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 →
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.
This year we were very proud of our Year 7 pupils who reached the national final of the MFL Spelling Bee sponsored by Routes into Languages, Vocab Express and the European Commission. On Friday, 4th July Taylor West (Spanish), Amelia Avery (German) and Kiara Wild (German) participated in the finals at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, which gave them a minute to spell as many words as they could from a list of 200!
The girls were accompanied by Mrs Joss and were also supported by one of their parents, who appreciated the opportunity to experience their daughters’ linguistic talents first hand! We were all incredibly proud of their achievements, especially as we were one of a handful of schools to have pupils in the final for more than one language. Although we didn’t win this time, the girls all had fun and did themselves and the school proud, managing to translate and spell (in the Spanish or German alphabet) around 20 words in a minute! Well done to all the girls involved and watch out Cambridge, we’ll be back next year I’m sure!
This week we will be saying good bye to Mrs Freda Lydon. She has been the PA to Mrs Cogan for many years, and she has truly been a “Wirral Girl”. She was the Head’s indomitable rock during the PFI rebuild: her ability to telepathically track Mrs Cogan’s location in the school is legendary. Freda, thank you for all your commitment and work for our girls and our school.