Cheshire families living throughout the county’s renown ‘Golden Triangle’ are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of top performing independent day schools from which to choose; most of which have developed successful reputations over many years for the quality of the education they provide.
It is advisable to start looking at least a full year in advance, as places are filled early in these top schools.
Once you have identified schools that interest you, request a copy of the school prospectus. Visit the schools you are considering. Most have open days for prospective parents, but also try to make an appointment to visit on a normal working day and speak to the principal or a senior staff member.
Here, some of the region’s top independent schools provide a brief insight into what they can offer your child.
Withington Girls’ School – Where Girls Shine
Acclaimed as North West Independent School of the Year for 2020 by The Sunday Times, Withington is recognised as one of the UK’s leading schools for girls aged 7 to 18 but also prides itself on the depth and breadth of its extracurricular opportunities.
Based in Fallowfield, Manchester, the school enjoys excellent transport links and attracts pupils from a wide catchment area.
An outstanding record in public examinations and places gained at the most selective universities is a result of not only the outstanding teaching, but, just as importantly, from the breadth of opportunity and exceptional pastoral care.
Pupils thrive because they are known, understood and valued within a supportive, inclusive community.
During the lockdown, the school delivered real-time, interactive learning for all pupils via its remote learning platform and is well-prepared to do this again, should the need arise.
Embedded in Withington’s founding principles is the notion that the pleasure of learning is its own reward. No scholarships or academic prizes are awarded, and the school has found that removing these elements of academic competition and elitism produces a unique environment in which pupils work more collaboratively to reach their own goals.
This is an approach endorsed by pupils who quote time and again how much they value the highly supportive environment at Withington – not only from teachers but from their own peer group too.
The selection process aims to identify girls who will flourish in this environment – and the wellbeing and the happiness of each girl throughout her journey at Withington is a priority.
School goes above and beyond.Back to School at Greenbank Prep
Children at Greenbank Preparatory School were delighted to return to school earlier than most, prior to the summer break.
The award-winning school in Cheadle Hulme saw 95% of pupils return in Reception, Year-1, Year-5 and Year-6 and there was also a strong uptake for the school’s day nursery and pre-school that reopened at the same time.
Headmaster, Malcolm Johnson, and his team worked tirelessly to keep the school open, and safe! He told us: “Our aim was to give our children the opportunity to come back to school, primarily for their educational benefit.”
The return to school was welcomed by parents and teachers alike after they worked in partnership to facilitate it.
Adam Dyson, assistant head and year-5 teacher, said: “Using Google Education and the school’s new website, we ensured every child had face time with a teacher every day during lockdown.”
Jane Chadwick, whose son is in Year-5, said: “My husband and I have been working and I must admit we popped open a bottle of champagne on the last day of home learning.”
Final word goes to pupil, Ava Frayne, aged 10, “My mum and dad taught me at home, but they were not as good as Mr Dyson.” www.greenbankschool.co.uk
Your search starts at Yorston Lodge
Atomic theory, engineering, computing programming and critical thinking skills – at Yorston, future ready skill development starts from 3 years. Learning has never been so much fun!
As we embark upon an exciting curriculum enhancement, our approach is to fully prepare young minds for the myriad of new roles and opportunities that lie ahead. A commitment to STEM provision unique in primary education, alongside developing communication, collaboration and all-important critical thinking skills provide Yorston pupils with a head start far beyond their peers.
Deeply committed to pupil success, with the ability to move fluidly between on and offline provision of education, our experienced educators are singularly dedicated to the success of every Yorston pupil.
Personalised attention, a unique family atmosphere and the warmest of welcomes, Yorston’s enhanced future focus is built upon generations of academic excellence and the development of self-confident, happy pupils remains at the heart of the Yorston approach.
“We are so impressed with how Yorston Lodge stepped up and responded to the new world we are living in.” (Year 6 parent – June 2020)
Our partnership begins the moment you walk through the door. Global citizens fully prepared for whatever the future may hold.
Late September 2020 spaces still available. Is your child getting future ready?
Before & After School Care Available: 8am – 6pm. Holiday Club open 51 weeks of the year: 8am – 6pm. Local school minibus service available www.yorstonlodge.com
The ‘big time’ for King’s as school relocates to £60m campus
It has been a busy summer for The King’s School, with relocation to a stunning new campus in Prestbury and a new Head, Mr Jason Slack, taking over the reins.
Physicist Jason says he is ready for the unprecedented challenges that come with his appointment as The King’s School’s new head: “King’s relocating to a brand new £60 million campus and at the same time becoming fully coeducational are historic events in themselves, but now there is the additional challenge of a return to school for our 1200 pupils while managing the Covid pandemic.”
Born into a Yorkshire mining family, Jason was a talented academic and athlete at Batley Grammar School. He went to Durham University to study physics and then a PGCE. He previously worked in the North West, as head of physics and then head of science at The Grange in Northwich.
Jason said: “What is clearly a highly aspirational school looking very much to the future. That forward-thinking drive and ambition is extremely attractive to me. As can be seen from the new campus, King’s governors and staff have an extremely positive outlook which matches my own philosophy.
They want to do the absolute best they can for every King’s pupil and ensure they have a better education at King’s than they would do anywhere else.” www.kingsmac.co.uk
Girls Celebrate A-Level Achievements
Alderley Edge School for Girls is delighted for its upper sixth pupils who have achieved a fantastic and well-deserved set of A Level results.
Despite the current climate, this year’s results continued to reflect the successes of previous years with 35% of our pupils achieving a clean sweep of at least 3 A grades and 72% of all grades awarded at A* – B.
Our head girl team all achieved a string of A and A* grades.
Head girl, Maggie Khoryati is planning to study economics at Nottingham. Harriet Rigby is off to Durham to study social science with history and geography. Aditi Chandana, with her 4 A* grades, will read medicine at Cambridge.
Although they did not have an opportunity to complete their examinations, sixth form pupils excelled in their attitude towards remote learning and absolutely deserve their successes.
Headmistress, Helen Jeys, said: “This year is like no other; pupils have not been able to take their final examinations in the way they would have wanted, after working so hard for the last two years.
We are proud of the girls; of the character they demonstrated and their results, which will enable them to pursue competitive courses at a range of prestigious universities.”
Find out more about the Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 24 September from 6.30pm. www.aesg.co.uk
Inspiring learning in school and at home
During the second half of summer term, Stockport Grammar School welcomed pre-reception, reception, year-1, year-5 and year 6-pupils back to school.
Senior school year-10 and lower sixth also enjoyed sessions in school to supplement the programme of remote learning.
SGS teachers used the latest technology to provide engaging and inspiring remote lessons. Summer term ended with a host of exciting virtual experiences from sports days to musical performances to careers days.
Junior and senior pupils enjoyed an online Sports Day. They responded magnificently with more than 3,600 entries for challenges including ‘Wall Ball’, ‘Fast Feet’ and ‘Pole to Pole’.
Year 8 and 9 pupils enjoyed inspiring virtual careers days with more than 40 guest speakers from a variety of industries. The careers day is an important step for pupils considering their GCSE options.
SGS ended a term of magical online musical performances with year-11’s Oscar Williams playing a virtual version of ‘Summertime’ during senior school headmaster, Dr Paul Owens’ final assembly of the school year. www.stockportgrammar.co.uk