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Celebration of Culture and Diversity Day

On April 25th, the whole school community attended the fabulous Melland High School Celebration of Culture and Diversity Day. The morning was a great success with an amazing turnout from students, parents, carers and families. The colourfully decorated theatre was filled with a wide range of interactive stalls and games including face painting, henna hands , world reading resources and arts and crafts. Lots of the school wore traditional clothes which reflect the many and varied cultures and heritages we include. Students performed African drumming to a very participative crowd, and we had a huge buffet table filled with delicious food and drink that had been prepared and donated by families. The atmosphere was one of belonging, respect and enjoyment of our diverse school population as well as huge amounts of fun.

This was followed in the afternoon by a whole school assembly in the Theatre where we looked again at the importance of celebrating Culture and Diversity. Students from all key stages gave live performances of music and dance; the school choir treated the audience to 4 fantastic songs, and we finished with a traditional clothing parade where students wore their outfits with pride.

What a wonderful day! Melland High School relishes these opportunities to highlight the whole school ethos of belonging as well as the chance to promote, respect and value diversity

Reading Makes us Free

“ Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

This project has taken inspiration from Frederick Douglass and connected freedom with the idiom ‘to be as free as a bird’.

The students have taken part in the project and individually created birds using a range of media.

Students have been writing or drawing illustrations about their favourite books.

Students decorated, cut out and constructed a bird which is a unique representation of them.

Up to 10,000 birds will be made and installed in a beautiful display  at Manchester Central Library celebrating the theme, ‘reading makes us free’.

Another Amazing Careers Week

Students and staff have enjoyed a busy week learning about jobs in different work sectors as part of Melland High School’s annual Careers Week. With a jam-packed timetable and an abundance of volunteers, students participated in a wide array of different activities and utilised their Skills for Life across the week.

The week started on a high with the Speed Networking Event, students from across KS3, 4 & 5 used their communication skills to ask the employers quick fire questions about their roles. Students met with an extensive range of representatives from companies such as: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Kloodle, ASK apprenticeships, the Army, Equal Education Chances, Siemens, Pure Innovations, The Space Group, CRUK construction, FEC, The Growth Company, Factory International, Kiely Group, Career Connect, Charity Sector and Manchester City.

Across the week, students participated in a wide range of employer encounters from different job sectors and educational settings including: One Stop, Learning Curve, Venture Arts, Security for Waterloo Road, a DJ, Greater Manchester Police, Factory International, The Fold, CRUK construction, Building Your Skills, Equal Education Chances, Clyde & Co, Dakota Hotels, 0161 Boxing Project, Manchester Airport Group, Brighter Sounds, Women’s American Football and Equans. Students gained insight into these diverse careers through asking thoughtful and challenging questions. They also developed their self-belief by having the confidence to ask questions of adults they were unfamiliar with.

Students also participated in a number of workshops with businesses such as: Equans, Everfi, Biffa, Eric Wright, Dakota Hotel, Equal Education Chances and 0161 Boxing Project. Pupils had to demonstrate teamwork and problem-solving skills to work cooperatively to accomplish different tasks such as building structures from wooden dowels, building a bridge that could hold a car, waiting tables, styling hair and practising boxing skills. Students from KS5 also visited the local fire station to find out about roles in the fire service

KS3 and 4 students had a day off timetable to sample a carousel of work sectors including Engineering, Creative, Sport, Retail, Hospitality, Health & Beauty and Tourism. Students had a whirlwind day of role play working as airport security, designing egg holders, pitching ideas to ‘Alan Sugar’ on the apprentice, waiting tables, working in a shop, making beds, working in a hair salon and much more. Students exhibited excellent self-management, independence and punctuality by following a busy schedule, being flexible in their routine and ensuring they moved to their next session promptly.

We had a wonderful turn out of ex-pupils for the Alumni Panel and the current students particularly enjoyed hearing the inspirational stories of how they got into their current role. The alumni were a fantastic example of how empowering young people with employability skills can lead to a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Students were supported throughout the week by our qualified careers adviser from Career Connect. They had access to drop in guidance sessions to answer any questions that arose during careers week and help them to make informed decisions about their careers and futures.

Overall, it was a fantastic week where students had the opportunity to explore a broad and varied range of career paths, learn from the local labour market and connect with employers and professionals. All of the students have been a credit to the school and excellent role models and ambassadors. A huge thank you to all the staff involved in supporting careers week. It was able to run smoothly by everyone being so flexible, accommodating and welcoming to the visitors.

“Melland High School is an inspirational and vibrant place.”

Melland High School achieves fifth OUTSTANDING Ofsted!

Please read Ofsted report here

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have just received the report following our Ofsted inspection in March. We are delighted to see that the hard work and commitment of pupils, staff, parents, carers, partners, governors and the Trust are again so positively recognised in the outcomes of the report. Melland High School continues to be a positive and successful school which provides a thriving, challenging and happy environment.

Just some of the standout comments are detailed below:

  • The school is ambitious for every pupil.
  • Pupils feel safe, happy and well cared for.
  • Pupils flourish socially and academically.
  • Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary.
  • Pupils have a rich understanding of respect, tolerance and diversity.
  • Pupils know that their views and opinions matter.
  • Classrooms are typically hives of activity, where pupils relish their learning.
  • Pupils follow a curriculum that is highly personalised to their individual needs. This helps all pupils, including those with profound and complex needs, to learn well.
  • Pupils receive an ambitious curriculum. This covers a broad range of subjects and enrichment through intelligently designed curriculum pathways. Within each, the school has coherently mapped out the ambitious knowledge and vocabulary that pupils should learn over time.
  • At the heart of the school’s work is the continual focus on equipping pupils with the skills that they need to make a valuable contribution to society.
  • Education about next steps, careers and the world of work is interwoven into all that the school does.
  • Staff develop strong and trusting relationships with pupils. They have a deep knowledge of their needs.
  • Extensive training in behaviour management enables staff to respond sensitively and kindly when pupils feel overwhelmed or become dysregulated.
  • Staff said they are valued and supported well to develop and share their expertise. They work as a team and are proud to work at the school.
  • Trustees and governors have strong strategic oversight of the school.

Principal, Mrs Warner, said: “I am delighted by our recent Ofsted outcome. The report clearly captures the outstanding provision offered to every remarkable student at Melland High School and reflects the exceptional support of staff, parents and carers, governors and our wider community.”

Bright Futures Educational Trust CEO, Dr John Stephens, added: “I am incredibly proud of the students and staff at Melland. The school is a truly remarkable place where young people have so many wonderful opportunities to learn and grow. I am so grateful for the relentless efforts of all those who work in and with the school enabling students of all abilities to excel. Melland High School absolutely embodies the vision of the trust: the best for everyone, the best from everyone.”

Kind regards

Sue Warner


Proud to part of the Bright Futures Education Trust
Melland High School
Gorton Education Village
50 Wembley Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7DT
Ofsted CEOP