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

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

At the end of August 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.


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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Upcoming Events

Summer School 2017

Summer schoolAimed 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, during the school summer holidays . Full details and dates will to follow soon.

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.