THERE’S a real family feel to Huddersfield Grammar School.
Its caring ethos is among its greatest strengths with the happiness and success of students being achieved by individual attention.
Headteacher Mrs Janet Straughan said getting to know each of the school’s 470 pupils, their siblings and families ensured all achieved their maximum potential.
“We are about individuals, each one is special, everyone is a success, as a person, not just a statistic in a league table!
“Many are very academically able, but we delight in seeing those who have struggled to reach their potential – doing it with joy, working with us, receiving support which dedicated teachers such as ours are prepared to give.
“We are very proud of the young people who have achieved outstanding grades, but school life is more than this.”
Caring for the wider community as well as each other is another strength which the school and its pupils embrace whole heartedly.
Recent events have raised funds for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal and a school in Tanzania and ongoing projects are supporting World Vision, the Christian African Relief Trust and Barnardo’s charities.
“Our pupils are very aware of the privileges which they have and to that end take responsibility for helping others,” added Mrs Straughan.
A bakery project cooked up by year nine students Ellen Davis and Sophie Roberts is a fine example of this.
The girls are leading a five-week after-school project to help younger pupils from year five learn a variety of skills aimed at tickling their tastebuds.
It will also help raise funds for an African school to provide cooking facilities and utensils. Staff at the school are currently using an open fire to cook for pupils during the day at the moment.
Respect for each other and staff ensure positive behaviour is always the norm although pupils are encouraged to express varied opinions.
Mrs Straughan’s reading group allows for a fair and honest exchange of views on literature but respect in the classroom is paramount.
The school achieves outstanding academic results with 97% of pupils achieving A* to C grades although Mrs Straughan is keen to dismiss the school as an academic hothouse.
A wealth of sporting and extra curricular activities as well as varied language study ensure students are not constantly behind their desks.
From cross-stitch to geography and Mandarin Chinese to Brazilian football there are lots of different activities to try.
The school has recently joined the Pennine Schools Partnership which has created a wealth of opportunities for sporting activities at the school.
Most recently pupils achieved success in gymnastics after competing for the first time in the Kirklees Schools Gymnastics competition at Deighton Arena. A team from year three and four and one from five and six both achieved first place in the competition and qualified for the West Yorkshire Games which are to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University on June 26.
The school at Royds Mount, Luck Lane, Marsh is for boys and girls aged three to 16 years. It is hosting an open day on Saturday between 9.30am and noon. Contact the registrar on:
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