Manchester Access Programme

Manchester Access Programme 2017 Cohort Recruitment (Year 12)

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is The University of Manchester’s flagship Widening Participation scheme for local post-16 students. The aim of the Programme is to support entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work demonstrating specific knowledge and skills.

The MAP application form is available on the MAP website:

The MAP team will be able to visit local schools and colleges to give a MAP talk between mid-October and the start of December 2016. The application deadline is Monday 19th December 2016. 

Potential MAP students need to be in Year 12 and reside or study in Greater Manchester.

Further information and the application form can be found on our website. Please get in touch with the MAP team if you have any questions.


UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

Senior Maths Challenge North West Regionals took place on November 14th. Four of our students, Rebecca & Tokino from Year 13 and Zoe & Jorja from Year 12, went to Manchester and beat the 28 other schools! We spoke to Zoe and Jorja who told us about their first Maths Challenge competition.

How was the experience?
The experience as a whole was interesting and quite scary. It’s daunting seeing all of the other schools but so exciting. Yeah, I agree. It was a really enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

What did you do?
We went to Manchester University into a big hall with about 25 other schools and we had to compete in three rounds.
The first was 10 questions which we had 40 minutes to complete as a group which we found quite challenging. I think we only managed to complete around 8 for that one.
The second was a cross number (basically a crossword but with numbers) where we split into pairs and each pair has a set of clues for either the down or across numbers. We couldn’t communicate with the other pair so it was quite hard! We could only show them what our answers were on a “master grid” which we can both see and relay short messages through our teacher (Each team got a teacher from a different school).
And finally it was the shuttle relay.  One pair gets a question and the answer they get is needed for the other pair to work out their answer, so it was quite intense.

What is the next step?
Nationals is in London in February and I’m slightly terrified but still excited! To prepare we have to make a poster for the poster competition. We also have to do the same three rounds as mentioned before so we have a lot of practice questions to do.

Would u recommend others to try it?
Yeah, definitely. Yes, I would recommend it to those who are really dedicated to maths and enjoy doing it 🙂

Are there any hard questions/ problems that stood out?
I only remember two. A spider one which was like “imagine a room as a cuboid with sides 30, 12 and 12. There is a spider positioned 1m from the floor on one of the square walls equidistant from the two side walls and a fly on the opposite square wall 1m from the ceiling also equidistant from the two side walls. The spider must walk to eat the fly and he has found a way to do this which is less than 42m how did he do it” and then a UKMT one which was like “if 0<U<K<M<T<10 and U^M=K x T what is U+K+M+T”

Nationals are on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at London. Let’s wish them luck!

Year 12 Mock Trial

Mock Trials Success Nov 2016On Saturday our Year 12 Mock Trial team took part in the Sir Rhys Davies School Mock Trial Competition in the Manchester Crown Court, and competed against 11 other schools including Withington Girls and MGS. Our barristers (Caitlin M, Emily L, Celine B, and Hannah S) were all commended for their fantastic advocacy and professionalism and our witnesses (Aisha C, Emily S, Hana S and Anisa S) all put in star performances. The jury members were all very organised and impartial. The girls worked really hard and were truly excellent. They won every single one of their trials but missed the final by just a few points. It was a great day full of excitement! Congratulate to the girls on their brilliant efforts.


Congratulations to the U16 and U14 teams for their performance in the first round of the National schools’ competition.

The U16 teams played in. Round robin competition : the ‘A’ team winning all of their matches 5-0 and the ‘B’ only losing out to our ‘A’ team 5-0.

The U14 teams played in two sections of three. Both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams won their two matches, qualifying for the semi finals. Both teams won this match too so met each other in the final, the ‘A’ team winning by 5 games to 0.

Both teams in each age group have now qualified for the county finals in January (U14 on 18th and U16 on 25th) as winners and runners up of the Trafford competition. Such is the strength and depth of badminton at ‘Alti’ Girls.

Well done to everyone who played.

U16 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams


U14 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams


Congratulations to the year 7 and 8 swimmers for their performance in this competition at St. Ambrose College, last Friday.

Each swimmer took part in an individual race, a medley relay and a freestyle relay. The ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams of year 7 swimmers put up a good performance against year 8 teams and finished joint 13th.

The ‘A’ team of year 8 swimmers came first or second in their races but in the other heat Ashton-on-Mersey School were also doing well. The results were all calculated on times so it didn’t really matter what position you finished in. Ashton put in some very good times and narrowly pipped us into second place, winning the silver medal.

Well done to :

Year 8 : Emily, Ella, Katie and Christabel – who each received a silver medal.

Year 7 : Kirsten, Jemima, Imogen,  Evelyn, Alice, Jasmine, Caitlin and Ranvitha.

Year 8 team
Year 7 teams

U18 North Hockey final -National Schools’

U18 North Finalists

The U18 team had qualified for the North of England final of the National Schools’ Competition as winners from the North West round.

We travelled up to Leeds to take part in this very prestigious competition, knowing that the standard of play was going to be very high.

Our first game in our section was against GSAL ( Leeds Grammar School). After dominating the first part of the game we found ourselves 1-0 down. We created many chances but could just not convert them. Leeds were a very strong team and have reached the National finals on many occasions. Our girls played very well.

Our next game was against Greenhead School, from Huddersfield. We knew we had to win to have any chance of reaching the semi finals. The girls had a great game winning 4-1. We were still in the competition.

Our final match in the section was against old rivals Kirkham Grammar School from Lancashire. We knew we had to win or draw the match to qualify for the semis. The game did not go according to plan and Kirkham scored but the girls dug deep and equalised. The last part of the game was very frantic but we held on to the draw.

We were now in the semi finals, but against the tournament favourites and local rivals Stockport Grammar School. We had lost 6-0 in the county round so we knew we had a very difficult match in front of us.

The girls played some excellent hockey and created some chances but Stockport were too skilful and strong. We lost the game 3-0 so Stockport went though to the final where they beat GSAL 2-1.

Our girls had a great day and went home reasonably happy. Thanks must go to Sean from Bowdon Hockey Club who came to help coach the squad and to the many parents who transported the girls to the tournament. Thank you very much.