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Community Engagement

Art Competition 2022

We are immensely proud of our links with the community and, from our foundation in 1487 by Sir Edmond Shaa, our place in Stockport’s history, present and future. We continuously look at ways we can engage and develop relationships in support of fellow schools, public bodies, community groups, charities and other organisations.

Our own pupils also benefit from this engagement. By interacting with the world around them, SGS students gain an understanding of different communities and the ways they can have a positive impact.

Here are just a few examples from the 2020-2021 academic year:


Through our means tested bursary scheme, we enable local children whose families could not otherwise afford the fees to attend SGS. Bursaries are available at 11+ and 16+. For more information about the scheme, please visit our Bursaries section. The scheme is primarily funded by the school, assisted by donations from the SGS community. Visit our Support Us page to find out more about how you can help.

Teaching and Learning

Due to the difficulties of the Covid pandemic, we moved many of our activities to a virtual format.

Year 5 Maths Competition
40 schools took part in the Year 5 Maths Competition on 24th June. In a change to the usual format of an in-school competition, the Maths department provided the questions as a resource to schools.

Year 5 Art Competition
220 local primary school pupils took part in the Year 5 Art Competition. In a change to the usual format of an in-school competition, artwork was submitted online and it was judged by the Head of Art. Prizes were posted out to the winners and a virtual gallery of all the entries was created. We are grateful to Brewin Dolphin for their support for the competition.

Science Competition and Taster Days
Due to Covid restrictions, we were not able to run our usual Year 10 Science Competition nor our usual Year 5 Taster Sessions but these will return in summer 2022.

Our Theatre in Education Project moved from visits to local primary schools to an online format, with productions filmed and shared with schools for their classes to enjoy.

Our Head of Drama worked with state schools as part of a Local Cultural Education Partnership, including Stockport School and Chapel Street Primary. He has supported Stockport College with the setting up and delivery of their Arts Award provision and with their Muslim Cultural project; and with Altrincham College to support their planning, delivery and assessment of Drama at GCSE and A-level.

Gifted & Talented Workshop
The Junior School hosted a Gifted and Talented Workshop for state and independent schools (start of 2021/2022 school year).

SGS staff have provided mentor support to newly qualifying teachers in other schools and assisted with appraisal processes.

SGS staff serve as Governors in other primary and secondary schools.


Activity Weeks
Our low cost sports activity weeks (which have run for 22 years) for local children could not run in the summer due to Covid restrictions but will return in 2022 along with the use of our facilities by a number of specialist sports coaching providers.


Our swimming pool is used free of charge by Great Moor School. It is also hired out at community rates to a number of swimming schools which run lessons for local children.

The National Choral Charity Singing for Pleasure used the Hallam Hall, two classrooms and facilities for a week in the summer holidays for children aged 9–13 years.

Charity Fundraising

The school is proud to be able to fundraise for charities locally, nationally and internationally.

Both the Senior and Junior Schools have a Charity Club and the pupils work together with staff to choose the causes they would like to support and to create ideas to engage the SGS community. Previous ideas have included bake sales, non-uniform days, taking part in physical challenges and food collections.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, Senior School activities raised a total of £6,215:

  • £1,605 for MIND on World Mental Health Day;
  • £2,195 for Educaid via general activites;
  • £2,415 for Educaid via the ‘Marathon in May’.

In the Junior School, numerous activities raised a total of £5,006:

  • £955 for Macmillan Cancer Support via a coffee morning;
  • £1,194 for Children in Need with a ‘Onesie Day’;
  • £966 for Comic Relief with Red Nose Day activities;
  • £1,891 for The Christie with a Dress Down Day;

There were additional collections of food and other items in support of Stockport Foodbank and the Wellspring which helps homeless people in Stockport.

Voluntary Work

Students enjoy undertaking voluntary work at various locations via The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, of which we are proud to be a Direct Licensed Organisation. Sixth Formers also take part in Voluntary Service on Wednesday afternoons, helping out and gaining valuable skills in a wide range of settings including schools, hospitals and charities.

Wider Engagement

SGS Archives supported the Manchester Evening News with research into articles on local history.