About Independent School

Manchester Young Lives Independent School is the next exciting chapter in our organisation’s development.

We provide alternative education for students who are not attending mainstream education for a variety of reasons, including those who are at risk of permanent exclusion from their home school, and who have behavioural, emotional and/or social difficulties, some with SEN and learning difficulties.

We offer support and guidance for non-attenders and vulnerable students who are the subject of multi-agency concern, and our team of experienced and dedicated teachers and teaching assistants help provide an open and focussed pastoral environment for young people.


We are commissioned by and work closely with Manchester Pupil Referral Unit, and work at three MYL locations.

  • The A6 Education Centre in Ardwick and The Addy Young People’s Centre in Wythenshawe provide full time secondary education provision for Key Stage 4, and work towards a focused curriculum of core GCSE and Functional Skills subjects. Our broad and balanced curriculum is enhanced by a varied enrichment programme of performing arts, sports and cultural activities.
  • Our provision for Key Stage 3, based at our Moss Side Adventure Playground, focuses on students from Year 9, the year group that has the highest permanent exclusion rates nationally. With a broad and balanced curriculum that includes core subjects as well as History, Geography and Sport, we hope to give our students a rounded education that will serve them well going forward to Key Stage 4 with MYL, or re-integrating to mainstream education.


With an emphasis on Personal, Social and Health Education and one-on-one personal development, we pride ourselves on a concern for the whole person, and accommodating different learning styles. Our students are encouraged to take an active role in their school life, from the setting of behaviour targets to careers and work experience.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which includes a varied programme of enrichment activities and trips, shifting the focus from classroom-based learning. As we develop each academic year, we are including more vocational and skills based courses for those students of a more practical inclination, who wish to progress to training and apprenticeships.