Laurus Ryecroft is a secondary free school for 11-18 year old students in Tameside. The school is run by the Laurus Trust and replicates the outstanding education offered by the Trust’s founder school, Cheadle Hulme High School (CHHS). CHHS is a hugely oversubscribed school and was recently listed in the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ Top 25 comprehensive schools in the country.

Laurus Ryecroft is a non-selective, non-denominational free school. It opened in September 2018, initially providing 150 Year 7 places in six form groups with 25 students in each. From 2020, a further eight Year 7 form groups will be added each academic year. In addition to this, the school will have a Sixth Form of 300 students.

In May 2020, we moved into our permanent school building which provides state-of-the-art facilities and modern bright learning spaces.

You can discover more about our curriculum here.


Proposed location of Laurus Ryecroft

Head of School

Reece was Deputy Headteacher Laurus Ryecroft before taking on the role as Head of School in January 2024.

Prior to joining Laurus Ryecroft, Reece worked at a South Manchester secondary school and has over ten years’ experience in senior leadership roles. Originally from Newcastle, Reece studied History at Sunderland University and went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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He is extremely proud to work at Laurus Ryecroft having been with the school since it first opened and is passionate about supporting students to help them to achieve their potential and open the door to the future of their choice.

He has also completed a National Professional Qualification in Headship and relishes the opportunity to continue building the strong community at Laurus Ryecroft.

Reece lives locally and is married with two children. In his spare time, he loves to follow his local football team, Newcastle United.


Martin Vevers

Executive Headteacher of Laurus Ryecroft, Hazel Grove High School and Priestnall School

Martin was a Deputy Headteacher at Cheadle Hulme High School for six years. He is a Specialist Leader of Education and committed to providing the very best education for his students. He was delighted to become the founding Head of School for Laurus Ryecroft. 

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Martin graduated from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Physics in 1998, before completing a PGCE at the same institution.

Martin has worked in a variety of contexts and previously worked in inner city Manchester before joining CHHS in September 2005. He has always been focused on effective teaching and learning and the improvement of classroom practice. In 2008 Martin was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year in the North West.

As an SLE Martin has had considerable experience of working and supporting underperforming schools. He has successfully gained his National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Master’s degree in Education.

Martin is married and has two daughters