Chorlton High School South – Projects

Chorlton High School South

Client: Department for Education / Prospere Learning Trust
Sector: Education
Size: 1,200 places
Value: £20 million
Location: Chorlton
Status: Complete

The new home of Chorlton High School South (CHS South), a 1,200-pupil, 8-form entry secondary school, has been built on a site adjacent to the Hough End Centre on Mauldeth Road West in South Manchester. The new building was handed over four weeks ahead of programme and is now ready for the new academic year in September 2021.

The CHS South building is equipped with state-of-the-art specialist equipment and facilities to support students on their journey to become creative, happy & successful. Through careful planning of the layout within the school, key departments that need to be adjacent to each other will be situated on the same floors, minimising any potential disruption for pupils and staff.

Music classrooms are situated in an adjoining sports building, separating it acoustically from the quieter classrooms; while the science labs sit on the top floor, enabling simpler and safer ventilation of teaching areas if required.

The building’s layout has also taken into consideration the local community’s ability to access facilities on site. The modern sports department has its own dedicated entrance for out of hours community use, while the auditorium and dance studio are all accessible at ground floor level.

The outdoor facilities include a full-size, all-weather sports pitch, four-court MUGA (multi-use gaming area) and 100m running track. The site’s potential as both a teaching and social resource will be maximised by including a performance area, kitchen garden and ecology study area.

With pupil safety in mind, local transport routes will be improved as part of the project, thanks to the creation of a pedestrian cycleway to the south of Mauldeth Road West, widening of the existing crossing point, pedestrian improvements at the junction of Alexandra Road South and Mauldeth Road South, as well as traffic regulation orders and speed warning signs on Mauldeth Road West.