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  • Sir William Borlase's Grammar School
    West Street
    SL7 2BR
  • Head: Dr Peter Holding
  • T 01628 816500
  • F 01628 816501
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1,081
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: Year 7: September; Sixth Form: November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 28th June 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 2nd June 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

This is the kind of school that many of the parents wish they’d been to and that pupils are very proud of. Yes, there are niggles, but they are relatively minor and the focus on creating and celebrating confident and responsible, respectful individuals who do well in their subjects is abundantly clear throughout the school. Very much part of community life...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Music at an English Grammar School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Grammar School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Dance at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1997, Dr Peter Holding MA BA MA (Ed), studied in both the United States and back in the United Kingdom. Highly ambitious and determined leader, who has a very clear understanding of what ‘great’ looks like in the grammar school sector. Achieving and maintaining Ofsted outstanding quickly became his holy grail and that remains the case.

Not the warmest, but certainly approachable, and big on celebrating individual achievement, as well as seizing opportunities to develop young people in the wider community, with a particular emphasis encouraging his pupils to mentor children in local primary schools. Values international links, with pictures of smiling pupils on recent overseas trips adorning the walls of his large and smart office, where his friendly golden retriever Henry is usually found lying in front of the...

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Special Education Needs

Special Needs issues are addressed in the first instance within the classroom context. Additional support and advice is provided by members of the Leadership Team, with each of the three Assistant Heads taking a specific interest for one Key Stage. The Assistant Heads are also supported by Heads of Key Stage 3 and 4 and by full time Learning Mentors, each of whom works with a single year group, following them through their school careers. Screening for specific issues, such as dyslexia, is undertaken on intake in Year 7. The school also works closely with the Local Authority's SEN support services, including an attached Educational Psychologist.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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