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Although exam results are ultimately the paymaster, the head 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. 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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Home Economics: Food at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Home Economics: Food at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


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Since 2010, Ms Lucy Pearson BA (40s). Educated at Keble College, Oxford, where she read English literature and language, followed by an Open University teaching degree. Previously deputy head at Wellington College in Berkshire. She opened the bowling for the England women’s cricket team from 1996 to 2005, consistently a lead wicket-taking fast bowler and player of the year in 2000 and 2003. Not surprisingly, she still coaches cricket at Cheadle Hulme.

Charismatic and dynamic, a huge champion of co-education - ‘There are so many lessons to learn for boys and girls being educated together,’ she says. ‘Many children just don’t fit the mould in single sex schools. Our function isn’t to prepare just one type of child. There is a robustness about co-education. It teaches children about human interaction.’ Clearly...

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