Our School

SMS Changing Lives gained Independent School status in 2019 and currently caters to students across Greater Manchester

Our Story

My SMS journey started in 2007. I had previously spent time abroad in the United States and Thailand as a professional footballer and sports coach. During this time I felt privileged to work with some of the most vulnerable and had to reach communities in society and I knew then that I wanted to make a difference and give back. When I returned to the UK I set up a coaching company working in schools and football clubs. As part of this I was asked to go in to main stream and SEN schools to help the students who are not engaging well in their education. This was where I found my passion helping the young people who needed a little extra.

Using sports as the key motivating factor; focussing on football, boxing and fitness, I developed a varity of programmes to help these young people.

Before too long I had set up my own Alternative Provision at a central venue for schools and PRU’s to access with their disengaged young people.

Over time, students wanted to access more and do more while they were with SMS so I looked for a suitable venue to be able to build a provision that could offer s a whole variety of vocational options.

We have been in the Ferranti Venue in Failsworth for nearly 2 years now and have helped over 200 young people with our unique offer.


In June 2019 we gained our Independent School status for SMS Changing Lives School, where we now operate our full time school offer and AP side by side and cater to young people from the whole of Greater Manchester.

SMS Coaching Changing Lives School is proud to Educate, Motivate & Inspire hard to reach young people. Our objective is to embed valuable life skills in a nurturing education package, helping to prepare and simplify basic skills of day to day living and work towards living a more independent life.

Jonathan Davies

Proprietor & Business Development