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The student money manual is a great guide for those going off to Uni; helping you to plan your finances, giving you ideas etc.

Please find below a link to the online version which is well worth printing off.


Make your Oxbridge application super savvy
If you’ve got excellent grades, passion for your subject and a love of learning, Oxford or Cambridge could be the perfect place to study for your degree – and nothing should stop you from applying by Sunday 15th October.
Check out our guide to boosting your chances by making a savvy application. We start by busting some Oxbridge myths.
Some myths you might have heard about Oxbridge and why they’re wrong:
  1. “It’s not for me, I won’t fit in” – 63% of Cambridge undergrads starting a course in 2016 came from a state school, and 58% for Oxford.
  2. “I won’t get in, there’s no point in applying” – Over a quarter of UK undergraduate applicants were offered a place at Cambridge for 2016-17, and 20% of Oxford applicants.
  3. “I’m no good at interviews” – You should certainly practice interviewingat school and home and make sure you’re prepared, but interviewers know how to see through the nerves to recognise potential and passion.
  4. “Interviewers like to throw rugby balls at candidates” – No they don’t.
If you’re not convinced, you can take a look in detail at Oxford’s andCambridge’s admissions stats to see figures for gender, ethnicity, region, disability and more.
Be savvy to boost your chances of getting in:
You can improve your chances of getting a place by being savvy – here’s how to do it.
You will need: The admissions stats for Cambridge and Oxford.
  • Choosing a university: You can apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. Cambridge has a better overall success rate for applicants.
  • Choosing a college: Cambridge and Oxford are made up of different colleges, and you can apply to one or submit an open application to any. Look at application numbers and success rates for each college to boost your chance of getting an offer.
  • Choosing a course: If you’re still deciding which subject to study, you can see the number of applicants who apply for individual courses to see how competitive each subject is.

Always do your own research before applying, and think carefully about your personal priorities. Never choose a subject you’re not that interested in just because you think you might get a place.

Making your application:

  1. Apply through UCAS: Include your college on your UCAS application as normal. Make sure you apply by the Oxbridge deadline of 15th October.
  2. Extra tests or applications: You might need to do an extra test or fill in a separate application form depending on your subject – check your department’s website to find out. Cambridge will email you a link to a questionnaire after you apply through UCAS.
  3. Interviews: Your college will write to let you know whether or not they’d like to interview you. Interviews usually take place in the first few weeks of December.
  4. Pooling: If you’re not accepted by the college where you interviewed, you may be “pooled”. That means other colleges get the chance to look at your application and invite you to another interview after Christmas.

News round up…

The summer has been busy,  lots has been going on around the world…

Hurricanes, floods, North Korea, the Royal family…

Check out the most up to date news over on the BBC website…  


Faith Reclaimed


Last week (12th-14th July), a group of Year 8 students attended the Faith Reclaimed Conference, a pilot initiative aimed at creating confident ambassadors who are able to represent and educate their peers and teachers about their faith. Led by local social activist Ruth Ibegbuna (Twitter), the Reclaim Charity’s aim is to develop youth leadership in the local community and to inspire grassroots social change.

With established initiatives in the Moss Side community, and schools local to Manchester, the charity is expanding following an awareness of the existence of a general misunderstanding and ignorance towards certain people of faith within our nation. Starting with Islam, the Muslim ambassadors from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls took part in activities that ranged from sing-a-longs, to exploring prejudices they have faced, to creating a range of Continuing Professional Development courses for students and teachers.

The immediate aim is for the students to create a range of resources and feel confident enough to deliver a lesson to the school. The greater aim is to reduce ignorance towards Islam and other faith communities, and to inspire young people to tolerate, accept and promote the wide diversity of beliefs that exists in the United Kingdom and world today.

Speaking about the conference, Ruth stated in her email to Mr Davenport that:

“In short, it was wonderful.  The girls had an incredible time and contributed so well.  They are walking ten-foot-tall about all […]

Parents are very happy with the work the girls have done and in two weeks there will be a website, demonstrating all that they have learnt.

Thank you so much for supporting this initiative. it was powerful and, as the girls have said, extremely timely; as all expressed personal fears around Islamophobia and UK reactions to terror attacks.”

We look forward to working with the Reclaim charity in the future, and helping with more inspirational initiatives in the local area, and cannot wait to be educated by the students present at the conference.

Red Nose Day

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.


Day 2 for 7-4

We’ve had another great day af Glaramara. All groups have survived the chill of the ghyll scramble and 2 groups thrived on the challenges of the climb the mine. At the moment there is frantic activity as the girls work in teams to produce a newspaper structure to support an orange rolling. Will the teachers’ team win?

Safely arrived

7-4 has arrived safely at Glaramara. We’ve had a great journey here and have had a busy afternoon, with 2 groups at the climbing wall and one hill walking. Then it was time for a delicious dinner before our evening activities, firstly an outdoor memory game and then a demonstration led by one of 7-4 in the art of making Christmas trees. Really looking forward to a full day of activities tomorrow!

Glaramara 7-3 and 7-6 Day 3

The start of day 3, a little rainy but nothing a brew won’t fix.

A morning in the mine, some very brave young ladies, well done.

The weather brightened up for the fell walk.

Some expert belaying and climbing.

The coach trip home, some very tired pupils and teachers. A rainbow cheered us all up though.

Back at school, parents and suitcases all lined up ready to go home. 

A great trip 7-3 and 7-6. Thank you for always being cheerful, getting involved in all the activities and looking after each other. I hope the rest of the week at school is just as fun.

Glaramara 7-3 and 7-6 Day 2

Another beautiful day, a great view.

Breakfast complete, time for some activities.

A successful morning on the fell.

Celebrating success.

Some time at the climbing wall.

A little bit of ghyll scrambling, but what is a ghyll?

Through the tunnel, not for the claustrophobic. 

Emerging from the dark.

Time to get wet.

Wee, down the slide.

Into the mines.

Time for a little competition, “orange roll”