Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

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Cheadle & Marple College Network
Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College logo.jpg
Motto To 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.
Established 15 August 1995
Type State Funded 6th Form
Principal Jenny Singleton
Location Stockport
Greater Manchester
England Coordinates: 53°22′55″N 2°12′11″W / 53.382°N 2.203°W / 53.382; -2.203
Local authority Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
DfE URN 130515 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+

The Cheadle and Marple College Network is a training provider for the Stockport (Greater Manchester) area specialising in 16-19 educational provision. At its heart are 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, Cheshire. SK8 5HA
  • Marple Sixth Form College, Hibbert Lane, Marple, Stockport. SK6 7PA


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), International Baccalaureate, vocational NVQs and BTECs. They also offer Access courses for adults.

The college discontinued the offering of the International Baccalaureate in 2011, due to insufficient funding for the programme.


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]

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[1] with 900 boys. The two schools, whilst next to each other, remained separate, despite plans to merge them.[2][3] Moseley Hall was eventually demolished in the late 1970s and replaced by the Village Hotel and an entertainment complex.[4] The boys' school at one time had its own railway line.[5]

Manor County Secondary School[edit]

The schools were eventually merged 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. In 1995 Margaret Danyers College and Marple Ridge College combined to become Ridge Danyers College with two campuses.[6] 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).[7] It was the largest further education college in the country in 2004, with around 9001 students.[8] In 2011, the college commenced a consolidation of the two sites in Marple, entering into talks with Asda, aiming to sell the Hibbert Lane campus, leaving just the Buxton Lane campus in use.[9][10]


Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College[edit]

Ridge Danyers Sixth Form College[edit]

Moseley Hall County Grammar School[edit]

Mr Simon Lea Smith MITIE Account Director since 2010

Cheadle Girls' Grammar school[edit]


  1. ^ "Old school may be demolished". Stockport Express. 20 May 1971. 
  2. ^ "500 parents of the school girls in crushing "No" to merger with boys". Stockport Express. 27 March 1975. 
  3. ^ "Schools can stay single sex". Stockport Express. 12 February 1976. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Terry (19 April 2002). "A reunion quest goes worldwide". Manchester Evening News. 
  5. ^ Lee, Janette (23 September 1976). "Full steam ahead for school railway club". Stockport Express. 
  6. ^ "The Ridge College, Stockport and Margaret Danyers College (Dissolution) Order 1995". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Letter from College website" (doc). Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College. September 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "GCE Advanced Level Providers In England" (PDF). Nuffield 14-19 review. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Peter Devine (2011-07-28). "Supermarket land row meeting moved to park after room proves too small as hundreds attend". Stockport Express. 
  10. ^ "Marple Area Committee". Retrieved 2012-08-25. 

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