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Welcome to Fort Pitt Grammar School


Fort Pitt Grammar School is a selective school for girls aged 11-18 years, with boys now being able to join our Sixth Form. The school gained academy status in November 2010 and became part of the Fort Pitt Academy Trust, along with the Robert Napier School and Phoenix School, in 20  .

Fort Pitt Grammar School has a well-deserved reputation for achieving 'Academic Excellence,' encouraging students to go 'Above and Beyond,' as well as preparing them for 'Moving On' to university/apprenticeships/training/employment. The school offers a wide range of AS and A2 courses and the high standards and high expectations of the Sixth Form students result in excellent achievement, while at the same time nuturing the individual to be fully prepared for life in the 21st century. The Post-16 curriculum also includes the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research and a 'Further Skills' programme, where topics such as first aid, cooking, career options and e-safety are covered.

Staff are well qualified, experienced and committed to excellence. They encourage students to fully engage with their A level subjects by using up to date resources, experts in the field and arranging educational excursions. Independent learning and the ability to achieve excellent grades is facilitated through carefully planned lessons and challenging tasks - both around and beyond the syllabus. This is so students can access the highest grades and be fully prepared for further/higher education.

About us

We are an innovative school and have a very clear vision of what we want to achieve; this we aim to do through our four “excellents”: academic excellence (teaching, achievement and learning), excellent appearance (dress and behaviour), excellent environment (school buildings and grounds), excellent community (school, local, global). High standards are expected throughout the school, particularly from 6th formers who should be role models for younger students and be prepared to contribute fully to the life of the school.

We work in close partnership with other 16-19 learning providers to offer as wide a range of options as possible to satisfy the needs of individual students. Under consortium arrangements, students are able to take one A level course only at another consortium school (Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Robert Napier or St John Fisher) if they are unable to take all four A level subjects at Fort Pitt. In these circumstances, taxi transfers (where necessary) is arranged by the school

The entry requirement to our Sixth Form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, which must include Maths and English, with a minimum B grade in the subjects wishing to be studied at A level.

We warmly welcome applicants from all students who meet these requirements and our Open Evening takes place on Thursday 23rd November 2017 from 6-8pm.

Facilities available

Fort Pitt is situated in lovely grounds and boasts a mix of historical buildings and state of the art architecture

  • a purpose built Art and Design & Technology Centre
  • a listed Georgian house dedicated to Music
  • a suite of four ICT rooms in a listed building
  • a Sports Hall and fitness room, tennis/netball courts and a playing field
  • a self contained Sixth Form block with recreational, study careers and computing facilities
  • an attractive dining area which provides healthy food before school, mid-morning and at lunch-time and throughout the day for post 16 students

Additional support

We offer support to students in a number of ways:

Student Support

The school prides itself on the support offered by its teachers, non-teaching House Managers, tutors and students.  Senior students are responsible for peer mentoring, cyber mentoring and academic mentoring.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Fort Pitt recognises that all students are special and the school works to enable all students to reach their true potential.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will work with students, parents, teachers and Student Support to ensure that students with special needs have full access to the curriculum and can achieve success.

We foster a positive, supportive relationship between home and school to enable every student to achieve their best.

Stretching the Most Able

Extension activities provide the stimulation for engagement and challenge of able students. Our 'Full Potential' programme provides students with varied opportunities to learn/read around and beyond the syllabus in their chosen A level courses and other subjects they may still be interested in. It also gives students a chance to engage with new, exciting resources and get involved in the wider school community e.g. attending clubs, leading lower school workshops etc.

There is also a '3 As' group which works to raise the higher education and career aspirations of our able students by visiting Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, inviting in inspiring speakers and Fort Pitt alumni to motivate and instil confidence in our students' capabilities and prospects. 

Learner success

A dedicated Careers Advisor ensures that support for the future is offered as and when an individual requires advice. Students are encouraged to visit universities and are supported in any decisions for the future by an experienced Head of Sixth Form, teachers and tutors.  In 2014 over 90% of our students gained places at either their first or second choice university.

Most students leave Fort Pitt to attend university.  The school continues to send students to Oxford and Cambridge colleges as well as many of the other highly regarded Higher Education institutions.  Success rates, whatever a student’s choice of destination after Fort Pitt, have been high.  We are always pleased and proud to hear how well our students perform after they have left us!

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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