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A love of learning from age four

Manchester High School for Girls is a leading independent school, providing the very best in education for girls aged 4 to 18 years.

In the preparatory department girls thrive, both academically and personally, in a caring, friendly and learning rich environment. A holistic approach to education is taken to ensure that the needs of all girls are met and that potential is realised.

Girls benefit from outstanding teaching and learning, excellent pastoral care and recently extended accommodation which features four new classrooms.

Talented and committed staff provide pupils with wide-ranging intellectual stimulation, and personal and social experiences to ensure firm foundations for future development.

Pupils develop qualities of kindness, respect, loyalty, self-discipline and a sense of self-worth, encouraging individuals to flourish in a multicultural environment.

MHSG is very proud of its community and visitors often comment on the warm and vibrant atmosphere found in the school which places great value on its partnership with parents – encouraging them to take an active part in the life of the preparatory department, and to attend many of the enjoyable events that take place here. Visit

International call-up for Tom

Stockport Grammar School’s head boy, Tom Morton, is looking forward to playing for the England U18s and U19s rugby squad, as they take onAustraliaat the prestigiousHarrowSchool. 

Tom, who was initially selected last year to play for the England U17s, started playing the game at the age of seven, when he joined Stockport Rugby Club. A member ofSaleSharksAcademy, he has been playing for the team in the Aviva Premiership U18s League. 

The SGS pupil, studying for A-levels in chemistry, biology and PE, is keen to take his rugby further and is looking forward to a tour toSouth Africanext summer with theEnglandsquad.

Fly-half Tom said “I am both confident and nervous about next week’s game, especially as there will be quite a few boys from the year above playing.  Since being selected for the Englandteams, my self-belief has definitely grown and I am really enjoying playing.  Support from school has been brilliant all the way through – I am really close with the PE staff and I get lots of encouragement from everyone at SGS.” Visit

Students speculate to accumulate

Economics and business studies students atAlderleyEdge School for Girls are once again out to prove the stock market is not just for male city traders by taking part in an investment competition.

Wilmslow-based wealth management firm, Equilibrium Asset Management returned to the school to share the golden rules of investments, how shares and funds work and how to manage risk.

Girls aged 15 to 17 will each be given an investment pot of £300 which they will manage over a four month period. Equilibrium will let them know how their investments are performing and the student whose investments earn the highest return will be the winner.

Last year’s champion, Sarah Ekin, made an impressive 9.02 per cent profit on the £300 investment fund she was given at the start of the fantasy investment league. 

Headmistress, Susan Goff, said: “We are pleased to be working alongside Equilibrium again on this school investment project. It’s a great way to make learning more interactive and to support the girls in learning about real life economic issues. I know this year’s students are excited to be part of the project.”

The student making the most profit across her portfolio will be presented with an investment certificate and awarded an iPad. Equilibrium will also make a £250 donation and give any profits the girls make from their investments to the school’s charitable foundation. Visit

A unique learning environment

Beech Hall School is a unique learning environment, and very much a ‘family school’ which welcomes parents’ involvement in their child’s education.

We hold the fundamental belief that the most effective teaching occurs when children are taught in small class sizes where teachers can offer individual attention and encouragement in classes which are not allowed to exceed 18 children.

We offer a broad curriculum across the school which includes sport, music, drama and art giving our pupils an opportunity to participate. A full calendar of sporting fixtures will, invariably, lead to your child representing Beech Hall in one activity or another.

‘Wrap-around care’ extends from 8.00am to 6.00pm. There is a comprehensive ‘after school’ activity programme offered to all ages. The activities feature a wide range of sports as well as drama, music and art clubs, all of which are available to parents at no extra cost.

The beautiful ‘listed’ school buildings occupy a woodland setting with well equipped classrooms, ICT suites, science labs, workshops, studio, gym, astro turf and swimming pool. The school offers a limited number of scholarships and bursaries on application. Visit

The land of fire and ice

A group comprising 23 children and 3 staff fromAbberleyHallSchoolheaded off on an exciting trip toIcelandrecently.

It is a wild and rugged place where the very forces that have shaped the planet can be seen up close. Icelandis in the North Atlantic Ocean and is one of the most volcanically active countries in the world.  Most of Iceland’s population lives in the capital cityReykjavik. 

Five-sixths of the island is uninhabited and has a moonscape, so much so that it was used as a pre-mission training location for American astronauts. 

The trip was most relevant to the geographical themes we study at Abberley.  We visited a broad range of environments including, rivers and waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, coasts,hot springs, and the urban area ofReykjavik. 

We stayed in view of the spectacular Eyafjallajokull volcano that was infamous for its eruption in 2010. We visited the Thorsmork valley in the “Wilderness” where there are glaciers, snowy peaks and crystal streams. 

A short ferry journey took us to the fantasticWestmannIslands.  Here we found out all about the 1973 eruption and also climbed to the crater rim of the volcano Eldfell.

After a final night in Reykjavikwe headed back to the UKwith a lot of wonderful memories, experiences, stories, and most importantly photographs of the fantastic trip. Visit

A strong boarding tradition

Windermere School is situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park. The rugged beauty of the landscape not only makes for an inspiring educational setting but enables students to make use of what surrounds them. This ensures a truly unique and ever busy extra-curricular programme.

Excellent GCSE and IGCSE results along with above world average International Baccalaureate results allow the majority of students to access their first choice universities.

There is a strong boarding tradition atWindermereSchoolthat benefits the whole school community.

Each boarding house has live-in staff supervised by a house mistress or house master. Academic staff oversee prep and are available for extra tuition and advice. There are weekend activities both on campus and with staff-led excursions throughout theLake Districtand beyond. It is a safe and caring extended family environment where pupils can excel both academically and personally.

Windermere School’s watersports centre, Hodge Howe, hosts a wide range of activities during the school’s timetabled curriculum, and as part of the extra-curricular activity programme. There are traditional competitive sports teams in hockey, netball, tennis, athletics and more. Many students play for regional and national teams, as well as for the school.

We aim to maximise each child’s academic potential, and believe we can offer a truly unique space in which children can grow and develop as well-rounded individuals. Visit

Educating the Whole Person

A challenging, dynamic and relevant education for every student lies at the heart of Cheadle Hulme School.

Students in the senior school, from year-7 through to the sixth form, develop attitudes, habits and abilities which help prepare them for the various challenges they will face in life, allowing them to thrive at university and beyond.

The innovative Thinking Skills Curriculum provides a platform for students to work with local businesses and community leaders in themed, project-based learning modules, helping them to become more effective learners by challenging them to think, to experience, to act and to share.

The outstanding education provided is founded upon academic challenge, personal and social development, physical health, emotional well-being, the practice of leadership and a commitment to service.

The intimate atmosphere and high teacher to pupil ratio in the junior school ensures that teachers know each pupil exceptionally well and are able to tailor learning to individual needs.  Pupils forge close relationships with their form teachers and benefit from lessons by specialist teachers in music, PE and modern foreign languages. Visit

Book quiz winners aim for World series in New Zealand

The King’s School’s young literary brains are aiming for a trip to New Zealand to compete in the world series Children’s Literature Quiz after winning the North West regional event.

The team of two girls and two boys from year-8 at the King’s School out-manoeuvred and out-thought teams from eight other top schools from across the North West in a nail biting contest at Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby.

Answering questions such as “Name the two detectives in Tin Tin?, ‘Who was the first Viking to discoverAmerica? and ‘What is the most commonly used word in the English Language’, the King’s book worms have now qualified for the national event at King’s College Wimbledon.

King’s Librarian Olivia Walwyn said: “The winners of the national tournament get to go to New Zealandnext summer for the World Series so there is a lot to play for. We have as good a chance as anyone, our boys and girls are extremely knowledgeable, read avidly and relish the challenge.” Visit

Success for Withington Girls’ School

The new academic year at Withington Girls’ School started with a string of successes, including an outstanding Inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, in which pupils’ achievements were rated ‘exceptional’, an accolade awarded to only a very few schools; all categories were found to be ‘excellent’, the highest ranking possible.

The under 13s won a National Schools’ netball tournament; a team of lower sixth girls emerged victorious in a Physics Olympics challenge and the debating team won the Debating Matters International crown at the Institute of Ideas Festival in London.

Pupils excelled in their fundraising efforts. Around 100 participants staged Spectrum, a spectacular fashion show fusing fun and colour, which raised more than £5,000 for charities.

Withington celebrated exceptional academic results – with 94% this year achieving A* to B grades at A Level and 99.5% A* to B at GCSE – the school ranking 4th in the Daily Telegraph’s table and top outside London for GCSEs this year. 

“The primary significance of our girls’ outstanding results lies not in league tables but in the doors they open for further study at the most selective universities and colleges in the country and access they provide into the girls’ chosen careers,” said headmistress Mrs Marks. Visit



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