Mr KirckupMr Kirkup took up post in September 2004. He was previously Deputy Headteacher at Devonport High School for Girls in Plymouth and, before that, Head of Humanities and Senior Teacher at Bourne Grammar School in Lincolnshire. He read for his History degree at Queen Mary College, University of London and he studied for his PGCE at the University of London Institute of Education. Mr Kirkup has a passion for the creative and performing arts and has taught A Level Theatre Studies as well as History at his previous two schools.


Mr Kirkup writes...

This is a busy, happy and successful school with well motivated and conscientious pupils, a highly experienced and committed teaching staff, and outstanding parental support. We have a very clear recognition here between teachers and pupils that we are on the same side, we are working together. We all share the same vision to do our best to ensure that everyone achieves their full potential in the time they are in the school. Queen Elizabeth Grammar School is about taking the best aspects of the traditional grammar school ethos and blending them with the most useful elements of good practice in modern education. The grammar school ethos is about offering an academic curriculum, encouraging our pupils to have high aspirations and working in a disciplined environment which has a high regard for the community, for honesty and mutual respect. There is also a desire here to keep the school small and friendly so teachers and pupils know each other and can work together effectively. Best practice in modern education is about varied teaching styles, understanding of different learning styles, and assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning. It is about harnessing new technologies to enhance and advance teaching and learning. There is considerable extra-curricular provision in sport and the performing and creative arts. For example, in the autumn term alone each year there will be over one hundred separate sporting fixtures in football, rugby, netball and hockey; numerous theatre trips and drama workshops and performances by the choir and music ensembles in concerts and school events. There are also many opportunities outside lesson time for pupils to participate in art, design, photography and technology, as well as maths, business and enterprise.

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