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  • Wolverhampton Grammar School
    Compton Road
    Wolverhampton
    West Midlands
    WV3 9RB
  • Head: Kathy Crewe-Read
  • T 01902 421326
  • F 01902 421819
  • E wgs@wgs-sch.net
  • W www.wgs.org.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wolverhampton
  • Pupils: 720
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £9,822 - £12,939 pa
  • Open days: October and June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The Victorian buildings lend an air of dignitas without pomposity. Perhaps it’s not too pretentious to suggest that overall there is a feeling of continuity. Certainly the staff and students we met gave off a sense of direction and purpose....

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What the school says...

Boys and girls come to Wolverhampton Grammar School and Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School from all sorts of schools and families. Their experience, knowledge and skills are diverse. What they all have in common, though, is an interest in thinking and learning.

Wolverhampton Grammar School is an academic school, and that means much more than good exam results. The challenge of scholarship is central to our students' lives. We expect them to work hard, to get into the habit of enquiring and finding out for themselves. True scholarship is concerned with discovering new facts and ways of thinking: we believe it's our job to ensure that our students find that exciting - and fun.

Success requires a spirit of commitment from our students. That means getting involved, being positive and sticking to something when things get tough. Students who are involved in the whole of school life, playing a leading role in sports, the arts and other activities, are those who achieve most highly in the public examinations too. A school should never just be about what is learned in a classroom: it is about giving students a sense of responsibility for their own destinies, a conviction that they can make a difference.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Other features

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What The Good Schools Guide says

The Victorian buildings lend an air of dignitas without pomposity. Perhaps it’s not too pretentious to suggest that overall there is a feeling of continuity. Certainly the staff and students we met gave off a sense of direction and purpose. But adaptation is a form of creativity as well, and it was not altogether surprising to be told that the excellent arts and drama complex was fashioned from a local car workshop. Everything here is good but unpretentious; the atmosphere we encountered as we walked round with a succession of delightful guides was smilingly friendly.

Head

Since September 2013, Kathy Crewe-Read. This is her first headship and she is the school’s first female head though, thank goodness, most people have stopped talking about that now. It’s not that important and besides, there’s much more to say about...

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Special Education Needs

The Opportunities through Assisted Learning (OpAL) Programme, for specific learning difficulties, is a unique unit within the school that enables able dyslexic students to be integrated into an academically selective co-educational school. Applicants for the OpAL Programme can be assessed for entry by interview or entrance exam. The OpAL Programme provides tuition and support within the unit for 3.5 hours per week. The students do not study Latin, French or German; however they have the option of Italian as an MFL. WGS is a dyslexia friendly school. GCSE and A Level OpAL results are excellent; to date, all OpAL students have attained five GCSE grades at A*-C with most achieving nine. At A Level OpAL students have averaged 66 per cent A/B grades over the last three years and have gained entry to universities such as Edinburgh, Nottingham and Cardiff reading a range of subjects including English Literature, Art and Philosophy. Entrance is at 10+, 11+ and occasionally 13+. Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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