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We asked a couple of students what the highlight (so far) had been for them; the hockey national finals in London, came the exuberant and immediate reply. The Model UN was also, we were told, ‘massive’, everyone working as a member of the team. ‘I’m part of the press team,’ one proudly told us. The junior school is a riot of colour and intelligent stimulation, whether art inspired by Gaudi or the looming figures of Hawking and Newton on the walls in the maths rooms...

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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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Since September 2018, Neil Smith BA (Keele, history and politics) PGCE. Previously deputy head (academic) at Manchester Grammar. Prior to that, he was head of politics at Cheadle Hulme, as well as teaching history.

He went for the post because since he knew the school so well already (his daughter also attends there), understanding its values, it felt like a ‘natural fit’. Unlike some heads who inherit a school with a gaping need for an immediate action plan, Mr Smith has inherited a solid and shiny proposition. It’s early days for him and although he has the luxury of time, he has done a lot of thinking around what a CHS education should be. Although in its infancy, he favours what he terms a ‘baccalaureate-style programme’, tying together a broad curriculum...

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Cheadle Hulme School is a selective school and all students have to reach the required standard for entry. Currently we have a small number of children with specific learning needs. These children are supported through a learning support programme in order for them to fully develop their talents. Class teachers are made aware of any problems concerning individuals and appropriate support is provided within lessons. There are a number of pupils that are identified as being either talented or gifted in each year group. The identification is used as an internal assessment procedure only. Year 7 pupils are also identified through the national MIDYiS test. Class teachers are made aware of the pupils identified as talented or gifted in their subject or across all subjects and a range of activities and visits are provided to encourage and stretch these pupils. 10-09

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