Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

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Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College
Coordinates53°22′55″N 2°12′11″W / 53.382°N 2.203°W / 53.382; -2.203Coordinates: 53°22′55″N 2°12′11″W / 53.382°N 2.203°W / 53.382; -2.203
TypeState funded 6th form
MottoTo promote the highest quality education for our students, whatever their age, background, and ability; and to be recognised as outstanding within the community we serve.[1]
Established15 August 1995
Local authorityStockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Department for Education URN130515 Tables
PrincipalJenny Singleton

The Cheadle and Marple College Network is a training provider for the Stockport (Greater Manchester) area specialising in 16–19 educational provision. It consists of two colleges, The Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College, which have a combined student population of nearly 2,000.


  • The Cheadle College, Cheadle Road, Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester. SK8 5HA
  • Marple Sixth Form College, Buxton Lane, Marple, Stockport. SK6 7QY


The college was inspected by Ofsted in March 2014 and September 2016 and received 'Good' grades on both occasions.[2] In the latest report, Ofsted commented that 'the principal and senior leadership team have successfully promoted a culture of high expectations and high standards of teaching, learning and assessment', and 'learners demonstrate a high level of respect for each other and for their teachers.'


The college offers a very wide range of courses, including GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education), AS (Advanced Subsidiary Level) and A-Levels (GCE Advanced Level), vocational NVQs and BTECs. They also offer Access courses for adults.


The newly built Cheadle County Grammar School for Girls in 1956

Moseley Hall County Grammar School[edit]

In 1946, following the Education Act 1944, a building known as Moseley Hall on Wilmslow Road was acquired by the local authority for £6,500. Moseley Hall had been owned by John Henry Davies, President of Manchester United Football Club, since 1904. His widow, who lived at Bramall Hall till 1935, re-purchased Moseley Hall at some point after his death in 1927. During the war the building was used for four years as the National Fire Service headquarters for Manchester. It was converted into a grammar school, which took its name from the building it occupied. It was run by the Cheadle and Wilmslow Educational Executive of Cheshire Education Committee. It was situated north-west down the road (A5149) from the current campus, and bordered neighbouring Cheadle. It was originally co-educational. The first headmaster was Wilfred Simms, aged 34.

Cheadle County Grammar School for Girls[edit]

The Cheadle College quad

In January 1956 a new school was built where the current Cheadle campus is today and this became Cheadle County Grammar School for Girls. Moseley Hall therefore became a boys-only school. The girls' school had around 950 girls and was situated on Cheadle Road (A5149).

Cheadle Moseley Grammar School for Boys[edit]

In 1970, a new school was built adjacent to the girls' school on North Downs Road. It cost £370,000, and became known as Cheadle Moseley Boys' Grammar School[3] with 900 boys. The two schools, whilst next to each other, remained separate, despite plans to merge them.[4][5] Moseley Hall was eventually demolished in the late 1970s and replaced by the Village Hotel and an entertainment complex.[6] The boys' school at one time had its own railway line.[7]

Manor County Secondary School[edit]

The schools were eventually merged in 1983 and became known as The Manor County Secondary School, a comprehensive school. It was the first state comprehensive to take the International Baccalaureate in 1990.

Margaret Danyers FE College[edit]

In 1991 it was converted into a college of further education; the girls' school became known as the Bulkley Building, and the boys' school became the Moseley Building. Initially the college was called Margaret Danyers College on North Downs Road. In the early 1990s, Stockport replaced its school sixth forms with separate sixth form colleges. Margaret Danyers started at the age of 14 and was effectively an upper school, not just a sixth form college. The Cheadle Adult Centre was next door.

Ridge Danyers College[edit]

The Marple Campus was initially called Marple Ridge College; Marple Ridge High School had closed in 1989. In 1995 Margaret Danyers College and Marple Ridge College combined to become Ridge Danyers College with two campuses.[8] There were some problems with the Cheadle Campus as part of the Moseley building was declared unsafe in the early 1990s due to the decay of the reinforced concrete with which it was constructed. This building was eventually demolished in August 2000, and replaced by a new building.

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College[edit]

In October 2004 the college changed its name to CAMSFC (Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College).[9] It was the largest further education college in the country in 2004, with around 9001 students.[10]

In 2016, Marple Sixth Form College completed an extension and refurbishment of the Buxton Lane site, enabling all provision to be based at one site. New facilities included a sports hall, science labs and a learning resource centre.[11]


Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College[edit]

Ridge Danyers Sixth Form College[edit]

Marple Ridge High School[edit]

Moseley Hall County Grammar School[edit]

Cheadle Girls' Grammar school[edit]


  1. ^ "The C&M Network Mission". C&M Network. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Inspection report, Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Old school may be demolished". Stockport Express. 20 May 1971.
  4. ^ "500 parents of the school girls in crushing "No" to merger with boys". Stockport Express. 27 March 1975.
  5. ^ "Schools can stay single sex". Stockport Express. 12 February 1976.
  6. ^ Johnson, Terry (19 April 2002). "A reunion quest goes worldwide". Manchester Evening News.
  7. ^ Lee, Janette (23 September 1976). "Full steam ahead for school railway club". Stockport Express.
  8. ^ "The Ridge College, Stockport and Margaret Danyers College (Dissolution) Order 1995". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Letter from College website". Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College. September 2007. Archived from the original (doc) on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  10. ^ "GCE Advanced Level Providers in England" (PDF). Nuffield 14–19 review. Retrieved 6 June 2009.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Redevelopment of Marple Sixth Form College". Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Former Marple Sixth Form students sign to Virgin EMI". Marple Sixth Form College. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Author tells prizewinners, 'be proud of this college'". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College – Dame Sarah Storey DBA". Association of Colleges. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Stockport-born author is in the running to win the Man Booker Prize 2016". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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