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The school is situated just a few minute’s walk from Crewe town centre. 

Crewe StationCrewe is probably best known for its railway station, which is a major intersection station on the West Coast Main Line.   It opened in 1837 and led to growth in the population of the area – Crewe was made a Municipal Borough in 1877.  Crewe has had a strong history of train manufacturing, through the Crewe Railway Works, but now provides a range of engineering services.  Employment is heavily dependent on the service industry, and manufacturing continues through such employers as Bentley Motors.

Crewe AlexThe town is home to the football teams Crewe Alexandra FC (founded in 1877 and named after Princess Alexandra) and Crewe FC (founded in 1998), and the rugby teams Crewe Wolves RLFC and Crewe & Nantwich RUFC.   Attractions include the Crewe Heritage Centre, which houses railway memorabilia; Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism; Lakemore Country Park and Rare Breeds Centre; and the Lyceum Theatre, which holds art exhibitions as well as plays and concerts. 
Suffragette, Ada Nield Chew began her activism in Crewe by writing a series of letters to the Crewe Chronicle, signed A Crewe factory Girl, critical of the pay and conditions of working women in factories.  At the time in 1894 she herself was working in Compton Bros. clothing factory in Crewe.
The Australian Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Neil Brooks was born in Crewe; World BMX and track cyclying champion Shanaze Reade is also from the town.
Ruskin Sports CollegeUntil the late 1970s Crewe had two grammar schools, Crewe Grammar school for Boys, now Ruskin Sports and Language College, and Crewe Grammar School for Girls, now King's Grove HighSir William Stanier School.  The town's two other secondary schools are Sir William Stanier Community School, a specialist technology and arts college, and St Thomas More Catholic High School, specialising in maths and computing.
MMUSouth Cheshire College is the local provider of education for students aged 16 and over and Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) Cheshire Faculty has one of its two campuses in Crewe, in a part of town which has been rebranded as the University Quadrant.
Brierley Primary School was opened in 1907. 


Mirion Street, Crewe, Cheshire. CW1 2AZ