Spring 2016 start of term blog

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 of focus areas for further raising the bar and ensuring that we deliver the highest possible quality of education for all children.

In the Pre-Prep and Early Years departments staff have been involved in developing their skills in using the Interactive Learning Diaries and in teaching Literacy through the excellent Read, Write, Inc. Scheme. In addition, our teachers have all completed their paediatric first aid training and food hygiene courses.

The Prep teachers have also focused on Literacy teaching working with an external trainer from Read, Write, Inc. The Prep teachers also joined with the Senior School staff as we look to share good practice throughout the school and to develop a Whole School Literacy policy that we feel will produce positive outcomes across the range of subjects.

In the Senior School, our training sessions have focussed on how we can continue to work at HGS to further raise the academic standards for all students. We have focused on a collective approach to three key areas of Teaching and Learning.

1. Whole School Literacy Development

2. Ensuring that we have the  highest possible expectations for the standard of each student’s work

3. Developing the characteristics required for each individual to accept responsibility for their learning and    studies.

We do believe that the changes we are introducing will enable each of our students to realise their potential and to achieve their best possible outcomes in GCSE examinations, whilst developing the skills and character traits required for future success.

At the start of term we welcome Miss Lisa Gledhill as a new Teacher of Physical Education, Mrs Helen Froggatt as Assistant Bursar, and Miss Paris Allette as a Playworker in our Out of School Club.

As a sign of current times, all teachers have also completed their ‘Prevent’ training in order to identify radicalisation amongst young people. We are immensely proud of our inclusiveness and social cohesion at HGS and we are determined to remain a school that is welcoming of all people within an atmosphere of mutual care, understanding and respect.

Whilst writing, I would like to bring your attention to the revised sibling discounts policy which has now been adopted at Huddersfield Grammar School and all Cognita schools. The sibling discount structure for all siblings joining the school from 1 September 2016 is as follows:

Eldest pupil in school – 0% of tuition fee

Second pupil in school – 5% of tuition fee

Third pupil in school – 10% of tuition fee

Four or more pupils in school – 15% of tuition fee

If you are currently in receipt of a sibling discount, the rate of this discount will remain unchanged whilst siblings remain at the school.

I do hope that you have enjoyed reading of the many excellent activities from the Autumn Term in your HGS Review. The Spring Term Calendar that has been issued to all pupils indicates that we have another exciting and action packed term ahead of us at HGS.

Happy New Year,

Tim Hoyle

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