The Year 9 Boys football team successfully won the Great Sankey High School 5a side competition. We won six games, keeping six clean sheets and scored a massive twenty-three goals. We dominated every game and the boys are very proud to have represented Lymm High and won the trophy through hard work and team work. Special mention to Ewan Robertson for not conceding any goals which is unheard of in 5 a side, especially six games.
Sixty Year 10 students enjoyed an informative morning at Old Trafford Cricket Ground gaining an important insight into university admissions. The main aim of the conference was to improve students’ aspirations and understanding of what attending university can offer.
The conference was split into three parts. After an introductory talk outlining what our students needed to know about the process of university application and course selection and about what universities look for in candidates, a talk from Manchester University gave us a beneficial insight into life and courses at Manchester – introducing the history of the Red Brick University, student life, modern advantages and the numerous alumni of the city.
The day concluded with a question and answer session to ease any concerns or queries students may have in relation to the university application process.The students were impressed with the informative content and the conference proved to be a really useful experience for all who attended. Students even had the opportunity to meet with chair of the PiXL Club, Sir John Rowling.
In all, the group of us left feeling that applications to top universities were not such far-fetched dreams and feeling inspired to make the most of all our future opportunities.
In November, Year 11 Scholars were given the opportunity to enter an academic writing competition on “who is your favourite literary character?” Students were asked to consider the impact that the character has on their life and how they related to them.
We had some fantastic entries that were judged by a panel of Senior Leaders and Governors.
We had a wide range of characters, ranging from Edmund in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Katniss in ‘The Hunger Games’ through to Lady Macbeth.
The governors and senior leaders were very impressed with the mature and sophisticated level of writing and the individuality that all the entries had. However, after a close battle the overall winner was Brooke Shay.
Brooke focused on Elizabeth Bennet from ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ She wrote with care about the principles of equality and strength of character that Elizabeth promoted in a time when gender roles were restricted and how the message retains its importance even today.
Brooke recognised the flaws in Elizabeth’s character but also commented on how this further added to her appeal.
Well done to all the scholars who rose to the challenge!
On Tuesday 17th January the Williamson Art Gallery opened its doors to students, parents, teachers and the public for the ‘Young Artists in Cheshire’ Exhibition. Our year 13 student Ellena Hudson was successful in securing a place on the prestegious residential and now has a selection of her work on display at the gallery.
Young Artists in Tuscany’ has been a highly successful sixth-form project since 1984, with coverage in the past on both Italian and English television and exhibitions of the work in London, Florence and Montreal. Many students have used this experience to gain places at prestigious art colleges across the country and this year’s ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ promises to build on these achievements.
Students drawn from Wirral, Cheshire West, Cheshire East, Warrington, Halton and Manchester undertake an interview process and successful candidates receive the unique opportunity to study and work in Tuscany, probably the most loved region of all Italy. Over a period of 8 days practical work runs alongside organised visits to see some of the great works of the Italian Renaissance. Visits to Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Siena and Florence reveal the world’s finest masterpieces by Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Duccio, Benozzo Gozzoli and others, some housed in the art galleries, others in beautiful churches and cathedrals.
Having prepared for the visit in advance, the 42 students drew and recorded personal responses to the Renaissance works of art in their own sketchbooks. This helped to hone their skills of critical appraisal and added to their knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of art. Once home they developed their ideas further through a range of mediums and produced a final piece for the exhibition.
The work exhibited was of exceptional quality and we are all very proud of Elle for her artistic achievements.
The exhibition closes on the 26th February.
The official government league tables for 2016 were published this week and confirm what a strong set of results we achieved in the summer. In fact, on the key new headline measures being used by government to judge schools, we are the top performing school or college in Warrington for both GCSE and A Level.
This is especially pleasing given that the new measures focus on the progress students make rather than simply raw exam scores.
Our intake is well above average in terms of academic performance at primary level and so we should always do well in measures of raw attainment (such as the numbers of students getting 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths). However, the progress measures published today show that our students have made excellent progress even taking into account their high starting points.
Our progress score of 0.20 at A Level is especially strong and demonstrates that A Level students made tremendous progress compared to similar students in other providers nationally. The official data puts us in the top 16% of all A Level providers in the country – and a long way above any other nearby school or college. Similarly, at GCSE, our positive “Progress 8” score of 0.08 is the highest in Warrington and shows that our students have made more progress than would be expected nationally, taking into account their starting points.
We are confident results will continue to rise. At the same time, this is certainly a moment to step back and celebrate some excellent results and reflect on how far we have come over the last couple of years.
Congratulations to all involved!