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Cheadle Hulme School-Junior School
Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6EF, UK Cheadle
Tel. 0161 488 3334
Cheadle Hulme School-Junior School

About us

A good education should inspire young people to take every opportunity offered to develop their talents. Cheadle Hulme School is full of motivated, happy pupils who are doing just that.

We are dedicated to ensuring that our students fulfil their potential. Academic excellence, to the full extent of each child's ability, is our priority. However, academic attainment is only one part of the educational process. How far each pupil progresses also depends on the extent to which they are able to develop a wide range of personal talents and skills.

Aims of the School:
  • With that in mind, we aim to ensure the fullest possible development of the academic, cultural, physical, moral, spiritual and social dimensions of each pupil.
  • We aim to promote integrity and self respect in each pupil and develop compassion, tolerance and respect for others.
  • Our goal is also to enable pupils to gain the personal skills and confidence to shape their own futures and those of others around them, in a rapidly changing world.
  • With the determination to turn their potential into reality, young men and women who have been educated at Cheadle Hulme School are tolerant, committed, confident and ready to play their role in Society


Junior School - Introduction

Situated in 83 acres of Cheshire countryside, in the same grounds as the prestigious Senior School, Cheadle Hulme Junior School is housed largely in self contained, purpose built accommodation, creating the friendly and intimate atmosphere that makes it so popular with our parents.

Built in 1970, the main Junior School building houses ten classrooms, a hall, infant dining area, infant activity room and separate Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 libraries. There is also a new IT suite that was opened in September 2002.

The School’s facilities include an on site swimming pool, astro turf and tennis courts, and the Junior School also has its own designated Art and Design, Music and Science rooms.

Following the tremendous success of the infant department, which opened in 1998, the School expanded further in September 2002 to accommodate an extra class at Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The classes are based in bright and airy new purpose built classrooms with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the secure infant play area.

The Junior School is made up of fourteen classes of children between the ages of four and eleven. There are two parallel classes in each year that run from Reception onwards. There are around 18 children in each Reception class and 20 children in other Infant Classes. By the final year of Junior School there are usually 26 children in each class.

The Junior School, like the Senior School, is co-educational with many brothers and sisters learning together at the School. Almost all children from the Junior School gain places at the Senior School, though transfer is not automatic.

In preparation for this, the older children spend some of their time in specially converted rooms housed in the larger main school building. These rooms are solely for the use of the Junior School but accustom the older children gradually to life in the much bigger Senior School.

Junior School curriculum

Throughout the Junior School the form teacher teaches his or her form for most of the week, although there are specialist subject teachers for PE, Swimming, Music and French.

The Junior School offers its pupils a broad curriculum. Everyone takes English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Music, Technology, PE, Swimming and Games. Pupils throughout the Junior School also study a Modern Foreign Language which this year is Spanish. In all areas the syllabuses are influenced by the National Curriculum and children are internally assessed using a variety of tests including Teacher assessed SATs at the end of KS1 and KS2.

All the children in the infants are taught by a class teacher with the support of a nursery nurse.

Juniors' admissions information for September 2008

Admissions and Examination Dates:

Infant School:

Age Closing date for applications Individual assessments
4+ Friday 11th January 2008 From 14th January 2008
5+ & 6+ Friday 11th January 2008 From 14th January 2008

Age Closing date for applications Entrance examination
7+ Friday 18th January 2008 Monday 21st January 2008 at 9.30am
8+ & 9+ Friday 18th January 2008 Monday 21st January 2008 at 9.30am

Entry (all ages):

The completed application form (available to download as a pdf), accompanied by a cheque or postal order for £35, made payable to Cheadle Hulme School, should be returned to the Registrar as soon as possible and no later than the dates listed above.

All completed application forms and registration fees will be acknowledged and further details of the arrangements for the examination day will be forwarded prior to the examination.

To request a prospectus and an admissions pack, giving more detailed information about the style and content of assessment and entrance examinations, please complete the online form or telephone the Registrar on 0161 488 3345.



For entry into the Infant Department, we shall be looking for evidence that a child is likely to be happy in and responsive to what the School can offer. Assessment will be through observation of their participation in a variety of activities.

5+, 6+

The children will be invited in small groups to spend a day in School when they will work with a teacher in a classroom. Lunch will be provided. We spend some time assessing reading, spelling and writing skills in English, and the areas of numbers, handling data, shape and measures will all be included in the assessment. The School recognises that most children are working within the National Numeracy and Literacy guidelines.

7+, 8+, 9+

No copies of previous examination papers are available, but an indication of the scope of the examination is as follows:

Candidates should be able to read fluently and with understanding, to answer questions orally and in writing, and to write for half-an-hour or so on a given choice of topics. They should have taken an interest in reading both for pleasure and for obtaining information.

Some of the questions set may require 'reasoning' rather than straight forward English or Mathematics. Some of the questions will be of multiple choice type, requiring the candidate to simply underline a 'correct' answer from a choice of several.

Applicants should be Able to work quietly and to remain in one place for about half-an-hour at a time.

In mathematics we expect the children to have a broad knowledge of mathematical concepts and skills. The areas of numbers, handling data, shape and measures will all be included in the assessment. The School recognises that most children are working within the National Numeracy and Literacy guidelines.

The children may be asked to do simple calculations, written and oral, whether set as mechanical examples or in problem form. At 7+ and 8+ the children will have the questions read to them as well as have them written down in front of them. This will ensure that they pace themselves correctly and spend an appropriate length of time attempting each question.

It is hoped that the Entrance Examination will be a positive experience for all the children. The papers have been designed to give children confidence before providing them with more challenging material for children of a given age.

We hope to make our decisions about entry on potential rather than simple attainment. In National Curriculum terminology we hope that entrants will be at, or close to, Level 3 by the time they join Year 3. By the end of Year 6 we expect the children to achieve a high level 4 or, more frequently, level 5.

Examination results

The results of the Junior School Entrance Examinations will be posted to parents as soon as possible after the entrance examinations. Cheadle Hulme School, Stockport Grammar School, Withington Girls' School and Manchester High School for Girls have agreed to these common arrangements for sending out examination results.

Offers of places to the Infant Department will be made as soon as possible after the children have been seen. Children who are admitted to the Infant Department will transfer automatically to Year 3. Transfer from the Junior School to the Senior School is not automatic.


The School is now able to accept applications from birth onwards. Early registration is recommended and you will receive regular information from us.


Open Events for those applying to enter the Junior School will be held on:

Open Morning

Saturday 3rd November 2007 9.30am to 12.30pm

Open Morning & Familiarisation session Saturday 12th January 2008
Infants 9.00am to 10.30am. Junior 10.30am to 12 noon.

An activity morning for registered and prospective candidates.

Open Days whilst school is in session, an opportunity to look around during a normal school day.

  • Thursday 11th October 2007: 1.45pm to 3.00pm
  • Thursday 13th March 2008: 1.45pm to 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 1st May 2008: 1.45pm to 3.00pm

Other visits to the Junior School

If you are unable to attend one of the above events and would like to visit the Junior School during a school day, please telephone the Junior School Administrator, Mrs Collins, on 0161 488 3334 and she will make arrangements for you to be shown around by Mrs Pennie Aspinwall, Head of Junior School, or Miss Katherine Wright, Deputy Head of Junior School.

Senior School Curriculum

Cheadle Hulme School operates a 5-day weekly cycle of 40 lessons. Each 8-period day is divided into three sessions – lessons 1,2, and 3 before break (recess), lessons 4 and 5 between recess and lunchtime, and lessons 6, 7, and 8 in the afternoon. School begins at 8.40 a.m. with morning registration and ends at 3.45 p.m.

Year 7

All lessons are taught in class groups, with the exception of PE and Games. In PE, boys and girls are taught separately (this includes swimming), and Games is taught to the whole year group simultaneously. Classes are not streamed and there is no setting.

All year 7 pupils study the following subjects:-

Art and Design
Classical Studies
Design Technology
Information Technology
Personal and Social Education
Physical Education and Games
Religious Studies

Year 8

All lessons are taught in class-groups, with the exception of PE and Games, Mathematics (which is set by ability) and the four practical subjects of Art and Design, Design Technology, Home Economics and Music. These four subjects are taught within a 'carousel' arrangement, in which each pupil is taught for one half of the year within half classes in each subject.

All year 8 pupils study the following subjects:-

Art and Design
Home Economics
Information Technology
PSE (Personal and Social Education) (from Sept 05)
Physical Education and Games
Religious Studies

Year 9

Most lessons are taught in class groups, with the exception of PE and Games, Mathematics (which is set by ability), French (also set by ability), together with the optional subjects.

The compulsory subjects are:-

PSE (Personal and Social Education) (from Sept 05)
Physical Education and Games
Religious Studies

In addition, two optional subjects are chosen from the following:-

Art and Design
Design Technology
French (from Sept 05 it is not compulsory although taking one modern foreign language is compulsory)
Home Economics

NB: It is also possible for a pupil to study Ancient Greek in addition to the above, by special arrangement. This course can follow through in Years 10 and 11 to GCSE

Years 10 and 11

All lessons are taught in groups governed by “options” with the exception of PE and Games. Mathematics, English, French and Co-ordinated Science have setting arrangements.

All year 10 and 11 pupils take nine subjects to GCSE. Compulsory subjects are:-

English Language
English Literature
A Modern Foreign Language (one of French, German or Spanish)
Either all three separate Sciences or Dual Award Science

Compulsory non-examinable subjects are:-

Personal and Social Education
Physical Education and Games

Dependent upon the choice of Sciences, either two or three option subjects are chosen from:-

Art and Design
Design Technology
Home Economics
A second Modern Foreign Language (one of French, German or Spanish)
Religious Studies

Senior Admissions for September 2008

Qualifying Age:


Entry to the Senior School at 11+ is by examination, and application is restricted to those children born after 31st August 1996 and before 1st September 1997. Where a child is younger than this, but well suited academically and in maturity to transfer early for Secondary Education, consideration may be given. Such an application for an under age child should be accompanied by a letter from the Head teacher of the present school attended, in support of the application.


A small number of places will be available in September 2008 for children to join year 9 of the Senior School. Entry to the Senior School at 13+ is by examination, and application is usually restricted to those children born after 31st August 1994 and before 1st September 1995.

Admissions and Examination Dates:


Closing date for applications

Entrance examination


Monday 10th December 2007

Monday 21st January 2008


Wednesday 12th December 2007

Thursday 17th January 2008

Examination Entry Fee:

The completed application form (available to download as a pdf), accompanied by a cheque or postal order for £35, made payable to Cheadle Hulme School, should be returned as soon as possible and no later than the dates detailed above, to the Registrar. Further details of the examination day are posted out on receipt of a completed application form.

Syllabus for the entrance examination:

Copies of previous papers are not available for purchase although specimen questions are sent out to those applying for 11+. An indication of the scope of the examination is given below. There are three papers

  1. Mathematics
    Questions will be based on the manipulation of whole numbers and fractions according to the rules of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. They will be set in straight manipulative guises such as space, time length, weight, capacity and money. Any tables of units needed for questions will be given at the beginning of the Mathematics papers. Some questions will require the use of decimals. Questions may be set involving the interpretation (but not the drawing) of graphs.
  2. English
    Candidates are required to write a composition in continuous prose in thirty minutes. They must choose one of three or four questions, which will test their ability to write, to narrate, describe, explain or inform. Fluency of expression, freshness of imaginative ideas, sentence and paragraph structure and technical accuracy will be assessed.
  3. Verbal Reasoning Paper
    This paper is not specific in content, but designed to test understanding, awareness and aptitude.

Copies of previous papers are not available for purchase. Papers are set in English and Mathematics. They are designed to test potential, but will be based on the work required from year 8 pupils in a selective, independent school.


The School will interview a significant proportion of candidates for places at 11+. The interviews will take place during February and March 2007. Full details of times of interviews will be posted to candidates after the Entrance Examination. It should be noted that some candidates may be offered places without interview.

All applicants will be interviewed and references will be sought from their current schools. Parents will also be offered the opportunity of a discussion with a senior member of staff, if they so wish.

Examination Results:

On 29th February 2008 the School will write to the parents of all applicants. The letter will say one of the following:

  • That the applicant is offered a fee paying place
  • That the applicant is offered a place with financial assistance
  • That the applicant has been placed on a reserve list from which further offers may be made
  • That a place will not be offered

Parents are given the opportunity to visit the School again after places have been offered. A non-refundable deposit is payable upon acceptance.

The results of the 13+ examination will be posted as soon as possible after the examination date. Replies to offers of places are requested by Friday 15th February 2008.

More Information:

More detailed information is available in the admissions booklet available from the Registrar. You can request a prospectus and admissions booklet using the online form or by telephoning the Registrar on 0161 488 3345.

Open Events for those applying to enter the Senior School will be held on:

  • Saturday 29th September 2007: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday 3rd November 2007: 9.30am to 12.30pm

The Headmaster will address parents at 10.30am and 11.30 am on the Saturdays.

Other visits to the Senior School

Parents often value the opportunity to look around the School when it is in session. A number of guided tours of the Senior School are being held on the following dates: Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Gray, on 0161 488 3345, if you would like to attend.

  • Tuesday 13th November 2007: 9.15am to 10.30am
  • Wednesday 14th November 2007: 9.15am to 10.30am
  • Tuesday 20th November 2007: 9.15am to 10.30am
  • Wednesday 21st November 2007: 9.15am to 10.30am

If you are unable to attend a tour but would like to visit the School during a school day, please telephone the Registrar, Mrs Gray, on 0161 488 3345 and she will make an appointment for you to be shown around by a Sixth Former. Please be aware that it will not be possible to arrange visits in the period between the entrance examinations and the publication of results.



Sixth Form - Introduction

“Being new to the 6th Form, I was really worried about making friends, but the relaxed atmosphere of the Common Room made me feel right at home. Now I feel I belong to a very special community.”

“Having been to CHS since Year 7, I’ve really noticed the difference between Senior School and 6th Form. It’s more informal and the teachers treat us more like adults than before.”

If you choose to join the Sixth Form at Cheadle Hulme School, you will find a friendly and stimulating environment in which to continue your studies.

One of the main reasons you may wish to do so is to realise your academic ambitions. In an increasingly competitive world, good A-level results are very important and at Cheadle Hulme School you will find a combination of excellent teaching, good counselling and sound advice to ensure that you are able to develop your full academic potential.

The School also has a wide range of extra-curricular activities and you will be encouraged to develop your talents in many areas..

As a student in the Sixth Form you will:

  • Be working in an environment with a strong academic tradition
  • Benefit from the expertise of highly qualified staff and a well established system of pastoral care
  • Have access to excellent educational facilities
  • Be able to make your AS and A2 choices from a wide range of subject combinations
    Join a large, friendly community of approximately 300 students
  • Be a member of Sixth Form tutorial groups of 14-15 students, organised according to AS level choices
  • Be a senior member of the School and enjoy a number of privileges
  • Have use of the Sixth Form Common Room with facilities for work and recreation
  • Have the opportunity to help younger members of the School in games and activities, as a peer mentor and as a prefect
  • Receive Careers advice which will help you gain access to your chosen college at University.

The Sixth Form represents a very significant time in the academic development of every student. At Cheadle Hulme School we aim to make these two years both challenging and fulfilling. We aim to prepare you for the life ahead of you and to leave you with some very happy memories along the way.

Sixth Form Curriculum

In the Lower Sixth all students study four subjects through to Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level. Students have a “free” choice of subjects from the list below and it is rare for a combination of subjects to be unavailable. In addition, students follow a non-examinable “skills” course within General Studies and also take Games.

AS courses available are:-

Art and Design
Business Studies
Design Technology
English Language
English Literature
Further Mathematics
Further Maths
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Theatre Studies

In the Upper Sixth, most students elect to continue with three of their AS subjects and take them through to A2 level, although some will continue with all four subjects. Students also pursue General Studies AS level and continue with compulsory Games. In addition, lessons are provided for those preparing for entry to Oxford and Cambridge Colleges.

Extension Classes have also been introduced for all students. Our aim at CHS is to offer programmes of study that will be challenging and help students to extend their knowledge and skills in a wide range of fields.

We’re constantly in touch with University Admissions’ Tutors and are proactive in our approach to preparing students for university applications. Our findings suggest that universities are looking for students who have a passion for their subjects and a depth of knowledge and critical thinking beyond the confines of the A-level courses. For this reason, and because our aims are rooted in a desire to help every student to achieve their full potential, every academic subject (along with BMAT, UKCAT, HAT and LNAT courses) provides Extension Classes. These courses are specifically designed to bridge the gap between A2 and first year university courses for students applying to study their subject in Higher Education.

Extension classes are taught in a small tutorial group, in a timetabled lesson each week, along with other students who will be applying to study the subject at university. Students follow a scheme of work which will be a mixture of teacher led topics, critical thinking and personal reading and research.

Students choose which Extension classes to do once they’ve completed their AS examinations in the Lower Sixth. They must attend classes in at least one subject, and certainly no more than two. If they’re applying for a ‘single honours’ degree course, they only need to attend one. If they’re applying for a ‘joint honours’, a medical or a law course, they should probably attend two.

The classes begin in the summer term of the Lower Sixth year and last until students leave in the Upper Sixth. They may wish to take Advanced Extension Award Examinations and students wishing to do this will be prepared for the June exam.

Entry to the Sixth Form

(in September 2008)

Courses available

Some 20 new pupils join the Sixth Form each year to follow Advanced Subsidiary Level Courses. Pupils choose FOUR different subjects, from the following:

Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, Economics, English Language, English Literature French, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Theatre Studies. General Studies is also offered as a compulsory part of the AS curriculum.

Every effort is made to fulfil pupils' requirements, but it is impossible to guarantee that every combination of subjects will be possible. An AS Level Choice Form is included with your application form - it will assist us if this could be completed at the time of the application, however tentatively, although final decisions may be deferred until there has been an opportunity for discussion at interview.

There are some constraints on choices:

Further Mathematics can only be chosen if Mathematics is also included in your list of choices. If numbers are very small, it may not be possible to provide every subject.

Entry requirements

Places are offered, after interviews, subject to two conditions:

  1. A level of GCSE performance that indicates likely success at A Level
  2. A satisfactory report on conduct and academic progress from the applicant's present school.

The normal academic entry level for the Sixth Form will involve:

  1. Passes in English and Mathematics.
  2. Preferably A grades in the AS subjects chosen.

It is unlikely that students will be accepted on any AS course with a C grade pass in that subject at GCSE level.

Offers made after interview are provisional upon final GCSE results in the August preceding entry.

Interview and Visits

Following the School's receipt of the completed application form and subject choice form, arrangements for the candidate to attend for interview with the Headmaster, the Head of Sixth Form, and the Head of Lower Sixth will be made. Applicants are welcome to look round the school, escorted by a Sixth Former, around the time of their interview. It is not always possible to arrange for a tour of the School at the time of the interview itself On the other hand, some families prefer to take advantage of a general visiting day so that they can meet other prospective applicants.

Please note that there is a special evening visit on Monday 8th October 2007 at 7.00pm for prospective Sixth Form applicants and their parents.The purpose of this meeting will be to provide information on available Sixth Form courses, and to explain the entry procedures to the Sixth Form. Heads of Department will be available to answer questions on their subjects.

Please advise the Registrar, Mrs Gray, on 0161 488 3345 if you would like to attend this meeting.

The School may be able to award bursaries to Sixth Form candidates. These are means tested; arrangement and further details can be obtained from the School.

Making application
Should you remain interested, please complete and return the application form, together with £35 registration fee - cheques to be made payable to Cheadle Hulme School - and the AS Level choice form, to the Registrar. There is no formal closing date for applications, but we do ask to receive them by the end of November whenever possible.

More detailed information is available in the admissions booklet available from the Registrar. You can request a prospectus and admissions booklet using the online form or by telephoning the Registrar on 0161 488 3345.


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