Ive got 3 kids there at moment.
At times its been great.. no problems at all.. at times its been horrendous!
Teaching for my eldest when he got there was fantastic, amazing incredible. Marple hall has THE best Maths teacher that ever walked this earth in my opinion! Teaching for my next child initially was awful, both in Maths and English. ( maths teacher who taught maths in german!!) Teaching for my newest one there is ok.. no complaints. generally good all round!
I prefer the old head to the new, as do all the children I've talked to. The new one seems to be less visible than the last!
General behaviour I think considering the wide catchment area for the school is very good. I think it highly unlikely that you will find a local school that takes such a range of children from so many different backgrounds. I've heard of several bullying problems over several years where the school haven't dealt with it very well and the children being bullied have moved school, which i think is sad. However i also think its really hard for any school to deal with serious bullying problems nowadays so i guess this would be the same anywhere you go.
I find the worst thing about the school is the uniform policy. Its not consistent at all They tell girls off and give out detentions if they don't wear white underwear but let them walk around with skirts that show their knickers and painted like they're out on the town! This is clearly outside school... but inside as well. A lot of the lads look slovenly.. including my son who i think is possibly the worst looking child in the school and is never pulled up about it( if you see a 6ft 3 VERY long haired crumpled looking lad hes mine!) . I pull him up.. i send him looking "ok" but whats the use of me trying if the school don't back me up. And yes I know its where kids "rebel" but wearing just a belt(girls) at the age of 12 is a bit too much!
If i had my time again to choose a different school... hmmm tough one! I might..for my eldest.. but then his obscene love of maths comes from that fantastic teacher! I wouldn't for my 2nd.. but her absolute hatred of maths comes from that rubbish maths teacher ! But in the end they can walk there in 10 minutes, they can have a social life i don't have to be involved in ( giving lifts to other parts of stockport!) And they might all have had certain issues there, but they've learnt valuable life lessons as a result.
So Marple Hall.. its alright.. its not the best ever.. but its far from the worst... proper normal in fact