Start of the Autumn Term 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 and the car park will remain in use as normal until this time. On arrival, Kindergarten and Pre-Prep children should be taken to their respective classrooms. Preparatory School children assemble in the Dining Hall and Senior School pupils in the Courtyard and Assembly Hall. The Out of School Club will be operating from the first day of term. All Prep and Pre-Prep pupils will now be collected at the end of the day from the main school gate. Kindergarten and Reception children should be collected from outside the side entrance by the newly constructed ‘Early Years’ Classroom.

Appearance is extremely important to us and I request that all pupils adhere to the school regulations for hair, jewellery and school uniform. Boys must wear winter uniform and girls are permitted to select either summer or winter uniform until half-term.

I do hope that you enjoyed reading the HGS News publication during the holidays. This will now be produced each term to update you on the events at the school. The school calendar and weekly calendar for the term will be issued to all pupils on the first day of the new term. The school website will include an updated calendar and the new Huddersfield Grammar School Facebook site will replace the Grapevine as a means of communicating general school news, please take a look at this site and “like” us. Schoolcomms will be used to communicate essential information and we do ask that all parents complete the School Data Collection sheet that students will bring home during the second week of the new term to ensure that we have the correct contact details. The weekly extra-curricular activities will commence from Thursday 5th.

I would like to congratulate the students and staff on the results from the GCSE examinations. The following press release summarised the GCSE achievements of our Year 11 students:

“Francesca Kosmirak and Cecelia Wood both attained their best possible GCSE results with ten A* grades at Huddersfield Grammar School. Harriet Davey, 8 A*s, Freddie Blake, 7 A*s, and Molly Acheson, 6 A*s, also obtained impressive results. For many students the results included additional qualifications in ICT and Further Maths. Mathematics results were again outstanding with 53% of the year group achieving either A or A*. In all, 45% of GCSE grades were awarded at A or A* grade. Headmaster Tim Hoyle was also delighted with the impressive results of those students who had joined the school in Year 10 for their GCSE studies and stated that the achievements of those students aiming to achieve C Grades should also be celebrated.”

The summer holidays has seen some exciting building developments. These include a peripatetic music suite of three rooms, an additional kindergarten classroom, a fully re-furbished Chemistry lab, the temporary food store located in the Dining Hall, the temporary Pre-Prep classrooms and toilets, and a re-decorated ICT classroom. Work has also commenced on securing the wall in the Performance Garden and the stage will be relocated to allow us to use the wall area as a form of staged seating. The building project remains on schedule and these are clearly exciting times for all at the school.

This term we welcome Mrs McNulty to replace Pat Naylor who unfortunately resigned during the holidays as Teacher of English. Mrs Hardcastle joins us as Reception Teacher as maternity cover for two terms until Mrs Hirst’s return. Mrs Hutson joins us as our new SENCo and Mr Naylor as a new addition to the PE Department. I must also congratulate our Site Manager, Mr Bailly on his marriage this summer to our former Bursar, Natalie Goddard.

The construction of three peripatetic music rooms has also led to employment of some new instrumental teachers. Pupils now have the opportunity for one-to-one and small group lessons on the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and clarinet, in addition to the violin, piano, drums, flute and voice. The school has hired instruments for two weeks and we are offering free taster sessions during the first two weeks of term. If you would like your child to try an instrument to see if they enjoy it, and can make a (nice) sound, please e-mail the school office and a free session(s) will be arranged.

The arrangements for Year 5 and 6 Games on a Tuesday, and Year 7-9 Games on a Thursday are different this year as we will be using the excellent facilities at Leeds Road Playing Fields for some sporting activities. There will be the opportunity to collect some children from Leeds Road at the end of the school day if preferred. The plans for September are that the girls will remain at school and have sole use of the Netball Courts, Sports Hall and Assembly Hall, whilst the boys will play football at Leeds Road. In addition, Year 9-11 students will meet at Kirklees Sports Centre at the start of the school day on Fridays. Mr Crookes becomes our Director of Sport this year and will send out details at the start of term. Miss Wilkinson has decided to teach part-time but will continue her excellent work as Head of Girls’ PE and Games.

I look forward to welcoming all of the new pupils to our school this term and getting to know them and their parents. Huddersfield Grammar School is a great place to learn and I am sure that, working together, this will be an extremely enjoyable and successful school year.

Tim Hoyle

Headmaster

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