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From the outside, the boys’ school is fairly unprepossessing, all a bit Grange Hill. Inside, though, there are wall displays everywhere and sense of industriousness. The girls' building, as you’d expect, has the look and feel of an old grammar, especially in the beautiful old Roger Kay Hall. The relatively new arts centre (the school won a fundraising award for its ingenuity) is a wonderful space for sixth formers to work, faint strains of music filtering from the music department. Great common room, too, and coffee place with a relaxed grown up vibe. The family of schools is now an all-singing, all-dancing 45 acre campus (25 acres of which is a short walk down the road). Lots to stimulate in juniors - a Secret Garden theme around the library and super corridor displays; we particularly liked one on …

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11Maths, English and Interview. 16 GCSEs and Interview.

Based on KS2 syllabus, not designed to be a threatening hurdle. Previous year paper sent out. Last three years available to purchase.

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Since 2016, Jo Anderson BA (modern languages; University of Leeds), PGCE MEd (secondary curriculum leadership), who became head of the senior girls’ school in 2015. She is now principal and responsible for the strategic planning for the future of the entire family of the Bury Grammar Schools, boys’ and girls’, both junior and senior. Previously she worked at Stockport Grammar, Manchester Grammar, Queen's Chester, latterly as head of the girls’ division at the King's School Macclesfield, and has worked across all age ranges and both sexes.

Thoughtful and insightful in all her responses, very easy to talk to, she exudes a quiet efficiency under which almost certainly lurks much inner tungsten. Over the last year, she has implemented a great deal of change (‘seismic’ was a descriptive term used more than...

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