The Autumn Term has been a fantastic start to the academic year at Laurus Cheadle Hulme (LCH), with lots of exciting things going on! To end what has been a brilliant year, we have wrapped up some of the highlights from the past few months.

Festivities take over LCH

This week, LCH students and staff have been getting into the festive spirit at a time where giving back to the community is more important than ever.

Firstly, the students have run a quiz raising awareness for The Christie.

Students at Laurus Cheadle Hulme take part in a quiz for The Christie charity.

We had musical busking, raising awareness and money for Young Minds.

Students at Laurus Cheadle Hulme hold up buckets for donations.

Miss Stroud took our students over to Cheadle Hulme Primary School to sing some carols and raise awareness for RSPCA, and Mr Gardner did an amazing job of gathering rucksacks for the Rucksack Appeal (read until the end to see the full haul!).

The week was finished off with our student leaders delivering Christmas cards to the local community. Merry Christmas from all at LCH!


School Orchestra workshop with The Hallé’s Principal Percussionist

In October, the Laurus Cheadle Hulme Orchestra had the exciting opportunity to meet David Hext, the Principal Percussionist for the world-famous Hallé Orchestra.

David led a workshop with 40 students, teaching them about the techniques and styles of percussion in classical music.

Students from the Laurus Cheadle Hulme Orchestra play their instruments, as David Hext conducts.

We were lucky enough to have another workshop with the Hallé in November for our new instrumentalists in Year 7 and 8.

Both sessions went down a treat and left students feeling inspired!

LCH student named Manchester’s Volunteer of the Year

We were absolutely thrilled to learn that Kiva was nominated for the Spirit of Manchester Volunteer of the Year Award, and we were even more delighted when he was named the winner!

Kiva attended the award ceremony in early October after being nominated by his supervisor for his work at Manchester Young Lives.

Kiva from Laurus Cheadle Hulme holds his Spirit of Manchester Award with the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

Yasmine Dar, The Lord Mayor of Manchester, presented the award to Kiva and thanked him for his hard work.

A huge congratulations once again to Kiva on this achievement!


A fantastic term for Careers opportunities

The Autumn Term has been full of events to help students start thinking about their next steps and Life After Laurus.

In September, Year 8 went to Brand Addition’s Manchester office for a workplace safari. This was a great opportunity for them to learn about the different roles within an organisation and how they all work together.

Year 8 students from Laurus Cheadle Hulme stand in a green Brand Addition office.
The Army paid Year 9 a visit in October with an exciting careers day.

They led an assembly on Army careers and put students’ teamwork and problem-solving skills to the test, getting them to solve a variety of challenges in interactive workshops.

An Army Careers rep speaks to students during an assembly at Laurus Cheadle Hulme

In November, the whole of Year 9 attended our annual World of Work event where they interviewed a wide range of business people from different sectors and organisations.

Students from Laurus Cheadle Hulme discover the world of work. Two images, left is a group of visitors at the World of Work event, right is a group of students wearing protective gear as they walk through the Willmott Dixon construction site.

November also saw a group of Year 9 students visit Willmott Dixon’s Stockport Interchange site to learn about careers in construction. It was a great chance to see the behind-the-scenes of the project and hear about different opportunities within the construction sector.

These experiences created a real buzz among the students, leaving them with a lot of inspiration for their future options. We’re looking forward to even more Careers events after the winter break!

A magical evening of music for Winter Wonderland

This year’s winter wonderland concert was one of our biggest yet, with 18 different groups and soloists all singing and playing their hearts out to get us all feeling merry!

The evening was one of non-stop entertainment as audiences listened to standout performances from students across the school.

Three Laurus Cheadle Hulme students pose with their instruments

Well done to everyone who played a part in making the concert so special, we can’t wait to see their next performance in the new year!


Our most successful Rucksack Appeal yet!

This half term, we have been collecting donations for the Wellspring’s Rucksack Project.

The Rucksack Project is an appeal that involves filling a rucksack with essentials for homeless and vulnerable people to help them through Winter.

We’ve had a lot of success in our Rucksack Appeal in recent years, but this year we’ve set a new record!

Donations from the Laurus Cheadle Hulme community for the Wellspring Rucksack Project 2023
The overwhelming response we received from students, families and staff in terms of donations is truly remarkable, and it speaks volumes about the generosity and compassion that defines the LCH community.

As a result, we are well on our way to making a massive difference to the lives of those living on our streets during the harsh winter months.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this appeal, the Wellspring were thrilled when Mr Gardner dropped the donations off!


And that’s a wrap!

We hope you enjoyed looking back at just some of the highlights from the first term of this academic year. From all of us at LCH, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!