23rd May 2014

Katie Thorburn

The entire school community was saddened to learn of Katie’s death at the beginning of the Easter holiday. Her fortitude, wisdom and concern for others throughout her illness made her a source of inspiration for many; she was greatly loved and will be much missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

Katie, who was a member of the current Fifth Year, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma at the start of her GCSEs two years ago, but continued to attend school as often as she could. A very bright and hard-working pupil, Katie’s enthusiasms extended beyond the classroom and she was a keen and talented member of the U14 and U15 school netball squads and joined her classmates on many school trips including Grasmere and the Battlefields in 2011 and skiing in 2012.

Katie was in the midst of organising Katie’s Ball to raise cash for charity CLIC Sargent but sadly died on Saturday 5th April, just a few weeks before the event, which went ahead in recognition of her efforts, raising over £60,000. The organisers would like to thank everyone involved for their support and Katie’s fundraising total to date stands at £75,000.

A full appreciation of Katie and her outstanding contribution to the school and the wider community will appear in the next issue of Taking Stock and in The Stopfordian.

Careers Convention

We are holding our eighth Careers Convention at SGS on Thursday 25th September 2014 from 6pm to 8.30pm.As previously, representatives from Higher Education, a wide range of professions, industries and the services will be attending. If you are able to help by representing your profession/industry/service please contact either Mrs Tadman, Careers Coordinator or Vivienne Arrowsmith in External Relations on 0161 419 2408 or arrowsmithv@stockportgrammar.co.uk as soon as possible. The event is very successful and well attended, and the benefits of the advice and information given by the representatives are invaluable and far-reaching.

Stockport Parents’ Association

The SPA are delighted to announce that they will be holding the first of their season of fundraising events on the 10th October 2014. A fun packed evening hosted by none other than the returning Leroy Lurve – Entertainer Extraordinaire, see attached poster! This will be an evening social event open to all parents and staff and will kick off fundraising activities for 2014/2015. This will also be a great opportunity for everyone to get together and have some fun. Without your support these events can’t go ahead so please save the date!

Grasmere 5th – 8th July

Final details for the Second Year outdoor pursuits trip to Grasmere have been sent home with pupils. The completed forms should be returned to school by 6th June.

Co-curricular Activities

Now that the exams are over it is a good time for pupils to get involved with new activities. Click here to view the updated lunchtime and after-school activities for the remainder of the Summer Term.



Over fifty pupils competed in the English Schools’ Athletics Track and Field Cup recently, with notable performances and personal bests for many. Particular praise should go to the Intermediate Girls’ squad who secured first place.


Bowler Beth Garnett, who is in Third Year, has been picked to play for Cheshire this summer in the ECB women’s U15 county championships. Whilst Second Year pupil, Sophie Gould will represent Cheshire U13 squad again and Niyati Takiar in the Lower Sixth has been picked to play for Cheshire U17s. For full details click here.

Golf Day

Thank you to those who have already given their support to the annual SGS Golf day in aid of the Bursary Fund, at Stockport Golf Club on the 12th June 2014. All the team places have now been taken but we would be very grateful for the donation of further team or raffle prizes. Please contact tabernerr@stockportgrammar.co.uk if you are able to help.

Summer Holiday Activities

Activity Weeks

The school’s Summer Activity Weeks will take place from the 4th – 8th August and 11th -15th August. Further details and an application form are available on the school’s website, click here or from the Bursar’s Secretary on 0161 419 2401. The Activity Weeks are open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 13 years from any school.

Activate Sport

The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy is taking place at school from 28th July – 1st August. There will also be an Ultimate Lacrosse Experience from 18th – 20th August and an International Netball Roadshow from the 27th – 29th August. Further details are available at www.activatesport.co.uk

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!

The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

This award is for writers aged 16-25 and the aim is to encourage young writers to produce literary works inspired by the mountain environment. The prize of publication in Summit magazine and £250 is kindly supported by the British Mountaineering Council. The closing date for entries is 31st August 2014 and the winner will be announced at the annual Boardman Tasker Prize ceremony held in November. For further details click here. The SGS climbing wall is named in memory of Old Stopfordian and acclaimed mountaineer Peter Boardman.

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