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Although exam results are ultimately the paymaster, the school says that ‘there must be fun in education. Hard work must be balanced with support’. Pupils appreciate the wide range of teaching styles the school employs and comment that teachers are very approachable. Plenty of extracurricular activities, from bird watching to string ball. ‘Every child can find something they love,’ one dad told us, ‘whether it’s music, drama, sport or a hobby. This place does it all...'

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Founded as a co-educational school in 1855, and originally known as the Manchester Warehousemen and Clerks' Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme School remains faithful to its charitable origins. It was one of the first co-educational schools to join HMC and became independent in 1976 when the Direct Grant Scheme ended. Set in 83 acres of Cheshire countryside near Manchester, there have been extensive additions to the original Victorian buildings, including a computer-aided language learning and IT centre, state-of-the-art labs and fine art studio, all-weather floodlit sports pitch and swimming pool. The Junior School is on the same site, and both are surrounded by extensive playing fields. The School is non-denominational and prides itself on high levels of pastoral care. A sound academic education is given and examination results are excellent. Music, art and drama are strong. There are regular county players, as well as some national representatives in sport. ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since September 2018, Neil Smith, previously deputy head (academic) at Manchester Grammar. History and politics degree plus PGCE from Keele; taught at The Grammar School at Leeds (history and politics teacher) and at Cheadle Hulme (head of politics) before joining Manchester Grammar in 2002, where he was head of history before becoming deputy head. He has written several educational and history books, served as an educational consultant for the BBC, and is a senior examiner for history A level. His daughter attends Cheadle Hulme.

Head of junior school since 2009, Barbara Bottoms BSc (50s). Married with two grown up children. Educated at Liverpool University, where she studied chemistry and maths. Previously head at Bury Grammar School for Girls’ junior department. Overjoyed to have returned to co-education. ‘When I look into the...

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