In what has been one of the strangest years on record, with unprecedented disruption to the daily lives of people across Chester, Cheshire and beyond, perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of lockdown life has been the new role that parents have had to take on as teachers in their own home.
With restrictions being lifted slowly, we are delighted to see schools reopen and welcome children back to the classroom, albeit with enhanced safety measures to combat the COVID-19.
With that in mind, we are shining a light on the outstanding educational facilities that are available to Cestrians and those in the surrounding area.
The King’s School
The King’s School, located on the outskirts of Chester, has a proud heritage of blending longstanding traditions with 21st-century innovations in order to provide students ranging from 4-18 years old with an outstanding education.
The school has been providing an education of the highest standard for more than 475 years and is rated as the best independent school in the North of England, having educated many notable alumni.
West Cheshire College
With campuses in Chester, Crewe and Ellesmere Port, West Cheshire College offers exciting opportunities to those who study there.
The college facilitates 11,000 students and 1,400 apprentices, enabling them to access high-quality education in a modern learning environment.
West Cheshire College has strong links with the business community and provides students with an excellent platform to develop both personally and academically with a wide variety of courses available at various levels of education.
Abbey Gate College
Based in the idyllic village of Aldford, Abbey Gate College educated students from 4-18 years of age.
Set in peaceful surroundings, Abbey Gate College ignite the imagination of their students and provide unrivalled pastoral care, providing the best possible environment for each pupil to develop and become the person they want to be.
The school places a focus on increasing the self-esteem of their pupils and helping them fulfill their full potential both personally and academically.
University of Chester
Did you know that the original buildings of the University of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for professional teaching?
This is just one of a multitude of aspects that make up the university’s proud heritage.
Today the University of Chester welcomes bot Cestrians and international students from around the world including, India, China, the USA, Ghana, Japan and many more.
The University is spread across multiple campuses and offers over 400 course combinations.
Chester Business School
Voted the winning Business School of the Year in 2018, Chester Business School has an outstanding reputation.
The world-class learning environment not only educates its students to the highest level, but it is also responsible for carrying out impactful research that serves the international business community.
Chester Business School is a truly global institution having welcomed over 14,000 students from 110 countries.
Benison Day Nursery was established in 1986 by Chester Business Club Chairman Julie Swinnerton (BA Hon 1st Class). Benison is a consistently OFSTED outstanding day care facility catering for children from birth to 11 years old. Benison has three separate buildings on site, a Baby Nursery, A Toddler Nursery and a Nursery Class each building having its own separate facilities including large individual gardens. Benison also boasts its own children’s Cookery School, a large Forest School, wrap around care and school holiday clubs.
Having been established in 1986, Benison Nursery provides a safe, secure and happy environment for the children in their care.
The wellbeing of each child lies at the core of everything that Benison Nursery do, and they are continually striving to offer the highest levels of childcare and pre-school education in a loving and supportive environment. This is reflected by the fact that the nursery is a member of the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and are judged as outstanding by Ofsted in both of their previous inspections.
The Spinney Day Nursery
With nurseries in both Hoole Village and Pulford, The Spinney Day Nursery is perfectly situated to cater to those in search of childcare throughout our great city and the surrounding area.
Their Chester nursery was established over 20 years ago and is proud to be an independent, family-run organisation that delivers the highest standards of Childcare.
The educational and childcare facilities we have mentioned above are just a few of the outstanding organisations that are a part of our great city.
We have been extremely proud of the work both they and their fellow educational organisations have done and continue to do in these very challenging circumstances and we look forward to continuing to show our support for this essential sector for many years to come.