Manor College of Technology

Manor College of Technology
Manor College of Technology forwhitebg.svg
Motto Care, Courtesy and Consideration in all that we do.
Type Foundation
Headteacher Mrs Anne Malcolm
Chair of Governors Mr Michael Lister

Technology College,

Raising Achievement & Transforming Learning
Location Owton Manor Lane
County Durham
TS25 3PS
Local authority Hartlepool Borough Council
DfE number 805/4134
DfE URN 111749
Ofsted Reports
Students 1326[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16

Coordinates: 54°39′25″N 1°14′24″W / 54.657°N 1.240°W / 54.657; -1.240

Manor College of Technology is a secondary school in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, County Durham. It is a 'coeducational comprehensive' school, and caters for students aged 11–16.



The College's students come from outlying villages and from both private and council housing estates. The school became a designated DfES Technology College in 1998 and changed its name from Manor School to Manor College of Technology to reflect the new status.

The College has approximately 1326 students[2] and emphasizes examinations, high standards of discipline, full school uniform, and extra-curricular activities. It has a strong sports tradition and also has Creative and Performing Arts, Brass Band, Orchestra and Choir and produces annually a stage production, a formal carol service in a local church and two major concerts. The junior choir performed at the National Festival of Music at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in 1999. The senior chamber choir performed in Notre Dame Cathedral in 2005 and in Yankee Stadium, the Lincoln Theatre and the Empire State Building during an Easter visit to New York in 2006.

In 2003 the College was selected by the National Theatre to premiere a play which was performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. The College repeated this in 2004 with performances of ‘The Musicians’. It received the Arts Council’s 'Arts Mark' (Silver) in 2005, in recognition of its achievements in this area of the curriculum.


In 1994, Manor was awarded 'Technology Initiative School' status. Following the College’s successful bid for 'Single Regeneration' funds in 1995, the College was able to significantly upgrade its design technology and ICT facilities, including the introduction of video-conferencing and improved internet provision. Staff each have their own laptop and the College has wireless network, data projectors, interactive whiteboards and video-conferencing facilities.

In 2003 the College was designated as a DfES ‘Associate School’ for ICT (Information Communications Technology) development. The students can now use in excess of 400 computers across the school. The College is a pilot centre, nationally, for the new 'Diploma in Digital Applications' (DIDA).

In 2002/03 Manor’s director of e-Learning created a software package, “Vital Statistics”, which is aimed specifically at GCSE Statistics candidates. This product, created and designed in partnership with a commercial software company, has attracted national and international attention with Malaysia, India, Singapore, Dubai and Syria. Cambridge – Hitachi are marketing the product on behalf of Manor.

The College has set up ‘MOLE’ – the Manor On-Line Learning Experience.

The College is working with the DfES, the Specialist Schools Trust, the Nuffield Foundation and the Learning and Skills Council to promote e-Learning initiatives. In 2003, the College hosted a national conference which was attended by the University of Cambridge and the Royal Statistical Society.

The DfES Innovation Unit are encouraging Manor College to become one of the United Kingdom's 'e-Learning' schools. The College’s e-Learning initiatives and other curriculum innovations are gathered together under the title “Vital Education”. The College has established a company, Vital Education Ltd, which is a charitable trust aimed at generating funds to reinvest in education.

The College’s work in this area of the curriculum was commended by Rt. Hon. Peter Mandelson MP in the House of Commons in July 2003. The Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke MP, endorsed Mr. Mandelson’s statement by applauding Manor’s work, stating:

“Manor College are behaving in an entirely innovatory way in an outstanding application of Information Communications Technology with different partnerships outside the school which is focused on raising educational standards”.
Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke MP (formerly) Secretary of State for Education and Skills

Manor’s pre eminence in ICT, Maths & Statistics has resulted in the school being designated as the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust’s 'Regional Centre of Excellence'. The Director of e-learning is the Trust’s National Co-ordinator for the Leading Maths Practitioners Initiative.[citation needed]

A £1 million e-learning – Technology Centre was constructed in 2005 and provides facilities for staff, students and the community. Teachers from all over the UK have received CPD in the new centre.


Key Stage 4 students are able to select from a variety of 'free options' including courses within Health and Social Care, Leisure and Tourism and Art and Design. The curriculum was selected by QCA as an example of good practice and was included in a national publication distributed to schools in England and Wales. Manor is Hartlepool’s highest performing school, and in 2004-06 produced the best performances by any Hartlepool school since the LEA’s inception in 1996.

In 2006 the College achieved 73%. It appeared in the DfES '100 Most Improved Schools' list three consecutive years, reaching the top ten in 2005. In 2005 The Specialist Schools Trust ranked Manor as the 12th most improved Specialist School in the country. Manor’s Contextual Value Added score is ‘1’, on a scale of 1-100, placing the College among the highest performing schools in England. Manor is the only specialist school in the Tees Valley to have membership of The SSAT’s three ‘clubs’; the '70%+ Club', the 'Most Improved Club' and the 'Most Value Added Club'.

Manor College was designated as a SSAT Mentor School in 2004-5 and the Headteacher is one of the Trust’s 30 Consultant Headteachers.

Manor focus's on the development of 'thinking skills'. Children have their individual learning styles assessed and staff are aware of this information. The ‘Accelerated Learning’ team are examine new teaching styles and disseminate good practice across the College. The QCA’s Key Skills courses are available online.

Manor College has five 'Year leaders' under the direction of the deputy Headteacher and the Director of Children’s Services. Year leaders retain responsibility for their 'Year groups' but have a more clearly defined remit regarding academic monitoring.

Manor subscribes to the government’s ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and OFSTED described the College’s care for its students as ‘outstanding’.

In 1997 the College instituted a Student Council which meets each half term with the Headteacher to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. The College has a well-developed Prefect system and the eight Senior Prefects meet with the Headteacher every fortnight in addition to having numerous diplomatic and representative responsibilities. The College Council is also Hartlepool’s Junior Rotary Club (Interact club).

Manor College has been inspected on three occasions (in November 1994 , November 1999 and November 2005) and on each occasion the Registered Inspectors have been extremely complimentary. In 1999 the Inspection could not identify any key issues - the ultimate compliment from any OFSTED team . In 2005 Manor was judged to be outstanding (Grade 1) by HMI and OFSTED and is one of only five schools in the North East to achieve this standard.[citation needed]

There are 73(FTE)(2006) teachers at Manor College, giving a teacher/student ratio of less than 1:15. The College has detailed policy documents and procedures relating to performance management, induction and staff development. The College’s work in this area was recognised in 1997 when the College received ‘Investors in People’ status. It was re-accredited for the third time in 2004.[citation needed]

The school has a music and science block and has achieved Yamaha Music School status. Sport has a high profile and a successful bid to the Football Association enabled them to create a changing complex, completed in 2003. The College has FA Charter status and is the regional centre for the development of boys and girls football. Hartlepool United’s 'School of Excellence' is based at Manor College.

The College has a senior management team of nine, including the Headteacher, a Deputy Headteacher, six Assistant Headteachers and the College Bursar. It received the European Foundation for Quality Management’s (EFQM) Award for 'Excellence in the Public Sector'.

Manor College has partnerships with the universities of Durham and Sunderland.

Notable alumni


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