Stockport Grammar Junior School is an independent co-educational day school in the North West of England. It caters for boys and girls between 3 and 11.We aim to create an environment where the children are happy and feel secure.
Academic standards are high, as you would expect of one of the leading independent schools in the country. However, our expectations of the children extend beyond academic success. We want them to take full advantage of the wide range of opportunities that are on offer, inside and outside of the classroom.
Music, sport, art and drama have a high profile in the life of this busy school. We encourage all the children to join in at least one of the many clubs and activities available at lunchtimes and after school. The school enjoys excellent facilities, some of which it shares with the senior school, such as the all-weather pitches, swimming pool, playing fields and theatre.
Stockport Grammar School is a co-educational independent day school. Established in 1487, we have a long and distinguished history, but seek to equip girls and boys for a future of change and challenge.
We provide an outstanding education by providing teaching of the highest quality together with guidance and pastoral support tailored to meet individual needs. We are committed to making the process of learning stimulating and enjoyable.
Co-education is central to the ethos of our school. We believe that it provides the best and most natural preparation for happiness and success in adult life. As well as securing outstanding academic qualifications through learning and working together, the rich extra-curricular life of the school encourages boys and girls to explore and expand the limits of their potential and to develop their talents to the full.
The quality of education cannot be defined simply in terms of examination grades or fine facilities. We want our students to be creative and flexible thinkers, with high self-esteem and an awareness of the needs of others. Education at Stockport Grammar School is geared towards encouraging them to be ambitious in their aims, expand their horizons and exceed their expectations.
Stockport Grammar School was founded in 1487 by Sir Edmond Shaa, Lord Mayor of London and Court Jeweller to three Kings of England. His talent and good fortune enabled him to endow a foundation in the remote parish of his birth. The chantry priest funded by his will was to pray on Wednesdays and Fridays for the souls of his parents and himself. He also directed that "the said connying Preest kepe a gram schole continually in the Towne of Stockeport".
Columbus had not discovered America when the first classes began in the parish church, making it almost the oldest secular foundation in the country. From those earliest days, the Goldsmiths' Company of London, to which Shaa belonged, has been the school's friend and benefactor.
It migrated twice during its first four centuries, providing its pupils with a ringside seat as the town was taken by storm in the Civil War of 1642-6. They also watched in 1745 as the Young Pretender marched past the school door to his destruction. In 1916 the school established itself in the present buildings on a site south of the town centre. The climax of 60 years of expansion came in 1979-80 when the adjoining school was purchased and girls were admitted. The Senior School now numbers over 1,000 pupils, with a Junior Department of around 400, and is independent of the State system.
Unlike the handful of medieval foundations which rival its antiquity it has remained a local grammar school, proud of its association with the town and generations of local children from every kind of background. Notable pupils have been Admiral Back, the Arctic explorer, Sir Frederick Williams, the inventor of the computer, and Peter Boardman, the mountaineer who died on Everest in 1982. For the famous and not so famous it has remained a school offering the finest education to all who can benefit, true to the wishes of its founder, "after their capaciteys that God well geve them".
N G Henshall
Each of the Reception and Year 1 classes has a full-time qualified teaching assistant, who supports the class teacher. The two Year 2 classes share one assistant. The children are also taught by specialist teachers in some subjects such as French, IT, Music and PE. Pupils also have a weekly swimming lesson.
The children in the Infant Department have a separate playground as well as using the main Junior School playground and fields for their supervised playtimes, which are at a different times from the Junior break time.
At the end of Year 2, children automatically move from the Infant Department into the Junior Department.
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