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    The Headmaster's Blog

    4th May 2018

    Mr Seaton is very pleased to be able to update you on some very positive developments in relation to the school’s strategic planning and recruitment from September 2018. These are exciting times for Huddersfield Grammar School. Following a very successful ISI inspection last term, our sights are now firmly set on building a truly exceptional learning environment for your child in the years ahead.

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    16th March 2018

    In the latest Headmaster’s blog, Mr Seaton announces that Huddersfield Grammar School has been found to fulfil every standard set out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in a report released today. The report praised the quality of education provided and noted that pupils exceed expected examination results.

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    2nd March 2018

    In the latest Headmaster’s blog, Mr Seaton comments upon the opportunities and magic that can come from abandoning family routine to spend time together in the snow, whilst also sharing some important news.

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    9th February 2018

    As a school leader, I often draw inspiration from the story of ‘Austin’s Butterfly’, which – in just a few minutes – underlines how dramatically children can progress in school when they benefit from high quality, timely and specific feedback on the quality of their work, rather than having a ceiling placed on what they are expected to attain.

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    2nd February 2018

    Dear HGS Parents, Childhood today is tougher and more complex than that which we enjoyed. The explosion of all things digital has created a parallel universe in which children can wile away the hours communicating online with ‘friends’ whom they will never meet, engaging in increasingly addictive gaming habits and having their weight, looks and likeability crudely judged by those within their social networking circle,

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    14th December 2017

    One of the wonderful things about life in an all-through school is the opportunity it provides to see Christmas celebrated in all manner of ways, by pupils ranging from 3 to 16 years old. Over the past weeks, we have enjoyed a beautiful solo verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ by Year 7 student Maddie Baxter, the magical performances of choirs of all ages at our annual Christmas in the Courtyard […]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    8th December 2017

    Over the course of the past week, all sports teams at Huddersfield Grammar School have shown their support of a charity campaign to stamp out homophobia in sport by wearing rainbow laces in the colours of the gay pride flag at all of their competitive fixtures […]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    24th November 2017

    The role that drama has to play in teaching vital life skills to children is incalculable. Even today, I still remember that sense of exhilaration, freedom and possibility that I felt from donning a costume and reciting lines from literary masterpieces in school productions[…]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    17th November 2017

    After the excitement of today’s Children in Need fundraising activities in school, we can now turn our attention to two very special events in the annual school calendar […]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    10th November 2017

    At the Senior School Prize Night in October, I spoke of our desire, at Huddersfield Grammar School, to identify and celebrate each individual success that we can, […]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    6th October 2017

    Huddersfield Grammar School is fortunate to be able to call upon the expert guidance of Mr John Coleman, who serves as the school's Chair of Governors and has over 30 years of experience at the forefront of British education.[…]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    29th September 2017

    Whilst we are proud of our beautiful setting at Huddersfield Grammar School, we are always looking for new ways to extend the opportunities for our children to experience the great outdoors. We do so in the face of mounting evidence that children in the United Kingdom are spending increasingly less time outside. […]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    22nd September 2017

    Imagine a world without the arts and you are left with a barren landscape, bereft of so much that makes life wonderful. No choirs in schools, no actors on stage, no paintings or literature taking pride of place in museums and on the walls and bookcases of our houses […]

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    The Headmaster's Blog

    15th September 2017

    Dear HGS Parents, We live in an age of unparalleled advances in technology, bringing both extraordinary opportunities and untold danger. I awoke this morning to read […]

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    The First Blog From Mr Seaton 2017 2018

    5th September 2017

    Welcome to the new academic year at Huddersfield Grammar School. I am delighted to be writing to you for the first time as Headmaster of this fine school ahead of what promises to be an exciting new chapter for us all […]

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    Mr Hoyle's Final Blog

    7th July 2017

    September is always a wonderful time in any school as it brings with it a feeling of a new beginning and a fresh outlook. I am delighted that the story of this school year has […]

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    Start of the Second Half Term October 2016 Blog

    25th October 2016

    Dear Parents, We welcome the children back from half-term to another busy period of school life at HGS. Please note that winter uniform is now compulsory for all children. The first half-term concluded with some notable successes and events. The Senior School Prize Night at The Town Hall with George [...]

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    The First Blog from Mr Hoyle 2016/2017

    30th August 2016

    30th August 2016 Dear Parents and Pupils, On Tuesday 6th September we start a new academic school year. We will welcome new pupils, new parents and new staff to our school community, together with some impressive new facilities, and with the exciting prospect of working together to develop the skills [...]

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    The Last Blog Of 2015/2016

    13th July 2016

    FINAL ASSEMBLY The school year ended with a special Final Assembly to pay tribute to those leaving HGS. For those who missed the assembly, we have provided the text: Mr Hoyle: “It seems that every week at HGS there are special events: In the last 10 days of school I [...]

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    May Half Term Blog

    24th May 2016

    Dear Parents and pupils, Approaching the Spring Bank Half-term holiday, I would like to provide an update on school development planning for September 2016. I would also like to thank all of the parents that have contributed to our programme of continuous school development by completing the recent Voice of [...]

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    Start of the 2016 Summer Term Blog

    7th April 2016

    Dear Parents, We welcome all children back to school for what is planned to be another action packed term.  The Ski Trip to Austria proved to be a personal highlight of the Spring Term and I am very much looking forwards to the trip to the World War I Battlefields [...]

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    Spring 2016 start of term blog

    7th January 2016

    Dear Parents, We commence the new calendar year with great excitement and anticipation for the ongoing development of the school. Demand for places at Huddersfield Grammar School has never been so high with waiting lists in several age groups and our staff INSET days have involved work on a number [...]

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    Christmas Blog 2015

    15th December 2015

    Dear Parents The quality of the Christmas events, with acting, readings, music and carols, always demonstrate the talents of the children and staff at HGS. These events bring special memories. I would like to thank the large number of parents and children that supported this year’s Christmas Fayre and enjoyed [...]

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    October 2015 Blog

    26th October 2015

    Dear Parents, The two week half-term has allowed more than one quarter of our senior school students to journey overseas to Normandy and Paris, or to Rome and Pompeii. Such adventures provide excellent opportunities for cultural and educational awareness and for individual and social development. I would like to express [...]

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    Start of 2015/2016 Term

    2nd September 2015

    Dear Parents, Starting the year with 466 pupils, and joined by a number of talented and enthusiastic new members of staff, I am delighted that we start the school year with considerable optimism and excitement towards the ongoing development and work of the school. I am very much looking forward [...]

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    End of the Summer Term 2015

    8th July 2015

    Dear Parents, In a year that opened with lessons taking place in sixteen portacabin classrooms, and in which the staff INSET days were spent moving boxes around builders and decorators desperately working to allow us access to the Waverley Building for the start of term, I make no apology for [...]

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    Six action packed weeks remain this year at HGS

    31st May 2015

    Dear Parents, There are six action packed weeks remaining of the school year and we look forward to welcoming back all students in their summer uniform on Monday. The second half of the Summer Term always features a number of school community events and we look forward to you joining us at [...]

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    The Summer 2015 Blog

    17th April 2015

    Dear Parents, I am delighted that parents and children will again notice several changes to the school site as the children return after the holidays: The front lawn has now been restored and provides a wonderful setting for the entrance to the school; the St David’s Building play equipment has [...]

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    The Headmaster's blog for the New Year 2015

    7th January 2015

    Dear Parents, Returning to school at the start of the New Year is always filled with plans and hopes for the future. We are delighted that we have 438 pupils with us as we start the term and the limit placed of 20 children in a teaching group has now resulted [...]

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    The Headmaster's Blog for October 2014

    17th October 2014

    Dear Parents, This has been a notable term in the history of Huddersfield Grammar School as we look to continue with the development of the school in our impressive new surroundings. This term’s commemorative issue of the HGS Review at Christmas will contain images of the special events that have [...]

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    The First Week Back

    5th September 2014

    Dear Parents, The school has been transformed in just one week. On Monday, the staff had to sit outside the Waverley Building until lunchtime awaiting the dismantling of the scaffolding and allowing access to the building. The multitude of boxes and items of furniture that needed to be transferred into [...]

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    The Start of Term Autumn 2014

    27th August 2014

    Dear Parents I know that parents will be pleased to see the quality of the new facilities that we will be providing for teaching and learning at Huddersfield Grammar School. Equally, I am also aware that parents and staff will be delighted when the works are finally completed! The school [...]

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    End of Term Blog

    11th July 2014

    Dear Parents, I would like to start my end of year letter by thanking all of the pupils, parents and staff for their excellent support for the school throughout the year. Huddersfield Grammar School is clearly making significant progress in a number of areas and the collective efforts and support [...]

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    Spring Bank 2014

    27th May 2014

    Dear Parents, There is a very real sense of excitement, optimism and challenge resonating around the school with the prospect of our new building developments and plans for September nearing completion. The half-term holiday will bring considerable changes as the crane moves on site to deliver the outer frame for [...]

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    Recent Developments of our School

    17th March 2014

    Dear Parents, The events of the two weeks since returning to school after half-term perhaps illustrate recent developments at the School. The party of 73 students and 9 staff that returned from the inaugural skiing excursion during the February half-term had clearly enjoyed a wonderful week. The photographs on facebook clearly [...]

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    Opinions Count!

    8th February 2014

    The Inspectors have now left to prepare their report. Their opinions will be based upon their observations, readings, assessments and interviews, including meetings with pupils, parents and staff. The Inspection Team consisted of some very experienced former Headmasters and HMI Inspectors and their findings will serve to inform us about [...]

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    The Headmaster's First Letter of 2014

    2nd January 2014

    Dear All, I wish you all a Happy New Year. I look forward to welcoming all of the pupils back to school as we start our new term on Wednesday 8th January. The response from the Year 11 and Year 10 GCSE students to the pre-term revision courses has been [...]

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    October 2013 Half Term Blog

    14th October 2013

    The Senior School Prize Evening at the Town Hall always provides a focal point for reflection and review on recent events at our school. Yet again, we are able to celebrate some excellent GCSE results with some outstanding individual success and 46% of all grades at A or A*. Our [...]

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    Start of the Autumn Term 2013

    28th August 2013

    Dear Parents, We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Wednesday 4th September. Pupils should all enter the school via the main school gates and note that the area of the demolished Pre-Prep classrooms is strictly out of bounds. The main building work will commence at October half-term [...]

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    End of Term Blog

    15th July 2013

    The school year started with a pantomime and ended with a tremendous musical assembly. With Mr Langley as Prince Charming, Dr Dean as the Ugly Sister, Mrs Stewart as the Fairy Godmother, and Mrs Holmes performing as Cinderella in the opening assembly of the school year, all pupils were challenged [...]

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    Mid Term Blog

    17th June 2013

    Walking down the entrance path from Luck Lane affords you a tempting feel for what the school will soon look like when the building developments have finished. Not only we will have no temporary buildings on the campus, opening up the front lawn as a playing field, but specialist rooms [...]

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    End of Half Term May 2013

    22nd May 2013

    The primary focus within the school is currently on the Year 11 GCSE examinations. Our Year 11 students have worked extremely hard and are certainly deserving of good results this summer. Yet, for the vast majority of the school, the examination results achieved in the summer of 2013 will have [...]

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    Start of Summer Term

    4th May 2013

    I am delighted to announce that planning permission for our exciting school building development plans has now been granted by Kirklees Council, subject to signing a Section 106 Green Travel Plan Agreement. I am advised that we are now on schedule to commence building works in July. Parents and pupils [...]

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