Upper Sixth pupils were celebrating yet another terrific performance at A-level, maintaining its position as a high achieving school.
An impressive 100% pass rate was achieved from this year’s cohort, with 81% gaining a grade B or above and over half (57%) achieving nothing lower than an A grade in all of their subjects.
Students have been successful in gaining places on a diverse range of courses including Medicine, Textile Design and Engineering in many of the top universities across the UK, along with all applicants to Oxbridge admirably securing their place.
Our Chemists were not to be outdone this year with all students all achieving no lower than a B grade, of which 85% achieved an A*/A in the subject. A fitting recognition for the continued pursuit of excellence retiring Head of Chemistry Mr Carl Howe has given to his pupils after dedicating 20 years of teaching at The Grange School.
Those students studying and EPQ in tandem with their A levels produced some excellent and thought provoking presentations earning 93% of students an A grade or above, over 73% of these candidates gaining an A*.
Head Mrs Debbie Leonard said “The leaving Year 13 students have consistently showed their dedication to not only their studies, but in their generous contributions to the whole breadth of life within The Grange community. The results reward the commitment and determination they and their teachers have shown to making the very best of their ability. We are incredibly proud of their success!”
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In the Summer Term, students from Prep 6 were invited to visit the Food and Nutrition Department at the Senior School. The students experienced a Healthy Eating lesson exploring the Eatwell Guide, they were given the opportunity to analyse their previous day’s food intake, linked to the concept of the Eatwell Guide. The students then worked in groups to make yummy carrot and orange cupcakes containing fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and unsaturated fat.
There was a lovely atmosphere in the room as excited students got the chance to bake and sample the delights of their creations. When the students arrive at Senior School in September, they will study Food and Nutrition for two years, and it has been a real advantage for them to get a taste of what’s ahead!
The U18 County Rugby 7’s Tournament held at St Ambrose College, hosting some of the top teams in the country saw The Grange placed in a strong group with Lymm, Calday Grange and Sandbach School.
Starting each game with an excellent display of attacking free flowing rugby, The Grange dominated possession but failed to put points on the board when the opportunity was presented.
Despite losing against Calday with the last kick of the game and conceding a try in overtime against Sandbach, their spirit could not be broken.
Giving Lymm a scare in the final game demonstrated the growing reputation of The Grange as a talented and respected group of players .
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Following another summer of extremely successful public exam results at The Grange School, new Head teacher, Mrs Debbie Leonard, takes over the school as it leads up to its 40th anniversary of having a senior school in 2018.
Mrs Leonard joins the school after a successful six year stint as Head of Croydon High School, an independent day school for girls aged 3-18 where her strong philosophy of personalised learning was highly effective in giving each and every pupil the best possible opportunity to succeed. She also shares The Grange’s existing strong commitment to the wellbeing of those within its community believing that happiness and success go hand in hand.
Mrs Leonard joins The Grange following a period of success and development under the stewardship of Mr Chris Jeffery culminating in this summer’s public exam results. With 94.4% of GCSEs at A*-B, and 88% A*-B at A-level, this set of grades continues the established trend of excellent results at the school.
“I am delighted to be taking on the Headship at The Grange School,” said Mrs Leonard. “The School is consistently delivering excellent examination results and this is something we will continue to strive to do. However, for me what is equally important is the provision of a rich and varied programme of enrichment activities. At The Grange School there is something for everyone! Aside from the obvious educational opportunities for the pupils, I am excited by the challenge set for me by the Governors of developing a vision for the future which encompasses a significant amount of physical and financial development.”
A huge team of 21 crews, ranging from Year 3 to Sixth Form, put in a tremendous effort in mid-May’s Shrewsbury Regatta.
Organised in a “knock out” style, almost every crew raced twice over the 1km course either progressing into the semi-finals and then finals or falling back to compete in various plate competitions.
Every crew rowed with great gusto and determination, learning from mistakes from previous races to improve on them in the next. This proactive learning, as well as a great season of training, lead to a day of great results, with The Grange coming home with eight first place finishes. We must acknowledge the huge effort put in by all the rowers, winners on the day or not, as well as the enormous input from parents and coaches.
After a period of almost eight years as a Governor of The Grange School, the last four as Chairman, I decided last autumn to step down from both the position of Chairman and as a Governor in the summer of 2015.
Over the winter the Board has selected a new Chair and I am delighted to be able to confirm that, with immediate effect, Karen Williams will be the new Chair of the Board of Governors. Karen has been a Governor for three years, I know she will be a fantastic Chair and I wish her all the very best.
Since the announcement by Chris Jeffery of his decision to take up the Headship of Bootham School in the autumn of 2016 I have deliberated whether it is appropriate for the Chairman to depart at a time when the Governors are facing the most important task they have – appointing a new Head Teacher. I have spoken at length with Karen and she has asked me to remain on the Board until the appointment is made and to take the role of Deputy Chairman for that period, allowing her to focus on running the recruitment process in conjunction with our appointed consultants, RS Academics.
I am delighted to be able to serve the school in this way and am honoured to have been asked for my input in this vital and, at the same time, fascinating task. Karen will be writing to parents before half term with an update on the recruitment timetable.
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Towards the end of the Spring Term The Grange School hosted the Liverpool Art and Design conference, the theme of the conference was simply aimed at looking to the future. As all subjects move into a time of flux regarding examination boards and new syllabi, it is important to prepare for change and indeed relish it.
With the importance of drawing being made far more prevalent in the new batch of syllabi, local, yet internationally renowned Artist Julia Midgley spoke about the role that drawing has in her work process as an Artist. Julia, who specialises in ‘reportage’ wowed the audience with her insightful and challenging work based in archaeology, Medicine and War Art. Julia then continued to draw during the conference with her drawing being filmed and projected as the other speakers presented.
Following Julia was Ivan Davies, chief examiner for WJEC/Eduquas who delivered a presentation about how the examination board had welcomed the purpose of drawing and saw it as a central aspect to all areas of creativity. Following a fantastic lunch, the delegates were enlightened by Laura Harris from Christie’s Education Department who explained how Christies (Auction house) have developed their Education Department and now offer a portfolio of demanding degree courses that deal with the business aspect of Art.
The conference was concluded with an inspirational presentation by Julia Sprake, Head of Design at Goldsmiths College, Julia spoke with real authority and knowledge about the wonderful Design degree Goldsmith offer and the role of Design in society.
The conference was a huge success with Art educationalists being truly inspired.
Headmaster Chris Jeffery will be leaving The Grange School in the summer of 2016 to become Headmaster of Bootham School in York. The move, announced today by the Grange School’s Board of Governors, will see. Chris formally take up his new position at Bootham in September, 2016.
In its announcement, The Board of Governors said it was sad to see Chris leave the school and acknowledged his significant commitment and contribution to the development of The Grange since his appointment in 2005. The Board will now begin the process of identifying the right person to succeed Chris as Head and build on The Grange’s considerable strengths.
During Chris’s time at the school, and especially through the commitment and hard work of his staff in all roles, The Grange has flourished in very many ways:
The Curriculum 2020 project, a thought-leading piece undertaken early in Chris’ tenure which set the scene for the development of the school’s strategy and of the Grange Way as the basis for a new understanding of the school’s curriculum.
Articulation of the vision and values that continues to make the school special, successful and different, attracting high quality staff who exemplify the school’s values, and giving it confidence to portray itself in an imaginative and cutting edge way in its marketing activity.
Strengthening the school’s reputation for offering excellent pastoral care.
Growth in numbers and demand at all levels at the Senior School over the past ten years, helping the school to successfully navigate the recent recession.
Sustained excellence in public exams both in both results and the added value they represent, which has seen the school regularly in the top reaches of various national performance tables and consistently the best in Cheshire, in part securing our position as Cheshire’s leading independent day school.
Expansion of the school’s enrichment programme, especially in areas such as music, drama, DofE, rowing, rugby, girls team sports, and the development of the Grange Award.
Development of the school’s Access to Excellent bursary scheme and continued support for charity, especially Project Gambia (in which Chris has taken a particular interest).
Continued development of top class facilities including theatre, drama and music facilities; a junior school with sports, music, science and D&T facilities unrivalled in the North West; all-weather sports facilities; an outstanding sixth form centre; and a building programme that stretches into the next ten years to provide a new sports centre, a new school hall, dining facilities and more outstanding teaching space.
In addition Chris has significantly raised the school’s profile in independent education by representing The Grange locally as Chair of HMC NW, the HMC representative on the national Independent Schools Child Welfare expert group and, recently, as Chair of the HMC Welfare Working Group which he was instrumental in setting up.
Chris Stubbs, Chairman of the Governors, commented: “We fully understand and support Chris’s decision to take on a new challenge at another outstanding, but very different, school at this stage in his career. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have been Chairman during his time as Headmaster and when the time comes, we will thank him appropriately for his outstanding service to the school and wish him every success in his new venture. Without being remotely complacent, The Grange is in a strong position, with its clear educational mission, dedicated and talented staff, clear values, ambitious future plans and healthy finances.”
Chris Jeffery said: “It has been the greatest joy of my career to have led such a remarkable and wonderful school over the past ten years; leaving such a warm, supportive community will be very hard! I am very excited about the move to Bootham School, which shares all the most important values of The Grange, and will provide new challenges for the next phase of my career. I am utterly confident that the Governors will find an outstanding successor who will enjoy leading The Grange as much as I have”.
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The Grange’s senior football team put in a string of fantastic performances emerge victorious, for the fourth year running, from the Liverpool College 8’s Tournament.
The tournament involves twelve schools from across the north of England in an exhausting 8-a-side format. Having managed two draws and one win, the boys went into the final group phase game against Manchester Grammar School needing a win to progress; under pressure the team came up trumps with a very impressive 3-0 win to see them safely through to the knock outs.
The team survived a tight semi-final in order to set up a final against Rishworth School. We went ahead early in the game through Alfie Gyurkovits but then had to defend very well to stay ahead, with Ross Laidlaw pulling off some fantastic saves. Then, with the full time whistle about to go, the ball dropped to a Rishworth player who, with the last kick of the game, finished well to leave the match to be decided by penalties.
A faultless success rate by the Grange penalty takers and another fine save by Ross Laidlaw resulted in the boys successfully defending the title once again!