Welcome Message from the Headteacher

May 2, 2012 in Front Page News by Mr J Wood

Welcome to Wirral Grammar School for Girls.

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.” Read the rest of this entry →
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Leaving Staff

December 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

Today we ended term and sadly said goodbye to Mrs Anne Darroch who has been an excellent member of our team. She is going to promotion at Upton School and we wish her all the best

 

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Christmas Concert, 15th December

December 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

An extremely busy term of music making concluded with the annual Christmas Concert on Monday 15th December, showcasing all of the school ensembles and a number of senior soloists. The three school orchestras were on superb form with a wonderfully festive Carol of the Drum from Mr Watson’s Year 7/8 Orchestra and an unusual take on a traditional carol, The Holly and the Variegated Ivy from the Morchestra. Mrs Lloyd Griffiths’ Flute Group perfectly captured the daintiness of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Chamber Orchestra featured our very talented Year 9 oboe soloist Ella Doran with a moving rendition of Gabriel’s Oboe, sensitively accompanied  by the senior string players.
Collaborations between groups are a firmly established feature of school concerts and Mr Sills arranged the classic Merry Christmas Everyone for Guitar Group and Junior Singers, ably assisted by music prefects Zia Larty-Healy and Anya Keating in directing the singers. The Platonix Choir were joined by Mr Jennings on drums for Beyonce’s Run the World and by Soul Band for Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas with the multiple harmonies and infectious energy of their director Miss Dennis making this one of the highlights of the evening. Mr Jennings’ Sambassadors had toes tapping and hearts racing with their high volume rendition of Choo Choo! The jovial Here Comes Santa Claus performed by Miss Mutch’s Lower Strings Group contrasted beautifully with solos from Angel Chow (piano) and Steph Wolfe (voice) and the Mixed Choir catered for traditional Christmas repertoire with their version Gaudete featuring soloists Will Bracken and Catherine Ashworth.
Year 13 pupil Rebecca Moran performed her own composition Song 33, leading to an energetic Soul Band set with Ben Turner (vocals), Alice Smith (alto) and Beth Houghton (tenor) all soloing in the Ray Charles chart Hallelujah (I love her so), followed by Will Bracken’s funky arrangement of The Chicken featuring solos from Jo Kershaw (guitar) and Will himself on drums. The Swing Band andChamber Orchestra drew the evening to a close with our version of Chameleon featuring solos by Blae Stacey (drums) and Rachael Howe (alto), followed by Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet with the unique vocals of Year 12 pupil Lauren Partington. Many thanks to all musicians and helpers for the evening, and merry Christmas

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Geography Blue Peter Appeal

December 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

Congratulations to the team from 8R who won the Geography Department’s Blue Peter appeal competition last week; Emma Barrington, Mia Hodkinson, Lizzie Kershaw, Sadie Reynolds and Lily Wiggins gave a fabulous presentation about Water Aid and were deserved winners.
 
We would like to say well done to the teams from all the year 8 forms; the standard of this year’s competition was extremely high.
 
Thank you as well to our 3 judges, Mrs. Mahony, Mrs. Burrows and Mr. Trussell.
 
Watch out for news of our latest fund-raising venture in the New Year; we hope to beat our total of £500 from earlier in the year!
 
Merry Christmas!

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Sambassadors

December 16, 2014 in Front Page News, Uncategorized by Mr M Loveland

The school Sambassadors performed brilliantly at Heygarth Primary School for their Christmas Fair on Friday 12th November with their director Mr Tony Jennings, spreading some festive cheer and toe-tapping rhythms. What fantastic ambassadors for our school

 

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St George’s Hall Concert

December 15, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

The Mixed Choir were proud to be the guest choir for the Roy Castle “Celebrate a Life” service – they sang superbly and were invited to do extra work for this excellent charity as a result of their performance – well done to all the girls and staff, and well done to Mr Sills for organising and leading the team. Great solo from Catherine Ashworth and Will Bracken from the Boys’ School, and a reading from Hannah Williams.

We would like to encourage you to support the work of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and we are happy to put the link to their Christmas Carol which is raising funds for their work:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/o-little-baby-jesus-carol/id948175902

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Ray_Donnelly_Mbe_O_Little_Baby_Jesus_Carol_feat_Ab?id=Bngkqfjipuqiqddocn4nxttw7by&hl=en_GB

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Clothes Show

December 15, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

Twenty one of our year 10 and year 12 pupils attended the Clothes Show which takes place in the Birmingham NEC. The girls weren’t deterred by the 6.45am departure as set off Tuesday morning. All fashionably dressed in honour of the event, they got an insight into the fashion industry first hand, attended a catwalk show, mingled with celebrities and had the opportunity to carry out some market research and participate in some trend forecasting. There were various fashion colleges there not only showcasing the collections of past and present pupils, but offering them information on courses available at their establishments. They returned to school 12 hours later laden with bags and buzzing from the experience overall. I was beyond proud of how well the girls represented themselves and our school
T Maxwell

 

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Computer Club

December 15, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

A special computer club took place this lunchtime where nine A Level Computing students from the Boy’s school came to demonstrate to our GCSE Computing students (and some other students) how to create a username and password form on a web page using a language called PHP. A big thank you goes to Mr Greg Allcock, Head of Computing at the Boy’s School and his students for giving up their lunchtime today.   It was great fun and we hope to return the favour in the New Year by teaching the boys some Python programming!

If you are interested in coming along to Computer Club, it takes place every Friday lunchtime in G17.  To find out the sort of activities we do, go to RealSmart, click on Learning Portfolio, then go to Computing and Computer Club. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Mrs Quayle

 

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Alder Hey

December 8, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

On Thursday 4th December the school Swing Band performed at the Christmas Lights event at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Playing for 30 minutes in very cold conditions, the band entertained the children, parents and staff with jazz versions of classics such as Frosty The Snowman and had the crowd singing along to Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. Mince pies and hot chocolate were enjoyed by all…what a lovely way to start the festive season

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The Sound of Music

December 3, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

Our production, 17th – 20th November 2014
The Wirral Grammar stage has hosted many a performance; this year’s production of the classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’ could just be one of the biggest and most vibrant spectacles ever to grace our stage. Hannah Wilkes of Year 13 took on the lead role of Maria; the aspiring postulant who is sent to be a governess to the children of Captain Von Trapp. The austere Captain was played by the talented A-Level drama student Lewis Houghton-Casella. Hannah’s portrayal of Maria was superb, performing familiar songs such as ‘Do Re Mi’ and ‘My Favourite Things’. She took the Von Trapp children under her wing, who were all refreshingly energetic and professional, brilliantly overcoming some technically complex singing, rehearsed by Mr. Sills and Miss Dennis
Conor Ritchie (also an A-Level drama student) and Steph Wolfe came together as Rolf and Liesl, performing the classic duet ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’, complete with choreography and a bench! Megan Shone and Francesca Forsythe played the loveable Uncle Max and Baroness Schraeder, giving us a lively rendition of ‘How Can Love Survive?’ The vivacious atmosphere was counterbalanced with the wise and experienced Mother Abbess, played by Year 13 Charlotte Williams, who inspired us to ‘Climb Every Mountain’ in full nun attire. The vast group of nuns created an atmospheric opening scene, with haunting harmonies directed by Mrs Townsend, after many lunchtimes of intense rehearsal!
The whole company had so much fun rehearsing and performing, we hope the audience loved it as much as we did. We would like to pass our thanks to the drama teachers Mrs Callaghan and Miss Rogers and to Helen Evans for her technical expertise.
By Zia Larty-Healy Y13

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Art and Creative Evening

November 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Loveland

We had an excellent evening sharing creative and cultural ideas – it was great to welcome back former pupils, and to see friends and meet new friends from the community. We had a great time and look forward to running it again next year!