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  • John Hampden Grammar School
    Marlow Hill
    High Wycombe
    HP11 1SZ
  • Head: Miss Tracey Hartley
  • T 01494 529589
  • F 01494 447714
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1,083; sixth formers: 317
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st May 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Expected grades set at the beginning of each year and monitored digitally to make sure boys stay on track. Half termly reports to parents report on pupils’ achievements and attitudes to learning, with school stepping in quickly if performance or motivation starts to slip. Plenty to choose from on and off the sports pitches on the extracurricular schedule too, with clubs galore at lunch times and after school, although parents say that it’s ‘very much up to the boys to motivate themselves to sign up,’ right from day one. Evidence of ‘phenomenal’ musical prowess strong throughout the school (‘we could put out about 10 jazz bands')...

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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 September 2016, Tracey Hartley, previously deputy and interim head of Nonsuch High, where she worked for 10 years. 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. Sport and the arts fill her spare time: having lived in Scotland and Manchester, she has spent Saturdays at Murrayfield and Old Trafford.

Academic matters

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, importantly, value-added...

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