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Meet the Chairman

Chairman of the Local Governing Body - Mr J D Marsden

William Hulme's Grammar School has been part of my life for the last 60 years.  A pupil from 1950 - 1958, I then became a parent of a pupil, both my son and I being Old Hulmeians.  I have served as a past President of the Old Hulmeians' Association and am now an Honorary Life Member.  I became a school governor from 1984 onwards, taking over as Chairman in 1999.  I am still active in the Manchester business community as Chairman of a timber importing company.

When the opportunity arose to become a City Academy in 2005, I felt that it presented William Hulme's with a great future.  the ability to offer a free WHGS education to students across Greater Manchester was very much in the spirit of William Hulme back in the 1600's.  What we did not fully anticipate was how popular the change would be.  In the last 12 months we were rated in the MEN as 'most popular school in Greater Manchester' in both Primary and Secondary Phases and we are one of the most oversubscribed schools in England.

An added benefit to our academy status is being a member of the family of twenty United Learning Trust academies, giving us support across the whole range of school management and activity.

We are now in our fifth year with a pure academy intake.  High academic standards have been maintained along with a rich variety of extra-curricular activities - "the William Hulme's Grammar School experience".  I believe that at this school we continue to ensure that we bring out 'The Best in Everyone' and that truly 'Every Child Matters' at William Hulme's.

I am very excited and confident about the future of William Hulme's Grammar School.