Our Heritage

CHS was founded in 1855 as the Manchester Warehousemen and Clerks’ Orphan Schools to provide a ‘home’ for children of local workers whose death had left their families in need of support.

It welcomed girls and boys, from all religious denominations – laying the foundations of the co-educational, inclusive, altruistic School that CHS is today.

More than 160 years has passed since the first six children came through the doors of that new boarding school, but CHS retains the same commitment to its students – to educate, nurture and prepare them for fulfilling and successful lives.

Our former students are known as ‘Old Waconians’ in tribute to the Warehousemen and Clerks (WACs) who founded the School.

CHS Heritage Audio Trail

Our Heritage Audio Trail will take you on a tour around the buildings that make up Cheadle Hulme School.

As you walk through the site you will learn about the School’s history, the changes that have been made over the years, and gain insights into the lives of pupils that have lived and learned here since 1869.


Download the app

To access the audio tour simply download our free app.

Download via the Apple Store.

Download via Google Play.

Once the app is downloaded you need to ensure GPS is enabled. As you use the map to follow the tour around the site, audio clips will automatically start playing.

The audio has been recorded by current students, staff and Old Waconians.