The Northern Independent Schools Show at Thornton Manor, Cheshire

The Northern Independent Schools Show at Thornton Manor, Cheshire - the show where parents can choose the right school

SOME of the most prestigious schools in the country are preparing for a major event for Cheshire parents.

 The Northern Independent Schools Show at Thornton Manor, Cheshire, will be the first opportunity for independent schools to showcase themselves in the North of England.

Schools including Cheadle Hulme School, Terra Nova, Chester’s Abbey Gate College and Abbey College, Manchester, will be taking part in the event on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 along with major boarding schools including Stonyhurst, Queen Ethelburga’s College in York, Rydal Penrhos in North Wales, Shropshire’s Packwood Haugh School and Adcote School, Denstone College and Abbots Bromley School, both in Staffordshire, and the North East’s Barnard Castle School and Durham School.

 A new events marquee in the two-acre walled garden of the historic Grade II* listed manor - one of the country’s greatest merchant palaces that was once the family seat of Viscount Leverhulme – will house the two-day show when preparatory, secondary and boarding schools will have the perfect opportunity to introduce themselves to families choosing an independent education for their children.

Show organiser Sue McCann said: “We’re really excited about giving independent schools the perfect platform to meet parents who are faced with the difficult decision of choosing the right school.

 “The benefit of the Northern Independent Schools Show is that, with exhibitors all under one roof, parents can visit the schools of their choice, discuss all the options available with senior members of staff then - maybe over a bite to eat in the event’s catering area - draw up a shortlist.

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 “It’s also an ideal opportunity for school staff to arrange and set up individual appointments for parents  – not to mention a chance for them to network.”

 During the show the heads of some of the UK’s major schools will take part in a special Girls' Schools Association forum to discuss specific issues surrounding raising and educating girls.

 The forum panellists are all expert contributors to the popular MyDaughter website, an initiative of the GSA.

Esther McVey, Conservative MP for West Wirral, will chair the question-and-answer session.

A programme of inspirational keynote speakers over the two days of the exhibition include Lucy Pearson, head of Cheadle Hulme School, Dr Stephen Coyne, Head of Foundation at King’s, Macclesfield, Samantha Price, the new Head of The Godolphin School, Wiltshire, and Marie Green, Head of Polam Hall School, Durham.

Admission to the Northern Independent Schools Show is free. Family tickets are available online at

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