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Information for Visitors to MATTS

LOCATION

SCHOOL HOURS

TRAVEL

ACCOMMODATION and food

OTHER INFORMATION

LOCATION

All our classes are in Wilmslow Library, SK9 1NW. If you arrive before 10, you will need to enter via the side door, just to the left of the main door. The main Library doors do not open until 10.00 AM except on Saturdays. Go up the stairs and our room is immediately in front of you at the top.

More information on this page.

SCHOOL HOURS

Class times are 9 AM to 1 PM, We are very flexible about times; if you want to arrive late or leave early, that is always fine, and you don't need to inform me. We have a tea break at 11, with lots of snacks. If you're hungry before then, we are just across the car park from a large Sainbury's where you can get a sandwich and Costa coffee meal deal for not very much.

Any school day is fine to visit. Peter is in every day and Malcolm is usually in on Thursdays and Fridays. We really don't need any notice, teachers are welcome any time.

The number of teachers and students varies considerably from day to day and from week to week. We have 14 trainees (May 2024), but many are part-time, so our average day would be about 3/4 teachers and about 7/8 students. Thursdays tend to be busiest, although even that is not certain.

Course Dates are here.

 

TRAVEL

Train - It's a remarkably easy trip from London, hourly trains from Euston direct to Wilmslow, most in under 2 hours, then a five minute walk to our school.

Car - There is a very large car park with lots of empty spaces right in front and at the back of the Library. If you use a parking app, the location number is 804707. It costs £3.20 (in 2024) for up to 4 hours. If you arrive early, there are never traffic wardens first thing, so you can buy your ticket just before entering the Library. We're always out by 1 PM.

If you would prefer long term parking, or would like to park for free and walk, there is more information about location and parking here.

 

ACCOMMODATION and food

One of our students can sometimes accommodate visiting teachers in Didsbury in South Manchester, especially if they are coming for several days. She will give you a lift into the school in the morning, usually along with several trainees.

The Library is a four minute walk (see map) from the Wilmslow Lodge hotel. It is probably the nicest place to stay in Wilmslow, both as a hotel and because of its location but it is usually a little more expensive than the others. It is probably worth paying for if you can afford it. The rooms are of a good standard and modern. The hotel has no other facilities apart from the attached large pub, which is quite nice, but it is right in the middle of the town. Request a room at the back of the hotel at the opposite end to Sainsbury's for the quietest night. Every visitor has told me that breakfast there is not worth it. There are all the coffee shop chains (Costa, Starbucks, Nero, etc) and places that offer a very good (but a little expensive) breakfast, such as Gails or a very inexpensive breakfast to take back to your hotel room, such as Greggs, or Sainsbury's next door which also has a Costa coffee machine. Lunch and dinner at the pub are reasonably good.

 

About a 15 minute walk to the school, is Wilmslow Premier Inn. There is another Premier Inn in Handforth that is sometimes cheaper, but is a 30 minute walk. (There are some buses on the route, but they are infrequent.) Premier Inn is a large chain with a formula where you get a very nice, very clean and comfortable room of a good standard, but that is really all there is at the hotel, no other facilities. Some offer an adequate breakfast at a modest price. They are much cheaper if you book in advance with the non-refundable option, but you would need to be sure that you were coming for this to work.

 

The King's Arms Hotel (really a pub with rooms) is very close to the school and is sometimes cheaper than the Premier Inn, but more basic and on a busy road. One visiting teacher told me that they liked staying there.

If you are travelling by car, most of the major hotel chains, including the most expensive, can be found serving Manchester Airport, a 12 - 15 minute drive away.

 

OTHER INFORMATION
There's quite a lot of things of interest in our Members' area of our website, and it only takes a minute to sign up.

Visiting newer teachers have two choices:

You can come as a teacher, in which case you would receive some turns and could work with students as much or as little as you like, or,

You could come as a formal postgraduate student. If you do this, then you would need to pay £60 for each day that you attend. You would receive turns from most (sometimes all) of the teachers each day and be given supervised hands-on groups on some days with Malcolm and me and possibly also other teachers. Again, you are free to work with students as much or as little as you like.

If you are staying for a while, there is much to do and see in the area. Manchester is 20 - 30 minutes by train and there are many notable National Trust (NT) properties and some of the best non-NT gardens in the UK (Tatton Park, Arley Hall, RHS Bridgewater) in under a 30 minute drive. One the most interesting NT properties in the country, Styal Mill, is about a 40 minute pretty riverside walk from the school and the third most visited NT property in the UK, Dunham Massey Hall, Park and Gardens, is a 20 minute drive.

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