27th September 2013

Appointment of head of Junior School

Following a thorough and careful search to find the right candidate to succeed Mr Larry Fairclough, who will retire in April 2014 after 14 years of outstanding service, the governors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Tim Wheeler as the next headmaster of the Junior School. Mr Wheeler is currently headmaster of Hereford Cathedral Junior School. For further details click here.

Pupil survey

During the 2013 spring term, Senior School pupils took part in a survey carried out by RS Academics. The pupils were asked for their views on all aspects of life at Stockport Grammar School. 90% of the children rated the standard of teaching as “very high”, 94% think there is a good choice of clubs and activities and 98% said they had made good friends at school. For more details click here.



The U13, U14 and U15 netball squads had a successful weekend at the JCA netball tournament at Condover Hall in Shropshire. The U13 squad won both the cup and the plate competition, the U14s won the plate competition and the U15s came third.


For details of all sports results, click here.


The Music department would like to thank the Old Stopfordians’ Association 250 Club for their kind donation of £1500 to purchase 40 embroidered music stand banners which had their first outing over the summer on the Barcelona tour.

Music weekend

The June 2014 music weekend to Glaramara Outdoor Centre, Borrowdale in the Lake District has just been launched. See a member of staff in the Music department for a copy of the letter, which can also be downloaded from the school website. Click here for further information.

Concert schedule

Please click here to view the concert schedule up to Easter 2014. This gives dates of concerts/services, which groups are performing and dress codes.

Stockport Grammar School staff are heading back out to Sierra Leone

Mr Heyes and Mr Ehegartner will be visiting our partner school Educaid Sierra Leone (www.educaid.org.uk) this October half-term. Mr Heyes will be working with the Science department and he will be focusing on the practical side of their Chemistry lessons. Mr Ehegartner will be accompanied by Mr Dan Vernon from Dan Vernon Photography (www.danvernonphotography.com). They will be developing educational resources to be used in Life Studies lessons and creating photojournalism stories that provide insight to a day in the life of a Sierra Leonean Child post-civil war.

As you may be aware, Stockport Grammar School has been working with Educaid for the past seven years and the relationship keeps getting stronger. Video-linked lessons, shared resources and a visit by one of Educaid’s former pupils to SGS are just some of the ways in which children at both schools have gained a deeper understanding of each other’s lives. If you would like to help aid or support the development of our partnership, please feel free to contact Mr Heyes (heyesr@stockportgrammar.co.uk) or Mr Ehegartner (ehegartnera@stockportgrammar.co.uk). Any materials or donations are appreciated and will aid in the educational development for both our pupils and theirs.

Third Year Battlefields trip 18th to 21st October 2013

If you have not already done so, could you please send your son/daughter’s EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) into either Mrs Moss or Mrs Chesterton, who are both based in the Woodsmoor building, as soon as possible. Pupils must also have their own full passport which they bring in on the day of the trip and not before. A final letter with details about insurance, emergency contacts, clothing, spending money and a finalised itinerary has been posted home this week.

Mock interviews

We are looking to put together a mock interview programme for Sixth Form pupils who are applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry and would welcome contacts who have experience in this area. Please email HarrisD@stockportgrammar.co.uk if you have expertise you are able to offer.


Art teacher Miss Upton is one of a group of Art and Design teachers from around the north-west whose work is currently on show at the 10MA3 exhibition at Cube Gallery in Manchester until Tuesday 1st October. The group members met whilst studying on a master’s degree programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. For further details click on this link http://www.cube.org.uk/page/mmu-presents-10ma3

Artists from the Lower Sixth Form made the most of Manchester and Salford’s varied landscapes during a couple of days spent in our two nearest cities gathering source material for their portfolios. For details and pictures from the trip click here.

Chemistry Clinic

A trained team of Sixth Form pupils, supervised by a member of the Chemistry staff, are available on Wednesday lunchtimes, 12.30pm in C2 to help any lower school pupils who have concerns with their Chemistry learning or need further assistance with understanding.

Golf society

The first Stockport Grammar School golf society event of the year will be held at Marple Golf Club on Sunday 6th October starting at 10am. This event is open to all pupils and parents. You do not have to play with a family member. If you are interested in playing please complete the attached form and return to Mr Ehegartner in LS1 by Tuesday 1st October. For further information click here.

Extracurricular activities

The updated list of extra-curricular activities is now available by clicking here.


Fourth Year pupil David Ward has won the Bellamy Perpetual Challenge Cup, a Stockport schools swimming challenge which involves competing in a series of races over a number of weeks.

Congratulations to Second Year pupil Megan Taylor who has been successful in the Greater Manchester county netball trials and gained a place in the U14 Greater Manchester county academy for the 2013-2014 season.


Wellspring is a local centre for the homeless and a Fourth Year Religious Studies class are organising a harvest collection of food and money for them. Please could you help by donating any of the following:

Tinned savoury pies, meats, soup, potatoes, rice pudding and fruit. Sugar, biscuits and brown sauce. Also, shower gel, liquid soap, shaving foam, toothpaste and roll on deodorant (not aerosols).

Donations should be taken to the RS office in Convent house by Tuesday 8th October.

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