Welcome to our
Virtual Open Evening

Welcome to our virtual Open Evening at Didsbury High School. We would have loved to have greeted you in person, for you to meet the staff and students, however, in these testing times we have taken the decision to move online. The online experience could never replicate a face to face meeting but we hope it gives a flavour of our vision for our students, our passion for teaching and our commitment to success.

As you are no doubt aware, Didsbury High School is heavily oversubscribed with many more applications than places available. Choosing a school for your child is a big decision and a significant responsibility. We are a new school but we are not new to education; we understand and appreciate that you will have many questions and this website and its video content is designed to answer the most common ones. Please browse our online content together with your child and involve them in the decision-making process.

We are incredibly proud of all that we have achieved since opening our doors. We believe there are no shortcuts to success. In school and at home our students dedicate themselves to their studies and are committed to their academic success. We look forward to welcoming you and your child in September 2021.

Dr David Woolley, Head of School

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What our students say…

The Laurus Trust Vision

The Laurus Trust’s vision is for every student, regardless of background or circumstance, to be inspired, to thrive in all environments, to recognise what it takes to succeed, to set aspirational goals and to work hard to achieve them.

Together with an unashamedly academic approach to education, this vision is embraced by all Trust schools and is underpinned by four key cornerstones. These are:

  • Academic Aspiration – we want our students to be curious and develop a thirst for knowledge.
  • Competition and Physical Endeavour – we want students to approach competition with optimism and vitality.
  • Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric – alongside academic success, we passionately believe in the importance of education in its broadest sense and we ensure the fullest participation in art, music and drama.
  • Leadership and Service – we place great importance on both leadership and participation and encourage students to take on roles of responsibility.


Our outstanding teachers have high expectations of all students, from our youngest reception pupils to our sixth formers, and our young people, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities or who are supported by Pupil Premium, make rapid and sustained progress. Indeed, we believe that socially disadvantaged students should receive the same education as those in the best private schools and our curriculum structure is based on students developing a core body of knowledge.

In this positive learning environment, students’ attitudes to learning are exemplary. Staff and students are unreservedly positive about both behaviour and safety.

By taking advantage of everything a Laurus school can offer our young people we aim to ensure that they can all open the door to the future of their choice.

‘The magic of this job is when you see those young adults opening up that envelope on results day. It’s seeing the results of all that hard work by the staff, the students and the parents’ – Laurus Trust CEO Linda Magrath

Admissions Information

You must apply for a place using the local authority online form. The deadline is 31st October 2020 for a September 2021 place in Year 7. Didsbury High School does not have a catchment area. If a tie-break is required those living closest to the school will have priority. Please visit our Admissions page for more information.


House System

At Didsbury High School we operate a House system which comprises four houses and students are allocated a house when they join us in Year 7. Our inter-house competitions are great fun and we’re always keen to see which house has amassed the most points. Find out all about our House system by clicking here.



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