Recently judged “Excellent” in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Wolverhampton Grammar School is the top independent school in Wolverhampton and the independent school of choice for parents who want approachability and a human dimension to education. Large enough to be able to offer an experience like no other and yet personal enough to adapt our approach to suit the ambitions and interests of your child.
We provide this experience to boys and girls from Year 3 through to Year 13 (ages 7 – 18) across our Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form and our students come from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures. Their knowledge and skills are diverse, and are a source of strength and richness to the school.
We ignite intellectual curiosity by providing a classical Liberal Arts curriculum – an approach to education that teaches a diverse range of disciplines and life skills, which equip students to achieve great things and play an active part in society. We bring a human dimension to all of our teaching, our expert staff create an environment with small class sizes that ensures all students are treated warmly as individuals and nurture a belief that we can all make a difference.
We find our approach to co-educational education not only delivers outstanding exam results, but is also valued by universities and employers alike because it gives skills which include a lifelong love of learning, adaptability, confidence and teamwork. In our experience, we feel that boys and girls together make this possible.
We are a unique school to Wolverhampton. Our 23 acre site, located to the west of Wolverhampton blends stunning original architecture with creative, innovative learning spaces. Walk through our school and you will see how our Senior and Sixth Form buildings wrap around our Junior School; how our superb grounds, sports centre and pavilion provide the perfect showcase for sport and how our use of green and open spaces offer the ideal setting for the development of creative and critical thinkers.
Wolverhampton Grammar School was founded in 1512 by Sir Stephen Jenyns to provide a “good, moral education” for the children of Wolverhampton. Although that same impulse motivates us today, children now join our school community from across Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the wider West Midlands region.
“A school with over 500 years of experience ensures your child is in safe hands.”
We partner with a range of local, national and international organisations to deliver a rigourous education both within the classroom and outside the school. These associations include the prestigious Merchant Taylors’ Company where our founder was twice elected Master.
Over 500 years later, Jenyns’ school is now a large, successful coeducational independent secondary school with a national reputation and an alumni community that spans over 30 countries.
Our Compton Road campus, located to the west of Wolverhampton spans over 23 acres, with stunning architecture offering a reminder of our school’s rich history. The large school hall, affectionately known as “Big School” by our staff and students is a well known local landmark and reminder of our long, successful heritage.
If you are interested in learning more about the history and heritage of Wolverhampton Grammar School please contact the school to arrange a tour, visit or just to chat with one of our staff or members of our alumni community. Alternatively, the school has a range of commemorative items available to help celebrate your connections and memories of school – all proceeds from the sale of these items go towards our bursary provision.
An independent education brings with it unique rewards and opportunities. We understand the emotional and financial commitment made by parents who choose independent education for their children.
There are many reasons why parents choose Wolverhampton Grammar School. You have the assurance that every one of our students is nurtured: they flourish as individuals, caring confident, poised and articulate. Our extensive campus provides the perfect home for our community of learners who go on to achieve great things in a wide variety of professions around the world.
Wolverhampton Grammar School is the independent school of choice for our parents.
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School inspectors awarded the highest rating available to Wolverhampton Grammar School during our latest inspection. Schools are rated on a scale from ‘Unsatisfactory’, ‘Sound’, ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’. Wolverhampton Grammar School was found to be ‘Excellent’ in all areas.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body responsible for the inspection of independent schools. Their role is to ensure that schools meet the regulatory standards required by the Government and to make a judgement on the quality of the education provided. Their work requires lengthy preparation examining regulatory information provided by the School, a formal inspection in School, surveys with parents and students, as well as interviews with staff, Directors and students.
The School was inspected by the ISI as part of their programme of regular inspections required by the Department for Education. Their inspection reported on the School’s educational quality and compliance, focussing on the quality of our school’s work, academic achievements and the personal development of our students.
Wolverhampton Grammar School is a school where “the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent” and where attainment in Years 3 to 6, GCSE and A Level performance is above the national average, inspectors reported. Inspectors also reported “By the time they leave school, pupils are well equipped for their future lives. They are effective learners, keen participants, socially aware and keen to make their positive contribution to the world ahead.” and that Wolverhampton Grammar School is a “community that inspires openness, trust and mutual respect”.
After the inspection they concluded:
Their conclusions were supported by the pupil and parent questionnaires completed for the inspectors. Inspectors commented that it was one of the highest student and parent response rates that they had experienced.
Wolverhampton Grammar School provides an outstanding education for children attending the Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form. We consistently achieve outstanding GCSE and A Level results, provide the largest range of extra-curricular activities of any independent school in the area, and continue to be the independent school of choice for parents of children from across the Wolverhampton, Shropshire and Staffordshire areas.
Wolverhampton Grammar School is an HMC school. Heads are elected to HMC based on the quality of their schools, which are large enough to offer wide diversity to pupils, have sixth forms and achieve high academic attainment in public examinations.
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Our latest results are published below.
GCSEs play an increasingly important role in enabling both universities and employers to assess an applicant’s academic ability and potential. They act as a useful benchmark for universities in particular, for example, a university degree course offering a year abroad option would usually require a language at GCSE.
In 2017, Year 11 students celebrated as they increased the number of A* results by an incredible 36% with an impressive total of 455 A* and A grades awarded.
The numbers in brief:
80 pupils from the School – recently judged “Excellent” in all areas following an inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate – studied towards an incredible 772 GCSE/iGCSE. An impressive 455 A* or A grades were awarded to Wolverhampton Grammar School students – that’s over a quarter of all students who will be celebrating 9 or more passes at A*- A.
A Level Results
Students from Wolverhampton Grammar School consistently do well in A Levels across our extensive range of subjects.
In 2017, it was a clean sweep of A Level passes at Wolverhampton Grammar School this year as students receive a collection of outstanding exam results. Sixth Formers have achieved an overall 100% pass rate with over a third achieving coveted A* or A grades.
All well above the national average and yet again securing the place as Wolverhampton’s top Independent School.
Pupils from the School – recently judged “Excellent” in all areas following an inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate – achieved a 100% pass rate in 23 subjects including Maths and Further Maths, Classics, French, German, History, Business Studies, Economics, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Music, Art, Design & Technology, Geography, Government & Politics, English Literature and English Language, ICT, Italian, PE, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies.
90 Upper Sixth Form students have studied towards an impressive total of 268 A levels this year across a diverse and broad range of subject areas. All students have the opportunity to study at least three A levels at Wolverhampton Grammar School, with some choosing to go the extra mile with a fourth subject.
As well as A level subjects, students at the School also get the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and have access to over 100 extra and co-curricular activities – the largest range clubs and societies available locally. This ensures that with increased pressure for the best university places our students have a broad range of A level choices to choose from and the skills to make them attractive to employers and universities alike.
Wolverhampton Grammar School is one of the leading co-educational independent schools in the region and the top independent school in Wolverhampton. Students celebrating A level success this week represent all those talented, hard working graduates from Wolverhampton Grammar School who go on to contribute so much to society.
Wolverhampton Grammar School also has Open Days and events that you can attend to learn more about joining our Junior, Senior and Sixth Form.
Download our 2017 A Level results by subject here.
At Wolverhampton Grammar School we place a love of learning at the heart of everything we do. We are able to offer the largest range of extra-curricular activities, clubs, societies, trips, international expeditions and sport tours of any independent school in the area. There are currently over 100 activities on offer and your can download the Autumn Term’s timetable here.
We equip all our students with the knowledge that they can make a difference. Opportunities to explore art, drama, music and sport are woven throughout the school and with over fifty clubs and societies, there is something for everyone.
The school also boasts Fives Courts (fives is a traditional independent school sport) as well as a purpose built climbing wall and sports pavilion, which offers panoramic views across our extensive grounds and sports fields.
Our school is also a haven for wildlife with over 200 mature trees, a brook and resident beehives providing a natural and assisted habitat.
Purpose built facilities for art, music and drama including the Viner Gallery and Hutton Theatre provide the best venues possible for exhibitions and school productions. We also host a number of touring exhibitions by commercial artists as part of our annual calendar of events. The location of our music department in the heart of the school ensures our community hears singing, ensemble and band music as they move around our campus.
Our school has long been famous for approachability and the human dimension that we bring to teaching and learning. All student opinions are valued. This is because we know that our school thrives on the relationships between teachers and students. Small class sizes ensure subject tutors know each and every child, whilst Form Tutors and Heads of Year work with our dedicated team of specially trained staff and advisors to support any student or parent who needs extra guidance or advice.
Our students are also there for each other. The Head Boy and Girl lead a team of Prefects who ensure all students are supported and encouraged to get the most out of school life. A Student Parliament also enables the views of all students to be represented, listened to and most importantly taken forward.
Pastoral care is a priority for Wolverhampton Grammar School. We are a busy, happy and successful community with young people – their learning, development and welfare at the heart of everything we do.
All of our teachers get to know the students as individuals and are there to offer guidance and support when it’s needed.
A Deputy Head with direct responsibility for Pastoral Care also overseas the care and support offered to all students across our school and together with our team of specially trained staff and advisors (including a school counselling service) all students and parents can be assured that every child in our care is fully supported when they need it most.
Wolverhampton Grammar School is a dyslexia friendly school. All new staff receive training on dyslexia friendly teaching and multi-sensory strategies are evident throughout the school.
The school also provides access to OpAL – our specialist, dedicated support programme for students with dyslexia who need a little extra support. Through OpAL, students receive small group or one-to-one tuition to support their learning needs.
The OpAL programme is recognised nationally as a unique and powerful example of how able dyslexic students can achieve when given the opportunity of an academic education.
“OpAL really helped me become the student that I am today” Elizabeth Mahon, student
The OpAL philosophy is to enable dyslexic students to achieve their full potential. The guiding principle of our specialist teaching is personalised tuition and curriculum flexibility.
“My son has grown up celebrating and fully accepting his dyslexia. This perhaps, is his and OpAL’s greatest achievement.” Parent
Where appropriate, teaching staff differentiate their curriculum to support dyslexic students and all OpAL students receive extra time in test and exam situations.
Action Plans for each student are provided to each of their teachers detailing their individual learning profile and suggestions for suitable teaching activities. OpAL staff also support students in some lessons, as required and close links with teaching staff enable effective communication and support for OpAL students. We record student progress in class through half-termly monitoring sheets and each student has a lead teacher within the OpAL department who oversees their progress and liaises with parents throughout the year.
OpAL students consistently perform well in GCSE and A Level public examinations.
If you are applying to our school and would like to learn more about how OpAL could support your child’s learning at Wolverhampton Grammar School please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Jane Morris telephone: 01902 422939 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org