Opening Doors

Part of the Newport community

Every school is a hub of activity and excitement and, like so many others, we often do not get the chance to share what we do every day with others outside our own community.

Adams’ is a wonderful place full of inspiring teachers and enthusiastic pupils. We offer so much more than examination results and, with our focus being on providing an outstanding all-round education, our pupils achieve excellent outcomes outside as well as inside the classroom.

We would like to share many of the things we do with others in our local community and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to start working closely with our local primary schools organising a number of open events and fun visits for primary school teachers and children in the Newport area.

I want Adams’ to be a place that everyone feels is part of their community, so whether you are a local resident, parent, or a business owner, I would love to hear any thoughts you may have about how we can open our doors and ensure Adams’ is at the heart of our Newport community.

Camilla Whitney-Thomas
Deputy Head Teacher – Outreach

PE Outreach Activities

As part of the work we do with the primary schools in our Attendance Area we have had great fun working with Moorfield School pupils on  a programme of PE Outreach activities. The sessions focus on team building activities and are designed to develop the children emotionally and physically through a mix of fun activities.

Roller-coaster building!

It has been another busy term of Outreach activity with staff taking part in activities with pupils at schools across our local catchment area. One of the most popular activities is the Roller-coaster Day and this year we welcomed 131 pupils from Lilleshall Primary School, Newport Junior School and St Peter’s School Edgmond.

The day provided an opportunity for pupils to gain ‘hands on’ experience linked to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. A great day was had by all with the children having the opportunity to work in teams to design, build and test a model roller coaster track.

Visit from Burton Borough pupils

In April 2017 the school was delighted to welcome a group of pupils from our neighbouring Newport school, Burton Borough. The Year 9 and 10 pupils were paired up with AGS pupils for the day and joined them for lessons.

We received some great feedback from Burton Borough who commented that “our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and it has made them consider their future options in more details. It is a real credit to Adams that all of our students would visit again, they did really appreciate the boys’ helpfulness and friendliness throughout the day and it certainly made them feel at ease.”

We look forward to further strengthening the links between the two schools in the future.

Pond dipping fun

In March 2017 Head of Biology Mr Hill visited Lilleshall Primary School to share his knowledge and help enthuse the Year 6 pupils about Biology.

After learning about how to classify different species of trees and invertebrates they were then given their own sample of pond water to investigate. They discovered an amazing variety of species including Ramshorn Snails, Cased Caddis Larvae, Dragon fly Nymphs, Mayfly Nymphs and Water boatmen to name just a few.

Many thanks to the Year 6 pupils for their incredible energy and enthusiasm making it a wonderful afternoon for Mr Hill and Biology technician Mrs Emery.

Primary School Science

In November 2016 we have been joined by Year 5 and 6 pupils from two local schools; Lilleshall School and Newport Junior School.

The pupils have taken part in a range of experiential activities to enhance their learning. Working with their own teachers as well as Adams’ staff and pupils they separated mixtures through filtering, sieving and evaporating. Working in pairs the pupils have used Bunsen burners to heat substances to observe chemical reactions to understand reversible and irreversible changes. By the end of their sessions the pupils were able to explain simple techniques for separating mixtures: filtration, evaporation, distillation.

Many thanks to Miss Hardy from Newport Juniors for providing us with these great collages of her pupils in action.

Year 5 project on space

In October 2016 we were delighted to welcome Year 5 pupils from Tibberton Primary School for a spot of science to support their school project on space. During their visit the children learnt all about how to keep a drink cool in space by looking at different materials and colours in relation to absorption and reflection. They also found out about the properties of light, investigating the reflection and refraction of light with a laser beam experiment and a ‘find the treasure’ challenge.

Summer School 2017

Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August 2017

Aimed for boys and girls aged 7-11, this five day event will be held  at Longford, in the beautiful grounds of our junior boarding house.  For booking details or to find out more information please email or call 01952 953810.

Photos from our Summer Camp 2016 can be viewed below.

Summer School is great fun

At the end of August 2016 the school held its first ever Summer School with 29 boys and girls joining us for five action-packed days of fun.

It is fair to say there was never a dull moment with games in the sunny grounds of Longford Hall, den building in the wood, art sessions, Taiko drumming workshops and a visit from the Exotic Zoo too. The children even put on a very impressive Taiko performance for their parents to watch. To see pictures of everything the children got up to please take a look at our gallery of images below.

We are delighted to be running the Summer School again in August 2017 – please see above poster.


Find out more about the wide range of events we have organised in order to encourage more pupils and their parents to consider Adams’ Grammar School.

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Getting Involved

If there is an event or activity that you are interested in or if you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see from Adams’, please do get in touch.