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Welcome to Wirral Grammar School for Girls

A message from the Head of Wirral Grammar School For Girls

We have been a Grammar School catering for girls aged 11-19 since 1931 and we now have just over 1,000 pupils, with around 300 of them in the sixth form. In August 2011 the school became an Academy.

Our recent Ofsted Inspection (January 2008) stated that the school was outstanding in every category.

The inspection commented –

“This is an outstanding sixth form. Standards are high and achievement is excellent. Students become mature, reflective young adults. They blossom in the high level of care, guidance and nurture they receive. Students greatly enjoy being in the sixth form and also play a full and enthusiastic part in both the wider school community and beyond.  

“The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Students think for themselves, question and present their ideas to others clearly and confidently. They relish the opportunity to take the initiative and do this, not only in lessons, but also within the school and the wider community. They are excellent ambassadors for their school”.

“Leadership and management are outstanding. There is a very clear vision for the future and a clear focus on nurturing the well-being, both academic and personal, of all students.  There are rigorous systems of monitoring students’ progress which ensure they reach very challenging targets.” 

Our results at ‘A’ level are outstanding, putting us amongst the best schools in Wirral and the North West.

The school is proud of the varied clubs and societies that we provide. We have highly successful sports teams, orchestras, and choirs.  Many subject departments organise visits both locally and abroad.  Girls support many charities and there are thriving links with local businesses and the community.

You will find here a school which is not only achieving outstanding academic results but where there is a busy, lively buzz of activity and learning.   We have always fostered traditional values, notably self-discipline, community spirit and thoughtfulness for others.

We have the most up-to-date resources and facilities to prepare our students for life as adults in the twenty-first century. We are delighted that we have been recognised as a Gold Sportsmark School; that we are affiliated to the Specialist Schools’ Trust, have recently achieved Healthy School Award, Inclusion Award and the International School Award. We are now a Language College and a Humanities College and a Science College, one of the few schools in the country to be awarded three specialisms.
We are one of the nine Wirral schools benefiting from extensive site development through the Private Finance Initiative. The project cost over £11 million.
The minimum requirements are six A*-C grades including English and Mathematics. Five of these must be at grade B or above.  You must have at least a grade B in the 4 subjects you wish to study at A-level. (Some subjects will require at least a grade A). In subjects that are not offered at GCSE we would look at related GCSE subjects to make entry decision. You will also need to attend an Induction week in June/July.
If you join our sixth form I can assure you of an excellent education in a supportive and caring environment. 
Elaine Cogan

About us

Opportunities in the Sixth Form

Enrichment Programme

The enrichment programme should broaden your perception and understanding of the world around you whilst also improving your performance in your chosen subjects. It should make you more adaptable in a changing world and help you be successful in your university studies or in a job.

Compulsory for all students Examination and Qualification details

  • AS and A2 level General Studies (AQA Syllabus A);examined in January and June in Year 13.
  • English Speaking Board examination preparation - As well as improving your communication skills, a distinction carries valuable UCAS points (entry optional).
  • Physical Education; a range of activities including Community Sports’ Leader Award are offered during Year 12.  

One hour per week is allocated to the compulsory qualifications, plus an additional hour per week for PE (Year 12 only).  

Optional Activities

  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ - Exam' Board AQA)
  • The Language College offers a wide range of foreign language courses at introductory level; these are studied using interactive software. 
  • Reading recovery (of particular interest to anyone considering primary school teaching).
  • Mentoring younger students - for example as a 'Science Angel' or 'EuroStar' (also excellent experience for anyone considering a career working with young people).
  • School Drama Productions - auditions open to Yr12 students.
  • Bar Mock Trial - our school enters a team of Yr12 students into this competition every year.
  • Sixth Form Theatre Club - Mrs Edwards arranges a programme of events each year.
  • Sixth Form Book Club.
  • Debating Societies.  

Optional courses are done during study periods. It may also be possible to undertake work experience or work shadowing during the year.  

A variety of workshops and visits will also be organised. Some of these events will broaden your understanding of your studies and others will assist you with your application to higher education. For example we have several Yr12 students each year who successfully apply for  'Villiers Park' courses in a variety of academic areas, and the prestigious Nuffield Bursary scheme (which involves being placed with a local organisation to undertake a scientific research project). Some of these events will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be publicised in year assemblies.

Facilities available

We have a fully fitted sports hall, drama studio and dance studio and our hall has a professional lighting rig on which students can learn the technical aspects of putting on performing arts shows.

As a Language College we have a computerised language suite and all our classrooms have multimedia projectors. Most have interactive whiteboards. We have two ICT suites and a smaller ICT room available to Sixth Form. In addition, the Sixth Form have their own computer room and common room with kitchen facilities.

As part of our Healthy Schools award our canteen is light and spacious and serves a selection of quality, healthy food before school and during break and lunch time. Students who wish to eat sandwiches can do so in the glass atrium.

 We have lifts available for students with disabilities.

Additional support

Pastoral Support

In Years 10 and 11 you will have the support of a Year Head and Form Tutor who will work with you throughout your GCSEs.  Year Heads for Years 10 and 11 as well as the Sixth Form are line managed by a Deputy Head who provides an overview of support and contact for you and your parents during your senior years in school
Sixth Form students are supported by the Head of Year, Mrs Procter, and the Assistant Heads of Year, Miss McGarrigle & Mrs Crawford. You will be in a tutor group, which is created using friendship groups where possible. Within these groups students are given a chance to take responsibility, acting as form captains and representing their tutor group in School Council and on the Common Room Committee. Each form has its own tutor who is an experienced member of staff. These tutors are responsible for keeping an eye on each girl`s welfare and progress, registration and organising form time.
Careers Education and guidance is a vital and integral part of the Years 10 and 11 PSE and the sixth form pastoral programme. The specific contribution that it makes is:
  • It provides opportunities for students to find out about and experience the working world and higher Education.
  • It provides opportunities for students to develop skills, which will enable them to make relevant and appropriate choices, which will prepare them for the working world of the 21st Century.
Mrs Edwards is Head of Careers and Excellence Challenge Co-ordinator at the school. Excellence Challenge supports the Careers Education Programme as it seeks to raise aspirations and ambitions amongst our students. The Careers department has many links with a range of Higher Education bodies and local industries and we aim to provide a comprehensive and first class careers service to all the students at Wirral Grammar School for Girls The work of the Careers department is designed to provide as much assistance as possible to our students. We aim to provide guidance to each Year group, helping them to select Higher Education courses, universities and to take advantage of the local community, both academic and work based. In the sixth form, careers work includes vocational and educational counselling as well as further opportunities for work experience and student undergraduate shadowing. Girls, together with their parents have the opportunity to attend talks on university applications and careers and subject trends. The Careers Department has developed strong links with the University of Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield as well as attending subject specific conferences on topics such as Medicine, Art and Design, Law. Each year Sixth Form girls attend the Higher Education conference at Liverpool, the national Oxbridge Conference in Manchester and the UCAS Art and Design Conference also in Manchester.
Careers Education and guidance is given throughout the VI Form from appropriate A Level choice to Higher Education advice and guidance on employment. This is reinforced by visiting speakers, and attendance at related Conferences.
Each year, year 12 students visit the Manchester Higher Education conference which gives them the opportunity to attend subject talks, talk to school liaison officers from a variety of institutions as well as experience what a university is like. They will also have the opportunity of attending university open days at Leeds, Sheffield, Oxford and Cambridge.
The school has excellent links with Major Higher Education institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, Liverpool, the University of Wales and JMU, and regularly welcomes visitors from these institutions.
Occupational talks take place throughout the year on such topics as the R.A.F. the Navy, Art and Design and teaching. The school also has strong links with Industry and employers in the area and VI Formers regularly undergo work-shadowing which is related to either the subjects that they are Studying at A Level or to possible career choices.
Mrs Edwards is a specialist Careers teacher who has an up to date knowledge and experience of Higher Education opportunities, employment and labour market information runs the Department. The school has a well-stocked careers room together with facilities for Internet access. Mrs Edwards is available during lunchtime, after school and in free periods to discuss with students and/or parents opportunities available.

Learner success

A Level success for Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Pupils and staff at Wirral Grammar School for Girls are celebrating some excellent A level results after another outstanding performance has seen them achieve 100% pass rate. The average point score was 411.0 per candidate with a score of 99.6 per entry. The percentage of A*/A grades was 35% and 67% for combined A* to B grades.

Katie Rosseinsky achieved an impressive 5 A* grades.

Katherine Lumley achieved 4 A*s’, as did Anita Nandi who should also be congratulated for an AEA Merit. The following three girls achieved 5A*/A grades: Emily Leach (who also achieved an AEA Merit), Helen Steiger and Rachel Williams.

A further 9 girls achieved 4 A */A grades and 15 more girls achieved 3 A*/A grades.

Mrs Cogan, Headteacher, said, “I am extremely proud of the achievements of all the girls. It is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all the pupils, staff and parents.”

Jane Leadbetter, going to Liverpool to read medicine; Rebecca Richards, going to Leeds to read French and Maths; Emily Leach, going to Oxford to read Engineering and Anita Nandi, going to Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. Rachel Patel has also achieved a place at Oxford.

The school’s excellent A-level results build on our success at GCSE:

THE school recorded its best ever performance, with all its pupils gaining at least five A*-C grades.

A further 42 girls at the Bebington school also achieved A* or A grades in all of their subjects.

Headteacher Elaine Cogan said: “These results reflect the hard work and dedication of both pupils and staff and the fantastic support of parents and governors.

“They are well deserved and again reflect the high academic standards at Wirral Grammar School for Girls.”

We are in the top 5% of National league tables. We also featured in the best 100 schools in the country and are one of the top performing schools in the north-west.

We are proud to have been awarded an Outstanding School Award by Ofsted and an Outstanding School Award by the Specialist College and Academies Trust.   The school has received letters of congratulation on the achievement of our pupils from the Secretary of State. Wirral Grammar School for Girls has achieved an outstanding school award from the local LEA/Health Service for attaining healthy school status and has been used as a model for other schools in the authority. 

The LEA reports that we have the best attendance level in the authority.

In addition to academic achievement our Sixth Form have been involved in extensive fund-raising for local charities and have gained sporting success with one of our pupils representing England in hurdling. We have members of the Youth Parliament and European Youth Parliament. Two of our pupils gained the National Arkwright Scholarship for her work in Design & Technology.

Sixth Formers act as mentors to younger pupils and have set up support groups to extend reading and essay writing skills, competence in Maths and ‘Science Angels’. They also work with local primary schools in the Reading Recovery Programme

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2014
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