Two New Schools To Meet Cheadle Hulme Demand?


Proposals have been revealed to open a primary school and secondary school on land off Cheadle Road next to Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College.
The primary school would provide 420 places and the secondary would admit 1,050 students aged between 11 and 16.
The Laurus Trust, the education trust in charge of Cheadle Hulme High School, claim the new schools are needed to meet the growing demand for school places in the area.
Coun Mark Hunter, Lib Dem representative for the Cheadle Hulme South Ward, said: “Local councillors are well aware of the established need for a new primary school in Cheadle Hulme South.
“Frankly to put both on the site at the college is a big ask and understandably there are a lot of concerns about the impact that will have on the immediate area.”
Under Government rules all new schools must be independent state-funded ‘free schools’.
If the free school application is approved by the Department for Education, the proposals will be subject to a decision by council planning bosses in the new year.
Linda Magrath, head teacher at Cheadle Hulme High School, said: “Our school has a reputation in the area for providing an outstanding academic education to our local children.
“Our 2016 results place us in the top 5 per cent of schools in the country for progress and ahead of all the Trafford Grammar Schools.
“A decision was made to open a second high school as CHHS is consistently, significantly over subscribed and because of a projected need for additional secondary places from 2018.”