My name is Peter Mulholland and I am Principal at William Hulme's Grammar School. I came to the Academy in 2008. 

A unique school

I am proud that William's Hulme's Grammar School is the most popular primary and secondary school in Greater Manchester. It is a unique school, educating children and young people from the age of 3 to 18 on one school site. William Hulme's has a strong tradition as a successful independent school and is now at the forefront of educational change as a ULT academy with high aspirations for all our students.

My background

I studied History at Oxford University from 1983 to 1986 and then made the decision to apply for a teacher training post-graduate course at Didsbury School of Education. It is a decision that I have never regretted and I have been teaching for 25 years in the north-west of England working in a range of schools from a comprehensive to two high achieving grammar schools. I am in my sixth year as Principal at William Hulme's and I am still enjoying it immensely. I am married with three young children and understand fully the demands on parents and the high expectations we have for our children.

Our vision for the future

At William Hulme's, we believe in the ‘best in everyone' and aim to achieve this by combining the best of the independent and state sectors. We want to work closely with parents and the wider community in our bid to achieve this ambitious aim.

About Us

We are a co-educational day school in the North West of England, situated in the heart of Manchester, close to the city centre.

Entrance to the Senior School is by examination at 11. William Hulme's has a history of excellent academic achievement and we strive to continue this tradition.

Each pupil is encouraged and supported in a caring, disciplined and happy community. We set high academic standards and offer a broad curriculum at all key stages. Pupils enjoy much success at GCSE and A level.

To balance the demands of academic work a range of activities and visits are offered to pupils, widening their horizons and developing their sense of responsibility and self esteem.

Our Ethos

We are committed to ensuring that all children receive a first class education that prepares them thoroughly for the future and allows them to play an active role in the life of the school and wider community.


Every child is strongly encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and has the opportunity to go on trips at home and abroad. We believe that it is important to develop the whole child to prepare him or her for the challenges of the modern world. All children are able to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills whilst gaining self-confidence and a healthy sense of self-worth. By taking part regularly in extra-curricular and subject enrichment activities, each child is better prepared for any interview in the future.

Teaching and Learning

This is the core of everything we do. We maintain high academic standards and we have high expectations of what every child can achieve. Indeed, every child is entitled to an outstanding learning experience every lesson, every day. All teachers are highly qualified subject specialists and receive high quality professional development to ensure that they can be excellent teachers. Similarly, all members of the support staff have excellent professional qualifications and receive high quality professional development to ensure that they can create the conditions for first class teaching and learning.

House System
The House system fosters healthy competition in a wide range of sports and activities emphasising loyalty, commitment, good sportsmanship and a sense of fair play. Every child is a member of a House and engages regularly in House activities, with a House assembly once a week to reinforce the sense of community and belonging.
Opportunities for All

We expect every child to achieve the best possible academic qualifications and make the most of all the opportunities provided by the school. We overcome any barriers to making progress. Whatever a child’s starting point, we ensure that he or she makes outstanding progress and is fully equipped for the challenges of adult life. Any obstacles to learning are dealt with by our Student Services and Pastoral teams and our personalised curriculum pathways ensure that every child succeeds.

Sense of Community

William Hulme’s Grammar School is a vibrant, multicultural school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and beliefs. Our children play an active role in the school and wider community of south Manchester and we involve parents every step of the way in their children’s education.

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Working for Us

We are committed to ensuring that all children receive a first class education that prepares them thoroughly for the future and allows them to play an active role in the life of the school and wider community. As a part of  United Learning we aim to not only recruit the best talent but also bring out the best in you - both professionally and personally. We want your career at United Learning to be a rewarding and enriching experience that exceeds your own professional goals whilst helping transform the children's lives and life chances in our schools. We believe that it is only with outstanding people working in an outstanding professional environment will we become an outstanding group of schools and the leading light in education we aim to be. For the United Learning Career Site and more vacancies at United Learning please click here Join our School Talent Pool now!For more information about School Talent Pools visit www.eteach.com

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United Learning

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United Learning is a group of schools which aims to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country. We seek to improve the life chances of all the children and young people we serve and make it our mission to bring out the best in everyone – students, staff, parents and the wider community. We are uniquely united across both the state and the independent sectors; we make learning and improvement our focus. Together, we are one of the country’s largest education providers, currently educating over 30,000 students and employing over 5,500 members of staff including over 2,500 teachers. 

We provide a broad education, which prepares young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives. We focus sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, apply that to our practice and continue to learn and develop our schools. We make it a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience. 

Through being a group, we can offer more to both staff and young people that any single school could offer alone. The growing range of outstanding group-wide activities that we can provide will mean that more young people will have truly exceptional and inspiring experiences. Already, we believe that our group contains the most developed relationships and practical interaction between independent and state schools in the country, creating benefits for all the schools involved.

Our Ethos and Values

Our approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere. 

We summarise this ethos as The Best in Everyone. This ethos underpins our core values:

  • Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others
  • Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause
  • Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real
  • Respect – of ourselves and others in all that we do
  • Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests
  • Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success 

As a single organisation, we seek to bring together the best of independent and state sectors, respecting both traditions and learning from each. We believe that each of our schools is and should be distinctive – each is committed to developing its own distinctive strengths and identity while sharing our core values as institutions which promote service, compassion and generosity.

This ethos is our expression of our Christian roots, in schools which are fully inclusive and both welcome and respect students and staff of all faiths and none. 

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