Heaton Manor School is a coeducational Academy located in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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.
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
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 for boys with an entrance on Jesmond Park West and the eastern side of the building was Heaton High School for girls, again with a separate entrance on Newton Road.
Manor Park Technical Grammar School
Across on Benton Road was Manor Park Technical Grammar School opened in 1960, 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 (1960-1966) then from 1967 expanded to encompass two sites itself. The lower site, which was on Addycombe Terrace, is now the Heaton Centre (for adult education) and Heaton Community Centre.
Heaton Manor School
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.
Originally, the sixth form (Years 12 and 13) were going to be housed on the former Manor Park site, but this was not possible due to the nature of the buildings.
The former Heaton Grammar site (located on Jesmond Park West) became known as the "Jesmond Site", whilst the former Manor Park site (located on Benton Road) became known as the "Benton Site". 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.
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.
Building of the new school
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 that from September 2003 until the summer of 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.
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. There is a 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.
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.
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, as well as competing in the prestigious English-Speaking Union Schools Mace.
Heaton Manor School has been involved in the local and major news outlets due to students being placed into isolation for wearing "wrong" trousers. Heaton Manor has received a high volume of complaints and the school has apologised to those who were affected.
Notable former pupils
- Hilary Clinton, President of Trinity College, Oxford and former Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Music and Performing Arts
Head of Faculty
We believe the arts can play an exciting and leading role in providing a dynamic educational experience for our young people.
We endeavour to create an environment that is stimulating, collaborative, enriching, inquiring and creative, that opens young peoples’ minds, allows them to question and explore the world around them as well as foster a passion and love of the Arts and learning as a whole.
The Performing Arts allows students to be motivated, improves self-esteem, develops self-discipline, critical thinking and above all allows our young people to be innovative. Performing Arts is where our young people will gain the skills that cannot always be measured but will be crucial in the 21st Century society they will be a part of!
The Performing Arts Faculty includes the following subject areas: Music, Drama and Dance
In KS3 all students have 1 lesson of Music and 1 lesson of Drama a week.
In Music students study a range of styles and genres over the three years developing their composing, performing and appraising skills.
Music at Heaton Manor is an opportunity for students to participate in creating and developing their own compositions through exploring different styles and genres of Music. Students will develop their performance skills through regular performances of their own work in addition to published work. This all culminates in developing their appraisal skills. Students will have the opportunity to work in ensembles as well as on their own.
Drama at Heaton Manor is an opportunity for students to participate in creating and developing practical work with their peers. Throughout their time with us, all students will explore a range of topics and play texts in order to hone their creating skills. Students will develop their performance skills through regular performances of their own work in addition to published work. This all culminates in developing their evaluation and critical appreciation skills. Imagination and creativity are encouraged, as well as important group work and social skills, all in an exciting but supportive environment.
In KS4 we offer GCSE Music, GCSE Drama and GCSE Dance as discreet subjects.
In GCSE Music students study:
- Performing Music
- Composing Music
- Listening & Appraising Music
In GCSE Drama students study:
- Creating Drama
- Performing Drama
- Analysing and evaluating their own practical work
- Analysing and evaluating live theatre
In GCSE dance students study:
- Good dance practice
- Understanding dance technique and choreography
- Analyse professional dance works through practical and written work
We offer A level Music, A level Drama and A level Dance as discreet subjects;
In A Level Music students study:
- Performing Music
- Developing musical understanding
In A level Drama students study:
- Exploration of Drama and theatre
- Theatre text in Performance
- Exploration of Dramatic Performance: Devising original work
- Theatre in Context
In A level Dance students study:
- Understanding Dance
In addition we offer a year round extensive extra-curricular programme, which includes a range of Music, Dance and Drama clubs run in period 7 and lunchtime.