From the Headmaster’s Study | End of Spring Term

Dear Parents,

As another term draws to a close at Huddersfield Grammar School, it is fitting to reflect upon the manifest achievements of our pupils thus far in 2019. This is, of course, not a school that restricts itself to celebrating the success of its students in a narrow field. One of the great pleasures of Headship at HGS is the firm commitment we share towards celebrating ‘the whole child is the whole point’ and with that, the range of accomplishments of our children across a breadth of disciplines.

In 2016, a study from the Social Market Foundation (SMF) estimated that science, research, engineering and technology jobs will grow at double the rate of other occupations over the next decade. It was thus fitting for the school to send eight members of its STEM Club to the Rotary Technology Tournament in March, during which they competed with a host of other schools to design, develop and construct a mystery device. In doing so, our pupils swept the board, taking home First Place in both the Best Device and Best Portfolio category for their magnificent flashing beacon.

This was also the term in which eight-in-ten Prep and Senior School pupils entering LAMDA examinations were awarded Distinction by visiting examiners. Such outstanding outcomes, whilst impressive, are perhaps not surprising given the firm commitment to promoting the performing arts at each phase of school life, as those of you present at the recent Year 4 and Pre-Prep production will attest. We now look forward to We Will Rock You in the Senior School next term!

Huddersfield Grammar School has further enhanced its proud heritage of sporting achievement this term, in both individual and team pursuits. In February, the Year 10 netball squad accomplished the district league and cup double, shortly after the school finished second in the ISA National Netball Championships. In doing so, our netballers finished well ahead of a number of considerably larger independent schools, including the tournament hosts, Queen Ethelburga’s.

HGS now also boasts a top-five UK trampolinist, our Under-13 Boys’ footballers finished second in the Northern Football Cup and pupils across each Prep School year group took first place in each category of the Pennine Sports Partnership Gymnastics Competition, finishing ahead of 17 other schools.

This term, our ever-popular HGS Identity Speaker Programme and Character Days have continued to provide invaluable guidance to pupils and parents alike with the aptly timed visit, only yesterday, of the nationally recognised study skills and revision guru, Tim Milner. We now wish our Year 11 students every success as they put Mr Milner’s advice into practice during their holiday revision for next term’s GCSE examinations.

With warmest wishes for a very happy Easter,

Mr M Seaton

Headmaster

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