Headteacher’s blog: Mrs Wall

Hello everyone, and welcome back.

It has been a wonderful start to the second half of the autumn term at both spectrums of the school – with a fabulous Year 7 “ Let’s Sing” concert that was attended by hundreds of parents. The pupils were in great voice and it was wonderful to see the close connections that are being established in forms and the year group. Well done to all involved!

At the other end of the school, our sixth form open evening was also hugely successful; a great opportunity for potential students and their parents to see what we have to offer. I was delighted to see so many of our Year 12s and Year 13s were involved on the evening and it was heart-warming to hear them speak so passionately about their experiences in our sixth form.

On top of our wide range of subjects, teaching resources and excellent facilities, students saw firsthand what a nurturing environment Urmston Grammar is.

This point was proven in a Manchester Evening News article, where research was conducted into the most popular secondary schools in Greater Manchester. The list was put together according to applications per place and William Hulme’s Grammar School topped the poll; I am delighted that Urmston Grammar came fifth out of all the secondary schools in the ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester area. It is a great achievement for the school, and you can read more about it here.

Also new this term, is a section on our website of the school’s alumni, showing the success of former students. Please take a look as we will continue to feature different students during the year. One of our alumni – Pharroh Gordon – was recently featured in the American press for his athletic achievements. Read more about him here.

One highlight from the autumn term so far has been the DigiCon conference that was organised by our students with digital marketing consultancy PushON. It gave a great insight into the digital world of work with entrepreneurial speakers who presented on topics such as futurology, digital marketing, social media management and business start-ups. This type of event – outside of normal school activity – is a real asset to all our students, who had the opportunity to learn more about the world of technology and how they can be involved in shaping that world. Thank you to Simon Wharton (PushON), Tom Cheesewright (Applied Futurist), James Crawford (Agency One), Elizabeth Clark (Dream Agility) and Sandy Lindsay MBE (Tangerine & The Juice Academy) who made the event such a success.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the term and please continue to visit the website and social media accounts for updates.

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