The Laurus Trust is a newly formed Trust with Cheadle Hulme High School, the founder school, at its centre.

Cheadle Hulme High School is a hugely oversubscribed academy converter with a reputation locally, and further afield, for outstanding teaching and learning through the relentless pursuit of excellence and a determination to ensure that every child succeeds. It is a Teaching School and has been judged Outstanding in every category by Ofsted in 2011 and 2015. In the new 2016 Progress 8 Headline measure CHHS came in the top 5% of schools nationally.

On 1st October 2016, Gorsey Bank Primary School, a high performing primary school based in Wilmslow, joined the Trust. Gorsey Bank ranks in the top 1% of primary schools nationally based on Reading, Writing and Mathematics according to the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ league table. Collectively the schools are collaborating together to secure the best possible outcomes for all children.

The Trust currently has five Free Schools in the pre-opening phase – Cheadle Hulme Primary SchoolLaurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft, Didsbury High School and the Laurus Alternative Provision School.

We also offer school centred initial teacher training through the Altius Alliance, a centre of excellence for producing outstanding teachers of Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages for children aged 11-16.

Linda Magrath

CEO of Laurus Trust and Executive Headteacher of Cheadle Hulme High School

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With a thirty year career in education, Linda has been Headteacher at one of the top two percent of schools in the country, overseeing two successive outstanding Ofsted judgements. She is also an experienced National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector.

Linda graduated from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in Economics in 1978. In January 2004, she was appointed Headteacher of CHHS after spending 22 years in teaching.

CHHS is a high performing school – in the top 2% of all schools in the country for Value-Added based on the 2015 examination results – and in both the 2011 and 2015 Ofsted Inspections, CHHS was judged to be Outstanding in all categories. CHHS is also a successful Teaching School and SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).

Prior to Linda’s move to CHHS, she spent 11 years as a member of a Leadership team in a variety of contexts, across six different schools in six Local Authorities.

In 2016, Linda was appointed Executive Head of CHHS and CEO of The Laurus Trust.

Linda holds National Leader of Education status and has extensive experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances.  She was appointed as an Ofsted Inspector in 2013.

As a mother of four, Linda also has a strong personal grasp of the challenges facing students and their families in the current educational climate.