Alder Grange has gone sports mad recently - when AG CATS haven’t been busy being one of the best cheerleading teams in the country, we’ve been raising money for sports relief and running the distance from Beijing to London. 

This makes it no surprise that the annual sports day was a success, with loads of people getting involved. Django Back, year 10, competed in the relay race and came third. He said that “sports day is always enjoyable”. 

Emma Pickup, after doing triple jump, said that “sports day is always a fun thing to do”. 

Apart from a slight injury by Mr Butterworth after putting slightly too much effort into the triple jump, it’s fair to say that this year’s sports day was a great one - even though it was our last one ever! 

Well done to everyone who took part.

Sports day was filmed in its entirety by year 10 media students. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page or ask Andrew Gentry for more info.

Well, hasn’t that gone quick? The school year has come to a close and the long, sweaty, relaxing, 6 week-long holiday is just around the corner. 

This year we’ve gone through prefect training, GCSE exams, enterprise week, sports day, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions... among pretty much everything else in between. 

From everyone here at the AGN, we hope you’ve had a great year and have an amazing break. Come back refreshed in September!

You may remember our past story about 18-year-old Alder Grange pupil Josh Simpson carrying the Olympic flame. 

Some of us thought it may be extinguished with the heavy rain, but he’s done it! 

He ran through Lancaster on 22nd June, and even donated his torch to the school afterwards. Mr Hulland and Mr Hampson nominated Josh after noticing how dedicated he was to sport and his local community.

Alder Grange’s state-of-the-art £8 million sixth form - ag6 - was officially declared open by hit-maker Pete Waterman OBE last month. 

In a star-studded ceremony, the ribbon was cut to declare the building officially open, while guests and visitors enjoyed canapés, music from students and opera singer Sean Ruane, fireworks, and tours of ag6. 

Mr Hulland said “What a fantastic evening! I can’t thank everyone enough for making this evening go with a bang.”
A large amount of year 10s were rewarded on March 21st for their good attainment, effort, and improvement. 

So what was waiting for them when they arrived at AG+? Lots of free cakes, tea, coffee, and drinks! It was all part of an incentive introduced to reward students’ progress in school, avoiding their successes going unnoticed. After everything had been consumed, pupils were allowed to go into town early. 

It’s fair to say everyone enjoyed their reward, as proven by the pictures! Mrs Casement-Anderson said she was “extremely proud” of everyone, and Mrs Walmsley stated how “it was the first time Alder Grange has done something like this, and it will definitely be done again in the future”.


17-year-old Alder Grange pupil Josh Simpson is extremely dedicated to sport and his local community. 

His reward? To carry the Olympic flame as part of the 2012 relay, an experience most of us could only dream about. 

Mr Hulland and Mr Hampson nominated Josh, who is a Mixed Martial Arts British fight champion, as well as a Level 2 FA qualified referee.

Josh often referees school matches and coaches the teams, while studying for his A levels at the same time. He is still waiting to find out where exactly he will be running in the relay, which will in Rossendale on Saturday June 23.

He said: “I am very proud to be chosen to carry the torch, it’s really great to be recognised and I am very lucky to be selected.” 

Mr Hampson said: “We are really proud that one of our students has been honoured with the task of bearing the all important torch.”


Students in statistics class are campaigning this month for a budget for their lessons. 

Confusion has arisen as to whether they have a budget or not, or how it's being used. More news to come when the story is approved... 


Happy new year! Welcome back to a new year, and we hope you had a great Christmas.

 However, it’s time to get back to work, and here’s a list of things to look forward to (or not!) during 2012. 

  • Alder Grange radio station
  • Lots of GCSE exams
  • AG6 open day
  • Review day
  • Enterprise week
  • Summer holidays
...and much more! Lets look forward to it, and good luck in your exams.

Well, it’s that time of the year already. We’re 4 months through year 10 and it’s time for the Christmas holidays! 

A great time to take a break from exams and relax with your family, with some Christmas pudding and “Do they know it’s Christmas” in the background.

Everyone here at the AGN wishes you a fantastic Christmas and a happy New Year, and have a safe and festive break.

Alex Stokes, 17, is an AG6 student from Rawtenstall. She has modelled in a number of fashion shows, but has decided her dream career was in the classroom. She got outstanding exam results and plans to study English and French, at York or Liverpool University.

“I did catwalk and photo-shoot modelling. It was really exciting”, Alex said. “However, as far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to become a teacher”.