The School Ethos - The William Hulme's Way

William Hulme’s prides itself on being a friendly, multi-cultural community that produces happy, successful and active members of the community. We provide a first class education, setting very high standards that challenges all our students to be the best in everything they do. 

We expect every child to achieve the best possible academic qualifications and make the most of all the support and opportunities provided by the school. We overcome any barriers to making progress. Whatever a child’s starting point, we ensure that he or she makes outstanding progress and is fully equipped for the challenges of adult life. Any obstacles to learning are dealt with by our Student Services and Pastoral teams and our personalised curriculum pathways ensure that every child succeeds.

At the heart of our school ethos is our emphasis on Academic Rigour, Respect and Enrichment. The school is a ‘hive of activity’ that provides many opportunities and experiences for students to develop all the skills necessary to become fully rounded young people.

This is the core of everything we do. We maintain high academic standards and we have high expectations of what every child can achieve. Indeed, every child is entitled to an outstanding learning experience every lesson, every day. All teachers are highly qualified subject specialists and receive high quality professional development to ensure that they can be excellent teachers. Similarly, all members of the support staff have excellent professional qualifications and receive high quality professional development to ensure that they can create the conditions for first class teaching and learning.

The school fosters the belief that everyone is equal and emphasises the importance of tolerance and respect. Every child is expected to:

  1. To speak with respect.
  2. To behave with respect.
  3. To respect the school environment.
  4. To have respect for their own learning.
  5. To have respect for other students learning.

Every child is expected to contribute to the wider life of the school. Through the House system, the extensive extra-curricular programme and student leadership opportunities we provide every child with the opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills as well as gaining self-confidence and a healthy sense of self-worth. By developing the whole child, we are preparing our students for the challenges of the continually changing modern world. Every child is expected to take part and strive to do their best in all aspects of school life:

  1. Extra-curricular Activities.
  2. Student Leadership.
  3. Competition (House and inter school competitions).
  4. Student Voice.
  5. Social Action.
  6. Careers Advice.
  7. Trips/Residentials.

The ‘William Hulme’s Way Award’ recognises students who are working to the best of their ability and taking pride in their work, their school and themselves. It celebrates students who are making the most of the opportunities that are available to them by participating in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, representing the school and taking on responsibilities and leadership roles within the school community. The pinnacle of the Award is the ‘Star Student Award’ which highlights students who have an exemplary attendance record, an outstanding approach to learning in lessons and contribute widely to the life of the school.

Thomas Montgomery – Year 7

  • Representation:
    Open evening / School Show / Table Tennis 
  • Extra-curricular:
    School magazine / Library – Film Group / Charity Committee / Amnesty International / Drama 

Blessing Kenneth – Year 8

  • Responsibilities:
    Ambassador
  • Representation:
    Sport – football, netball, badminton and cycling 
  • Extra-curricular:
    Sport – football, netball and badminton

Livingston Pathmanathan – Year 9

  • Responsibilities:
    Maths Mentor
  • Representation:
    School Show / STEM / School Choir
  • Extra-curricular:
    Drama / School Choir / Junk Orchestra / Cuban Band 

Hira Ashraf – Year 10

  • Responsibilities:
    House Captain / School Council / Peer Mentoring
  • Representation:
    Open evening / sport – football, netball, rugby, rugby and tennis leadership / School Show / Christmas Concert 
  • Extra-curricular:
    CCF / Sport – football, netball, rugby, badminton, basketball / Amnesty International / Drama

    "There are many amazing things about William Hulme’s. Over the past few years, we have improved and grown so much as a community. That is probably one of the best things. William Hulme’s is a school which will never give up to create a place which is welcoming for everyone. Every teacher, no matter the subject goes out of their way to give support and provides so many opportunities that will benefit you in many ways. The House system is also crucial as it provides a chance to take part in a variety of activities and to work in a team where you will be supported by all your peers in competitions specifically to where you can excel. To be honest there’s something for everyone and anyone. The best thing about William Hulme’s is that it gives you something to be recognised for."

Saleh Rajab – Year 11 

  • Responsibilities:
    Prefect / Maths mentor / School Council / Amnesty International Committee
  • Extra-curricular:
    Duke of Edinburgh / CCF

"I really enjoy the school community, where everyone cares for each other and there’s a mutual respect no matter your gender, race or religion. I also like how diverse we are as a school, forming a micro society. I also respect and appreciate how much teachers care about students, how much they want us to succeed and become the best possible version of ourselves. There is so much support from career advice, to intervention sessions, to mentoring, and so much more. As well as the support there are so many other activities to get involved with and enjoy."

William Hulme’s prides itself on being a friendly, multi-cultural community that produces happy, successful and active members of the community. Whilst we have a very strong academic focus throughout the school, at William Hulme’s Grammar School we believe that there is more to a good education. As well as ensuring our students achieve well academically, we also aim to develop character, compassion and service. Throughout their time here, pupils are expected to contribute to our school community and to society. We want children to try things they cannot do, to persist in the face of difficulty and to become resilient in overcoming obstacles. This is ‘the William Hulme’s Way’.

With this in mind, we provide a breadth of opportunities and experiences which seek to help our students become confident, well-rounded and ambitious young adults. Our curriculum and enrichment programme is overflowing with opportunities to try something new and develop new skills. In addition to our very wide range of extracurricular clubs, our students enjoy trips to activity centres, performing in front of their friends and families, university visits, talks from inspirational speakers as well as countless opportunities to collaborate with their peers at United Learning schools across the country.

We are incredibly proud to deliver an Education with Character; an education which challenges, inspires and excites our students and prepares them for the ups and downs of life.

No two days are the same at WHGS; our children are constantly introduced to new and different experiences, designed to prepare them for the next stage of their education and beyond.

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