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At Ilkley Grammar School communication counts; this includes communication for parents staff, students, governors and the community.

Headline is our weekly student, parent and community newsletter and is usually issued on a Friday. It is full of all the news regarding life at IGS.

If you have any information you wish to be included in our newsletters please email headline@ilkleygs.co.uk.

Record GCSE results for Ilkley Grammar School despite new tougher exams!

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Ilkley Grammar School is today celebrating another outstanding set of GCSE results, further building on the excellent gains made in recent years since the introduction of the harder new style GCSEs. As well as best ever results at both grades 7+ and 4+, the school also expects to achieve its best ever progress score when this is released later in the Autumn Term.

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Students have again excelled in the top grades with 42% of all GCSE entries being achieved at grades 7-9/A+ this year, a 4% increase on last year and 21% above national. 89% of all grades were achieved at grades 4/C+ and above, 22% above national and a 6% improvement on last year. Overall the pass rate this year was at a record 99.5%.

The school is also celebrating the success of a large number of students who have exceeded their targets across the curriculum and who are expected to achieve exceptionally positive ‘Progress 8’ (value added) scores; these reflect their outstanding achievement in relation to students nationally with a similar academic profile.

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According to estimated Progress 8 scores, this year, more than 1 in 10 students achieved on average two or more grades higher than similar students nationally in every subject studied and have therefore achieved their Personal Best by significantly exceeding their targets. 

Helen Williams, Headteacher said, “Once again, IGS students have excelled, proving that their hard work and determination throughout their time at IGS have paid dividends. Despite only marginal improvements nationally this year, IGS’s result have taken another major step forward in many areas; this means that not only have more individual students achieved better than ever before but that the school has had its best ever showing overall at GCSE too.

Although at this stage we only have an estimated Progress 8 score – the new headline measure by which schools are held to account by the government – we are confident that this will be our best ever by some way and will place us in the very highest category of school achievement for the first time in our history, marking another milestone for IGS. Congratulations to everyone, and as always my thanks to our staff and parents for their support in helping our students achieve such fantastic results again!”

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Record numbers of students will now enter Post 16 study at IGS in September as well as move on to other destinations such as apprenticeships and college. 

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Ilkley Grammar School 2019 A Level Results

IGS Alevel Results 2019.jpgIlkley Grammar School’s students have once again excelled at A Level this year with very positive outcomes across a wide range of subjects and results above national averages at all levels. A fantastic 12% of all grades achieved were at A* - 4% above national and one of the school’s best ever results at this highest level, with almost a third of grades achieved at A*/A. This is all the more noteworthy given the national decline at A*/A this year which is at its lowest level for a decade at 26%. Overall, the IGS pass rate was 99% with a very pleasing 59% of grades secured at A*-B (8% above national).

3A stars each -Ellie Cooper Jasper Evans and Jamie Spiller.jpgAs always there were some stand out achievements from a number of students. In total eight students achieved three straight A* grades: Freya Basey, Ben Bearpark, Ellie Cooper, Jasper Evans (4 A*s including EPQ), Antonia Fern, Matthew Hall, Jamie Spiller and Harvey Sykes. In addition another five students achieved two A* grades and an A grade including Harry Clough, Nisha Cant, Joseph Haigh and Livia Hammond.Around 80% of IGS students now move on to a range of university destinations, with 5 students securing places at Oxbridge this year, whilst other students move into employment, apprenticeships or gap years in 2019-20.

Ella Mawson Isobel Weir and Niamh Hyslop.jpgHelen Williams, Headteacher said, “Once again it’s been a delight to see our students collect their results this morning. Having so many happy faces of students and parents celebrating their success really does make the hard work throughout the year of both staff and students so worthwhile. We are extremely proud of the class of 2019 and wish them well as they now move on from IGS to their university or career path of choice or take a gap year! As always, I would like to take the opportunity to publically thank our staff who have worked to support our students over the last two years to gain these high levels of success. Well done to everyone!

Careers & Aspiration Fair

Wednesday 23rd October, 4.30 – 7.00pm

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We are delighted to announce our bi-annual Careers and Aspirations Fair. There will be a wide range of local, national and multi-national Employers; Universities; Colleges; Training and Apprenticeship providers to explore at the event. Alongside these, will be a series of 20 minute bookable Aspirational Presentations covering a range of career related subject areas. It’s worth taking advantage of this excellent opportunity to discover more on the myriad of careers available in our changing digital world. A booklet with full details will be available nearer the event.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please email careers@ilkleygs.co.uk.

Mrs K. Mitchell, Careers Leader

Why not join the PTA?

Our PTA does a huge amount of work throughout the year to raise funds to help support the school.

If you could spare a little bit of time and want to find out more - please check out our PTA page here.

Ilkley Grammar School is Ofsted Outstanding! Ofsted_Outstanding_OP_Colour.jpg

We are delighted to announce that Ilkley Grammar School is now officially judged as an ‘Outstanding’ school across the board, following our Ofsted Inspection back in March!

The school was visited by a team of 7 inspectors over 2 days at the end of March this year, who scrutinised all areas of the school’s practice and determined that Ilkley Grammar School “is an outstanding school”, with every aspect of the school’s provision judged to be ‘outstanding’. This includes: the effectiveness of leadership and management; the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils and 16 to 19 programmes.

This outcome was only achieved because of the tremendous hard work and resilience of all of our staff and students at IGS and is the result of a huge effort by Team IGS!

A copy of the full report can be found on the school website here and you can read our Press Release here.

IGS School Fund

If you have not yet made a donation and would like to help Ilkley Grammar School minimise the impact of funding cuts on our students’ education moving forward, please find out more here, or read the article in this week’s Headline.  

We are asking for contributions to the scheme either by monthly direct debit or as a one-off donation. There are several suggested levels at which you can donate, however, any amount will be very gratefully received.


PDFs of Headline can be viewed here

pdf icon12 July 2019.pdf (18MB)

pdf icon28 June 2019.pdf (15.3MB)

pdf icon14 June 2019.pdf (16.9MB)

pdf icon10 May 2019.pdf (20.7MB)

pdf icon12 April 2019.pdf (17.2MB)

pdf icon22 March 2019.pdf (12.3MB)

pdf icon8 March 2019.pdf (16.4MB)

pdf icon15 February 2019.pdf (15.7MB)

pdf icon01 February 2019.pdf (15.2MB)

pdf icon18th January 2019.pdf (11.2MB)

pdf icon14 December 2018.pdf (16.8MB)

pdf icon16 November 2018 issue.pdf (11.8MB)

pdf icon2 November 2018.pdf (19MB)

pdf icon12 October 2018.pdf (12.6MB)

pdf icon28 September issue.pdf (18.8MB)

pdf icon14 September 2018.pdf (10.7MB)

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