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 →
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).
On the 18th of March, four year seven students, accompanied by Mrs Joss, Mr Denby and Ms Bradley, travelled to Manchester Metropolitan University to compete in the Modern Foreign Languages Spelling Bee regional finals in a bid to qualify for the National Finals. There were four students who participated in three different languages. Fahima Haque and Tiffany Dyu took part in the German group, Daisy Barrick participated in the French contest and Olivia McCrave represented the school in Spanish. The aim of the competition was to see who could spell the most MFL words in a minute. The competition was fierce and everybody worked exceptionally hard. One of our students, Tiffany, won second place out of all the German finalists in the North West, which saw her qualify for the National Finals to be held in Cambridge in July. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish her the best of luck as she represents us. All of the girls did the school proud – congratulations and well done to everyone who took part!
On Monday 16th March Jenna Downing a World Champion Athlete and Mentor came to visit Wirral Grammar School for Girls. After delivering an inspiring assembly she settled down with the Sky Sports Living for Sport focus group which included the U14 Netball Squad. The group throughout the day looked at the six keys to success and how they can be developed within Netball. After a classroom session the Girls were really looking forward to the practical session in the afternoon which included the Girls learning and trying Inline Skating. The Girls had loads of fun throughout the whole day and really took on board Jenna’s Inspirational messages.
Jenna is the world’s number one female inline skater and ten times British Champion. A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in rollerblading events since she was eight and became the youngest ever female to turn pro aged 12. Since then she has represented her country across the globe in major international events, scooping the NASS title three times over, winning an X-Games silver medal in 2002 and becoming LG Action Sports World Champion in 2008. To date, she is the only European female to perform the 900-degree spin.
Have a listen to the recording of Any Questions from this link:
On Friday 13 March we were able to welcome BBC Radio 4 to school for Any Questions. It was great to see such an iconic programme here in school, and an inspiration to the girls and the many visitors that came to join us for the evening. With Jonathan Dimbleby was former chancellor and political veteran Kenneth Clarke, the Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, the UKIP Vic e Chair, Suzanne Evans, and Phil Redmond, the TV producer. Questions were drawn from a range of topics, from racial equality to Jeremy Clarkson, and the panel were engaging and thought provoking, and most generous of their time after the show to the pupils who were present. We would like to thank the BBC and all those involved for an excellent evening.
Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Wirral Grammar School for Girls with former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ken Clarke MP, Deputy Chairman of UKIP Suzanne Evans, Former President of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP, TV Producer Phil Redmond
Friday 13 March is an exciting day in the school’s history as we welcome BBC Radio 4 for a live recording of this week’s edition of Any Questions? hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby.
Those of you lucky to have a ticket are reminded to arrive from 6.45pm being in your seats by 7.15pm. Please ensure you have your ticket and hand your question to the staff on the door. These will then be passed to the programme producer who will select the questions to be asked during the show. Parking will be available in the staff car park and on the netball courts beyond.
The warm up will commence at 7.30pm with the live show starting at 8.02pm.
We hope that all members of the school community will tune in to hear the programme either on Friday or when it’s repeated on Saturday at 1.10pm.