Lady Barn House School Chess Club


Lady Barn House School, Langlands, Schools Hill, Cheadle, SK8 1JE

When is it?:

Tuesdays 3:50 – 4.50 pm (Infants years 1-2)

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Juniors years 3-6)

Thursday 4.00 – 5.00 pm (Advanced)

Who is it for?:

The Tuesday class is aimed at younger children (years 1-2), the Wednesday class is for the older children (years 3-6) and the Thursday class is aimed at children who know all the chess pieces and check mate.

Dates: Autumn Term 2019


January 14th, 21st and 28th.  February 4th, 18th and 25th.  March 3rd, 10th and 17th


January 15th, 22nd and 29th.  February 5th, 19th and 26th.  March 4th, 11th and 18th.


January 16th, 23rd and 30th.  February 6th, 20th and 27th.  March 5th, 12th and 19th.

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.

Neil Dainty has been teaching chess for a number of years for the Chess in Schools charity (CSC) and is a strong club player competing for Marple in the Stockport League.

Tim Shanker is a former teacher and highly experienced chess teacher having taught chess for the charity Chess in Schools (CSC). My background is in Secondary school teaching in Geography over a period of 25 years.I started out as a ‘ chess parent’ following the success of my son in the game. Since then, I have developed as a player and really enjoy delivering chess to children in a number of schools from diverse backgrounds. This includes Lady Barn House School with Sarah. Away from the chessboard, I love running and going to the gym.My hope is to capture your child’s interest in chess as a game and a skill that they will enjoy for life.

Matthew McGrogan – chess coach – Matthew recently completed a History degree at the University of Lincoln after finishing his A’ Levels at Stockport Grammar school. He has played chess for many years, representing both his school and university in various games and tournaments. He was head of the chess club at his secondary school with the responsibility of running the club each week, representing the school at open days to showcase the club and teaching students in the primary school.

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