Stockport Grammar School has an impressive and comprehensive range of facilities to support pupils’ development inside and outside the classroom.
Founded in 1487, we are one of the oldest independent schools in the country and moved to the Hallam site in 1916. We are committed to continually investing in the school to ensure we provide an excellent environment for our pupils.
Each department is housed in well-equipped rooms offering pupils the perfect atmosphere in which to learn. Outside the classroom our facilities include a swimming pool, a climbing wall, an all-weather pitch and numerous grass pitches; as well as performance spaces for music and drama.
Here is more information about the sports facilities.
Our high quality, multi-purpose all-weather pitch hosts sports such as hockey, tennis and football.
There are substitute benches for players to sit in whilst not on the pitch and the floodlights allow training and matches to go ahead when it is dark.
During the summer the tennis nets and net dividers are brought out to split the pitch into eight separate courts.
The 1st XI are regular attendees at the National Hockey Finals and they won the competition in 2015.
The state-of-the-art Pete Boardman climbing wall was opened in 2008. The wall is named after the former pupil who is renowned as one of the greats of British Himalayan mountaineering.
The wall, which is situated in the Sports hall, reaches a height of 20 metres and has interchangeable slots which allow our Outdoor Education Coordinator Mr Hughes and climbing coach Mr Pinder to set up different routes to challenge pupils.
The pupils use the skills they have learnt on the wall on trips to countryside locations where they go climbing and bouldering. They also take part in competitions such as Climbing Hanger’s Winter Bouldering League and the Manchester Schools Climbing Competition.
The colourful blue asphalt courts located in front of the Languages building can be divided into netball or tennis courts depending on the time of the year.
The courts have recently been resurfaced and painted.
The Exhibition room is located across from the Dining Hall and primarily plays host to Dance lessons.
It is equipped with a sprung wooden floor, making it easier for pupils to practise their routines. There are also four large portable mirrors which help dancers as they try to perfect their moves.
Occasionally the room will also be used for exhibitions and lunches.
Our fully equipped fitness suite can be used by Senior School pupils (subject to age restrictions).
There are nine different stations, including free weights and rowing and bike machines, which pupils can access during free time within school hours.
Our 3.8 hectares of grass plays hosts to numerous sports including football, rugby, rounders, cricket and athletics.
The grass, which is maintained by our professional and dedicated Grounds team, is split into two senior rugby pitches and three pitches for the junior age groups. In the new year the rugby pitches are converted for football use with three 11-a-side pitches and four 7-a-side pitches for the Junior School. We also have high quality rugby goalposts with post protectors in school colours and football goals with yellow and black netting.
During the summer term the grass is used for cricket, with two artificial wickets and a number of grass wickets on the square. The grass is also home to four recently purchased state-of-the-art artificial cricket nets.
Rounders games take place on the grass and a full-size 400 metre athletics track, in addition to a separate eight lane sprint track, complements the two lane sandpit and facilities for other field events such as discus and javelin.
The school also has additional pitches at Dialstone Lane.
The Pavilion gym is a traditional and fully equipped sports hall which is home to gymnastics.
There are walls bars, benches, mats and other gymnastic equipment which are utilised during PE lessons.
Archery, fencing and laser shooting also take place in the Pavilion Gym whilst dance rehearsals and house assemblies are sometimes held here.
The purpose built Sports Hall hosts a wide range of activities such as PE, basketball, indoor cricket and golf and is also the home of our very own climbing wall.
The multi-sports facility has a high-tech indoor sports floor with built-in shock pads and extensive changing areas.
A viewing balcony allows spectators to watch from a high vantage point as they cheer on their friends and family.
We have a traditional squash court that is located in the Technology and Sports Centre.
The spring floor and enclosed space allows for a range of activities to be played in this space.
The school has its own swimming pool which is located in the Technology and Sports Centre.
The pool is 25 metres long and reaches a depth of 3 metres. We have lane markers to divide the pool for competitive races.
The pool hosts sports such as swimming, water polo, kayaking and scuba diving and pupils are also taught lifesaving and personal survival skills.