Stockport Grammar School Chess Club


Stockport Grammar School, Buxton Road, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 7AF

When is it?:

Fridays 3:30- 4:30pm

Who is it for?:

Children in years 1 – 6. We assume children are complete beginners when they join class.

Dates: Spring Term 2020

January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st

February 7th, 14th and 28th

March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

April 3rd.


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 teacher:

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.

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.

Kate Seager – chess assistant – My name is Kate Seager and I live in Gatley. I am married with 4 children, 2 cats and one dog. I met Sarah in the school where I lead the morning and Afterschool club. I am a fully qualified playworker with over 15 years’ experience in the field of childcare. I now assist with 4 lunchtime chess clubs per week.

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