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  • John Hampden Grammar School
    Marlow Hill
    High Wycombe
    HP11 1SZ
  • Head: Miss Tracey Hartley
  • T 01494 529589
  • F 01494 447714
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in Buckinghamshire
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1,076; sixth formers: 317
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Virtual open evening accessible on website
  • 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 Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th September 2022
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Don’t be fooled by hard data which doesn’t place JHGS at top of local league tables – this can be skewed partly by those of mixed sex cohorts, boosted by girls’ results, and partly by more affluent catchments. School is now competing ably against its closest rivals and stands out when it comes to value-added. Lots of sport played at competitive level but it’s not just for the elite, with nearly half of all year 7 students having represented the school in fixtures against other schools. Plenty to choose from on and off the sports pitches on the extracurricular schedule too and there’s a high performing art department. But fabric of school has little of the polish of....

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations for entry at ages 11-13 consist of: 11 - 3 VR exams administered by the LEA. Entry at Yr 10 and above by application to the school. The school is listed by Ofsted as an outstanding school having received exemplary inspection reports in 1999 and 2005.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Tracey Hartley, previously deputy and interim head of Nonsuch High, where she worked for 10 years. The first ever female head at the all-boys grammar in High Wycombe, she has also been head of history and head of sixth form in various co-ed schools. Originally from Canada, she started out at Mr Kipling delivering cakes around the country, with her first job being in south Bucks, before turning to history teaching.

Not as front-of-house as some heads, we gather (‘I haven’t had anything to do with her,’ was a common phrase from parents we spoke to; some students felt similarly, although others told us she does do the rounds of the school reasonably regularly and ‘we see her at assembly.’) And her speech at the open evening we...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

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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