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Welcome to New Islington Free School

“Working in close collaboration with The Manchester Grammar School, New Islington Free School is a place where we make learning an adventure for all of our children. We create an atmosphere that empowers every child, so that they rise to every challenge, so that they embrace every opportunity, and so that they live their life with confidence, happiness and resilience.”

New Islington Free School is funded directly by the Department for Education and open to all children from the ages of 4 to 11 years old. Working in collaboration with The Manchester Grammar School, we have the freedom to design and deliver an exciting curriculum; one developed specifically to equip our children with the skills, attitudes and knowledge which provide the foundations for a very successful future.

A short walk from the city centre, New Islington is in a vibrant and exciting location next to wetlands and the Marina.

Our school is a warm, encouraging and supportive place for children. We set high expectations for our pupils’ educational outcomes and have high standards of behaviour within the context of an exciting and engaging curriculum taught by motivated and happy staff. Our pupils are eager and enthusiastic about learning and exploring, about their friendships, about coming to school. Our school is attractive – both inside and outside – so that adults and children alike enjoy being there. Our school is involved in the community, and parents are proud to send their children here.

We have an amazing team of adults who work closely with the children and parents to ensure that each and every child has a first class educational experience. Adults and children join together to find things out, discover talents and enjoy new experiences. We help each other to find new friends and to develop new enthusiasms.

We do this through well planned, stimulating lessons; learning at New Islington takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, as we know that children benefit from a wide range of experiences. We do this through providing an exciting range of extra-curricular clubs. We do this through by being there for the children, listening to them and taking the time to really get to know them in a caring environment.

Mrs Tabitha Smith,
Headteacher

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"Tabitha Smith is always putting the children first, who is receptive to and considerate of input from both, children and parents. She is also very efficiently putting promised changes into practice and constantly "on the ball", striving for continuous improvements on all levels"

Mother of NM, MM and JM

"It is clear the school is developing in so many ways - thank you."

Mr C - Father of pupil

"There is a positive Staff Team, always caring, approchable and keen to help support children and parents wherever possible."

Mother of NM, MM and JM

"Mrs Smith's energy and enthusiasm is infectious. I've noticed her presence and attendance at the school gate, the disco and talking to the children and families. She is active and I feel a positive force in developing the schools already good reputation and genuinely enriching the city for families."

Mother of FW and LW

"Thank you for making New Islington the loveliest place for our daughter to thrive. The dedication of all staff shines through."

Mother of EM

"Mrs Smith shows great care, enthusiasm and leadership at all times."

Father of RW

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