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Amazing Achievements Celebrated at Prizegiving

The entire school community, comprising children from 4 to 18, parents, staff and special guests, came together at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall to celebrate the remarkable achievements from the 2016-17 school year whilst also showing our gratitude to those who go the extra mile.

Following a beautiful performance from the Junior School choir, the school’s Head, Mrs Leonard, took to the lectern and proceeded to remind us all of what makes the school such a special place in which to learn and develop. A selection of the remarkable achievements and moments from the year mentioned by Mrs Leonard included:

  • The excellent GCSE and A-level exam results including the value added to predicted grades;
  • 93% of EPQ students achieving A or A*;
  • Remarkable sporting achievements with various teams and individuals winning national competitions and a significant number of the school’s students competing at an international level in their chosen field;
  • The development of the new £6 million Sports Centre that will add further to the school’s already rich sports offer;
  • The achievements of the school’s successful Art department which saw our students invited to exhibit their work at a number of prestigious galleries, not least the Simply Cheshire event in which Grange students scooped the 2nd prize despite exhibiting alongside professional adult artists;
  • The extremely high quality of the school productions which saw a number of the cast being recognised at the Cheshire Theatre Guild awards;
  • The remarkable sight of Model United Nations students debating confidently with students three years older than themselves.
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Mrs Leonard also underlined the strong sense of community that exists within the school but also introduced the word “team” to suggest a cohesive and mutually supportive unit striving towards a shared goal of excellence in all areas of educational provision and attainment.

Further evidence of such excellence was duly provided in the form of the school’s musicians who produced stunning, spine-tingling performances. “That was stunning,” said Mrs Leonard following the Senior School Choir performance of ‘You Give Me Wings’, “I have worked in six schools and I can say that the standard of choral singing in this school is really exceptional.”

The Day Cup, awarded for exceptional contribution to the school, was presented to Mrs Julie Ward, the Senior School’s Office Manager and PA to the Head and Senior Deputy Head. As Mrs Leonard said, Mrs Ward “embodies the school’s values of wholeheartedness, commitment and supportiveness, she practically lives at the school, even volunteering at the Rowing Club on Saturdays. She won’t see anybody struggling and will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that everybody is happy.”

The evening ended with Mrs Karen Williams, Chair of Governors, who echoed Mrs Leonard’s earlier sentiment that we all “write our own stories”, leaving us with some questions: How can we challenge ourselves? How will we branch out? What are we going to do to make ourselves even better?