Welcome to Heckmondwike Grammar School
Heckmondwike Grammar School is proud of its reputation and the success which our pupils achieve. Our aim is to encourage curiosity in our students and ensure they achieve their full potential, both academically and as responsible citizens of the future. We have a dedicated and well qualified staff. Most importantly the partnership between staff, parents and pupils, always strong in the past, continues to flourish and is a vital factor in sustaining the purposeful working atmosphere which exists throughout the school.
A school should be judged not simply on its examination results or its facilities but on the fitness of its pupils to succeed in later life. We serve our pupils well, with the majority of our students progressing to their first choice destination.
We are a high achieving school. Our curriculum is academic and lessons are designed to meet the needs of all students. Our courses lead to GCSE qualifications in key stage four and A levels in the Sixth Form.
We have one of the largest school Sixth Forms in the North of England and this allows the school to offer an impressive range of A-level courses. This year our students were able to choose from over 20 different A-level subjects ranging from Further Mathematics to Sociology. We operate a personalised curriculum where most year 12 students will study 3 subjects from the start of Year 12 until the end of Year 13. Some students may add a fourth A-Level. Students may also opt to study Core Maths or work towards the Extend Project Qualification (EPQ).
Teachers are all experts in their chosen subject and many are A-level examiners. Students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the subjects they choose, supported by specialist teachers who understand the transition from GCSE to A Level.
Sixth Form life at Heckmondwike Grammar School is about far more than academic progress. The pastoral and academic support offered to students throughout the school is excellent, and the careers and progression guidance provided is outstanding. Students are offered an enrichment programme which allows them to pursue their interests outside the classroom and develop the wider skills that employers are looking for. As a result our students achieve excellent results which allow them access to the most competitive and highly rated University courses, as well as higher level apprenticeships with prestigious employers.
The Sixth Form Centre at Heckmondwike Grammar school gives students access to a purpose built study space, equipped with ICT facilities, throughout the day. Students also benefit from access to a dedicated Sixth form catering outlet and common room area.
In October 2018, a new Sixth Form Centre will open a short walk from the main site, providing additional study and social space, along with a new catering outlet.
The school benefits from continual refurbishment and development of the site to maintain and improve the quality of the learning environment. A spacious and modern sports hall, a performing arts studio and extensive additions to Science laboratories and teaching spaces are among the more recent developments.
ICT provision is very good indeed with specialist rooms and a school-wide wireless network. The school web site includes a wealth of learning resources and can be used to access school email and work remotely from home.
Students in years 7 to 13 are very well cared for by their form tutor, who is the primary contact person for parents with any concerns. In addition to looking after their welfare, the tutor oversees their progress and supports them in their studies in order
to maximise their achievement. Student Support Managers supervise the work of tutors and have wider responsibility for student welfare. Student support is very important to us, and each Key Stage is overseen by an Assistant Headteacher. Students also have
access to a Counsellor as required.
Students in the Sixth form also benefit from the support of the Deputy Director for Sixth form (Transition) who ensures students adapt to the demands of Sixth form life effectively and the Deputy Director for Sixth form (Progression), responsible for preparing students for their next steps. All students benefit from comprehensive careers and progression guidance, and have access to our excellent in house careers team. We encourage and support work related learning, and support students in finding and applying for suitable placements.
A target setting system ensures each student knows their potential for success in every subject, and they are encouraged to aspire to challenging target grades. The target grades are challenging and encourage aspiration in students. Grade sheets are sent home every term summarising progress towards targets in all subjects, and parents’ evenings are held so that parents can discuss progress with individual subject teachers.
As always the profile of our grades shows a very strong bias towards the upper range of grades. Excluding general studies, 76% of results were at grade C or better.
There were 243 A and A* grades altogether, including thirty-eight students that achieved three or more grade A* or A passes while eight students achieved a remarkable four or more A* or A grades.
These superb results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, and will enable the students to take their next steps with confidence. The outcomes in terms of students being placed at universities of their choice are exceptionally good this year.
As well as some overall excellent results for the school, with all of our Year 11 students securing at least five good GCSE grades, there were also 72% of our students who achieved five or more 9-7 or A*/A grades. In addition 52% of students secured an impressive eight or more 9-7 or A*/A grades. Our headline figure of 9-7 or A*/A grades is 61%, which is very pleasing.
In addition to these successes, there are also some exceptional individual stories: four students each achieved an amazing eleven GCSEs at grade 9 or A with a further six students all achieving eleven GCSEs at grade 8, 9 or A*.
These excellent results do not just happen automatically. They are evidence of the exceptional commitment and determination of Heckmondwike’s students who received outstanding support from the dedicated staff and hugely supportive parents.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Heckmondwike Grammar School directly.