure progress is carefully monitored. Behaviour is measured and recorded each week using statistical analysis to track patterns of behaviour and set targets. All the above help us measure students progress from the date of admission, to the day they move on.

Half termly celebration events are held to recognise achievement. Young people receive awards for:

  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Attainment

Students will have the opportunity to be taken on various rewards trips for good behaviour, classwork and / or attendance.


We offer a range of alternatives to suit both the young person and the referrer’s needs. Full time places or part time (part weekly or half daily) are offered. The referrer will book for a place and not a student, so if the young person stops attending for any reason they can be replaced by another.

Key Contact Information 

Headteacher : Mr James Lowe

School address: 130 Sale Road, Northern Moor, Manchester, M23-0BX.

School Telephone: (0161) 945-8940

Management Committee (Proprietorial Body): Mr. C. Irwin, Mr. P. Irwin, Mr. J. Lowe

Registered Office: 130 Sale Road, Northern Moor, Manchester, M23-0BX.
Tel: (0161) 945-8940 / 07940097364

More Information

For more information on this programme from EdStart, please feel free to contact us and a member of our team will be happy to help.