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  • Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School
    11 The Close
    SP1 2ED
  • Head: Dr Stuart D Smallwood
  • T 01722 333851
  • F 01722 325899
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 930; sixth formers: 300
  • 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..

It looks and feels like the city grammar school it is proud to be, occupying a very central site accessed through two unmarked entrances. Reception is housed in an ancient coach-house, whose cobbles still deter anyone unwise enough to wear heels. There is life beyond rugby and cross country, if you look hard, but both these sports are taken with incredible seriousness: ‘loyalty verging on the psychopathic and the coach is terrifying’, said one mother whose son is...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Grammar School (Cambridge International Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

School associations

State grammar school



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Head master

Since 2002, Dr Stuart Smallwood BSc PhD PGCE NPQH (50s), formerly deputy head. Brought up in Kent and a product of a grammar school like the one he now heads, Dr Smallwood graduated in geology from Leeds and got his doctorate from Cambridge. A brush with the civil service preceded his move into teaching; he has taught in only two schools, though his career followed a conventional path to his current post as head of one of the best state schools in the country. As such, he can press on in pursuit of even greater academic glory without the burden of having to fill fee-paying places; Bishop’s offers places only to one in three applicants. ‘I only ever wanted to work in this type of school’, he told us from his modest, darkly...

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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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