Our annual advent carol service took place earlier this week, on Monday, 4th December, at the stunning St Ann’s church in central Manchester. The congregation were treated to a range of performances by the choir, chamber choir, brass group and a trumpet solo by Year 11 student, Charlotte Wheater. Following the service, the rector of St Ann’s church, Revd Canon Nigel Ashworth, led the congregation outside the church to bless the crib and to sing ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’. Our thanks go to our Chaplain, Revd Steve Birkinshaw, Head of Music, Ms Brown and all of the music department staff and students who were involved in putting together this tremendous event in the life of the school.
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From Course Director of KS5 Science, Dr Alnuamaani: “I recently had the privilege of being asked to be a member of an expert panel assessing students who had gained places on the prestigious Nuffield Research Placements over the Summer. There was a celebration of their success, with students presenting their research to experts in the scientific field and being judged to represent the North West in the National Science and Engineering Finals. Standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the finest young scientists in our region were four students from our own Sixth Form. Emmanuel, Mustafa, Poornima and Pakiza were not only excellent ambassadors for the school but also for themselves as they confidently told the judging panel about their placements and the research they carried out. I was immensely proud of their achievements and overwhelmed by how far these students have come in their scientific knowledge since I first met them in Year 7. Four truly outstanding students!”
On Friday, 17th November, 2017, our annual GCSE Presentation Evening was once again held in the magnificent Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester. We were delighted to welcome students back who left last year, along with many students who have continued into our Sixth Form, to present them with their GCSE certificates, along with some special awards and subject prizes. Our guest of honour was the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mr Kui Man Gerry Yeung OBE DL, and he was thrilled to present our students with their certificates. The top left photo shows Bethan Rogers with Mr Nicholls.
The whole school was delighted to receive the confirmation from OFSTED that our Sixth Form provision matches our 11-16 provision - it’s OUTSTANDING!
It cannot be understated how important it was to achieve this, and particular thanks go to all who have worked so hard this year to create a vibrant and successful community. Overleaf are pictures of our sixth formers and six hundred main school students celebrating with their peers. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough steps to get the full school on this time! The ‘outstanding’ quotes from the OFSTED inspection report are printed in the newsletter linked below and the full report can be read online.