The Grange School 格兰齐中学, 格兰齐学校Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Northwich,
Cheshire CW8 1LU
Tel: 01606 74007 Fax: 01606 784581
• CO-ED, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 1116, Upper sixth 83
• Termly fees £1575–£2100
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions’ Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1933 as a kindergarten and prep school. In response to parental
demand, a senior school was opened in 1978. It rapidly grew from strength to
strength, so that by 1995 (only ten years after the first cohort took A-levels),
the Headmaster was elected to HMC. Both the main school and the junior school
are on the western side of Hartford and there has been a massive investment in
new buildings and facilities, most recently a new library and science block. The
school is committed to co-education, and the Christian religious influence on
teaching and school life is intentional. The school aims to foster respect for
scholarship and hard work, the development of the whole person, good discipline
but also to be innovative where necessary. Academic standards are high and the
development of the sixth form has been impressive. There are active music, drama
and art departments and the lunchtime art club is open to all to experiment with
a variety of media. A good range of games and sports, with county
representatives in athletics, netball, soccer and rugby. There are many
extra-curricular activities and a large number is involved in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 1116 day pupils (567 boys, 549
girls). Senior department 11–18, 650 pupils (335 boys, 315 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. 30% of senior intake from state
schools (plus some to sixth form); many pupils from own junior (enquiries to The
Grange Junior School, Beechwood Avenue, Hartford, Cheshire CW8 3AU; tel 01606
Scholarships & bursaries Variable number of scholarships, value
10%–20% fees: usually 2 academic, 1 music (awarded at 11). Some bursaries;
priority given to those in examination years.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Jennifer Stephen, appointed in 1997. Previously Head of
Gateways School, Leeds.
Teaching staff: 72 full time, 19 part time (excluding peripatetics).
GCSE: In 2003, 98 pupils in upper fifth: 99% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (59 over 5 years).
A-levels: 83 in upper sixth: 100% passed in 3+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 427.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (5% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 36% took courses in
science & engineering, 58% in arts, humanities & social sciences (including law
and business), and 6% in other vocational subjects (eg physiotherapy,
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 26 AS/A-level subjects (including
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take A-level general studies. 45% take science A-levels; 45%
arts/humanities; 10% both. Key skills integrated into sixth-form courses.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level.
Regular visits (France, Germany and Spain). Programme of lectures from outside.
Sixth formers attend university and/or work experience abroad.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum. 170 computers for pupil use (open all day), all networked and with
email and internet access. Most pupils take Clait.
Music: Some 40% pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 10 musical groups including choirs, orchestra, brass, woodwind,
string, guitar, recorder groups, theory class etc. Pupils play in various youth
orchestras and choirs and participate in music festivals.
Drama: Drama offered. GCSE and A-level drama, ESB and Guildhall exams may
be taken. Some pupils are involved in annual school and house/other productions.
Pupils successfully participate in drama festivals.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 7 A-level. Design, textiles, 3D
Sport & activities
Sport: Football, rugby, athletics, cricket, tennis, netball, rounders,
volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, rowing compulsory (until sixth form). Sixth
form only: squash, golf, swimming. County athletes and hockey, netball, rugby
and soccer players.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional; visits to old people’s homes, assistance to
the elderly, fundraising for charitable institutions. Up to 40 clubs, eg bridge,
photography, chess, debating, sports, literary, art, computing.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Student council, head boy/girl,
head of house and house prefects – appointed by Headmistress and staff.
Religion: Regular religious worship.
Social: Organised trips abroad. Sixth-form students allowed to bring own
car or motorbike to school. Meals self-service. Clothing shop. No tobacco or
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once can expect a
verbal reprimand; any pupil caught smoking cannabis on the premises should
expect expulsion. Clear sanctions policy, ranging from lunchtime work (eg for
repeatedly failing to produce homework), through after-school and Saturday
detentions, to suspension (for serious indiscipline) and expulsion.