Red Nose Day – 15 March 2024

As ever, HGS will be taking part in 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.

Once again this Christmas, we will be collecting for the Salvation Army Food Bank and Christmas Present Appeal.

If you are able to donate to these schemes, please bring items into school before Monday 4 December. Any contributions or support you can give will be greatly appreciated.

We are delighted to invite prospective students and their parents to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 26 October from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

The evening is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to explore the exciting opportunities available at Heckmondwike Grammar School as they consider their post-16 education. We have planned a comprehensive program to help students and their families learn more about our A Level courses and facilities.

The agenda for the evening includes:

  • Welcome and Introduction Talks: Our Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form will provide valuable insights into our educational philosophy and the benefits of studying at Heckmondwike Grammar School.
  • Guided Tours: Visitors will have the chance to explore our school and see our classrooms, laboratories, and other specialised facilities. This will provide a first hand look at the exceptional learning environment we offer.

We encourage all students to attend the Sixth Form Open Evening to gain a better understanding of the educational experience we provide. We do encourage all prospective students to attend with their parents as entry may be refused.

Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form boasts a track record that speaks volumes about its commitment to academic success. The institution consistently produces excellent academic results, surpassing national averages year after year. This year, 79% of the A Level results were at grade C or better and 71% of these grades were either A*, A or B. There were 220 A* and A grades altogether, including 40 students that achieved 3 or more grade A* or A passes. These results are a testament to the exceptional teaching and support provided to students, enabling them to reach their full potential. The ethos of academic excellence is deeply ingrained in the culture of the Sixth Form, motivating students to strive for the highest standards of achievement.  

One of the most striking features of Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form is its exceptional rate of progression to prestigious universities, particularly Oxford and Cambridge. The institution consistently sends proportionately more students to these esteemed institutions than the national average and more than other sixth form providers in Yorkshire, a remarkable achievement for a school outside of the traditional Oxbridge feeder network. This accomplishment underscores the school’s dedication to nurturing exceptional talent and preparing students for the most challenging academic endeavours.   

The Jo Cox Centre, the school’s modern and purpose-built facility, has become the heart of academic and social life for Sixth Form students. This innovative space offers students access to private study areas, a welcoming refectory and various social spaces. The well-designed environment not only fosters a sense of community but also provides students with the ideal atmosphere for focused learning and personal development.  

In keeping with its commitment to a well-rounded education, Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form offers students a diverse range of subjects to choose from. Most students opt to study three A Levels, providing them with a robust foundation in their chosen fields. This broad selection empowers students to specialise in areas aligned with their unique interests and career aspirations. The flexibility in subject choice ensures that students receive a tailored education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their chosen paths.  

 Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers, the school has introduced the Sixth Form Pathway Program. This innovative initiative provides students with valuable opportunities to explore and develop their interests in specific career pathways. From accessing information and attending talks and seminars to embarking on educational trips and visits, students can gain invaluable insights and experiences that align with their future aspirations.  

  Our Sixth Form Pathways include: 

  • Oxbridge 
  • Medical Sciences 
  • Apprenticeship and Employment 
  • STEM Pathway 
  • Humanities and Arts 
  • Business, Economics and Finance  

 Complementing the academic and career-focused programs is the school’s extensive enrichment program. This initiative provides students with opportunities to excel outside the classroom, encouraging them to explore a wide range of activities and develop personal interests. By participating in these extracurricular pursuits, students become well-rounded, academically adept, socially and culturally aware individuals. 

 The success of Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form is not solely measured by academic achievement but also by the well-rounded individuals it produces. The school’s commitment to character development, leadership, and enrichment, equips students with the skills and values needed to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Students graduate as academically accomplished individuals and as responsible, compassionate citizens.  

Applications to join Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form should be made through the Kirklees ‘Get Into’ system by visiting www.get-into.co.uk 

Please note that the closing date for September 2024 enrolment is the 22nd December 2023.  

Visit the Sixth Form area of our website to find out more.