What is the Grammar Stream?
In 2014, we listened to popular requests from local families who said they wanted their children to be challenged (in a similar way to grammar schools) and given greater opportunities, but that they also preferred a more inclusive approach to education.
As a result, Glenmoor & Winton Academies were the first schools in the area to establish a 'Grammar Stream'. Ultimately, it is our version of a grammar school education within a secondary comprehensive environment. Our goals are simple:
· We aim to inspire all of our Grammar Stream students, regardless of wealth, gender, race or religion to attend a top university – and we will provide the skills to make it a reality.
· We want to enhance the holistic development of our students, by developing their all-round skills and personality.
The Grammar Stream aims to prepare well-rounded individuals, who are successful in their academic studies throughout their lives, and who are equipped to lead others as they overcome all obstacles.
How do students get into the Grammar Stream?
Firstly, students must be offered a place at Glenmoor Academy or Winton Academy by the Local Education Authority (LEA) before considering whether to join the Grammar Stream; we have no influence in this matter. Once you have been offered a place at G&W then you will receive a welcome pack (in early-March); enclosed within the pack is a letter offering your son/daughter the chance to join the Grammar Stream.
Entrance into the Grammar Stream is then achieved, in Year 6, by two ways:
Path 1: Anyone who has passed a local grammar school entrance examination gains automatic admission into our Grammar Stream (as long as they have already been offered a place at the Academies by the LEA).
Path 2: Students take the G&W Grammar Stream entrance examination, which usually takes place on the final Saturday (morning) of March. The exam consists of 2 papers (taken on the same day):
· Paper 1 = English (60 minutes). This is based around a straightforward comprehension & writing activity.
· Paper 2 = Maths (45 minutes). This is a mental arithmetic test based on work which most students should have covered in Year 6.
We do not encourage any tutoring or extra preparation for our entrance tests. The results are eventually ranked and we select the students who are best suited for the Grammar Stream. Please note that students are regularly assessed at G&W, and participation in the Grammar Stream is usually only guaranteed for the first year.
How successful is the Grammar Stream?
Below is our most recent OFSTED report, which gives particular credit to our Grammar Stream.
OFSTED Report (June 2018): “Four years ago, you decided to create a grammar stream so that the most able can excel, and this has been the case. These pupils are stretched and challenged well; they are enthusiastic about their studies and have an excellent rapport with their teachers. The motivating climate created by staff in the school allows these pupils to ask for support and help when necessary. Consequently, the most able are making better progress and are on track to achieve significantly above the national average.”
Further proof of the success of our Grammar Stream can be seen in our 2018 GCSE results. In terms of Progress 8 scores, Winton Academy achieved +0.61 for high prior attaining (‘HPA’) students and Glenmoor Academy +0.91 for high prior attainers – both scores demonstrate that the more-able students on-roll at G&W are making excellent progress. In fact, in 2018 they made greater progress than any other school in the area.
In 2020 our first cohort of Grammar Stream students completed their GCSEs. The GS girls achieved an overall Progress 8 score of +1.96 and the boys achieved +1.58; for the girls that was the equivalent of achieving almost 2 whole grades higher than they were expected, and the boys would have been a grade and a half higher. For the Academies to achieve such incredibly high levels of progress with students who are already considered 'bright' is testimony to the success of the Grammar Stream programme.
What do we expect from our Grammar Stream students?
All of the GS students are expected to abide by the following principles:
· Remain amongst the highest-attaining students in formal assessments
· Be active in school activities
· Participate in extra-curricular activities
· Offer leadership to others & be positive role-models
· Maintain high attendance levels
· Aspiring to attend a top university
How does the Grammar Stream differ from normal classes?
We offer the following to GS students:
· Adapted tutor-time activities
· Higher Education guidance & Career advice
· Leadership & role-model opportunities
· Adapted pastoral and tutor support.
· Teaching by staff who are adept at working with high ability students
· Tracking their performance & involvement
How do we foster holistic growth within the GS?
· Whilst ‘academic achievement’ is extremely important, we are also keen to develop our students’ holistic growth. The main way we accomplish this is via our policy of ‘Education with Character’.
Core Purpose of providing Education with Character:
· To support children to develop character, compassion and service and be able them to look back on joyful schooling which has inspired and challenged them, given them wide opportunity and prepared them for the ups and downs of life.
Click to contact the Grammar Stream Co-ordinator here.