The Diamond Model
Oldham Hulme Grammar School is a ‘diamond model school’. The youngest children are taught in co-educational groups in the purpose built Nursery and recently renovated Thornycroft building. The co-educational teaching continues throughout the Junior years (Years 3-6), the Lower Juniors in Hulme Court and Upper Juniors in the Estcourt building. Senior School (Years 7-11) pupils are mostly taught in single sex teaching groups which continues until the students complete their GCSEs, when they progress into the co-educational sixth form for their A Level study. There are some co-educational groups at GCSE to maximise the fulfilment of pupils’ subject choices, or to facilitate optimal setting arrangements.
We believe that our model provides the ‘best of both worlds’ within our family of schools. During the pupils’ formative years (between ages 11-16) they have the focus of single sex teaching and tutor groups which allow lessons to be specifically tailored to their needs. However, pupils are able to mix socially outside of lessons and extra-curricular activities can be co-educational. As students prepare for university and the world of work, the co-educational sixth form bridges the gap. Our structure enables us to offer small classes and a broad range of subjects to A Level.