Christmas Enterprise markets

Christmas-markets-2015-5 The Y7, 8 and 9 Christmas Enterprise markets have been bigger and better than ever before! The Hall was bustling with Christmas shoppers looking to buy a Christmas bargain. Crafts ranged from couture cupcakes to bath salts, Christmas trees made from newspaper, Emoji biscuits & cards, homemade fudge, candle holders and Father Christmas pompom keyrings.

The talent has been outstanding and we still have one more week to go. 

A share of the money raised will go to supporting this Terms charity, Shelter Box.

Well done to all the girls so far!


Y12 ‘Careers Fortnight’

ASPIREBetween 2nd-13th November, we held our first Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make a better informed choice about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it be university, an apprenticeship scheme, a Gap year or employment. Activities included a trip to Liverpool University, a workshop on the hidden job market and a visit from the Key 103 apprenticeship bus. We were delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time, either conducting careers interviews with students or delivering a talk about their career and experience. Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success. If you would like to get involved in or find out more about careers education, information advice and guidance at AGGS, please contact Kate Gillibrand at:

Amelia’s Skating success at the Andorra International for GB

Amelia and Oliver skated brilliantly at the Andorra International for GB. They came 1st in the Free Dance and 2nd in the Pattern Dance competition giving them an overall silver place.  They also gained their personal best in overall points which will give them either 1st or 2nd ranking in GB at their level.

Well done to the both of them!

Get “appy” careers in Health Data Science

Last week  Stephen Melia and a team of researchers from the Health E-Research Centre  at the University of Manchester,  delivered a Schools University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) workshop to our Year 10 and 11 computing pupils. SUPI aims to bring cutting edge research and expertise out of the University and in to our classrooms, to encourage pupils to explore different aspects of the curriculum and to consider research as a possible future career choice.

This two hour session focussed on the power that data and technology can have in improving the delivery of the NHS and highlighted that the demand for good quality Health Data Scientists is on the increase. Firstly, pupils were encouraged to question how useful and reliable data is by analysing statistics on what impact  violence on TV has on teenage behaviour. They concluded that evidence is only as good as the data it is based upon.

Next they learnt about plotting data into a visual representation and analysed  information from a range of sources, about the correlation between diet, social deprivation and tooth decay. The key message extracted from this data was that an increase in sugar consumption leads to an increase in tooth decay for children.

appFinally, pupils were asked in teams to focus on a solution to this problem by designing  a mobile phone app. Pupils came up with a whole range of fantastic ideas which they then pitched to the panel of experts in a 2 minute presentation. The winning team won some Amazon gift vouchers.


This was a lively and engaging workshop which really encouraged the pupils to explore the importance and  impact  that health data has on all of our lives.   The mobile phone apps the pupils developed were both educational and entertaining and illustrated perfectly the very real application of this subject in the world of work.   Our thanks to the University of Manchester and the team of researchers who came into school  – I am sure they inspired many more Health Data Scientists of the future!” Hilary Langmead-Jones, SUPI co-ordinator.

Smoothie Competition

Smoothy-competition-1This term we have been running a smoothie competition in Food Technology. The final took place on Monday 9th November and was judged by the owner of the juice bar “Suko” in Hale. He was very impressed by the standard of the seven finalists : Kitty, Jenny, Jenna, Georgina, Aishah, Millie and Isabel. After deliberating on quality of taste and appearance, as well as presentation and nutritional value, he chose Aishah and Kitty as the winners. Their smoothies will soon be available for sale in Suko. They are a delicious way of ensuring you are getting a good balance of fruit and vegetables in your diet.

A big thank you to Peri from Suko and Jade in Year 12 who ran the competition.

Mrs Clutton


UKMT Senior Maths Team Challenge – Manchester Regional Finals Success

UKMTLast week a team of four sixth form AGGS students: Clarissa, Lydia, Rebecca and Tokino, competed in the second of the Manchester Regional Finals of the UKMT Senior Maths Team Challenge against some very strong competition. They performed fantastically and gained first place!
They will be off to London in February to compete in the national finals.

We wish them Congratulations and good luck in the finals.

Mrs Malkin