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The Grammar School at Leeds

Alwoodley Gates
Harrogate Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 8GS

T: +44 (0)113 229 1552

Contact email Visit our website

ISC ID: 84761


Head

Mrs Sue Woodroofe (Principal)

Boys - age range:

Day: 2 to 18

Girls - age range:

Day: 2 to 18

Size

2041 pupils

The Grammar School at Leeds case studies (14)

Oxbridge mock interviews

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Roundhay High School
  • Allerton Grange School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Higher education application
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Young Scholars programme

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Bishop Young C of E Academy
  • Temple Moor High School
  • Co-op Academy
  • White Rose Academy Trust
  • Mount St Mary's Catholic High School
  • Academic
  • Student well-being
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Leeds Inter-School Youth Cup

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Leeds Inter-School Youth Cup
  • Sport/DofE/cadets
  • Community work/fundraising
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Headingley Hall partnership

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Headingley Hall Care Home
  • Performing arts and music
  • Community work/fundraising
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Child Friendly Leeds

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Child Friendly Leeds
  • Community work/fundraising
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Leeds Catholic Schools Partnership

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Mount Saint Mary's
  • Corpus Christi
  • Cardinal Heenan
  • Career guidance
  • Higher education application
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Access to swimming

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Allerton C of E Primary School,
  • Hovingham Primary School
  • Sport/DofE/cadets
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Seacroft Grange Sports Day

Partners

  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Seacroft Grange Primary School, Seacroft, Leeds
  • Sport/DofE/cadets
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Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)

  • 130 state schools involved
  • 500+ state school pupils involved
  • 150 staff hours given

Impact Statement

We have a very active partnership with Leeds Catholic Schools and run a variety of initiatives to provide enriching and aspirational activities. The most significant activity is a series of workshops for Y11 pupils who have the potential to attend university, and the life-changing opportunities that HE provides. Approximately 30 students attend every year and the resources developed by our careers team are shared with teachers and careers advisors at all the schools in the partnership. In September 2018, 6 of the attendees joined our sixth form on significant bursaries. We also host Saturday revision classes, provide guest speakers and attend the schools’ careers fairs to enable students and their families to understand the opportunities available post 16. Of the 50+ students who took part in the Saturday revision classes, all saw an improvement by at least 1 grade between their mocks and GCSE results, with a significant number seeing an improvement of more than 2 grades. As the reputation of these activities grow students are increasingly asking to take part as they see their impact for themselves. The first graduates of this project left this summer and are now studying at university.

We are a key supporter of the Child Friendly Leeds initiative with a particular emphasis on children and young people in care. Working with our partners Harrogate Theatre and Ilkley Literature Festival, we run a number of events and activities, including a play in a day workshop and a visit to Ilkley to meet a leading author. Each year we also provide transport to enable at 30 children and their carers to visit the seaside, and for many of these families this will be their ‘summer holiday’. These activities are aimed at enriching these children’s lives and providing them with happy childhood memories, something which is often sadly lacking for these children.

We provide local schools with access to our sporting facilities at cost during the summer holidays. This has enabled a number of local schools to host their sports days at GSAL and run intensive swimming courses for their pupils. This links with the government’s commitment to ensure that every child can swim 25m before leaving primary school.

We run a Gifted and Talented maths camp every summer for our current Year 6’s and the invite is extended to schools in the locality, to help these children achieve their potential. Resources are also available for distribution in local schools and our junior school lead provides on-going support to the teachers. Some of the attendees have been inspired to apply for means-tested bursaries to join our senior school.

Our French specialist in Junior School manages a languages hub for approximately seven local schools, which meets regularly to share learning. We host an annual French day for pupils from the schools to attend which includes a performance from a touring French theatre company. This has inspired and engaged children in the learning of a foreign language which we hope will encourage them to continue through secondary school. This is growing in importance as the popularity of languages continues to decline. We hope that supporting these teachers they will be encouraged to nurture a love of languages in young children.

All our Year 12s do a minimum of 20 hours volunteering, with some as much as 100 over the year. 10% of our students also volunteer in their free time which usually involves supporting a number of local projects for example enhancing literacy and numeracy in primary schools, and assisting individual pupils who need additional support.

We have a long standing CCF partnership with a local C of E academy, Bishop Young Academy (BYA). The partnership began in 2009, and is one of the longest standing CCF partnerships in the country. At present approximately 20 students from BYA are able to access the varied training offered by the Army and Royal Air Force sections of Leeds CCF, and are fully integrated with students from GSAL. Being part of the CCF enables them to acquire transferable social and technical skills and gain new interests that stand them in good stead for the future.

Our sister company, GSAL Transport, offers transport services to local schools at vastly reduced rates which has enabled pupils to visit and partake in a range of experiences that previously would have been cost-prohibitive. We also enable our partners such as Harewood House to use this service so they can enable more schools to benefit from their collections and resources.

Bursaries at The Grammar School at Leeds

The Grammar School at Leeds is committed to providing financial support for academically talented children from low income backgrounds through means-tested bursaries. These bursaries are available to external pupils joining the school into years 7 or 12. 

Demand for bursaries is high, with typically around 10 applications for each year 7 bursary and around 3 applications for each year 12 bursary, therefore we encourage families to read carefully the academic and financial criteria as stated in our bursary policy.

Depending on the family’s financial circumstances and the pupil’s academic performance throughout our assessment process bursaries awarded can range in value from 10% to 100%. 

Families looking to apply for a year 7 bursary in September 2020 should submit their applications by 31 October 2019 whilst those looking to apply for a year 12 bursary should submit their applications by February 2020.

Music scholarships at The Grammar School at Leeds

Building on our proud music tradition The Grammar School at Leeds offers a small number of music scholarships to external pupils joining the school into year 7. 

Depending on the pupil’s musical ability our music scholarships offer either a 20% fee reduction or free instrumental lessons. The application process for a music scholarship includes an audition and we generally expect applicants to be approaching or at grades 4 or 5, preferably on an orchestral instrument. 

Families looking to apply for a music scholarship in September 2020 should submit their applications by November 2019.

Further information relating to our bursaries and music scholarships can be found here on our website however please also contact our admissions team on 0113 228 5121 if you would like to find out more as we would be happy to answer any questions you have. 

  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils