The Laurus Trust is a Multi-Academy 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 has been judged Outstanding in every category by Ofsted in 2011 and 2015. In the 2019 Progress 8 Headline measure CHHS came in the top 3% of schools nationally and was named Secondary School of the Year 2018 at the Greater Manchester Schools Awards.

In 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 has opened four brand new free schools – Cheadle Hulme Primary SchoolLaurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft and the most recent in September 2019, Didsbury High School. The Laurus Alternative Provision School is in the pre-opening phase. Hazel Grove High School joined the Trust in September 2019. Most recently, the Trust has been chosen to operate the new primary school at Woodford Garden Village, due to open in September 2022.

We also offer school centred initial teacher training through Altius teacher training which was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.

If you are interested in joining us and are located near to one of our existing schools, then please email [email protected]

Linda Magrath OBE

CEO of Laurus Trust and Executive Headteacher Secondary

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With a career in education spanning more than 39 years, Linda was Headteacher at Cheadle Hulme High School for 17 years, 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. 

CHHS is a high performing school – in the top 2% of all schools in the country based on the 2019 examination results. 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). The SCITT was also judged to be outstanding in all areas earlier this year. 

Prior to Linda’s move to CHHS, she spent 11 years as a Senior Leader in a variety of contexts, across five different schools and in four Local Authorities.

In 2016, Linda was appointed Executive Head of CHHS, Laurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft and Didsbury High School 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.

Linda was awarded an OBE, for services to Education, in the 2021 New Years Honours list.