Laurus Cheadle Hulme is a non-selective, non-denominational Free School. It opened in September 2018, initially providing 210 Year 7 places. A further seven Year 7 forms are being added each academic year, until we become a thriving 1,050-pupil secondary school from Year 7 through to Year 11 by September 2022.

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, with our Year 11 students progressing to the Sixth Form based at Cheadle Hulme High School. We share the same site as Cheadle Hulme Primary School.

You can discover more about our curriculum here.


Head of School

Gill was Deputy Headteacher of Cheadle Hulme High School for over 10 years. She is a Specialist Leader of Education and leads the Laurus Trust’s successful Teaching School.

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In March 2002, having achieved the very highest standards of classroom practice, Gill secured her Advanced Skills Status (AST) for English. This enabled her to share her skills and experience with other teachers on a professional basis.

After successfully gaining her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in June 2005, Gill was appointed Deputy Headteacher of Cheadle Hulme High School in 2006. She worked as a member of the Leadership team on the improvement of Teaching and Learning within the school, helping to secure CHHS’s outstanding Ofsted judgements in 2011 and 2015.

Alongside her Leadership Team work, Gill line managed the CHHS English department for the last 12 years and has overseen a successful rise in standards.

Gill oversaw the submission of the bid for a Teaching School at CHHS; this was granted in March 2012. In the same year, Gill was appointed Head of Teaching School and Specialist Leader of Education in the Management of Teaching and Learning and Continuing Professional Development. Her role as Head of Teaching School involves leading the Altius Alliance with regard to Initial Teacher Training and supporting other schools by deploying Specialist Leaders in Education and evaluating the impact of the school improvement work.

By July 2014, Gill had successfully secured school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) status for Cheadle Hulme High School which has ensured that all schools in the Altius Alliance are able to access high quality newly qualified teachers.

Gill has three children all of whom have all gone on to enjoy careers in education.

CEO of Laurus Trust and Executive Headteacher of Cheadle Hulme High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft and Didsbury High School

With a career in education spanning more than 35 years, Linda was Headteacher at Cheadle Hulme High School for 14 years, overseeing two successive outstanding Ofsted judgements. She is also an experienced National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector.

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Linda graduated from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in Economics in 1978. In January 2004, she was appointed Headteacher of CHHS after spending 22 years in teaching.

CHHS is a high performing school – in the top 2% of all schools in the country based on the 2018 examination results.  In both the 2011 and 2015 Ofsted Inspections, CHHS was judged to be Outstanding in all categories. CHHS is also a successful Teaching School and SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). The SCITT was also judged to be outstanding in all areas earlier this year.

Prior to Linda’s move to CHHS, she spent 11 years as a Senior Leader in a variety of contexts, across six different schools in six Local Authorities.

In 2016, Linda was appointed Executive Head of CHHS, Laurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft and Didsbury High School. and CEO of The Laurus Trust.

Linda holds National Leader of Education status and has extensive experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances.  She was appointed as an Ofsted Inspector in 2013.

As a mother of four, Linda also has a strong personal grasp of the challenges facing students and their families in the current educational climate.