Welcome from the Head

We provide an outstanding and inspiring education that not only instils in its pupils a deep love of learning, but also the ability to adapt to change and to think creatively and critically about the world around them.


CHS was founded in 1855 in order to provide an education for the orphans and poor children of warehousemen and clerks of Manchester. From its mid-nineteenth century foundation to the present day, the School has maintained a tradition of co-education, educational innovation and a strong emphasis on community.

Life at CHS is under-pinned by a very clear set of values, through which we aim to ensure that each member of the school community is able to fulfil their potential and to flourish in the wider world.

This is perfectly illustrated by the Academic, Active and Altruistic  life at CHS. We place a keen emphasis on learning as a developing process, providing pupils with success in external examinations whilst also instilling in them a desire, and capacity, to further their academic interests outside of the classroom.

Developing the rounded individual who has the skills to manage themselves, whilst appreciating their role as a member of wider communities is key to the pastoral life at CHS. In addition, the extensive range of co-curricular activities available means that pupils are able to gain experiences essential to their wider personal and social development.

I hope that you are keen to learn more about CHS, and the opportunities for your child. I strongly recommend that you read the report from our inspection here and visit the school in person.

I look forward to meeting you.

Neil Smith