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Manchester Grammar School

School rating 4 / 5 by

Old Hall Lane Manchester Lancashire M13 0XT United Kingdom
4th to 12th
Boys only


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Machester Grammar School -Subjects covered all main arts and sciences -choices to do 9-10 subjects for GCSE -English & Maths compulsory -Choice of different languages: French, Spanish, German (option to do Italian in lower 6th for a GCSE) -Art & D/T available for GCSE -encouraged to do 4 A-Levels but can drop down to 3 -no complusory A-level choices or combinations, free to choose own A-level subjects. -class sizes prior to 6th form around 20-25 -each class has form tutor (who will teach them for one subject as well) and separate subject teachers. There is also a head of year tutor who is in change of overall academic and behavioural issues -boys struggling academically will get additional help from year tutor -1st & 2nd (year 7 & 8) classes will have form prefects (6th form boys)who generally look after and help out their charges -6th form: class sizes around 10-15 -each have form tutor (again teaching one subject) and 2 teachers for each subject -school is heavily geared towards exam results and preparing boys for exams -internal annual exams -extent to which teachers focus on exam knowlegde or wider learning dependent on teacher and ability of class -exam success is most important for teacher and students -however most teachers still enthusiastic and passionate about subject -homework every night, workload: personally not to overwhelming potentially for some. -teachers do alot of work for you! -highly academically successful (especially in terms of value for money) -2006 & 2007: over 90% of A-levels A & B grade -2006 & 2007: over 85% of GCSEs A* & A grade -extra classes for oxbridge candidates -2007 38 offers from oxbridge

College Counseling

-College counseling start of lower 6th form 1st real discussion of university choices -quick process over....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

-Manchester Grammar School (MGS) admissions process: two exam phases -part one: English and Maths -candidates successful....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

-MSG is a day school no boarders -lunch provided (but can have packed lunch) -lunch generally reasonably good -in winter limited areas for outdoor play -summer allowed on grass large areas for break-time football etc -modern sports hall -gym for use yr 5 and above -located in fallowfield area of Manchester -student area of city -generrally fairly safe, but have been muggings etc -when outside grounds best to stay in groups and don't advertise ipods etc -strong connections with nearby girls schools: Manchester High and Withington -hold discos and fashion shows together -end of school ball for upper 6th leavers (with girls schools) -ethnically don't have detailed knowledge, so won't be able to....

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