CHS South

Manchester, United Kingdom

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About CHS South

CHS South is part of the Prospere Learning Trust, which believes in working collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes and life chances for students. The Trust operates five secondary mainstream schools, two secondary special schools and one primary and secondary combined special school. The Trust welcomed MEA and MEAC in April 2020, bringing our combined pupil capacity to 4,750.

About CHS South

Welcome to CHS South, our new 11-16 eight-form entry, mixed, comprehensive school opened in conjunction with Chorlton High School. Our school provides an initial 180 places in each Year Group, growing to a full capacity of 1200 as we move to our Permanent site in September 2021.  Please follow this link to see information about our new building:

CHS South was opened in September 2018 to allow more young people in our community to access the successful model developed at our oversubscribed sister school, Chorlton High School.  This model ensures we provide an education built on the values of offering every young person we encounter the skills needed to craft a creative, happy & successful future.  These values are articulated in our school intent below:

CREATIVE: An education where imagination, curiosity and resilience enable us to ignite our learning.

HAPPY: A shared belief that optimism, empathy and responsibility are the foundations for a respectful, safe and inclusive community.

SUCCESSFUL: Individuals who are ready to learn, practise being reflective, and are motivated to become champions.

We also ensure the young people at CHS South have access to a broad and forward thinking enrichment curriculum. We are well positioned to offer a diverse and engaging sports curriculum through our fantastic relationships with the vast array of sports providers in our community. Furthermore our expertise and understanding of the creative arts, an industry growing faster in our local community than anywhere in the UK outside London, ensures our young people are provided with the opportunities to develop and hone their skills in order to become the next generation of creative trailblazers.

Working at CHS South

We are committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding practitioners onto our teaching and our support teams to ensure that our students achieve their very best and are led by happy, dedicated and highly skilled staff.  We are committed to ensuring ongoing training and personalised development for all staff. We have an exciting calendar of CPD training events; active and motivating sessions focused on teaching and learning, student attainment and staff well-being.  We use the Annual Appraisal Cycle to ensure that all professional development is designed to meet the needs of our staff, whatever stage of their career they may be at and whether they are teaching or support staff.

Work-Life Balance

Here at CHS South we recognise that ensuring success for students also means ensuring success for staff and we have worked very hard on our ‘Happiness’ agenda – delivering training for staff and students on ‘how to be happy and resilient’. There are a range of processes and procedures in place, designed to make life easier for our staff; from social events, to Line Management meetings, we recognise that through working as a team and having open lines of communication we can all thrive.


Prospere Learning Trust offers a variety of employee benefits, including;

• a commitment to continuous professional development for all colleagues

• membership to Bupa Wellbeing which allows employees to claim money back for health expenses such as prescriptions and dental treatments

• discounts on high street brands

• Cycle to Work scheme available for all staff

• employee assistance programme, offering advice and counselling on personal and work-related problems including stress, bereavement and money management

• Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) contributions and Teacher Pension Scheme (TPS) contributions

The Trust has also chosen to adopt the national agreement for the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC).

Living in Manchester

Manchester is popular for its diverse culture, lively nightlife, renowned music scene and world class football.  The city is home to an exciting retail scene with well-known brands such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the city centre as well as vintage boutiques and independent stores in the Northern Quarter.

The nearby Trafford Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, has a Lego Land, Sea Life Centre and Chill Factore leisure facilities.

There are also a number of excellent museums and art galleries to visit, including The Whitworth, which has been named museum of the year 2020 and the Museum of Science and Industry, with galleries dedicated to industry, motoring, air travel and railways.

Manchester’s food and drink culture is thriving with both inexpensive options to fine dining and afternoon tea.

For the more outdoors person, the Peak District is less than an hour’s drive away and is great for a day out in the countryside.

Equality Statement

Prospere Learning Trust is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community where we can be ourselves and succeed on merit. The Trust endeavors to ensure employees, students and third party suppliers are treated with dignity and respect. We offer a range of inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and support services to support our staff.

Safeguarding Children

Prospere Learning Trust is committed to the safeguarding of children, and promotion of their welfare. All staff are expected to share this commitment. All Trust appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, checks of professional status and receipt of references.

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Address: Nell Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7SL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 161 2419930
What people say about us

Teaching at CHS South is far more than just a job, it is being part of a family that is invested in supporting the community. I have worked here for two years now and the ambition to push and support our students is almost tangible. This is an amazing team to work within that is full of support and opportunity; since starting here I have been able to develop my own practice and pedagogy, along with enjoying myself. It is an incredibly important part of the South way to create and harness a love of learning, combining this with current and challenging schemes of work that are pleasing to teach. All of which results in a happy and successful learning environment.

- Teacher of English

“I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by creative, happy and inspiring team who genuinely love what they do. The students are at the very heart of South and everyone works together to ensure that each student has the best start in life. I joined in September and the staff went above and beyond to make sure that I felt at home and part of the family!!! I am so grateful to work with students who make me smile, laugh and think on my feet!”

- Teacher of PE

I am ever so proud to be a part of the CHS South team. Our school is vibrant, unique and full of positivity. Both the students and staff are supportive of each other and will always go above and beyond to ensure each individual is understood, reassured and happy. The level of education, pastoral & extended support and community projects / activities that we offer and partake in, is done with passion and dedication. We call ourselves a ‘family’ due to how we are as a cohort.

- Pastoral Leader