Schools’ Chess

Sarah Hegarty Chess School clubs are extremely popular and are designed to provide the perfect introduction to chess for children. We cater for all levels – but typically children will start in ‘beginner’ classes and as they progress we will step up the level as appropriate.

In school clubs our trainers will teach a variety of lessons to introduce new concepts and strategies. But ultimately chess is a game which needs to be played so we focus a lot on active participation, having fun and playing lots of chess!

All children in our clubs will be offered the opportunity to take part in local and national competitions including the UK Chess Challenge (“The World’s Largest Chess Competition”) and the English Primary Schools national championships. These competitions are a fantastic entry point to the ‘world of competitive chess’ and also provide fantastic publicity for the schools.

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Schools in our program
“Sarah Hegarty Chess” currently operate in the following schools:

  • Alderley Edge School for Girls
  • Ashdene Primary School, Wilmslow
  • Brabyns Preparatory School, Marple
  • Cheadle Hulme School
  • Cheadle Hulme Primary School
  • Elmridge Primary School, Altrincham
  • Forest Park Preparatory School, Sale
  • Forest Preparatory School, Timperley
  • Gorsey Bank Primary School, Wilmslow
  • Lady Barn House School, Cheadle
  • Lindow Primary School, Wilmslow
  • Terra Nova School
  • Loreto Preparatory School, Altrincham
  • Manchester Grammar School
  • North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, Cheadle
  • Pownall Hall, Wilmslow
  • Pownall Green Primary, Bramhall
  • St. Ambrose Preparatory School, Hale Barns
  • St. Bede’s College
  • Stockport Grammar School
  • The Ryleys School, Alderley Edge
  • Well Green Primary School, Altrincham

At Cheadle Hulme we’ve always been keen to promote chess and the personal qualities the game develops. 

We have worked with Sarah now for several years and through this partnership many children have experienced the game for the first time whilst others have seen their skills and tactics flourish.

It has been a delight to watch our pupils develop their chess playing skills and achieve greater and greater success in competitions. However, alongside that development in skill has come enthusiasm, resilience and, for many, a sense of belonging. It is my wish that not only will our pupils go on to win chess competitions in the future but also that they will enjoy the game for the rest of their lives. The strong partnership we have with Sarah will undoubtedly ensure that this is the case for many years to come.

Malcolm Johnson

Deputy Head, Cheadle Hulme School