We have been a Grammar School educating girls aged 11-19 since 1931 and now have just over 1,000 pupils, 300 of them in the sixth form. In August 2011 we became an Academy.
Our most recent OFSTED report (January 2008) judged us to be an outstanding school in all areas. Ofsted inspectors commented:
“Students’ personal development is outstanding. During their time at the school girls develop into confident, caring and responsible young adults who are very well prepared for the next stage in education and the world of work.”
“Standards are very high and students make excellent progress.”
“Students’ achievement is excellent as a result of outstanding teaching.”
“Behaviour is exemplary and attitudes towards learning are excellent.”
“Relationships throughout the school are outstanding and there is an atmosphere of mutual respect where achievements, both academic and personal, are celebrated.” Continue reading →
When we arrived at Brentwood we quickly discovered that were to be delivering our speech first out of all the eight times in the final. Whilst the thought of going first was quite daunting it did mean that we were able to deliver our speech and watch the other contenders. Kyla, as the chairperson, introduced our team and gave an introduction into our topic – the death penalty – that enthralled the audience. She then handed over to me and I delivered the speech for six minutes. My speech touched on the fact that mistakes can be made in the justice system and overall the death penalty is morally wrong as it enforces hatred and violence into our society. Once I had finished Hollie delivered the vote of thanks and concluded our presentation and left the audience with a lot to think about. On the whole whilst we were all very nervous after doing our speeches so many times it felt very natural and came easily. The other teams performed to a very high standards speaking about topics like ‘Feminism’ and ‘The importance of learning modern foreign languages’. However the Wirral Grammar School for Girls team was very proud to come home with our second place trophies. Out of around 800 entries nationally we all thought it was a tremendous achievement. It has been absolutely fantastic experience and we are very thankful to Mrs Simpson for all the effort she put in!
Since October our team of four Year 12 students have been taking part in the Engineering Education Scheme run by the EDT. We have been working on a technological solution to a real life engineering problem presented to us by Essar Oil, which involved designing a support structure to aid in the maintenance of reciprocating compressor parts. As part of the scheme, we were able to visit Stanlow Oil Refinery and observe the fascinating processes that go on within the plant, which we all found really interesting and informative.
The project work has helped us to understand much more about engineering careers, and we’ve learnt an incredible amount about design development, research and technical machinery over the last 6 months. It has also helped us develop vital teamwork and communications skills through writing an engineering report and delivering a successful presentation at Liverpool University on assessment day. Overall, the team found the experience really enjoyable, challenging and rewarding and a fascinating insight into STEM careers which will be extremely valuable as we make our university and career choices.
Please note that if you would like your daughter to take the admission test for entry in September 2016, the Test Request Form needs to be returned to Wirral LA by 31st May 2015. This year, Test Request Forms can be completed and returned to the LA online.
To complete and return the 11+Test Request Form please follow the link below:
On Thursday 16th April, our whole German class took off from Liverpool airport, ready for a packed few days in Berlin. One plane and a few trains later, we got to our (lovely) youth hostel and settled down, preparing ourselves for the busy day ahead. We got up early and headed straight to the Checkpoint Charlie museum, seeing the former location of the Berlin Wall for the first of many times. We learnt so much about Berlin’s history and were able to visit the famous Einstein Cafe. We then travelled to see the beautiful Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, making the most of the great weather, before getting the U-Bahn over to Potsdamer Platz to see the impressive Sony HQ. After most people had stuffed themselves with Currywurst at a traditional German restaurant, we headed over to the cinema to see Cinderella. Even without the safety net of subtitles, we were all pretty pleased with the amount of German that we understood! Our first day wasn’t complete though until we’d had a very late night feast of vending machine pizza!
The second day wasn’t any less exciting, as we were up and out at 9am to tackle the Berliner Fernsehturm or TV tower. A very speedy trip in the lift took us 368 metres up, giving us a stunning 360 degree view of the whole of Berlin. We had a little look around Alexander Platz and then got the tram to Hackescher Markt, a typical German market where we were able to explore and immerse ourselves in the culture (as well as buying lots of delicious food, of course!) Next, we all got our history heads back on for a walk down Bernauer Strasse to the Berlin Wall Memorial and museum. An amazing place with some of the most interesting history – we really got a sense of what it must have been like for the people living segregated by the Berlin Wall. After leaving the museum, we were lucky enough to go to the world’s biggest chocolate house, buying some pretty tasty souvenirs. We visited another lovely restaurant and got dessert at an ice cream cafe and then headed straight to bed, with sore feet but another great day under our belts.
Unfortunately Sunday was our last day, so we made it another busy one, heading to the amazing, interactive DDR museum to learn lots about life in communist Germany; an amazing museum with so many fun activities to take part in! We then entered the incredible Berlin Cathedral, where you can climb all the way to the top and look out over what was a very sunny Berlin. After a lot of stairs and some well deserved German food, we visited the square where the famous book burning took place and another lovely cathedral, yet another example of the city’s wonderful architecture. We ended the day by visiting East Side Gallery, a very inspiring display of artwork painted on a 1.3km long section of the Berlin Wall. With that, we’d reached the end of our holiday! We flew home with aching feet, but having seen some beautiful sights, made some great memories and got a lot closer as a group. A very inspiring place with some equally inspiring history – I think I speak for everyone when I say that I would go back in an instant!
Yesterday, in assembly, Year 9 began their GCSE study of Great Expectations with an assembly written and directed by our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Taylor. You can go to the student support page for it by clicking on this link:
This week year 10 pupils are hosting their exchange partners from CEO Principe de Asturias, Ramales de la Victoria, Cantabria. Spanish students are enthusiastically working their way through a busy schedule of cultural and educational experiences. They have already enjoyed a Mersey Ferry River Cruise, a visit to the Liverpool Maritime Museum, a guided tour of Port Sunlight, bowling, a bake-off as well as a birthday pizza party organised by our students. They attended lessons on Tuesday morning and look forward to a couple more on Thursday. Today, Wednesday, all participants in the exchange are visiting Conwy Castle. That just leaves Chester on Friday and, a host of exciting activities with families at the weekend! The exchange is proving a tremendously rewarding experience for all involved. Our thanks go to the wonderful students, their generous parents and members of staff who are lending their expertise ( especially the Food Technology Department).