Why Choose our School

Our mission is simple: To deliver education that transforms lives as well as minds.

We believe that education is about transforming lives as well as minds. 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.

This approach to 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.

We provide this individual approach to education by working with our students to ensure their curriculum is right for them. We can do this because of the vast choice of extra-curricular activities that sit alongside our academic disciplines.

Use the links below to explore our school further, although the best way to really appreciate what our Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form have to offer is to come and see for yourself.

 

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.

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We appreciate choosing a good school can be a daunting process for any parent.

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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Wolverhampton Grammar School provides an outstanding education for children attending the Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form.

Although 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 – we are not complacent.

We are an ambitious school and work hard to ensure we continuously improve. We are also rigorously inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The ISI is a Government approved inspectorate responsible for assessing standards in independent schools.

Wolverhampton Grammar School is also 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.

“Overall achievements are excellent. Pupils are well educated and leave with sound values, and a breadth of skills and knowledge which will equip them to be successful adults.” ISI Inspection Report

Read the full ISI inspection report:

  • Download the inspection report in pdf format
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We are incredibly proud of our results at both GCSE and A Level. The academic achievements of our students speak for themselves; they are testament to the quality of teaching and the commitment of our young people.

Our latest results are published below.

GCSE Results

Students from Wolverhampton Grammar School achieved outstanding GCSE results in 2014, achieving 64% passes at A* – A.  One hundred percent of our students achieved a Grade C or above in 5 or more subjects, with just over a quarter collecting 9 or more passes at A* or A.

Subjects ranged from traditional courses including Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to Design Technology, Italian and Latin.

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.

Download our GCSE results for 2014 here.

 A Level Results

Students from Wolverhampton Grammar School consistently do well in A Levels across an extensive range of subjects.

In 2014, Sixth Form students studied towards an impressive total of 249 A levels including Further Maths, Latin, Theatre Studies, Government and Politics and Classical Civilisation. All students had 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.

Seventy three percent of those Sixth Formers achieved grades of A* – B, with forty percent achieving the coveted A* or A grade. All well above the national average and securing our place as Wolverhampton’s top Independent School.

As well as A level subjects, students at the school also had the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as well as enjoying access to the largest range of extra-curricular activities available locally.

School leavers from this year left us with the skills to make them attractive to employers and universities. Students are now studying a diverse range of undergraduate degrees at a range of excellent universities including Oxford, UCL, St Andrews, University of Birmingham and Warwick.

Download our A Level results for 2014 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.

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.

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The support that your child receives at Wolverhampton Grammar School will be different to anything your child has experienced before. All students have access to a school experience that is tailored to their individual needs.

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

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.

Opportunities through Assisted Learning (OpAL)

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: jam@wgs-sch.net

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