Stockport Grammar or Cheadle Hulme(5 Posts)
DD will be sitting the exams for both. She's extremely bright but also a little too aware of this for my liking having been told it all through primary. She's also musical and sporty. Both seem much of a muchmess to me although I preferred the setting of Cheadle. DD liked both although we'll visit both again soon and she may develop a stronger pref for one over the other. Just looking for local thoughts or points from anyone who knows either school. Thanks
Hi OP. My three kids all went through senior school at Cheadle Hulme .. they passed for both schools but we went for CH largely because of how much we liked the atmosphere and the teachers when we visited on Open Day. Very approachable and not afraid to have a laugh with parents whereas at SG they were a lot more "careful" about how they came across. This was over ten years ago so could be quite different now of course.
Academically they are pretty equal I think, so it comes down to which school will suit your DD best. Stockport in our day seemed more traditional and maybe a little stuffy but that may have changed now. CH seemed to be a bit more fun and imaginative with their extra-curricular activities. In later years my DD was a "spirited" teenager and they handed her with good humour .. I was extremely impressed.
We had some ups and downs with head teachers but now CH has a woman head, ex cricketer for England, who happens to be gay and I hear really good things about her.
The senior leadership team was always excellent. If you visit again, try and have a chat with Sally Petrie (especially if she is still pastoral head for Y7) and John Winter, who was head of sixth form when my kids were there, and I think is Deputy Head now. I have a lot of time for both of them.
By the way, my DD was also very bright and stood out as such at her state primary school. Once she got to CH she fitted in very well with a lot of other bright kids and was actually much happier.
A few random observations .. HTH
They're very similar so I'd go with the one your DD chooses.
Will also depend on whether friends are going too.
I'm a former Grammar girl and would jump at the chance to send my children there BUT I would go with your gut and what your daughter would prefer. My husband couldn't get over the standard of facilities there when we visited a few years back... I just couldn't persuade him to move back to the North-West!
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