UK- German centenary project success

UK- German centenary project success

Honor, Imogen and Kate in 9-5 have been awarded first prize for their entry in the 11-14 song section of the Together: A UK-German centenary project. The project invited pupils aged 9-16 to produce poetry, art work or songs inspired by our shared history with Germany, with an emphasis on hope and unity. They have been invited to receive their certificates at the British Embassy in Berlin on 15th November, with flights and two nights hotel accommodation paid for. It is an amazing achievement and a fabulous prize. We look forward to hearing all about it in November.

See their entry below:

IBM Apprenticeships

Calling all students! Are you currently looking at your options for after college or sixth form? Consider IBM Apprenticeships or Gap Year Scheme!

Our apprenticeships are for 3 years, and 4 years for degree apprenticeships with a starting salary of £18,000 and a permanent role! You can apply for our apprenticeships roles now: 

Our employee benefits include: your very own company laptop, discounted cinema tickets, high-street store discounts, an Early Professional Manager to support your development, and depending on your role, a mobile device!

‘Othello’- English Trip

On Friday 7th September, Year 12 and 13 students studying English travelled to the Globe theatre in London to watch Shakespeare’s Othello. The play, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, tells the story of the Venetian general, Othello, and his relationship with his new wife, Desdemona. Corrupted by the evil Iago, Othello believes that Desdemona has been unfaithful to his, culminating in a violent murder at the end of the play which shocked those who weren’t prepared for it.


The play featured an all-star cast, including André Holland (Moonlight) as the eponymous tragic hero, and Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG) as Iago.

It truly was an excellent performance, in the theatre where it would have first been performed more than 400 years ago, and the day was enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.


Written by Amy Howarth, Year 13

Welcome Back!

Now that summer is over, it is time to get back into the rhythm of things here at school. Here are some top tips to help make this year your best!

There are so many clubs and activities this year for you to join. There is the annual dance show, this year’s theme is ‘Lights, Camera, Action’; a production of ‘The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe’; the AGGS music festival, and so many more. So, be sure to get involved with these events at school!

Make new friends

We know it may sound a bit old, but making new friends is a great way of meeting more people with the same interests as you. Whether this be at clubs or in lessons, it’s great to make some new friends for the year ahead.

Be proactive with revision

Revision. The word we dread but starting your revision earlier can be really beneficial. Even something as simple as taking extra notes can really boost your performance in exams.

We hope these tips are useful and to new staff and students, welcome to AGGS! 

Written by Erin & Lakshayaa, Year 8

Thought for the Week

  …There is power in self-sacrifice.

(Veronica Roth)

Rijuta J – AGGS School Physicist of the Year 2018 (SPOTY)

Rijuta, Physicist of the year 2018Rijuta J was nominated by the physics department to be the award winner for the AGGS School Physicist of the Year 2018 (SPOTY). SPOTY celebrates the talent of exceptional students studying physics in local schools.

On behalf of The University of Manchester and The Ogden Trust, she was invited to the School of Physics & Astronomy, Schuster Building, University of Manchester on Tuesday 10th July to celebrate her achievements.

Below is the statement that was read out during the ceremony:
“Rijuta is a true physicist from an early age winning the STEM club challenge in year 7. More recently, She achieved one of the top scores in her school physics examination and in the 2018 national physics Olympiad. She entered national competitions including talent 2030 – women in engineering where her group designed underwater turbines and was part of the team that achieved a bronze in the national cadets roller coaster challenge competition. The physics department at AGGS are extremely proud of her.”

Thought for the Week

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.’

(Dalai Lama)

Silver Qualifying Expedition: Letter from Kevin at Venture Out

Dear Parent / Guardian

Your child is due to attend their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Qualifier Expedition Saturday 15th Sept to Monday 17th Sept.  I’m contacting you to confirm the arrangements.    If they no longer can attend, please let the school know ASAP as this has an impact on the viability of their group.

I will be coordinating the event and will remain in the area all the time to support the staff.  I’ll be on-duty overnight on the campsites and should be your ‘First contact’ if you need to get in touch with your child.  I’d remind you that there is often patchy signal in the area that we will be working, (possibly no signal on the first campsite and none on the second one).  You can leave a message and I’ll return it when I pick it up.  You should also not be asking your young people to be ringing you to keep them updated.  Assume ‘No news is good news’.

During the Qualifying expedition, each group will be remotely supervised by a team of 3 staff who meet groups regularly at checking in points along the way.  Staff are not allowed to walk with groups.  On most days, they will be out for at least 7 hours and be walking at least 12km and ascending about 400m.  They will carry a 13kg rucksack which needs to be big enough to take some of the group kit (tents, cookers, fuel) They will be on remote hillsides and exposed to the weather. Please ensure that they have been keeping fit and well in the run up to this event and that they have good quality waterproof jacket and rain trousers.  Please ensure they are bringing a watch – not just a clock on their phone.  They need a wrist watch to help them time their walking and is an essential part of navigating and not getting lost.

If there are any changes to medical conditions you should have them checked by your doctor and declare them to the school.

Saturday morning drop off: 9am prompt.

Errwood Reservoir Car Park (Beside dam).  Buxton SK17 6SX  (click here for map)

There is limited 4G and therefore Google maps doesn’t work.  Please download a map before setting off.

Monday afternoon pick up: 4:00pm.

Tesco Superstore,  Bridgemont, Whaley Bridge, High Peak SK23 7PB  (click here for map)

They may be later than this so please be patient and remember that if you are early you will have to wait until they are dismissed by their trainer at the end of their debrief. 

Google Maps Alert – we have had problems recently with parents getting lost on the way to the drop off / pick up because they were using Google Maps and not a dedicated SatNav or SatNav app.  Google Maps can struggle in the countryside as it relies on you receiving a 4G signal to update the map position.  Please take precautions to download that area.


These are the campsites we are using in case you need to pick up a child.1st Night – Gradbach Scout Campsite

Peter Watson Camp Site, Old Hall Farm, Peak District National Park, Quarnford SK17 0SU

(Click here for map)

Campsite has showers.  No phone reception as this is a narrow valley.


2nd night – Cold Spring Farm

64 Manchester Rd, Buxton SK17 6SS

(click here for map)

Campsite has showers


Mobile phones

The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night).  There are many reasons for this:

The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.

Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets.  They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.

There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.

For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:


Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment.  I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to.  You can contact me directly on 07980 306869  – please only do this if it is an emergency, and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.


Thanks for your support.


Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

GCSE Results 2018

Students at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls rise to the challenge of new GCSE examinations
GCSE-Results-2018-(32)In a year that saw new GCSE examinations across virtually all subjects, students at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls once again achieved an incredible set of outstanding results.
37.2% of all entries achieved the very top grade of 9 and 83% of all results were graded at A*-A or 7 and above. A phenomenal 44 students achieved 8 or above (A* in the old GCSE grading system) in all of their examinations and 99 students passed all 9 subjects at 7+, A or A* grade. A remarkable 9 students achieved grade 9/A* in all subjects.
Stephanie Gill, Principal of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, said:
“I am delighted that the hard work of our students over the last five years has been rewarded by such fantastic GCSE results. These achievements also reflect the dedication of our teachers and the quality of the support provided by our staff. We are extremely proud of each and every one of our students and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.”
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, whose mission is to provide a first-class education for all young people.
See the summary of the 2018 GCSE Results:

A-Level Results 2018

The students and staff at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls have a great deal to be proud of once again as they celebrate another excellent set of results which saw 90.2% of examinations graded at A*-B and 98% graded at A*-C.

The school has plenty to celebrate, with a remarkable 70 students achieving A* or A in all their subjects. 12 students achieved A* grades across the board.

Stephanie Gill, Principal of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls said “We are delighted that our students have exceeded expectations to achieve such excellent outcomes. They are a fitting reward for the hard work and determination they have shown and the wonderful support they received from our staff.

We are incredibly proud of all of our students and wish them the very best for their future.

AGGS is part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust whose mission is to provide a first class education for all young people.

See the summary of the 2018 A-Levels Results

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