Heaton Manor School

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Heaton Manor School
Heaton manor.jpg
Motto A Learning Community
Established 1983 (after merger)
Type Secondary School
Headteacher Ms Lynne Ackland
Location Jesmond Park West
Newcastle upon Tyne
England Coordinates: 54°59′39″N 1°35′20″W / 54.9943°N 1.5889°W / 54.9943; -1.5889
Local authority Newcastle upon Tyne
DfE URN 108531 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1911
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Website www.heatonmanor.net

Heaton Manor School is an 11–18 state comprehensive school in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The school building, fully rebuilt in 2004 from PFI funding replaced two separate sites (known as the Jesmond and Benton sites) which in turn were made up of a number of different schools.

History[edit]

Before 2004, Years 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13 were housed on the 'Jesmond Site' situated in buildings between Jesmond Park West and Newton Road. The main building was built in the 1920s, with a 1960s gym to the west and another addition to the north of the building, which was attached to it by a bridge walkway.

Years 10 and 11 were housed half a mile away on the 'Benton Site', a purpose built 1960s former Secondary Technical school on Benton Road, opposite the Benton Park View governmental office complex.

Heaton Grammar and Heaton High Schools[edit]

The buildings on Newton Road were opened by King George V in 1928 after opening the Tyne Bridge. The school building was symmetrical; everything found on one side of the school was mirrored on the opposite side. The western side of the building was Heaton Grammar School[1] for boys with an entrance on Jesmond Park West and the eastern side of the building was Heaton High School[1] for girls, again with a separate entrance on Newton Road.

Manor Park Technical Grammar School[edit]

Across on Benton Road was Manor Park Technical Grammar School opened in 1961, following the Tripartite System of Grammar, Technical Grammar, and Secondary Modern schooling in England. This school, completely separate from Heaton Grammar and High Schools was initially on the Benton Road site only (1961-1966) then from 1967 expanded to encompass two sites itself. The lower site, which was off Trewitt Road, is now the Heaton Centre[2] (for adult education) and Heaton Community Centre.[3]

Heaton Manor School[edit]

With Newcastle City Council's budget cuts meant that schools with low numbers had to be closed and it was decided to merge Heaton Secondary School with Manor Park School, in 1983, to form a new school: Heaton Manor School. It was a controversial move, as some people still thought of Heaton Secondary school still as a 'Grammar' school, and to be seen merging with a former 'Technical Grammar' school (and Heaton Secondary's closest rival, in every sense) as a downward progression.

Originally, the sixth form (Years 12 and 13) were going to be housed on the former Manor Park site, but this would not be possible due to the nature of the buildings, so the unusual split of having lower school students with the sixth form on the former Heaton Grammar site.

The former Heaton Grammar site then became known as the Jesmond Site. The site itself is not in Jesmond at all rather the name comes from the street from which it is on (Jesmond Park West). The former Manor Park site became known as the Benton Site (again the site was not in Benton, rather being situated on Benton Road in High Heaton). The rooms on the Jesmond site had a J- prefix (e.g. J44, JP1, JD1) to distinguish the same rooms over on the Benton site which had a B- prefix (e.g. B75, BP2, BD1)

Before 2001, the Library was found on the upper south-west corridor and there were two halls (East and West). In 2001, the west hall became a new "Learning Resource Centre" and the former library suite was rebuilt and became a British Airways sponsored suite for those studying Travel and Tourism. The separate Sixth Form Library was moved down to the new LRC, which proved unpopular amongst many Sixth Formers.

Back in 1998, a number of students were featured along with John Dryden and Ann Smedley (Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher respectively) on the front page of the Evening Chronicle with the headline "Thanks a Mi££ion!" after Heaton Manor had secured money for a complete refurbishment. However, the students (from Year 8) who appeared on the front of that newspaper only ever got to see half of the new school before they left Sixth Form as it took until 2002 until building actually started.

Building of the new school[edit]

Building work commenced in 2002 with the new school being built "upon" the old one—which required the East half of the school to be demolished in the summer of 2003 and work to commence on the footprint of the old east side and the front and back fields. This meant from September 2003 until Summer 2004, the school was truly half old, half new. Three new buildings were open for use and the west side of the old building was still being used. Temporary walkways through the old Headteacher's office connected the old buildings to the new buildings. These temporary walkways were prone to flooding and resulted in the old building being very cold and leaves and mud being deposited across the corridors.

After July 2004, the Benton Road site was closed and soon after was demolished, to make way for the housing development named after it, as 'Manor Park'. The remaining old buildings on the Jesmond site were then fully demolished and the remainder of the new buildings were built.

The new school was ready for service in September 2004.

Activities[edit]

There is an extensive "period seven" programme which offers extra-curricular activities. There are many sports teams as well as "booster" lessons in most subjects. The school magazine (the little issue), debating society, drama, music theatre club, music lessons, gardening and signing. Heaton Manor is also a member of Amnesty International. The school participates in debating and sporting competitions.

Debating[edit]

One of the Period Seven activities offered is the Heaton Manor Union Society, which is the school's Debating Society for students in Key Stages Three and Four. The Society was founded in 2006 by the Department of Citizenship. Its weekly meetings involve a debate on a pre-released topic, featuring two pairs arguing for or against the motion respectively. A vote is held, and a team of judges also select a winner. On 10 May 2008, two of the Society's members participated in the national finals of the International Competition for Young Debaters, in Oxford. This was widely regarded as a great achievement, as very few comprehensive schools qualified.[4][5]

Heaton Manor also maintains a highly successful Post 16 debating team, "The Head Strong Club". They have participated multiple times in the National Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition, progressing to the National Finals in 2005 having won the North East regional heats,[6] as well as competing in the prestigious English-Speaking Union Schools Mace.

Online historical resources[edit]

Historical information can be found at the following sites:

Trivia[edit]

  • The Heaton Manor School buildings were used as a set for a television programme starring a young Denise Van Outen, called Kappatoo in 1990, produced by Tyne Tees Television.
  • The school magazine, the little issue, was featured in the television show Level Up.
  • Many stars of BBC TV's Byker Grove attended Heaton Manor School.
  • A new housing development has been built on the Manor Park School Benton Road Site (the school being demolished in 2004) using (and therefore preserving it for ever as part of 'Newcastle schools history') the same name of Manor Park.

Alumni[edit]

Heaton Manor School[edit]

Manor Park School[edit]

  • Jimmy Nail, Actor and Singer
  • Denis Tueart, Professional Footballer with Manchester City (1960s/1970s)
  • Derek Forster, Professional Footballer (Goalkeeper) with Sunderland (1960s/1970s)
  • Jimmy Husband, Professional Footballer with Everton (1960s/1970s)
  • Robert Dolman, Newcastle Artist, exhibits at The Biscuit Factory (Art Gallery)

Heaton Secondary School[edit]

Heaton High School[edit]

Heaton Grammar School[edit]

References[edit]

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