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Bishop Wordsworths Grammar School
  • Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School
    11 The Close
    SP1 2ED
  • Head: Dr Stuart D Smallwood
  • T 01722 333851
  • F 01722 325899
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 974; sixth formers: 250
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: June (11+), November (16+)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 6th December 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘Salisbury is like a big village and this school is woven into the local tapestry,’ says Dr Smallwood. No other state academy in England enjoys the privilege of residing inside a cathedral close. ‘Exceptional’ and ‘exemplary’ are the words we heard most often from parents with regards to pastoral care. ‘They want the boys to excel without falling apart,’ a parent told us. Plenty of kit washing will be the norm...

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What the school says...

Bishop Wordsworth's School offers a high quality education for boys in South Wiltshire & West Hampshire. Quality of learning and teaching is very high across the full range of the curriculum and results are very strong compared to other selective schools in terms of both grades and value added.

Sport and Music are both very active and strong. Many pupils gain representative honours at county, regional and even national levels in a number of sports, especially rugby. The School has extensive collaboration with South Wilts Grammar School for Girls in terms of post-16 teaching and other areas. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2002, Dr Stuart Smallwood (50s) BSc PhD PGCE NPQH. To put flesh on the bones of this string of letters after his name, he initially gained a degree in earth sciences from Leeds – his enduring love of geology attested by a gallery of rocky trophies on his windowsill – and followed this up with a doctorate from Cambridge. After setting out on a career in research, a brief but perhaps unsurprisingly unhappy detour to HMRC saw him jump ship for teaching. Hailing from Kent an area rich in selective education, he’s very much a grammar school man. He rose from classroom teacher to head of faculty at Sir Thomas Rich’s School in Gloucester, before joining Bishop’s as deputy head 21 years ago.

Dr Smallwood strikes an imposing figure....

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

A qualified Learning Support Co-ordinator works two days a week to support boys with barriers to learning at any level within school. Provision is focused on helping those who face difficulties with hand writing, spelling, organisation etc. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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
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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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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