Moving to
Secondary School

While we are planning for a full school return please note that due to the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic arrangements may be subject to change. The school is following advice from the Department for Education and parents/carers will be notified of any alterations as soon as possible.

To those families joining us this September I would like to extend a very warm welcome. We had grand plans to host our new students and give them a flavour of life at Didsbury High School over the summer term, unfortunately we are unable to do this in person. Our intention is to move many of these activities to September so please do not worry about missing out; we will make sure that our future Year 7s are well looked after. To help give an idea of what life will be like, and to answer many of the questions you will no doubt have, we have recorded some videos of staff and students.  Enjoy your last half term in your current school and please try to have a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. We can’t wait to meet you in September. 

– Dr D Woolley, Head of School 

The Laurus Trust is a multi-academy trust with Ofsted-outstanding Cheadle Hulme High School at its centre. Leading Wilmslow primary school Gorsey Bank joined the Trust in 2016 and since then four new schools have been built and opened by the Laurus Trust: Laurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft, Didsbury High School and Cheadle Hulme Primary School and Nursery. In 2019 the Trust was delighted to welcome Hazel Grove High School into the Laurus family which also includes the Ofsted-outstanding Altius Alliance teacher training facility.

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 spans all areas of the Trust and is underpinned by four key cornerstones. These are Academic Aspiration – we want our students to be curious and develop a thirst for knowledge; Leadership and Service – we place great importance on both leadership and participation and encourage students to take on roles of responsibility; 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.

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.

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