Stockport Grammar School
斯多克泊特文理中学,斯多克泊特文理学校Buxton Road, Stockport, Cheshire
Tel: 0161 456 9000 Fax: 0161 419 2407
• CO-ED, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 1410, Upper sixth 128
• Termly fees £1698–£2310
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries to the Headmaster. Applications to the Headmaster’s secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1487 as a boys’ school, it has been co-educational since 1980. The
school is non-denominational and welcomes pupils from all faiths; it takes
seriously its role in providing moral and spiritual guidance. Academic standards
are high and results are very good. All sixth formers go on to higher education.
The school is committed to a broad and balanced education by means of extensive
extra-curricular opportunity. Music is exceptionally strong, with choirs,
orchestras, wind bands and several chamber groups. The art and drama departments
also involve large numbers of pupils. There are good sporting facilities
including an all-weather pitch and new sports hall. A wide range of sports and
games is offered and there are many county, regional and national
representatives in different sports. Further extra-curricular activities include
travel, Model UN, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Young Enterprise.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 4–18, 1410 day pupils (720 boys, 690 girls). Senior
department 11–18, 990 pupils, (495 boys, 495 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used.
Academic potential looked for at entry; no religious requirements. State school
entry, 30% senior intake.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras School bursaries available for entry
at 11+. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; average extras £105 per term (for
Parents Great variety of occupations and social groups represented.
Head & staff
Headmaster: I Mellor, in post since 1996. Educated at Manchester Grammar
School and Cambridge University (modern languages). Previously Headmaster at Sir
Roger Manwood’s School, Kent, and Deputy Head at Sale Grammar School.
Teaching staff: 83 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 132 pupils in fifth: 89% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects, 11% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (55 over 5 years).
A-levels: 128 in upper sixth: 99% passed in 4 subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 383.
University & college entrance Almost all 2003 sixth-form leavers went
on to a degree course (5% after a gap year), 9% to Oxbridge. 11% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 28% in science & engineering, 7% in
law, 30% in humanities & social sciences, 1% in art & design, 23% in other
vocational subjects eg medical computing, pharmacy.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 19 GCSE subjects offered, 22
Sixth form: All sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (with
increasing breadth), most take 3 at A-level; in addition AS-level general
studies taught in upper sixth to those studying 3 A-levels. 35% take science/maths
A-levels; 20% arts/humanities; 45% combinations.
Languages: French and German (both compulsory from 11) offered at GCSE
and A-level; GCSE Spanish (in sixth form); also Ancient Greek on request to GCSE
and A-level. Regular exchanges. Holidays in France and Germany, plus cultural
visits to Europe.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. 80 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked
and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Approx 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental
exams can be taken. Many musical groups including 3 orchestras, 3 wind bands,
chamber groups, big band, 3 choirs. Some pupils in National Youth Choirs and
Wind Bands. Choirs featured in three Granada TV series.
Drama: Many pupils involved in termly school productions.
Art & design: On average, 45+ take GCSE, 24 A-level. Wide range of media
taught eg painting, print making, sculpture, ceramics and concept fashion.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, swimming, cross-country compulsory for boys and girls;
rugby, lacrosse, cricket, tennis, squash, football, basketball for boys;
netball, hockey, tennis, squash, rounders for girls. Many representative honours
in Greater Manchester, county, regional and international level.
Activities: Many pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award including service option. Community service optional in sixth form. 30+
clubs including animal, chess, climbing, computer, dance, debating, Christian,
gym, tactical games, Model United Nations, photography, chemistry, Young
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head boy/girl, school prefects,
house captains, appointed by Headmaster.
Religion: Attendance at daily assembly compulsory, with Christian or
humanitarian theme. Chaplain attached from local church. Regular Jewish and
Social: Active Parents Association organises regular social events.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
detention; those in possession of a controlled substance on the premises should
expect immediate suspension and possible exclusion. Discipline aims to be
unobtrusive but firm.
Alumni association is run by the Development Office.
Former pupils Peter Boardman (mountaineer); Admiral Back (Arctic
explorer); Professor Sir Frederick Williams (inventor of the stored-program
computer); Toby Box (athlete); John Amaechi (basketball).