The table below shows competitions for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Year Groups




Additional Information

Albert Johnston Travel Award £1000

L6th, U6th   Applications to be submitted to Miss Barton by 7th November 2017. Interviews will be held before Christmas. Travel in the summer holidays. Applications take the form of a detailed written plan, including an itinerary and budget, and an interview with the award panel. Organised by Miss Barton   A bursary offered to individuals or teams from the Sixth Form who would like to travel to further their experience and knowledge of a passion or subject

Alan Turing Cryptography Competition

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th M9 January – April 2017
Mondays at 4.00 pm
See Mr Frankland Decrypting Codes – this is a competition run nationally that can be in team of up to four pupils

Animation Competition

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th CR2 Thursdays 1.05 – 1.30 pm From September until June. (Closing date – tba) Attend the Animation Club. See Mr Clarke Open to members of the Animation club. Make a one minute animation and enter either as an individual or group

Arkwright Scholarship

5th Technology Office December – January See Mr N Young. Complete application form, take an exam, then interview. Designed to encourage pupils into engineering & design related careers. If successful then receive bursary of £600 over two years of A level study.

Art – Carol Service Programme Cover

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Art department October – November See Mr Davies Internal competitions usually open to Lower School

Royal Academy A-level Competition

L6th, U6th Online exhibition March – August See Mr Davies    National show case for the best A-level art at

Saatchi Schools Art Prize

L6th, U6th Saatchi gallery and online November – July See Mr Davies National show case for the best A level art. Archived work can be seen on the Saatchi Gallery website at

Art – Living Edge Schools Art Competition

3 categories – U13, U16 and 16+ The Lowry Gallery, Salford Quays   See Mr Davies  External art competition linked to the Cheshire based magazine, “Living Edge”. Forms part of an exhibition at The Lowry

Biology Challenge

4th   March 2017 See teachers in the Biology deptartment GCSE Biology pupils. Competition is completed online

Biology Intermediate Olympiad

L6th   June 2017 See teachers in the Biology deptartment  

Biology Olympiad

U6th   January 2017 See teachers in the Biology deptartment A-level Biology pupils. Competition is completed online


2nd, 3rd, 4th At local university Summer – date tba by university By recommendation. See Dr Krywonos 2 x 2nd Year, 1 x 3rd Year and 1 x 4th year pupil

Chemistry Olympiad

L6th At school – run by Cambridge University June See Chemistry staff Written paper
L6th Online – run by Royal Society of Chemistry   See Chemistry staff Online competition
U6th C3 February See Dr Glarvey  All can apply. Two hour written paper 

Chemistry – Young Analyst

L6th Manchester University Summer term By invitation Practical based competition

National School Chess Championship

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Various schools Throughout the year See Mr Frankland  The School enters a team of six pupils to compete locally

Cipher Challenge

4th, 5th, L6th, U6th M9 October – December 2016 Thursday 4.00 – 5.00pm See Mr Frankland This is a national competition in which pupils work together in one team to decrypt messages

Classics Reading Competition

2nd, 3rd, 4th, L6th In school Spring Term See Latin teachers  

Engineering Education Scheme

L6th T2 Residential Workshop and Assessment Day See Mr McKinna-Whitby  This is a 5 month ‘Real World’ engineering problem in conjunction with a local company. Pupils normally qualify for the CREST Award at Gold Level

English – WS Johnson Essay Prize

1st, 2nd, 3rd   Spring Term Miss MacDonald Title of essay set by descendant of WS Johnson. Prizes presented on Speech Day

English Moult Essay Prize

5th   Spring Term Mrs Johnson Creative essay prize – presented on Speech Day

History: Christ’s College, Cambridge

U6th   Autumn Term See Dr Smith £500 prize, 2500 word essay, topics suggested

History: Corpus Christie – Cambridge University essay competition

L6th, U6th   Autumn Term See Dr Smith £500 prize. Open to all sixth formers but targeted at L6th

History: Peterhouse – Cambridge University essay competition

L6th, U6th   Autumn Term See Dr Smith £500 prize. Open to all sixth formers but targeted at L6th

House competitions

All members of the House encouraged to get involved     Sign up in House assemblies. See House staff and House Captains Various competitions – eg sport, chess, Bake-off, quizzes

House Chess Competition

All members of the House encouraged to get involved M9

Round 1: Thursday 2 February 2017

Round 2: Thursday 9 February 2017

Round 3: Thursday 16 February 2017


Round 1:  12.30 pm – Nicholson vs Vernon
1.05pm – Arden vs Warren

Round 2: 12.30 pm – Vernon vs Warren
1.05pm – Nicholson vs Arden

Round 3: 12.30 pm – Vernon vs Arden
1.05pm – Nicholson vs Warren

Latin Scrabble Competition

 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th   Held every term See Mr Thorley Inter school competition between independent schools in the North West

Library Competitions

All years – Library Heroes         Incentivising reading and borrowing of resources and familiarising use of library catalogue

Masterchef Knockout competition

 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th  T4   March 2017   Applications in March. Organised by Mrs Groves Round 1: Choose a 2 course meal to show your skills. Prepare and cook in 1 hour

Pop Maths Quiz

Various  Different universities: LJMU, MMU  Throughout the year  See Mr Frankland   Team competitions held on Saturdays at various times over the year against other schools

UK Maths Trust Challenges and associated Olympiads

 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th     Throughout the year  Recommendation/ selection/volunteers depending on year group. Coordinated by Mr Cheslett, Mr Silk & Mr Arther  Competitions involved both individual and team events. Regional and national competitions

Modern Foreign Languages Reading Competition – Lower School

1st and 2nd Languages depatment German: Before Christmas French: After Christmas   All invited

Modern Foreign Languages Debating Competition

U6th linguists by invitation  Cheadle Hulme School   See Frau Christmann, Mrs Cole and Mr Wilson  

Mock Trial

L6th EX1 & Minshull Street Crown Court Preparation Mondays 4.00 until the trial in November Sign up with Mr Moore Competition takes place at Minshull Street Crown Court. Also roles for those interested in journalism

Model United Nations (MUN)

4th, 5th, L6th, U6th   Weekly meetings in run up to a conference for those involved. External competitions held at various schools in the UK throughout the year See Mr Browne or Mr Breffit Local and national competitions

Moult Essay Prize

5th, L6th, U6th   Throughout the year See your English teacher or Mrs Johnson Judged by member of the Moult family in June

Music Festival

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Various June 2017. Pupils apply for an audition in May   Selected pupils perform in 10 different categories on the day of the Music Festival to an audience and visiting adjudicator

National Share Competition

4th, L6th, U6th W8 November to end of January See Mr R Young 4th Year and 6th Form pupils involved in the Investment & Share Club participate in the National Share competition

Photography Competition

1st   To coincide with Ilam Trip See Art Department staff Deadline for entries: 3rd October 2016

Physics Challenge

5th In school Early March – preparation classes from January 2017 See Mrs Fenton All 5th Year pupils taking IGCSE Physics can apply. Preparation lessons offered from January to March 2017

Physics AS Challenge Exam

L6th In school March – Preparation classes from January 2017 See Mrs Fenton All L6th pupils taking Physics AS can apply. Preparation lessons offered from January to March 2017

Physics Olympiad (international competition)

U6th In school November – Preparation classes from September 2016 See Mrs Fenton  All U6th pupils taking Physics A2 can apply. Preparation lessons offered

Physics Olympics

L6th, U6th University of Liverpool   By invitation from Mr Shaw or Mrs Fenton For enthusiastic 6th form Physicists


1st, 2nd, 3rd In Cambridge 1st April 2017 See Reverend Leaver – by selection A ‘raspberry’ robot competition for schools

Renishaw Engineering Experience

       By application and then selection. See Mr McKinna-Whitby   Pupils compete to take part in a week’s tour of leading UK engineering companies in July

Schools Challenge

Various   January onwards See Mr Frankland or Mr Silk National competition based on general knowledge

Student Investor Challenge

U6th W10 November – February Tuesday 1.00pm drop-in See Mr R Young  

Target 2.0 Challenge

U6th W11 October and November 2016 Friday 1.00-1.30 Mr R Young Open to U6th Economists. National competition. Presentation on 29 November to Bank of England officials at the Chancellor’s Hotel (part of University of Manchester)

World Wise Quiz

5th Sixth Form Common Room   See Mr Preston By selection SGS team + other schools in the area

Young Enterprise

L6th W8 Autumn and spring terms 
Thursday 4.00 – 6.00pm
Letter of application to Miss Curl, then selection Opportunity to develop a business project