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
• 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.
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
Teaching staff: 51 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
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.
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
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.
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).