Between 6-17th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.
Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where they were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different interesting jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers and ex-students to give talks in assemblies, lessons and at lunchtime.
Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
Congratulations to our new team of head girls, who have recently been appointed following a rigorous application process. The roles have changed this year and the head girls will now lead the seven main student groups that work throughout the school. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of the candidates, in every step of the application process. Applicants were a credit to themselves and the school and it was a difficult decision to select only seven students. We are very much looking forward to working with our new team next year and developing these roles further.
Head girls responsible for school council: Celine B and Florence A Head girl responsible for wellbeing: Nydile R Head girl responsible for anti bullying: Tara M Head girl responsible for peer mentoring and lower school links: Jyotsna A Head girl responsible for student digital leaders: Mehar A Head girl responsible for charity committee: Lybah H
On Friday 19th May we said goodbye to our Year 13 leavers as they went on study leave to prepare for their A level examinations. We had a lovely morning of celebration, beginning with a special breakfast where students signed yearbooks and spent time with friends and teachers. The morning ended with students final ever assembly at AGGS, which included some superb performances from members of their year. Many tears were shed as students sang their favourite hymns and said goodbye. We hope that they cherish their memories of AGGS as they embark on the next stage of their lives and wish them luck with their A level examinations and for the future. We hope that they will keep in touch by registering with our alumnae organisation here: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/student/AGGS
Year 13 held their annual Easter Egg decorating competition this week and the entries were extremely impressive, ranging from topical and classic, to literally ‘out of this world’! The judges found it an extremely difficult task to pick winners as a result. Well done to everyone who took part and specifically the winners, as follows:-
It was a pleasure to welcome last year’s Year 13 students back to school on Wednesday evening, for their A level certificate presentation. This year group achieve a superb set of results in their A levels in the summer, with 100% pass rate and 90% of all exams taken graded A*-B. Staff were delighted to see so many students and hear of their adventures since leaving the school. We wish them all well in their future endeavours and hope they will keep in touch with the school.
We were delighted to welcome our new Year 12 to the sixth form on Friday 1st September. Students took part in an induction day, which involved team building sessions with the RAF, the army and the marines, as well as some time getting to know their form group and form tutor. It was lovely to see so many of our own students returning to the school, as well as a number who joined us from elsewhere.
We are very much looking forward to working with these fantastic students over the next two years and wish them lots of luck for their sixth form journey.
Students and staff at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls are celebrating once again after another magnificent set of results ensured that many students achieved places at their first choice of university.The school has plenty to celebrate, with 20 girls accepted by Oxford and Cambridge and an impressive 58 girls achieving A* or A in all their subjects. 11 students achieved A* grades across the board.
An outstanding set of results saw 90.4% of examinations graded at A*-B and 99% graded at A*-C. 100% of examination entries were graded at A*-E.
Stephanie Gill, Principal of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls said “Once again these results demonstrate the hard work and determination of our students and the wonderful support they receive from our staff.
“I am incredibly proud of all of our students and delighted by their success. On behalf of all staff and governors, I wish them the very best for their future.”
Tears were shed this morning as we said goodbye to our Year 13 students, who now begin their study leave for their A level exams. We had a lovely morning of celebrations with a leavers’ breakfast and a wonderful assembly, which included some superb performances from our very talented girls, as well as a very entertaining contribution from the tutor team! We would like to wish our students the very best of luck for their forthcoming exams, and health and happiness for the future. We will miss you!
On the 17th May we were very pleased to welcome Professor Tiffany Stern from Oxford University, to AGGS to deliver a lecture to our year 13 literature students on Sheridan’s 18th century play The Rivals. We were also pleased to welcome 12 sixth form students from Chetham’s School of Music, who are also studying the same play.
Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama (English Faculty) at Oxford University and a Beaverbrook and Bouverie Fellow in English (University College). She is also the editor for the Mermaid edition of The Rivals that girls have been studying for their A2 examination.
Using a selection of very informative slides, Tiffany took us through the exciting (and at time infamous) life of Sheridan and how his life events influenced both the themes and characterisations present in the play; she also looked at the Bath setting in detail, explaining why it was unusual in the 18thc to set a play outside London and why Bath was so significant for the themes Sheridan wanted to explore.
This was a wonderful opportunity for the students both to add to their knowledge of AO2 and 4 assessment criteria for the examination and to experience a high level lecture in preparation for their university life in September. We are very grateful for Tiffany having made the journey up from Oxford for us!
Here are some of the comments from the girls:
‘I found the comment Tiffany made on all the characters containing elements of Sheridan and his wife Elizabeth really interesting’ Niamh
‘I liked her point about Jack Absolute being both whimsical and devious’ Thasmia
‘The point Tiffany made about there being untenable conflict within the text, made me think about how the themes worked in more depth’ Holly
‘The point that stuck with me was the comment that Jack is his own biggest rival’ Victoria
‘I enjoyed: Lydia Languish likes trashy novels and wishes she were in one and in fact in The Rivals she is nearly the star of one with Jack’ Katherine
‘This was a really useful lecture and will help me a lot in the examination’ Afiya