Open Evenings 19 & 20 June 2024

We look forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents to our open evenings on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June 2024.

The evenings are aimed at children currently in Year 5, and will provide the opportunity to explore our excellent facilities and discover what life is like at Heckmondwike Grammar School. 

There will be also be rolling talks about the admissions process and Headteacher addresses throughout both evenings.

We look forward to seeing you!

You can now register to sit the entrance exam for September 2025 entry REGISTER NOW! 

Open Evening Flyer 2024


The RSC chemistry Olympiad exam was undertaken by our chemists again this year, this exam is for the more able chemistry students in year 13, however this year it was opened up to promising year 12 students who wanted to enter too. This is a very demanding Chemistry exam which takes curriculum content a step further and looks at real world examples and scientific problems. Due to time constraints this year the students haven’t had as much time to prepare so the results are a testament to their ability!

25 students: 5 x year 13 student and 20 x year 12 A-level chemistry students attended the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad exam that took place on Thursday 25th January 2024 within school led by Mrs Noble.

All of the students will be awarded a certificate with a significant number achieving silver and gold awards.  The exam this year was out of 82 and to achieve a bronze this year the candidates required a score of 10 for bronze, 18 for silver and 30 for gold.

Overall there were 6 gold certificates, 11 silver certificates, 5 bronze certificates and 3 participation certificates. These are amazing results particularly for our year 12 students who haven’t yet been taught a lot of the course content required for the Olympiad exam. A special mention also has to go to Ayan Gupta one of our very talented year 12 students who doesn’t actually study A Level Chemistry and was able to achieve a gold certificate and a particularly high score.

As part of the Young Enterprise competition, a group of HGS students have launched their own company, SquEaze, and begun trading online.

The company sells a 3D printed toothpaste tube squeezer, which is designed to help reduce wasted toothpaste as well as help those who struggle with squeezing toothpaste out from its tube.

To find out more about their product and to make a purchase, please visit their trading station:


As ever, HGS will be holding a non-uniform day (optional wear-red theme) in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause.

Donations can be made in school or via ParentPay.

This Red Nose Day, let’s come together to raise some smiles, and money, to help people through the toughest times of their lives. Thank you to everyone for supporting this great cause.

A huge congratulations to our under 13’s girls football team on their success in the Spen Valley 7aside football tournament on Wednesday 7 February.

The team were crowned the winners following a great team performance throughout with an undefeated record and 5 goals scored.

Well done to Florence T, Florence E, Sophie, Lucy, Eva, Isabel, Amelia, Alys and Masha!

For a number of months, our careers team and Mrs Noble, Medical Sciences Pathway Leader, have been working with the NHS theatre teams across Mid-Yorkshire to plan an event in which would give students an insight into different careers within surgery.

This event took place on Tuesday 23 January 2024, and saw more than 30 NHS professionals come in to school to provide a variety of workshops and webinars to more than 100 students. The day provided students with the opportunity to take part in mock interviews and a range of practical activities such as cannulation and venepuncture, suturing, the use of surgical instruments and dressing and drainage. They also learnt CPR, dressed in scrubs and played giant operation.

The event was an amazing opportunity for our students and we are very thankful to the WYAAT Hospital teams for choosing us as the launch school for an offering that will hopefully be rolled out across the country.

Thank you to all of our former students, prize winners and guests for attending our annual Senior Prizegiving event on Tuesday 19 December 2023. It was a fabulous evening as always.

The professional photographs from the evening can be viewed and purchased via the link below

Senior Prizegiving Photographs 2023


We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donation to our Reverse Advent this year. The amazing amount of donations of toys and food have once again helped the Salvation Army fulfil all of the toy and food parcels requested by both Social Services and local schools. All of the donated items go to help local families in need and over recent years the donations have helped to support in excess of 320 children. This important work by the Salvation Army couldn’t continue without the support and donations they receive from the generosity of groups, schools, churches and local organisations.

A number of our Year 11 and Sixth Form students offered their time between 4 and 8 December to help with the sorting and packing of food and toys parcels at the Salvation Army in Heckmondwike

Again, thank you for your continued support, a great school community effort by all.

We are delighted to have been named “Secondary School Of The Year”, “Soaring 57 places in the UK rankings to 77” out of approx 6000 secondary schools (state and independent)  in the latest Sunday Times Parent Power Guide.

And for the second year running we are ranked No 2 in the North of England.

This is a fabulous accolade to the whole school community and just reward for years of hard work from staff, students and indeed parents.

The survey includes both GCSE and A level results and is nationally noted as a true measure of school performance using metrics of most interest to parents when selecting a school.

“Such accolades are very pleasing and we are delighted to be recognised, but they only come about because of the week in week out hard work from students and staff and I salute my colleagues and students, they are an exceptional team.” Mr Roberts, Headteacher.