Meet your teachers

Mrs Valentine 

Assistant Head of School and Head of Mathematics

I have been teaching for more than 20 years in total, spending 17 of those years at Cheadle Hulme High School.

I joined Cheadle Hulme High School in September 2000 and during this time have taken on a variety of roles of responsibility. For four years, I led the development of mathematics as Subject Leader and was then a founder member of the house team, tracking academic progress as Head of Citius House. For the last three years there, I was involved in a wider leadership role within the Laurus Trust, taking secondments to support schools in special measures.

Since 2014 I have been a Specialist Leader of Education and a Professional Development Lead in mathematics, supporting departments and building capacity for school improvement across multiple education authorities.

I am currently completing a Master’s degree in Education and as an advocate for life-long learning, fully embrace the school’s vision and ethos.

Although my role is Assistant Headteacher at Laurus Cheadle Hulme, I also lead the teaching and learning within the mathematics department.

There is a very strong ethos that has been developed throughout my time at Cheadle Hulme High School and I am excited to have the opportunity to share the mathematical culture and pedagogy with the students at Laurus Cheadle Hulme.

The mathematics department at Laurus Cheadle Hulme is passionate about teaching and learning and this is the driving force behind our classroom practice. We promote a “can do” approach to learning, through the development of problem-solving skills, encompassed within a mastery approach to our curriculum.

Mr Heslop

Assistant Head of School and Teacher of Computing

I began my career at Cheadle Hulme High School and I experienced the growth of the school in becoming an exceptional centre for teaching and learning. The school has an ethos of academic achievement but also provides the students with broad opportunities to shape their love and enthusiasm for cultural, performance and sporting accomplishments. The Laurus Trust provides teachers with a unique opportunity to extend our values and passion for education to more children. I look forward to working with the students every day and I’m continually motivated by the dedication they display towards their development.

I will be teaching LCH students Computing from the summer term and look forward to supporting our students with their coding skills and technological knowledge.

I have been privileged to have been appointed to senior roles at Cheadle Hulme High School which include Senior Head of House and Head of Key Stage 3. As part of my professional development I’m currently studying for a Masters in Education and completing The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). I remain genuinely excited by the opportunity of working at Laurus Cheadle Hulme as Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Computing and look forward to the new challenges ahead.

Mrs Bradley

Head of English

Over the last 22 years, I have led the English team at CHHS to success, coordinated the delivery of literacy across the whole school curriculum and have frequently advised, supported and guided many other English departmental teams across a range of schools in the North West. I am now leading the new English Department at Laurus Cheadle Hulme and see this as an opportunity to use all my experience to develop an exciting and innovative curriculum.

English lessons at LCH are content-rich, whereby students are introduced to the literary canon via a chronological narrative approach. Students study novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction resources from all aspects of our literary heritage and creative and inspiring approaches are used to encourage their personal and critical responses.

The Oracy Curriculum runs alongside the English schemes as part of our ongoing focus in enabling all students to be effective and articulate speakers and listeners who know when to lead and when to participate.

There is also a clear focus on every student acquiring a control over language, both written and spoken, so that all students discover the power that language and effective communication can provide.

Reading widely and engaging with the extra-curricular and cultural enrichment activities are a necessary part of every student’s progress in English.

Mrs Carling

Head of Languages

¡Hola! It was an absolute pleasure to work at Cheadle Hulme High School in the Laurus Trust, a school that places such value on languages. My last role there was Curriculum Manager within the languages department. Now I am Head of MFL at Laurus Cheadle Hulme where I have created an engaging and successful languages curriculum which students will remember and cherish far beyond their high school years. Before starting at CHHS, my teaching career began in the independent sector where I built up a great deal of experience before moving back to non-selective state education.

I am incredibly passionate about languages and believe that every student can and should learn a new language. Learning foreign languages does not only offer ways to communicate with people in other countries, but it deepens our understanding and appreciation of the rich and complex world we live in. Being able to communicate with people and understand their culture opens so many doors and with Spanish being one of the world’s most spoken languages with over 500 million speakers, for me, that is the natural choice. Having lived in both Spain and South America and experienced the native life first-hand, I believe it is one of the most culturally-rich languages that can be studied.

Miss Carney

Teacher of Music

Having joined Cheadle Hulme High School in 2017, I have found it an exciting time to be part of the Laurus Trust. The Laurus Trust places great value on Performing Arts and the cultural capital that can be gained through participating in musical activities both inside and outside the classroom. Having started learning flute aged eight, music has always been at the core of everything I have done. My passion for music has strongly influenced my classroom ethos in that I believe all students should have a music education and the opportunity to participate in music making.

As my musical journey started at such as young age I have had the opportunity to perform at world renowned venues including The Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. I have also been given the opportunity to travel to Europe and right across the UK to give concert performances. As well as numerous performance opportunities, I enjoy the academic possibilities music has that allow us to explore the significance music has on historical and current society. Research such as this during my Masters studies in Musicology led to my research papers being selected for presentation at conferences at Cambridge and Bristol Universities.

Music is a subject that everybody engages with and enjoys albeit through participating in musical performance or through the joy that we get from listening to our favourite pop groups. Learning Music allows us to engage with a wide range of other subjects through a creative medium such as numeracy, literacy and cultural studies this is why music is such a valuable subject. The possibilities offered by music give students the opportunity to not only make music but also lots of new friends! 

Mr Freeman

Head of House/Teacher of Geography

I joined Cheadle Hulme High School in September 2011 as a Curriculum Manager of Geography. I have been involved in teaching all key stages. I have had a variety of roles within the CHHS Humanities department over the years, and I am currently an SLE for Geography and an assistant lead for ITT within the Laurus Trust’s Teaching School. As part of my continued professional development I’m studying for a Masters in Education, which supports the school’s ethos of continued learning for all.

I am passionate about Geography and in particular the physical Geography of the world around us. I endeavour to pass on my enthusiasm and passion of the subject and equip students with the skills that will aid them to become 21st Century learners.

I have been given the great honour of being appointed Head of House, which is integral to the development of students both academically and non-academically, allowing the students opportunities to develop leadership and personal skills.

Mr Haslam

Trust Director of Physical Education and Sport

I studied Sport Science and Business at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining a first class honours degree before completing my PGCE at the same institute. I spent three years at a school in Macclesfield before obtaining the role as Head of Boys’ PE at Cheadle Hulme High School. In June last year, I was appointed as Director of PE and Sport across the Laurus Trust. In September last year, I successfully completed my Masters degree in Education.

I am really excited about enthusing Laurus Cheadle Hulme students with my love of sport. I want students to develop, physically and mentally in order for them to reach their full potential. 

Mr Jacob

Head of Humanities

I worked as Assistant Head of History at Cheadle Hulme High School since September 2016 and I am now Head of Humanities at Laurus Cheadle Hulme. I have taken what is almost a decade of experience in secondary education – as a classroom teacher of History; as Head of Humanities at a school in Yorkshire; and as Head of History at a school in London – and apply this to developing a thriving and engaging Humanities curriculum at Laurus Cheadle Hulme.

The Humanities are truly an opportunity to instil in our young people what it is to be human, why we are as we are, and what sort of world we live in. It allows us to tackle the questions of right and wrong, good and bad. It allows us to be creative, to be curious, to ask thoughtful and meaningful questions, to think about the past and present and the links that exist. Students will finish our Humanities curriculum as well rounded individuals, with a love of learning. They will know who they are and what sort of world they live in. They will consider the complexities of the lives of others, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups.

These values underpin everything we do in Humanities. At the same time we ensure students are equipped with the necessary skills to thrive when the time comes for them to leave Laurus Cheadle Hulme.

Miss Lunt 

Teacher of Mathematics

My affiliation with the Laurus Trust started in 2003 when I became a student at Cheadle Hulme High School. I worked at Cheadle Hulme High School as a mathematics teacher from September 2016 after completing my teacher training with the Altius Alliance in July 2016. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CHHS and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of Laurus Cheadle Hulme and to be a part of the school’s future development over the coming years. I have an enthusiastic approach to Maths and use this to ignite a shared passion for the subject with my students. 

As well as Mathematics I have a love of dancing and am a qualified dance teacher. I enjoy sharing this with our students.
I strongly support the school ethos of enabling children to nurture an enthusiasm for development through enquiry based learning and problem solving, and I fully believe in a ‘can do’ classroom and ‘can do’ students. 

Mrs Gill 

Teacher of Science

Since completing my teacher training with the Altius Alliance, I have had the pleasure of sharing my passion for Science with the enthusiastic and ambitious students of Cheadle Hulme High School. As a teacher of Science my aim is to provide all students with the essential skills needed to succeed in life after school, whilst also promoting a love of learning in order to encourage a life-long passion for science. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CHHS and working with a forward-thinking and ambitious Science department helped me to develop a creative and engaging approach to teaching through continued professional development, which I continue at Laurus Cheadle Hulme. As well as my enthusiasm for teaching science, I also enjoy my role as a form tutor, allowing me to nurture and support the students on their journey through secondary school.

I look forward to starting this adventure together!


Miss Warrington 

Trust Director of SEND

I have deep-rooted commitment to ensuring that students with SEND have an equal opportunity to become the best that they can be, both academically, socially and emotionally.  Within each school in our Trust, I engender an ethos of inclusion, supporting staff to recognise the individual needs of our students and to differentiate their approach in order to remove potential barriers to learning.

I had 12 years of experience working with students with SEND in a broad range of roles, before joining the Laurus Trust in September 2017 as Trust Director of SEND. I have established an excellent reputation for supporting students with complex needs within a mainstream environment, and I have been commissioned to work alongside local authorities to support schools in the wider local area, at a strategic level.

I am highly experienced at delivering training and support to school staff, to ensure that their knowledge and expertise in relation to SEND is appropriate to the needs of our students. I am a qualified Mathematics teacher with a vast amount of experience in developing numeracy and literacy intervention programmes at a school-wide level, which have had a demonstrable impact on pupil progress and attainment.

Miss Rowcliffe

Head of Girls’ PE

I began my career with the Laurus Trust in 2016, having completed my teacher training with the Altius Alliance the previous year. This year I am also completing a Masters in Education, as I am keen to ensure my continued professional development. Having thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cheadle Hulme High School, particularly working within an ‘outstanding’ teaching environment, I was excited to continue providing a thorough and well-rounded curriculum to ensure students have access to the skills that will need for lifelong success.

Physical Education is vitally important for students to engage with, particularly in the holistic development of young people. It is a fantastic avenue for students to gain valuable experiences, both inside and outside the school setting, to meet the school’s vision of thriving in all environments, despite background or circumstance. I believe there should be a focus on learning but also an emphasis on challenging the status quo, such that students are provided with the best experiences to continuously improve within school and throughout later life. As a result, I am eager to pass on my passion and enthusiasm for PE to the Laurus Cheadle Hulme students

Mrs Shorrock

Head of Creative Design

I lead Creative Design at Laurus Cheadle Hulme. My career as a teacher started in 2009 and since then I have worked in two schools, most recently at CHHS as Assistant Head of Design Technology. I loved teaching in Cheadle Hulme having grown up in the area. I have always had a passion for creative and practical activities opting for subjects such as Art and Design, Product Design and Graphic Products leading to a degree in Graphic Design. It is a privilege to work with children and I have sought to inspire and engage students by delivering a broad and current curriculum that allows all students to show what they are good at. I strive to provide the best education for the students that I teach and have completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning as continued commitment to my professional development.

During my teaching career I have delivered a broad range of Creative Design specialisms including Engineering, Graphic Design, Product Design and Art. The subject encourages students to explore their individual ideas and become enterprising, resilient, innovative and resourceful individuals. It allows them to develop skills such as risk taking, problem solving, team working, presentation skills and a range of practical skills including food preparation.

Miss Roberts

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Since joining the Laurus Trust in September 2017, I have had the pleasure of sharing my passion for languages with both the students and staff of Cheadle Hulme High School. As my love for languages began in secondary school, I was both excited and enthused by the prospect of teaching Spanish at Laurus Cheadle Hulme. I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Spanish and German, and so I am also thrilled to be offering German as an elective to students. After living in Spain and Germany, I feel that complete immersion is the optimum environment for acquiring a new language and developing confidence. Confidence is a huge part of learning any language and in my role as a language teacher, I relish the opportunity of creating confident, culturally-aware linguists.

I adore languages and I believe that every child should experience the endless opportunities that are available to a multi-linguist. I felt encouraged by the ways in which languages are valued at CHHS and I was excited to bring that same ethos across to Laurus Cheadle Hulme. I enjoy welcoming the wonderful students of LCH to the world of España.

Miss Davies

Teacher of English

I graduated with a degree in English Literature in 2014 and I absolutely adore being able to share my knowledge and passion for English with aspiring young minds. My love of the subject began in 2004 when I was a student myself at Cheadle Hulme High School, so to be teaching English as part of the Laurus Trust is truly a dream come true for me. I have been part of the brilliant English department at Cheadle Hulme High School and I now bring those same ideals, expectations and creative approaches to teaching to Laurus Cheadle Hulme.

I am extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to create and deliver a content-rich curriculum, in which the literary canon is explored and our great literary heritage is celebrated. I believe that English is inherently intertwined with communication, articulacy and creative expression, so these important skills will underpin our curriculum.

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