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  • Watford Grammar School for Boys
    Rickmansworth Road
    WD18 7JF
  • Head: Mr I Cooksey
  • T 01923 208900
  • F 01923 208901
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,389; sixth formers: 434
  • 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 Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 28th September 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

No less than 21 competitive sports grace the WBGS fixture calendar which sees 90 teams a year compete in around 600 fixtures against local heavy hitters from the independent sector as well as local district schools. It’s rugby, hockey and cricket – no football, although our nerves were put to the test crossing the playground at break for fear of...

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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  • Best performance by Boys taking History at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)


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Since 2016, Mr Ian Cooksey MA (Oxon) MA (Lond) (40s). Educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall and Magdalen College Oxford where he read biological sciences. A state sector stalwart, cut his teeth at stellar grammar Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames, where he rose from biology teacher to assistant head. Moved as vice principal to Tomlinscote School, Frimley, before successfully taking King’s International School, Camberley, out of special measures. His first headship was at top girls’ grammar school, Dr Challoner’s High, in Amersham where he spent four years before moving to WBGS.

Had big shoes to fill – his predecessor moved on to become regional schools commissioner – but reportedly became at home very quickly at WBGS, where he arrived to find ‘an incredibly dedicated, passionate staff giving way above...

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