Celebrating CHS’s Thriving Connection with Local State Schools

It’s the Independent School Council’s Partnerships Week and a time for us to celebrate our collaborative work with Stockport State Schools.

As of September 2023, CHS has five key partner schools in the local area; Adswood, Cale Green, Cheadle Heath, Lum Head and Thorngrove. Within these schools, CHS provides curricular and Co-Curricular support in Science, Music, Modern Languages, Drama and Sport.

Over the last year, CHS has delivered engaging science workshops to Key Stage 2 classes across our partner primary schools. The hands-on program, designed in collaboration with the state school’s teaching team, has benefited 10 teachers and 240 pupils aged 9-11. The initiative extends beyond workshops, with teachers receiving additional resources and extension materials for use in classrooms.

Addressing the educational challenges posed by the pandemic, CHS initiated a Covid Catch Up Swimming Program. Identifying Year 6 swimmers who missed nearly two years of lessons, the program not only ensured 80% met statutory swimming requirements but also witnessed 100% of participants grow in confidence. 

Mrs Caroline Dunn, CHS Deputy head (Co-Curricular and Community) said: “Collecting the swimmers from Cheadle Heath each week and watching how they have grown in confidence and made great strides to achieving the national curriculum requirements coupled with how much fun they are having along the way is the highlight of my week! We cannot wait for the parents and carers of the pupils to visit on the last week of term to see just how much progress each and every child has made.”

Expanding our impact on secondary schools, CHS introduced an online Big Sister Mentoring Programme in collaboration with the Co-op North Manchester Academy, in which CHS Sixth Form students mentor Year 11 Co-op pupils, giving advice on exam stress, wellbeing, and revision strategies. 

We are hugely proud of our collaboration with Roots and St Peters RC High School in Gorton. The Roots Programme seeks to break down barriers and bring people together; experienced facilitators encourage the students from the two schools to listen deeply to each other, embrace their differences, celebrate new perspectives and build the confidence and belief that we can create a better life for ourselves and others, together.

Find out more on our website.