Wright Robinson College is located in Abbey Hey, in the Gorton district of Manchester, famed for its landmark and world renowned Victorian gothic Monastery.
Gorton, like Wright Robinson College, has an arts and sports pedigree. The Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1854 and is an amateur orchestra. The folk comedy group Gorton Tank was based in Gorton and were popular in the Manchester area.
The actor John Thaw, who is perhaps best known for his role as Inspector Morse, was born in West Gorton, as was the painter Michael Gutteridge. The Gorton Morris Men were responsible for reviving the rushcart ceremony in the district.