Beaumont Primary School


Wendover Drive, Bolton, BL3 4RX

When is it:

Wednesday 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Who is it for?:

Children of all abilities are welcome to attend the chess club

Dates: Autumn term 2019

6th November 2019

13th November 2019

20th November 2019

27th November 2019

4th December 2019

11th December 2019


About Sarah Hegarty Chess Club:

We pride ourselves on the highest standards and ensure all out classes are engaging, fun, and tailored to the students. We happily take on complete beginners through to players competing for International championships and ensure each child gets the most of the experience.

We use physical and digital materials.

If they wish, children will be enrolled in individual and team competitions such as the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, the EPSCA national primary schools chess championships and AJIS chess championships.

About the teachers:

Sarah Longson (nee Hegarty). Former British Ladies Champion and regular member of the English Olympiad teams. I have been teaching chess to children for over 10 years and have taught British and European champions.

The main coach that will be taking the club is Paul Leonard who plays for Atherton chess club and has a national rating achieved from playing competitive league chess. He works at another school for us and is very focused on helping the children progress with their chess. He is also a maths and science tutor for children so is very experienced in helping and inspiring children.

Paul Leonard – I’ve been playing chess for over 40 years. I play for a club and also play in tournaments on the weekends whenever I can. I have always loved the game and enjoy being able to pass my knowledge on to others.

Jonathan Bennett – Jonathan recently graduated from Durham University with a first in Maths and Physics. He has been playing chess since age 10 and while attending Stockport Grammar School sixth form, he ran their chess club for two years with fellow coach Matthew McGrogan.  While at university he played chess casually and during the holidays he played for Stockport chess club. Having graduated, he is taking a gap year to pursue his hobbies and currently plays chess for Marple A team. Jonathan has tutored Maths and Physics in the past and so is eager to apply these skills to teaching chess