28th March 2014


Congratulations to all involved in Godspell. After months of rehearsals; a fantastic main cast, backed by a chorus of nearly 60 pupils and a huge backstage team, helped director Mrs Alison Moffatt put on another unforgettable production, entertaining audiences across four nights in the main hall. For photos and reviews from the show click here.

Model United Nations

Seven of our Model United Nations (MUN) debaters won top awards when they travelled to Edinburgh for a huge conference at George Watson’s College. The twelve delegates took on roles as diplomats from Mexico and discussed a wide range of complex world issues from the country’s viewpoint based on their research of the nation. With over 600 pupils from around the world at the event, our delegates did fantastically well to win so many awards, and were also applauded for their efforts during the general assembly. For further details, pictures and to view the list of award winners click here.

Public Examinations

There is lots of useful information on the school website:

GCSE: https://www.stockportgrammar.co.uk/senior-school/exams/
AS/A2: https://www.stockportgrammar.co.uk/sixth-form/exams/


Personalised timetables and exam regulations will be issued to Sixth Form pupils during form period next week. Fifth Year pupils will receive theirs with the end of term report which is posted home next Friday.

IGCSE, AS and A2 speaking tests

French and German IGCSE speaking tests take place in the two weeks immediately after the Easter holiday. Pupils should have already carefully noted their time and given their teacher a neat, final copy of their presentation/discussion. If pupils are unsure of their time slots they can be checked on the school website (see link above). AS and A2 speaking tests in all languages take place from 2nd May and pupils must attend at the time they have been given by their teacher. Times can be checked on the notice board outside the languages office. If any pupil is seriously ill on the day of their test, a parent must phone school by 8.15am to inform the language teacher. An official doctor’s note will also be required. We will endeavour to re-schedule the test but due to the very tight programme this may not be possible. In such cases further advice will be given about exam board rules and procedures.

Schools’ challenge

Well done to our quiz team, Sam Howard, Emily Howling, Will Johnson and Will Spence, who finished sixth in the country when they took part in the national final of the Schools’ Challenge at the Perse School, Cambridge at the weekend. Schools’ Challenge follows a similar format to University Challenge, with pupils having to buzz in to correctly answer starter questions to give their team a chance of winning more points from a series of bonus questions.


School governor, Professor John Dainton, came in for an after-school talk “putting physics on the spot” last week. Fifth and Sixth Form pupils were able to ask about physics, Professor Dainton’s experiments at Cern and the “standard model” of particle physics.

Physics challenge results

Physicists from the Fifth and Lower Sixth Form recently sat the extremely demanding Physics challenge papers. The following pupils achieved certificates in the Fifth Form Physics challenge:

Bronze I: Amy Bradley and Amy Suddards.

Bronze II: Callum Anderson, Alice Coombes, Chris Hewetson, Jordon Kong and Charles Longson.

The following Lower Sixth Form pupils achieved certificates in the AS Physics Challenge:

Bronze I: Jonathan Bennett, Jessica Black and Emily Dow.

Bronze II: Tom Allport, Jonathan Brady, Animit Kulkani and Will Noakes.

Christie’s medical open evening

Twelve Sixth Form pupils went to the Christie’s annual medical Physics open evening recently, where they had a chance to see the linear accelerators used and heard fascinating talks on nuclear medicine and the use of physics in diagnosing and treating cancer.

MEM challenge 2014

This year SGS pupils entered the Mathematical Education on Merseyside Challenge 14 for the first time. Out of 1,800 entries from nearly 90 schools, First Year pupil Ben Foster was awarded best in school and a merit certificate, which will be presented at an award ceremony at the University of Liverpool on 14th May. He also won vouchers to spend on books and puzzles. Congratulations Ben.

Katie’s Ball

Katie Thorburn and Mrs Jeanette Warburton, whose daughter Leina is in the Fifth Year with Katie, have organised a charity ball in aid of CLIC Sargent, on Saturday 26th April 2014 at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester city centre. Katie has been raising funds for cancer charities since her diagnosis in September 2012. Please see http://katiesballforclicsargent.weebly.com/ for ticket and sponsorship information.


Team photograph orders

The deadline for team photograph orders is Monday 31st March. Completed forms should be returned to the PE office.


A successful Portugal tour, two more sevens tournament trophies and news of three players representing Cheshire has rounded off another brilliant season of rugby at Stockport Grammar. For a full round up of rugby news click here.


For details of all sports results, click here.

Climbing club

Climbing club are extending the opportunities for outdoor and indoor pursuits and are delighted to be able to offer a number of trips from April to July, to a variety of Peak District crags and venues for climbing, bouldering and abseiling. For details please click here. These trips, with the exception of the indoor bouldering course (£8.50), are free of charge.


Music tour 2015

Details are now available for the 2015 music tour to Lake Garda in Italy. The information and forms can be accessed on the website by clicking here and scrolling down to the trip or from the Music department


Tickets are now available for the summer concert on Thursday 24th April and leavers’ concert on Thursday 1st May. Please click here to see if your child is involved in either of these concerts. Due to fire regulations, tickets are initially limited for both concerts to 2 per family. These are not automatically distributed so if you would like tickets, please contact Mrs Johnson on johnsonsj@stockportgrammar.co.uk. Please note that all performers should wear the regulation black concert uniform for these concerts.

Douglas Steele award

This is a music prize awarded annually to a deserving pupil from the Fourth Form and upwards. It is intended to finance the pursuit of any distinctive musical interest e.g. advanced composition, conducting, piano accompaniment etc. which is not normally available through regular school musical activities. Pupils who are interested should apply in writing to Mr Dow by Friday 2nd May.

Oxbridge Dinner

We are pleased to invite parents to the Stockport Grammar School Oxbridge dinner which will be held on Friday 2nd May 2014 at Hertford College, Oxford. Tickets are £55 each (£35 for full-time students), the ticket price includes meal and drinks. Dress is black tie for gentlemen and cocktail dresses for ladies.

To book your tickets please download the request form here and return it with your cheque to External Relations. Please make cheques payable to Stockport Grammar School.


The school’s best young cooks will have the chance to impress the head chef from the Grill on the Edge in Alderley Edge, as part of our school Masterchef contest. Details of this year’s competition are available here.

Golf Day

Our annual golf day in association with the Vernon Building Society is being held on Thursday 12th June 2014 at Stockport Golf Club, one of Cheshire’s premier golf venues. We would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on the course and hope that you will be able to support us. The profit we raise on the day goes directly to the Stockport Grammar School bursary fund. It is our goal to offer as many local children as possible the opportunity to come to the school regardless of means.

To book your team’s place or pledge your sponsorship support, please download the booking form here and return it to Rebecca Taberner in External Relations. If you would like to join in but don’t have enough players to put together a team of four, we are happy to put groups together, subject to numbers.

Library – Café Sci

Dr Rebecca Elliott from the University of Manchester will be returning to give a talk on The Physics of MRI Scanning on Friday 25th April at 1pm. The café will be open to Fourth Years and above. Pupils should sign up in the library. Early lunch passes can be collected from a librarian.

Warhammer 40000

Richard Almond, Aiden Barlow, Spencer Hewitt and Oliver Nolan represented the school in the semi-finals of the school league competition in Nottingham recently. Well done to the team for their well fought battles and to Richard who won an award for the best themed army out of more than 120 players.


Ellen Downs (U17) and Juliet Downs (U15) have both been selected in their respective age groups to represent the north-west in the London mini marathon on 13th April. The girls have had a successful cross country season – finishing in the top fifty in the English schools, and also doing well in the northerns, nationals and intercounties.

Second Year pupil Omar Al-Faraj was a member of the Energy Box Badminton Club Junior Team who came away with a silver award at the finals of the Greater Manchester Junior Badminton League.

School closes to pupils on Friday 4th April at 3.50pm and re-opens on Tuesday 22nd April.

Please check the news pages on our website for regular updates. We would welcome your comments and suggestions, or if you would like to opt out of receiving the email newsletter, please contact the External Relations office at externalrelations@stockportgrammar.co.uk.

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