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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.

Fantastic GCSE Results for Ilkley Grammar School!

Students and staff at Ilkley Grammar School are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results today, despite the new tougher exams. In particular, students have excelled in the top grades, including the new Grades 7, 8 and 9 which are the equivalent of A* and A, with more than 1 in 10 students achieving all grades at this level. This, alongside an 83.5% overall ‘pass’ rate for the new ‘standard’ pass of grade 4+ (C grade equivalent), meant that there were happy faces galore at the school today.

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In total, over 38% of all GCSE entries were achieved at A*-A/7+ this year – a 3% rise on last year’s IGS results and 17% above this year’s national rate, with a very impressive 9% of all entries achieved at the very top level of 9 - more than double the national rate. Indeed 24% of all grades were at grades 9/8/A*.

Of particular note is Robbie Matthews, who is one of this year’s national elite achievers with a clean sweep of 10 grade 9s/A*s – a feat matched by only 731 other students in the country.

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26 other students achieved a full sweep of A+/7+ grades in all of their GCSE qualifications with many examples of incredible individual success.  With 8 or more GCSEs achieved in total by all, top performers include: Danny Leach who received nine grade 9s; Joe Higgitt and Charlie Wilde with eight grade 9s each; Cara Burdon, Dominic Coy, James Barker and William Brookes who gained seven grade 9s apiece and Louis Fielding , Emily Rayland and Jonathan Fisher with six grade 9s each.

The school is equally 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’ scores which reflect their outstanding achievement in relation to students nationally with a similar academic profile.

According to estimated Progress 8 scores, over 20 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.  These include Erin Collier, Thomas Green, Zakariya Yahya, Pedram Habib Zadeh, Morgan Grimshaw, Finlay Grimshaw, Kara Milligan, Olivia Barlow, Amelia Milner, Joe Higgitt, Amber Medway, James Redman, Angel Smith and Jude Brogden.

Helen Williams, Headteacher said, “Given the enhanced content and difficulty of these tougher reformed GCSEs, which have seen the old grades A*-G being largely replaced by 9-1 with grade 9 pitched higher than a previous A*, we are extremely proud of all of our students’ achievements this year.  It has been something of a nail-biting time over the last 24 hours as we waited to see what our students would achieve in these new exams, but once again IGS is celebrating and I would like to thank all students and staff who have worked so hard over these last two years to make this possible, as well as parents for their support. 2018 may have been the dreaded year of reform nationally, but IGS has once again shown that our students are more than ready for the challenge!”

Record numbers of students will now enter sixth form study at IGS in September.


Ilkley Grammar School Celebrates A Level Success

11% of all grades achieved were at A* (3% above national), with all other attainment measures also continuing to be above national rates, including almost a third of all grades achieved at A/A* (31%), with 60% at A*-B and a 98% overall pass rate.

As always there were some stand out achievements from a number of students, including Jessica Toseland who achieved 4A*s, Hannah Richards who achieved 3 A*s and an A, Harriet Day with 3A*s, Eleanor Griffiths, Melissa Johns-Watson and Nea Weston who all achieved 2A*s and 2As and Katrin Blears, Annie Edwards, Sam Ford, Joanna Henney, Ben Thompson and Jo Williams who all achieved 2A*s plus an A.

Around ¾ of IGS students now move on to a range of university destinations including Oxbridge and music conservatoire, with an impressive 80% (102 students) gaining places at their first choice universities today, with all other students moving into employment or taking a gap year in 2018-19.

Helen Williams, Headteacher said, “It’s been yet another fantastic results day at IGS, where we are privileged to share in and celebrate the achievements of all of our students as they move on to their university or career path of choice or take a gap year. We are extremely proud of the class of 2018 and I’d like to thank all of the staff at IGS who have worked so hard over the last two years to support our students to gain these high levels of success once again. Well done to everyone!”

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On Thursday 5 July we will be having an non-school uniform day to raise money for PhyCap, which is a charity close to one of our students’ hearts.  Many of you will know Ben Smithson in Year12 and know that he uses his wheelchair around school. Having outgrown his current chair he has been lucky enough to receive considerable funding from a local charity called PHYSCAP who are helping the family to buy a new chair for Ben. PHYSCAP are a Yorkshire children's charity run by volunteers who help to improve the lives of children suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities.  

Established in 1970, PhysCap is a Yorkshire based charity run completely by volunteers who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities within the Yorkshire area.  They are the last resort for families who may have limited funds to buy specialist or therapeutic equipment for their children to help make their lives a little easier.

Over the past 25 years they have provided countless families with equipment ranging from touch screen computer systems and adapted treadmills to electric buggies and specially adapted trikes. We’ve also helped with funding for children who require both therapy and conductive education.’


Pictured above: Ben in his new wheelchair and a message from the family:

"We are grateful to the school and school council for using the next non-uniform day to help raise funds for PHYSCAP and help us say BIG Thank You for helping Ben get the wheelchair he so desperately needs to enable him finish school and move on to University."

Ilkley Grammar School ranked top comprehensive school in the north and in top 10 of all mixed comprehensive schools nationally

IGS Press Release – Monday November 27th 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to learn that following our record breaking A level and GCSE results this summer, Ilkley Grammar school has now been named in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings as the ‘top ranked comprehensive school in the North of England’.

This accolade tops off a truly amazing year for us at IGS, including our Outstanding Ofsted inspection in March. Not only are we ranked as the top comprehensive school in the north by the Sunday Times, but we also rank in the top 10 of all mixed comprehensive schools in the entire country.

Headteacher, Helen Williams said, “I am extremely proud of this latest achievement for Ilkley Grammar School. As always, this honour has come as the result of the tremendous hard work and effort of all of our students and staff over the last two years in particular, and it is an accomplishment that our school community will celebrate and relish together.”

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.

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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

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pdf icon14 December 2018.pdf (16.8MB)

pdf icon16 November 2018 issue.pdf (11.8MB)

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pdf icon28 September issue.pdf (18.8MB)

pdf icon14 September 2018.pdf (10.7MB)

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