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 →
Staff and pupils at Wirral Grammar School for Girls celebrate outstanding GCSE results
It’s been another successful day for Wirral Grammar School for girls who are celebrating their GCSE results. 99% of pupils having gained at least 5 A* to C grades. Over 64% of all grades were awarded at the very highest grades of A* or A and 88% of all grades were A*- B.
Mrs Cogan, Headteacher from Wirral Grammar School for Girls said “Our students have once again done us proud. It is an amazing achievement and all our pupils have proved that hard work really does pay off.”
This leading school is renowned for cultivating high achieving students and this year is no exception with 42 pupils gaining 10 or more A*/A grades. Thirteen students, Annie Liu (11 A* grades), Catherine Ashworth (10 A*s and 1 A grade), Caragh Bardolia (10 A*s), Nithya Eswar Vee (10 A*s), Georgia Semple (10 A*s), Helen Williams (10 A*s), Amy Bennett (9 A*s), Ceri Duff (9 A*s and 1 A grade), Rebecka Forbes (9 A*s), Eleanor Langshaw (9 A*s and 1 A grade), Elizabeth McGowan (9 A*s and 1 A grade), Hannah Mills (9 A*s and 1 A grade) and Sophie Tarver (9 A*s and 1 A grade) achieved at least 9 A* grades.
Holly Bates, Ella Benson Easton, Mia Riley, Anna Welsh, secured 8 A* and 2 A grades, while Chloe Heyward gained 8 A* and 1 A grade. Seven other students, Ellie Blakemore, Sarah Buckley, Kate Compton, Natasha Martlew, Kelly McNee, Holly Pearson and Anastasia Shafran, achieved 7 A* and 3 A grades while Fiona Hitchcock gained 7 A* and 2 A grades.
Mrs Cogan accredited the high success rate to the students’ self-motivation and drive to do well, the school setting ambitious targets for the students to aspire to, the staff working with the students as individuals to ensure they achieve their full potential and the students desire to stay on at the school in the sixth form.
Following the outstanding GCSE pass rate, over 90% of the Wirral Grammar School for Girls students plan to stay on at the school for their A-Levels and additional girls will also be joining the 6th form from other schools.
Mrs Cogan added, “The results show the high standard of teaching and learning and with the constant support of the parents, staff and governors we have developed a culture of high attainment that everyone aspires to. Last week our A level results were fantastic. Our GCSE results today are also outstanding and are a true reflection of the hard work that all our pupils consistently deliver.”
The percentage of A*/A grades was 41%, with 73% for combined A* to B grades.
The high achieving Wirral Grammar School for Girls will see many of its pupils going to the very best universities to study for their degrees.
High achieving Hannah Yiu achieved an amazing six A*s and will study Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.
Sophie Mount achieved four A*s and is going to read Mathematics and Physics at Warwick University.
Lucy Eccles achieved three A*s and one A grade and is going to read Chemistry at the University of Durham.
Katherine Greenlees achieved three A*s and is going to read Chemistry at Leeds University.
Temwani Mwenechanya will read Medicine at the University of Nottingham after achieving one A* and two A grades.
Charlotte Simms will read Medicine at Sheffield University after achieving one A*, two grade As and one grade B
Elysia Kirby and Ellie Bennett both gained two A*s and two grade As and are going to read Dentistry at Leeds University and Cardiff University respectively. After one A* and three at grade A Bethany Jones will also read Dentistry at Manchester University.
Elizabeth Rosseinsky achieved two A*s, two As and one grade B and will read Biochemistry at Bristol University.
Charlotte Lawrence will read History at Bristol University after achieving 2 A*s and one grade A
Katherine Keene achieved four A grades and will read Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Liverpool University.
Isobel Hughes will read International Relations and History at Leeds University after achieving one A* and three A grades.
Deanna Hughes will read English Literature and Creative writing at Lancaster University after achieving four grade As.
Kate Mansfield, Charlotte Lawrence and Aisha Stalker achieved two A*s and one grade A
Ellen Bedson, Eleanor Crescent, Bethany Gerard, Sally Kershaw, Sarah Prendergast and Alexandra Stokell all achieved a combination of three or four grades A* and A in their A level examinations
A total of 79 girls achieved A* and A grades in their A level examinations
Wirral Grammar School for Girls Headteacher Mrs Elaine Cogan accredited the high success rate to rigorous attention to detail, the staff’s outstanding commitment and subject knowledge, consistent hard work from girls throughout the two years of A level courses, desire of pupils to achieve, a strong school ethos and the sharing of this ethos between school, home and the wider community.
Mrs Cogan said: “I am thrilled that today has gone so well. Now we have to look towards next year to maintain this success and support all our girls individually. Offering an individual education to each student and sound careers advice is the key to a bright future. “I am extremely proud of the achievements of all the girls. It is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all the pupils, staff and parents.”
It is always sad at the end of the year to say good bye to our friends and colleagues when they leave, whether it is to retirement, promotion or other jobs. This year our leavers were Mrs Waring, Mrs Irvine, Miss Hill, Mr Ellison, Miss Fowler, Mrs Williamson, Miss Pass, Mrs Colebourn, Mr Flynn, and Mrs Barnard, as well as Jo, our school nurse, and Miss Buchanan – not leaving, but getting married!
Year 7 Maths students have been using the computer programme Autograph to design animations using their knowledge of rotations, reflections, translations and enlargements. Here are a selection of their creations.
Jen Watts, ex WGSG’s Art student has just qualified with a First class Fine Art Degree from Lancaster University & was awarded an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ for the most considered installation of the final degree show.
Jen would be the first to agree that she did not necessarily have the smoothest of journeys through school, but no-one could deny the creative intelligence that flourished during her time here. As a student of Art, Drama, English & Music, she harnessed the very best of her ‘artisitic’ talents, performing in the school play, writing & performing her own music, exhibiting drawings, paintings, collage & digitally layered abstracts of the highest technical standards. She has worked on local radio stations & in all set for a career in the creative industries (hopefully in radio!)
Jen is the kind of student we all work tirelessly to support & encourage. She is what all the pressure of being a teacher is fundamentally all about. She, along with all the thousands of ex WGSG’s we’ve nurtured along the way, makes sense of ideologies built on the promotion of independent learning. Jen has become a self assured, intelligent, confident and generous person who now wishes to ‘give something back’ to the school that helped her to become the successful & optimistic person she is today.
Jen has agreed to take on the role of ‘Ambassador for the Creative Arts’ to work alongside WGSG’s staff & students to promote & celebrate the Creative Arts in education. She will make return visits to support our future celebrations of Creative Culture & will work alongside Art students, helping them build their own websites to promote & sell their own work.
We are so proud of her current achievements & even more impressed by her willingness to return to her old school to help others fulfil their own dreams & ambitions.
Well done Jen!
Pictured with her A-Level Photo montage piece with influential ‘Creative Arts’ teachers:
Ms. McGuire (Art) Mr.Sills (Music), Mrs Callaghan (Drama) & Mrs Edgar (English)
As always with a Wirral Grammar concert, the standard to which our musicians performed on Monday 7th July was beyond what you would usually expect from a school concert. If Miss Jo Dennis is involved, there is inevitably going to be musical theatre – and that there was. The whole night, in fact, was musical-themed, featuring pieces from a myriad of shows.
The Chamber Orchestra, directed by Mrs. Townsend, opened the show with an arrangement of songs from Les Misérables. The vocals were provided by a few members of Platonix Choir, Miss J Dennis and soloists Hannah Wilkes, Chloe Hayward and Ben Turner. Even Mr. Loveland stepped up to be ‘Master of the House’! Platonix tried something new this year; usually our repertoire consists of pop songs, but we rose to the challenge of musical theatre to perform (in costume) ‘What Is This Feeling?’ from Wicked, a selection of songs from Hairspray and ‘All That Jazz’ with the ever-impressive Swing Band. Amy Sherlock made her Wirral Grammar debut on stage with ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and Annabelle Lee, at her last ever school concert, sang ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ from Guys and Dolls.
The many instrumental groups played some exciting pieces; from Gershwin, to ABBA, to Pirates of the Caribbean, they demonstrated the breadth of the girls’ abilities. We had performances from the Flute Group, Year 7 Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, String Group, Guitar Group and the Mixed Choir…what an excellent variety! The Junior Singers also gave us a beautiful rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which melted the audience’s hearts.
Year 7 undoubtedly stole the show with Matilda. They have been working hard for months with Mr. Sills and the Drama Department, culminating in a fantastic mixture of singing and acting. Samantha Raphel played the lead role brilliantly, easily overcoming the challenge of singing solo and acting. I’m sure the audience was impressed with Sadie Reynolds, who portrayed a terrifying yet hilarious Miss Trunchbull! It was a mammoth task to get the whole of Year 7 onto the stage, but they sang and danced with enthusiasm and it was surely a great way to end their first year at Wirral Grammar. Mr. Sills took to the stage in a school uniform and stripy cap to enthusiastically direct the girls’ singing…The show wouldn’t be complete without a teacher dressing up in some way!
Well done to all the girls and teachers involved for all their hard work and effort, after another hugely entertaining and impressive show.