Update from School – September 2014

15th September 2014

Here’s the latest news from Ermysted’s Grammar School…

Exam results

Congratulations to all the boys receiving exam results during the summer holidays. Despite reports in the media regarding the drop in standards nationally, the school’s ‘A’ level results held up well. At GCSE the boys achieved a 5A*-C pass rate of 99%, with A*-A grades making up 50.2% of all grades. The boys and staff can be proud of their achievements.
The majority of boys in Year 13 opted for university after leaving EGS. The most popular destinations were Durham, Sheffield, Lancaster, Exeter, Bath, Birmingham and Newcastle. There were 5 successful applicants to Oxbridge (3 to Cambridge, 2 to Oxford).

New staff

At the beginning of the new academic year the school welcomes Mr Andy Pryce (Economics), Ms Amy Lamb (Art), Mr Michael Mullins (PE). Mrs Dagmar Hecker-Woodhead joins us from Settle College as our new Business Manager.

Also, some changes within school from the beginning of term:

  • Mr Alan Marsden is Head of Key Stage 5
  • Mr Daniel Justice is Head of Key Stage 3
  • Mr Adam Jackson is Head of Year 7
  • Mr Stephen King will be Subject Leader for ICT
  • Ms Georgina Hughes will be Subject Leader for Art
  • Mr Iain Thackrah will be Subject Leader for RS
  • Mr Stephen Llewellyn will be Subject Leader for Classics

Sports Day – 17 July 2014

Toller Wrestle the Sports Day Crown from Hartley
Eager athletes had to wait until the final Wednesday of a very busy summer term before they could demonstrate their talents to the rest of their peers. The event is an inclusive event, with participants only allowed to enter one event and the 4x100m relay. This means that each house needs 23 competitors per year group, with points being awarded for 1st to 8th place. The battles within individual year groups maintained competition all day and none more so than in Year 9 where, going into the final event – the 4×100 metre race, Petyt needed victory to ensure overall victory. Things were looking good until the final bend, where the mild drizzle unfortunately lead to the Petyt team slipping at the changeover, handing the victory in the race and in the Year 9 event to Toller. Toller’s dominance on the day was evident, with them winning 3 of the 4 year group competitions, enabling them to secure victory. They were helped along the way by notable performances from Jake Woodward and Jed Boye in Years 9 and 10 respectively, who both stormed to victory in the 100m finals. Jordan Harding proved why Bury Football Club have signed him as a Goalkeeper by winning the Y9 High Jump and Matthew Ramshaw’s training with the England U15 Hockey Squad paid off as he comfortably won the Y9 800m. Congratulations to all of those involved on what is always a fantastic day in the school’s sporting calendar.

Ermysted’s Grammar School Mathematics double success

Congratulations to the team of Ermysted’s students who had national success in the UK Maths Team Challenge final. EGS won the North Regional Final, beating 32 other schools to secure a place in the National Final in London. Here the team competed against the best 80 schools in the Uk and came an impressive 14th out of 80, putting them amongst the top teams in the country.
Mr Hopkins, Head of Maths, was extremely proud of the boys: “This is the best achievement we have ever had. We have some exceptionally talented boys in Craven and it is a privilege to work with such boys.” The team comprised Alex Blake, Matthew Bleakley, Santosh Guru and Samuel Owers.
In addition to this success Year 11 student Xiangjia Kong won a place on the UK Mathematics Trust Olympiad training camp held at Queen’s University Oxford over the summer. He is one of only 22 boys selected for this squad which will be trained by Dr Peter Neumann, Emeritus Fellow of Mathematics at Queen’s. The purpose of the camp is to train a squad to represent the UK in the future International Mathematical Olympiads. The emphasis of the camp was on problem solving and clear mathematical exposition. Well done to Alex, Matthew, Santosh, Samuel and Xiangjia – and thank you to the Mathematics Department who have supported them throughout the year.

Salters Chemistry Camps

Congratulations to Zitian Harper, Julian Roche, James Barker and Charles Harper who were all accepted onto the Chemistry Camps run by the universities of Manchester, York and Nottingham at the end of the summer term. These provide the students with the opportunity to stay in halls of residence for two nights and carry out experiments in their labs over three days. There are entertaining lectures throughout the days as boys get the opportunity to investigate areas of chemistry we are unable to cover in the GCSE curriculum. The feedback from the lecturers was impressive – all four students were considered to be excellent chemists and described as ‘pleasant, confident, well-mannered cooperative young men.’ Ideal ambassadors for the school.

Jamie Ridehalgh at Sainsbury’s School Games Selection 2014

We were delighted to hear of Jamie Ridehalgh’s success in being selected to compete at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games in Manchester. The Games were held on Thursday 4th to Sunday 7 September.
Jamie, in Year 11, is a keen and talented cyclist whose skill lies in endurance events. In the course of the Games he won a Bronze Medal in the 60 lap points race, having lapped the field with three other riders, he was 4th in the 10km Scratch race, was placed 7th and gained a personal best time in the individual pursuit and finally he was part of the team which was 6th out of 13 teams in the team sprint and team pursuit.

Cricket – Yorkshire County Cup Final

On Thursday 11 September the Y10s won the under 14s Yorkshire County Cup beating Shelley College from Hudddersfield, who have been in 3 of the last 4 finals. Ermysted’s will now represent Yorkshire in the National stages of the competition, beginning next May. Very well done boys! We gather the boys were cool under pressure and exemplary representatives of the school!

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