Laurus Cheadle Hulme is a non-selective, non-denominational 11-16 Free School that opened in September 2018.

Not only has the creation of Laurus Cheadle Hulme begun to address the growing demand for secondary places in our area, it is also complementing the outstanding education already provided by Cheadle Hulme High School to our local children.

Our students are housed in a purpose-built building with access to state-of-the-art facilities and overlooking Bruntwood Park. We share the same site as Cheadle Hulme Primary School.

You can discover more about our curriculum here.


John Peet

Head of School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme

John worked at Cheadle Hulme High School for 15 years, spending 10 of those years as a Senior Leader. He became a Specialist Leader of Education in 2014 for Pupil Premium, and in 2016 was recognised as ‘local winner’ in the National Pupil Premium Awards.

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In 2002, John graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Honours in History. He started his teaching career through the ‘Fast Track graduate scheme’, first teaching at a school in Harrogate, before moving over to Cheadle Hulme High School. In 2007, he went on to complete his Masters in Education at Durham University.

John was Head of Faculty at Cheadle Hulme High School during the school’s first Outstanding Ofsted inspection in 2011 and was then a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the second one in 2015. John formed and led the Humanities Faculty at Cheadle Hulme High School, along with the school’s approach to Gifted and Talented, and has since gone on to take responsibility for Pupil Premium and Careers Education across Laurus Trust schools. In 2017, John was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

John lives locally and is married with two primary aged, sport-obsessed sons. He loves to watch Sale Sharks and in his spare time likes to coach, umpire, and play hockey at his local club.

Dave Brown

Executive Headteacher of Cheadle Hulme High School and Laurus Cheadle Hulme

Dave is now approaching 30 years as a teacher. He joined Cheadle Hulme High School (CHHS) as a Deputy Headteacher in 2004 and has been part of the journey that has seen CHHS become an outstanding school as well as opening its own Sixth Form and attaining Teaching School status.

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Dave graduated from Bristol University with a BSc(Hons) before completing a PGCE at Leeds University. Prior to working at Cheadle Hulme High School Dave worked for 14 years at a number of high schools in Manchester.

He is an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) in Behaviour and firmly believes in the importance of a rigorous and consistent approach to school discipline. Dave is a dad of four and lives in the local area.