13th June 2014

Speech Day

Senior School Speech Day will be held at the Stockport Plaza on Thursday 26th June 2014 commencing at 1.45pm. Attendance will be compulsory for all pupils in the First to Fourth Years and the Lower Sixth, unless otherwise participating in an organised school activity. Boys and girls should make their own way to the Plaza in Mersey Square to arrive between 1.10pm and 1.25pm. Members of staff will supervise their entry and seating in the theatre and registration will take place at 1.30pm. The parents of Upper Sixth leavers and those pupils due to receive a prize, will be sent an individual invitation. Any other parents, family members or Old Stopfordians are warmly invited to attend and no tickets are required. The ceremony is scheduled to finish by 3.45pm and the school bus services will depart from the centre of Stockport, with Bullocks operating from Stand A at the Bus Station and the Jones and Holly coaches leaving from St. Petersgate. Both locations are adjacent to the Plaza Theatre and staff will be on hand to direct pupils. Metro Taxis who operate the Sale/Hale service will collect from outside the Plaza at approximately 3.45pm.Bullocks services B2 & B3 and Jones Coach services will make the return journey via SGS. Bullocks services B1 and 367 will not return to school. Please contact the bus operators if you require further information:

Jones Coaches : 01625 431946
Bullocks : 0161 428 5265
Holly Coaches : 07071 223408
Metro Taxis : 0161 477 2901


Congratulations to the Inter Girls’ Athletics Squad who are through to the North West Finals at Stanley Park in Blackpool on Tuesday 17th June. Good luck to all the pupils who have been selected for the Stockport Schools’ Athletics Squad to compete in the Greater Manchester Championships at Longford Park tomorrow. A full list of athletes competing next week is available here. Many thanks to all athletes who have competed in recent weeks, despite the demands of a very busy term.


J.CARROLL          100M
F.BAILEY          200M
L.HUNT          800M
J. DOWNS        1500M


K.SANDELL         LJ
F.WILKINSON           HJ
G.BOURKE         1500M


P.WONG         100M
P.MAGNER         1500M
J.BROWN         JAV


M.WOOD         SGS
A.BROOKS         DIS

Health and Safety

For reasons of both health and safety, pupils must not bring the pocket sized Robinsons ‘Squashed’ concentrated fruit bottles, or cans of drinks onto school premises. Pupils are also reminded that the existing School Rule (No 16) on smoking includes the prohibition of e-cigarettes and so-called shisha pens.

Paris Homestay Trip

Current Third and Fourth Year pupils are invited to participate in the Paris Homestay Trip, taking place 6th – 11th July 2015. The trip offers pupils the opportunity to immerse themselves totally in the French language, both in the family home and at school, together with visits to the major tourist attractions in Paris and a day at Disneyland. The cost is £630 and a £100 deposit will be required by 27th June. Application forms and further details are available from the MFL office.

Golf Day

An enjoyable time in the sunshine was had by all at yesterday’s Golf Day which supports the Bursary Fund. Congratulations to the winning team Lockton Lightweights. Thank you to the prize donors, sponsors and supporters: Vernon Building Society, Brewin Dolphin, Lockton Companies LLP, Shirley Crouch Events Ltd, The Clarke Partnership, Manchester Paper Box, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, IBI Taylor Young, Tom Yam Limited, iSAMS Independent Ltd, Bromley’s Solicitors LLP, F R Monkhouse Ltd, Bluefin Group, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Maestro Financial Services Ltd, Bullocks, Ian Hall City & Cheshire Properties, Platinum Advertising, SAS Daniels LLP, Catertrader, Mike and Peter Kenyon, Intersect UK, Chariot Office Supplies Ltd, Slater Heelis LLP, Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP, Axis Cleaning & Support Services, Fineprint, Parfetts Cash & Carry, Mrs Anne Mack, Delta Force Paintball, Mr Richard Rimmington, Sunil Ruia and Stockport Golf Club.

For the attention of parents of Fourth Year pupils

In the first term of the Fifth Year we will ask pupils to let us know which subjects they are considering at A-Level. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that all pupils in Middle School can continue to Sixth Form if they are able to cope with the academic rigour of A-Levels and if their conduct and attitude in the Middle School has been satisfactory. Pupils should pay careful attention to their subject teachers’ comments on their suitability to manage A-Level standard work. They should achieve a minimum of 7 GCSE subjects at grade C or above, which must include English Language, Mathematics, and a science. Pupils should normally gain at least a grade A in the subjects they wish to study at AS. For subjects not available at GCSE, the A must be in a related subject. We do consider all applications on an individual basis and we do our best to assist pupils in finding a course of study that is right for them if they wish to stay at SGS, even if they do not meet all the academic criteria above. If you have any queries about Sixth Form study at Stockport Grammar School, please contact Mrs Smith at smithj@stockportgrammar.co.uk


Maddie Crompton has been selected to represent England at an International level.

Maddie will swim for the England National Youth Team in the Portugal National Championships in July, competing in 7 individual events. Maddie’s selection is based on her current rankings in freestyle, top in the country (for her birth year) in 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres along with her performance and success at a recent England Talent Identification Camp.

John Ruskin Drawing Prize

Art teacher, Miss Becci Upton has had three pieces of work shortlisted for the John Ruskin Drawing Prize, 2014. This is a national competition and 23 artists have been chosen to have their work exhibited at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. The show is called Recording Britain Now and is open from Saturday 28th June – 12th October 2014.


The Library will be holding various events and competitions as part of its ‘Book Ends’ celebrations to gear pupils up for a summer of reading. This will include an author event on Tuesday 1st July with Justin Somper, organised in conjunction with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Justin will be talking to First and Second Year pupils about his new book Allies and Assassins as well as revisiting his previous series Vampirates. A shorter talk and book signing will also take place in the Library at lunchtime. Any pupils wishing to attend should sign up in advance. A representative from Waterstones will be present on the day selling books for signing priced at £5 (cash only).

This summer’s reading challenge is called Winning Reads and record sheets can be collected from the Library from the 23rd June.

Music Festival

The Music Festival Competition will take place on Wednesday 25th June in the Hallam Hall. There will be a wide range of performances from instrumentalists, vocalists and ensembles of all years. No tickets are required for this event and you are more than welcome to come and watch:

First – Third Year categories will take place from 9.00 until 12.30pm

Fourth and Fifth Year categories will take place from 1.50pm until 3.50pm

Sixth Form and senior ensemble categories will take place from 7.00pm

The winners from the daytime categories will also perform again in the evening.

Stockport Showcase Dance

A number of our pupils will be performing in a Dance Festival at The Plaza in Stockport on Tuesday 17th June. For details of how to obtain tickets please click here.

Music Weekend to the Lake District

Please can parents complete any outstanding emergency information forms and return to Mrs Taylor as soon as possible.

Swan Lake

This trip is now fully subscribed. If you applied for the trip for your child, they will have secured a place. We will write to you in the new school year confirming details.

Running for England

Congratulations and good luck to Ellen Downs who will be running for England in the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on the last weekend of June.

Non-Uniform Day

Friday 27th June will be a non-uniform day in aid of EducAid. Donations of £2 should be handed to Form Tutors on the day.


Third Year pupil David Paterson is part of the Canoe England training programme, and this half term will be training on white water in Nottingham.

Ski Trip 2015

Please note that there are two places available on next year’s Lower School ski trip to St Anton in Austria. For further details please see Mrs Muscutt.

Fifth Year Book Return Day

A reminder to all Fifth Year pupils that Friday 27th June is Book Return Day. Pupils should come to school and register as normal at 8.40am. Pupils should return books to each department, including Library books. Forms must be signed by the relevant department and then returned to Form Tutors before pupils leave school. Friday 27th is a non-uniform day with donations going to EducAid.

Piano Masterclass

On Saturday 14th June we will be hosting a Masterclass and Recital by the renowned pianist, Patrick Hemmerle. The masterclass has been organised by the Wellspring Charity and will take place from 2pm until 5pm with an evening recital at 7.30pm in the Hallam Hall. Tickets are £4 for the masterclass or £10 for the masterclass and recital. Tickets will be available on the door. All proceeds will go to the Wellspring.

Summer Reunion

Calling all Old Stopfordians! Join us for a BBQ at school on the 28th June for a reunion; family and friends are welcome too. Old Stopfordians of all year groups are warmly invited to catch up with old friends and enjoy a return visit to school. The afternoon will include a BBQ, drinks and tours of the school; as well as a special 10 year reunion for our 2004 leavers, and a particular welcome to 2000-2003 leavers.

To get your (free) tickets email externalrelations@stockportgrammar.co.uk or call 0161 419 2408. Let us know who’ll be attending (please include the ages of any children) and if there are any special dietary or mobility requirements that we should be aware of.

You can join the event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/540314722679080/ where we’ll be posting lots of photos from the archives in the run up to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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