Expansion at Melland

Due to a rise in the number of pupils across the city with complex needs, Manchester City Council is funding exciting expansion projects at Melland High School and other specialist support settings.

Melland have had to think creatively and utilising existing office space and the large ground floor multimedia studio, two brand new ground floor classrooms will become available for the growing number of Melland students arriving in September 2019. Plans are underway, funding has been agreed and building works will start in earnest late July 2019.

Melland staff are in the process of auditing existing classroom resources and purchasing new bespoke, specialist equipment. The extended complex needs zone will include two new spacious classrooms with closely located safe space and bathroom facilities. The outdoor area will be extended and completely revamped in line with MHS school improvement priorities for 2019-20 and this will give the pupils plenty of space to use the proposed exciting outdoor equipment.

The infamous Melland Multimedia Studio where budding creative talent has been nurtured over the last ten years will be relocating to an adapted and extended upstairs space, completing ‘The Creative Corridor’ in LZ2. In this zone pupils will have access to a wide range of IT resources in the newly configured IT Suite. Next door will be the new Interactive Multimedia Studio with a refreshed professional lighting and sound rig, professional quality film and music making equipment as well as a wide variety of interactive music and DJ technical kit and a range of traditional musical instruments. Further along the corridor you will find the refreshed Arts and Humanities Studio where pupils can also further develop their skills as musicians and artists.

In addition Principal Sue Warner and Head of Admin Yvonne Reil will have a brand new office space along with a much needed newly designed meeting room. This will enable key staff to welcome families to pupil centred EHCP Reviews.

This expansion has to be completed in record time so that the outstanding and ever improving educational provision at Melland will seamlessly continue to successfully meet the needs of our all our students.

We are delighted to see it going ahead.