After-School Provision

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We take a collaborative and partnership-based approach to learning, drawing on our broad base of educational and community relationships that support our school and our teaching.

What we can do for you

Our after-school provision brings together a range of expertise from across the community to provide nurturing, engaging and educational activities at the end of the school day.

We draw on our existing partnerships and build new links that enable pupils (and their families) to embed and enhance their interest in and understanding of a range of local issues. These include:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Community action
  • Youth work (#IWILLSocialAction campaign)
  • Business and commerce
  • Arts and culture
  • Social and community enterprise

Our social action and extracurricular activities are accredited with a L3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the Arts Awards.

We aim to be a Centre of Excellence in our community. For the benefit of our children and young people, we draw together the rich variety of skills, assets, people and energy already present in our midst.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Foundation Stage provision, led by Mrs Jumoke Quadri, follows the Reggio Emilia approach to child-centred learning, promoting the natural curiosity of the child as the main driver for learning. We carefully integrate the following areas of learning in an organic and child-centred way:

  • Understanding the world
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive arts and design

The first of these – understanding the world – is the foundation for our primary curriculum, as we believe that embedding the principles of ‘global citizenship’ is fundamental to a balanced, nurturing and responsible education.

School readiness for up to 5-year olds

As well as our face-to-face provision via our MEaP Academy Online School, we have developed an OFSTED-registered offer of free part-time childcare places for 2-3-year olds and playgroup provision for up to 5-year olds during the day. 

We believe our school readiness provision aligns with Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s comments when speaking at the Manchester School Readiness Summit on Thursday 28 February, 2019:

“At the inaugural school readiness summit in November 2017, I called on organisations to go further and faster to improve the number of children starting school ready to learn, building on our successes so far. Today, I can confidently say that thanks to commitment, collaboration and innovation we are moving in the right direction. More children started school this year with the skills to learn and reach their potential – a result of the pioneering work we are doing across the city-region. But we need to do much more if we are to ensure that no child is left behind.”

As members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority VCSE Task and Finish Group for School Readiness, we are committed to working with our Greater Manchester partners to achieve better outcomes for our children.

Welcome to Highway Hope one of our physical locations, where in addition to Brooks Building at ManMetUniversity, we also run the Twilight AfterSchool project. We are very excited to host this excellent programme for our young people and their families from local communities in the Levenshulme and Hulme/Moss Side areas of Greater Manchester. However, due to the current pandemic we have relocated many of our activities to our online school that has expanded our reach across the region.
Ms Amber Abisai & Dr Esther Oludipe – Heads of After-School

Extracurricular activities

Working with our extensive network of community partners, we also deliver workshops that focus on:

  • Youth mentoring
  • Employability and life skills
  • Creativity and arts for life (including a music academy where young people learn to play drums, guitar and keyboard, and can take graded exams)
  • Sports for life

Our curriculum

Our curriculum delivers all the key requirements that any parent or the commissioner would expect to see:

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Using the Reggio Emilia approach to child-centered learning that promotes the natural curiosity of the child as the main driver for learning, we carefully integrate the following areas of learning in as organic and child-centered manner as possible:

• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, Social and Emotional development
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

We use ‘understanding the world’ as the foundational base for our primary curriculum, as we embed the principles of ‘global citizenship’ in our pedagogy.

Primary Curriculum
Our children also cover the wider curriculum subjects known as Foundation Subjects:

• Computing
• History
• Geography
• Art
• Music
• Design Technology including cookery/food nutrition
• Physical Education (PE)
• Religious (RE) and Cultural Education
• Personal Social Health Emotional (PSHE)
• Additional

Our children take part in many different activities; sports, essay and international spelling bee competitions, residential trips (Y5/Y6), outside speaker visits, themed days, food nutrition sessions, our strong links with local high schools, universities, charity events, school enterprise, visits to the theatre, educational based visits, enrichment activities and many, many more.

Key Stage 2-4
• English-to GCSE
• Mathematics-to GCSE
• Sciences – Combined and Separate-to GCSE

Term dates

Autumn Term
Tuesday 1st September – Friday 18th December 2020 Half Term: Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring Term
Monday 4 January – Wednesday 31 March 2021 Half Term: Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February 2021

School closes for Easter break
Thursday 1 April – Friday 16 April 2021

Summer Term
Monday 19th April – Wednesday 21 July 2021 Bank Holiday: Monday 3rd May 2021 Half Term: 31 May – 4 June 2021

School closes for Summer break
Wednesday 21 July 2021

Our after-school provision will also deliver activities during the holiday periods; Easter and Summer Exam revision classes

I loved spending every second with the students in the classroom, they made me feel very welcomed and appreciated. The environment of the classroom and being around the students and the staff was very calming and comforting. Working as a team with the other staff, made everything so much easier, as everyone was helpful and we all looked out for one another. It was an experience, that I would not forget. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
Saida Hadriz – Man Met Student Ambassador working in the school
I don’t feel the standard of mainstream is not what it should be and as a way of providing extra boost/support it was decided to enhance her education she should come here. She’s been here about 6 months. I heard about the Twilight School because my younger child attends Highway Hope. I think coming here is a real benefit to my daughter.
Parent
This is something that will benefit me and I’ve noticed a real improvement in my school subjects. The atmosphere here (in the university building) has raised my aspirations. I really think this is benefiting me.
Young Person
My daughter heard about this school through a friend at school. She has improved in all her subjects. I have noticed a real improvement in her attitude and I’ve been told by the teachers (at parents evening) she is doing really well.
Parent
I can see the benefit of attending the Easter booster classes. Attending the University is more aspirational. I want to do a degree in Engineering.
Young Person
I was worried when I got my 1st mock results: Science – fail, Maths – 4, English – 2
2nd mock results (after attending Twilight School): Science – 4, Maths – 5, English – 4
I’ve recommended the school to friends and they came. It’s time well spent and attending the university has raised my aspirations.
Young Person
Friends told me about the Twilight School. I’m in Yr 11 and my sister’s in Yr 9. We both wanted to improve and I feel like I’m working harder in my mainstream school. Attending this school increases aspirations and I want to go on and study accounting, economics and business studies.
I want to study medicine and I’d recommend to all my friends if they are struggling
Yr 9 pupil – Young People
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Prices

Our prices for our online sessions are £5 per child per hour.
The minimum booking per child that can be made is for 5 hours at £25.