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Dedication’s What You Need!

Posted on March 08 2018

‘How do I get my child into a Grammar School?’

This is, probably, the most frequently asked question I receive as Head Teacher at Forest Park. It isn’t just the Year 5 parents who ask this either, it is clearly a topic of interest for the vast majority of our parent body. The answer is not as straightforward as many would think. To truly answer this question would take lots of detail and reference to many different areas of learning and pupil attitudes. However, if push came to shove, and I had to define a brief answer for parents, then in the words of Roy Castle – DEDICATION’S WHAT YOU NEED!

Every child is different and has differing needs and differing qualities. But if they want to succeed at anything in life then they need to work hard. Not just during short intervals, or when the pressure is on, but all of the time. Working hard, day in and day out, is the way to achieve your very best. It is not always easy to do, but it is inevitable if you want to be successful.

Parents at Forest Park are fortunate with the wide choice of highly respected secondary schools available in the local area and we aim to help them choose the right school for their child. The Forest Park curriculum goes beyond the demands of the National Curriculum. We also tailor our teaching methods towards content within the entrance examinations to the area's leading schools including Manchester Grammar School, Withington Girls' School, Manchester High School for Girls’, St. Bede’s College, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar School.

We are once again extremely proud of our academic success, with the examination achievements of our Year Six children in 2017/18; in fact we are record breakers! 87% of the children who sat an entrance examination for a grammar school have been successful in gaining a place. This is the first time in the last five years where pupils have achieved over an 80% success rate within the grammar school settings. Well done to all the staff and children for helping us to achieve this outstanding accolade, it is a testament to all the hard work and dedication you have put in over the years.

A priority for Forest Park is to help guide and prepare our children for future schools. Being an independent school enables us to tailor our teaching and learning to meet the needs of the Forest Park child. A large part of this need is to communicate with parents about what the next stage of education best suits the child. We endeavour to look at what type of learner each pupil is and what range of talents they have to offer. Emphasis in discussions is placed on the holistic picture of the child. We aim to provide professional advice and help every single child achieve their best.

In Years 3 to 6, we focus our curriculum on breadth and balance and ensure that children enjoy their time at school. We are also mindful of the necessity to prepare pupils for the important secondary school examinations they face in Year 6.

However, the preparation for these examinations is a gradual process. Children are taught the ability to use and apply knowledge, and to have well practised exam technique. We attune our curriculum to include more reasoning skills and numerical logic, problem solving, comprehension technique and spelling punctuation and grammar. We aim to develop happy young people who have the confidence and learning skills to cope with the demands of whichever senior school they move on to. Above all, pupils learn to dedicate themselves to their academic studies.

Whichever secondary school the children at Forest Park are fortunate enough to acquire a place at, we are assured that they have been well prepared and have the skills required in order to succeed with the next stage of their educational careers.

Nick Tucker

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