GCSE visit to PHM & Crown Courts


On Friday the 7th October, the GSCE Citizenship students went on a trip to Manchester. While we were there, went first to the People’s history museum. We learnt about the Suffragette movement and how women gained the vote by watching a drama performance of a lady called Hannah Mitchell. Hannah Mitchell, a self-educated Socialist and suffragette, was born in Derbyshire. Later, she served on Manchester City Council. The Hard Way Up, her autobiography, is seen as a classic account of life by a working class woman. We then did a range of activities such as debating how to get equal rights in education for girls and boys and learnt about different methods of protest. Some even suggested kidnapping a teacher!

In the afternoon, after eating a foot long at Subway, we visited the Crown Courts. We were taught of the different positions in a case and even rein acted one in court 16. This linked to what we learnt in the People’s history museum as two suffragettes, Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney, were on trial in our case. We even tried on judge’s wigs and robes! After a long, exciting day, we got the tram back to Altrincham.

Overall, our day in Manchester was fun and informative. Some highlights were:

  • Getting involved it the dramatic performance.
  • Looking round the museum at all the exhibitions
  • Dressing up as judges
  • Shouting at our peers in court!
  • Safa falling asleep standing up on the tram back

We all enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to our trip to the Houses of Parliament next year.


By Ariella Basger and Lizzie Poyner in 10-4

English Schools’ Cross Country Cup – National Finals

On Saturday 4 of our athletes competed in the national finals of the  English Schools’ cross country cup.  There were 24 teams running from schools all over the country.  Teams are generally made up of 6 runners, with the first 4 counting towards the team score, so we were under pressure for all our runners to perform to the highest standard and avoid any injuries during the race.  And as always our girls rose to the challenge.

The 4 put in fantastic individual performances – Hannah was 7th overall, Millie 23rd, Laura 65th and Emma 66th out of 140 runners.  It’s very hard to tell how other schools have performed until the results are announced.

The team finished in 8th place overall – this is a fantastic achievement considering how many schools enter this competition – there are 35 county rounds and within that around 500 schools.  To finish 8th in the country is no mean feat.

All done and not muddy! Laura, Emma, Hannah and Millie after their race
All done and not muddy! Laura, Emma, Hannah and Millie after their race

Thanks to their girls for their commitment to this competition – cross country isn’t everyone’s favourite!!

Indoor Athletics

There were 14 schools altogether and some tough competition – Manchester area is traditionally a very strong area for athletics.

The girls competed in 60m, 60m Hurdles, 200m, 300m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot, High Jump and 4x200m relay.  We gave some very good individual performances and gained 6 individual medals out of the 9 events.

Maddie                          60m hurdles                    Gold

Kitty                                Shot                                      Silver

Anna                                60m                                      Silver

Laura                                800m                                   Bronze

Millie                                High Jump                        Bronze

Emma                               Long Jump                        Bronze

The girls predicted that they would come about 7th or 8th and were delighted when the results put us in 2nd place behind Wright Robinson – with the same points total but we had one gold and they had 3 so they were presented as winners.  A fantastic effort and many of the officials and coaches came over to congratulate the girls on their performance and said how well they had done to beat so many Manchester schools.

However, over that weekend I received a call from the organiser to say that there had been an error with the placings in the 300m.  Charlotte had been given 6th place when actually she had come 4th. So that meant we actually scored more points that Wright Robinson and were the rightful winners!!  Martin the organiser brought the trophy to school the following week.


Well done to Laura, Maddie, Millie, Emma, Kitty, Mary, Anna, Charlotte and Holly on their superb team effort.


The hockey teams had great results against Wilmslow High School at the weekend.

1stX1 won 6-0

A combined U16/U15 X1 won 2-1

U14X1 won 3-0

The U13X1 ended up playing mini hockey as some of the Wilmslow players did not turn up so we could not play our normal 11aside game. The results, in the games they played, were 13-0 and 3-0.

U12’A’ won 10-0

U12’B’ won 14-0

What great results girls, well done.

Trip to the Good Food Show

Good Food Show

Last Friday Key Stage 4 Food and Nutrition students were lucky enough to spend a day at the Good Food Show in Birmingham. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a show with Paul Hollywood and some of the girls bumped in to James Martin. We had an amazing day and were all inspired. We are yet to make the bread recipe Paul demonstrated. Watch this space….

The Good Food Show gang Paul Hollywood at the Good Food Show

Silver to Tilly

Tilly's Ice Skating SuccessTilly, 10-3, competed in the ISU (International Skating Union) Winter Cup, Belgium this Wednesday with her team The Whizz Kids. She Scored a personal best and they won the Silver Medal, in Synchronised skating with her partner Tabitha (from another school)!

Well done Tilly!

Thought for The Week

Thought for the week

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

(Arthur C Clarke, Writer)


Encourage us to take chances and learn from any mistakes. Amen

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