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William Hulme’s Grammar School, 威廉姆哈姆文理学校
Spring Bridge Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Tel: 0161 226 2054 Fax: 0161 232 5544
Website: www.whgs.co.uk
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 570, Upper sixth 60
• Termly fees £1657–£2372
• HMC, SHA
• Enquiries to the Headmaster. Application to the Registrar

WHAT IT’S LIKE

Founded by the Hulme Trust and opened in 1887. It admitted girls a hundred years later and is now fully co-educational. It has an urban site set in 16 acres of grounds, 2 miles south of Manchester city centre; the junior school occupies a refurbished wing of the main building and there is a new day nursery (taking children from 3 months). Steady expansion and development have taken place and the school is now extremely well equipped; most recently a new all-weather playing field has been added. It is multi-faith. The academic standards are high and the examination results very good. There is an increasing amount of music and art, and drama is flourishing. A wide range of sports and games is available and high standards are attained (regular representation at county and national level). Extra-curricular activities are numerous; there is a voluntary and flourishing CCF, a popular Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and a Millennium Volunteer Community programme. Extensive use is made of the school’s own field study centre in Wensleydale and also of the cultural amenities of Manchester.


SCHOOL PROFILE


Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Total age range 3–18, 570 day pupils (398 boys, 172 girls). Senior department 440 pupils (309 boys, 131 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and some at 16. Own exam used at 11; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C, including English and maths (grade B in sixth-form subjects). Range of aptitudes looked for; no special religious requirements. Many senior pupils from own junior school.

Scholarships, bursaries & extras
4 pa music scholarships at age 11 (value £500 pa). Several bursaries awarded at age 11 and 16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.

Head & staff

Headmaster: Stephen R Patriarca, in post from 2000. Educated at Sweyne School, Essex, and at Swansea University (English and politics). Previously Deputy Head at Hulme Grammar School. Also Royal Institute of Philosophy Council Member.
Teaching staff: 51 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average age 45.

Exam results

GCSE: In 2003, 71 pupils in Year 11: 66% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 53 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 60 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 346.

University & college entrance
90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on to a degree course (8% after a gap year). 10% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 10% in science & engineering, 38% in humanities & social sciences, 2% in art & design, 39% in vocational and other subjects. Others typically go straight into careers eg forces, the City.

Curriculum
GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21 subjects offered.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level; in addition, all take A-level general studies. 38% took science A-levels; 32% arts/humanities; 49% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Some special help available.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Latin offered to GCSE and A-level. Regular exchanges.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (in Years 7–8) and across the curriculum (eg spreadsheets and databases in geography, history, physics, computer-aided design, wordprocessing in languages). 60 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), majority networked and with access to e-mail and internet; plus departmental PCs.

The arts

Music: About 15% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Some 12 musical groups including orchestra, jazz group, clarinet group, recorder group, choir.
Drama: Many pupils are involved in school productions. Recent productions of Cabaret, Grease and Bugsy Malone.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 5 A-level. Design, pottery and photography also offered as part of art & design course. Regular winners of the Arkwright scholarship and Audi design awards.

Sport & activities

Sport: Rugby, football, cricket, athletics, gymnastics, basketball, tennis, netball, hockey compulsory. Senior options: squash, dance, self-defence, cross-country, aerobics, badminton.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Also Millenium Volunteer Community programme. Optional CCF. Up to 30 clubs, eg War Hammer, natural history, chess, photographic, debating.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects and heads of school – appointed by Headmaster. Elected committee runs sixth form common room.
Religion: Weekly non-religious assembly and weekly Christian, Muslim, Hindu/Sikh and Jewish religious assemblies.
Social: Debates, discussions, lectures, dances, mock trails at the Crown Court and European Conferences with other schools. Young Enterprise group. Regular trips to France, Germany, Spain; sports tours to USA, Canada, West Indies; annual skiing trip. Pupils allowed to bring own car, bike or motorbike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

Discipline
Positive behaviour policy in place.

Alumni association
Secretary: Mr A P Marsden, 93 Hulme Hall Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire SK8 6LF.

Former pupils
Sir Robert Mark; Air Chief Marshal Sir Joseph Gilbert; Michael Lord MP; Andrew Bennett MP; John Midgley; DW Griffiths; Prof R Cocker; Prof M Broady; James Hickman (Olympic swimmer); Andrew Hinchcliffe (England footballer); Ashley Ward (fotballer); Ivan Lewis MP (Education Minister).