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A world away from the many schools that have felt compelled to bow to league tables and competition, forgetting the magic of learning and education. Sky-high levels of warmth and genuine respect between staff and pupils. Lots of fun too – in several lessons, we heard the laughter spilling out of the classroom into the corridors. And they don’t half pack in the learning – bam, bam, bam come the questions thick and fast from the animated teachers to make sure learning is cemented. And judging from the…

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  • Wolverhampton Grammar School
    Compton Road
    Wolverhampton
    West Midlands
    WV3 9RB
  • Head: Nic Anderson
  • T 01902 422939
  • F 01902 421819
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.wgs.org.uk
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18, with a linked junior school for pupils aged 4 to 11. Wolverhampton Grammar School fees are £16,770 pa, and there are no boarding options available. A selective school, Wolverhampton Grammar School has an entrance exam and assessment as part of its admissions process. Want to know more? Read our unbiased and honest Wolverhampton Grammar School review.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wolverhampton
  • Pupils: 570; sixth formers: 138
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £16,770 pa
  • Open days: By individual tours or open events
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School

What the school says...

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, our vision is to offer "an education that transforms lives as well as minds".

We provide this experience to boys and girls from Reception through to Year 13 (ages 4 – 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.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Since December 2023, Nic Anderson, previously acting head and before that, deputy head. He has had a 40-year association with the school, first as a student and as a member of staff since 1997. He joined as a maths teacher and teacher in charge of boys’ hockey, then became head of lower school in charge of years 6, 7 and 8 and was appointed as deputy head in 2009.

Around 85-90 join in year 7 – usually about half from the junior school (automatic entry), the rest from a range of state primaries and independent preps. Usually several into year 8 and often into year 9 too – partly due to the local middle school system and partly because the pandemic has led to an influx of parents switching from state system. School describes itself as ‘gently selective,’ with tests in...

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Special Education Needs

Wolverhampton Grammar School is a dyslexia friendly school. The Opportunities through Assisted Learning (OpAL) programme provides specialist teaching that is in addition to and different from classroom teaching, providing pupils with specific learning difficulties the opportunity to achieve their full potential. It is a unique and powerful example of how able dyslexic students can achieve when given the opportunity of an academic education. High quality intervention is delivered to students by Specialist Teachers/Teaching Assistants to small groups or on a one-to-one basis for up to 4 hours per week. The curriculum is adapted to their individual needs, such as disassociation from one or both Modern Languages or a reduced curriculum at GCSE. All students with SEND are screened and if the requirements for access arrangements are met, receive these in examinations. Students who access the OpAL programme, consistently perform well in GCSE and A Level public examinations.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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