Abbey College Manchester Opens Wellbeing Centre

By School House

2 years ago

Abbey College Manchester has enhanced its student welfare provision with the creation and opening of a dedicated wellbeing area. 

Students and staff in Abbey College Manchester
Students and staff in Abbey College Manchester

Situated in the heart of the city centre based college and accessible for all, the new facility offers a quiet and relaxing sanctuary for students to use throughout the school day, including before and after lessons, and during study periods. Equipped with comfortable seating and floor cushions, games and fidget toys, and an aromatherapy diffuser emitting calming fragrances, the wellbeing area enables students to take time to break away from their studies and focus their attention on wellbeing and mindfulness in a dedicated space.  

The highly valued hub, which was initiated and developed by Jenny Nute (SENDCo and Mental Health Lead) and Mariam Whitehead (Learning Support Manager and Wellbeing Coordinator), also offers an ideal base for student-teacher support meetings in an informal setting. 

Mariam Whitehead and Jenny Nute
Mariam Whitehead and Jenny Nute

Abbey College Manchester has also introduced a professional college counsellor, providing specialist mental health support from the wellbeing centre on a weekly basis. 

Principal Chris Randell commented: ‘We are incredibly pleased with the hugely positive response that we have received from both students and staff members following the opening of our new wellbeing area, a facility that is a testament to our commitment to our pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

‘In our friendly and supportive environment here at Abbey College Manchester, the welfare of our students is of utmost importance and by investing in this new space we are able to support students further. We take great pride in our small size and personal approach ensuring that we know each and every one of our students very well, allowing us to understand them as young people and to help them to fulfil their potential and aspirations.’

In further support of mental health and wellbeing, staff members and students recently joined together at the leading independent school to mark World Mental Health Day. In a bid to raise much needed funds for the charity Young Minds, monetary donations were made by the school community to wear items of clothing in the colours of their school house. 

Seating space in Abbey College's Wellbeing Centre
Seating space in Abbey College’s Wellbeing Centre

For those seeking post-GCSE study that offers a flexible approach, the college is hosting an open morning on Friday 18 November, 10am – Midday for families. To register, visit:  

Abbey College is a thriving independent college in the heart of Manchester city centre, with a fast growing and vibrant community of students aged 15-19.

With a teaching philosophy based on small classes and highly personalised learning in an academically rigorous but informal setting, the college focuses on the transition from school to university, working with students individually to achieve the academic standards and social skills required by their target and world-class universities. Abbey College Manchester also expertly prepares students for challenging courses such as medicine. The flexible programmes and personalised learning, combined with a strong academic ethos, offer a unique alternative to traditional schools. 

There are 220 students at the college, comprising a mix of students from the local area and other countries. The college offers A-Level, GCSE, Combined Studies and International Foundation Programmes. 

For more information on Abbey College visit, or call 0161 817 2700.

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