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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 mainstream state school for boys aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,389
  • 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..

Has the feel of a '50s grammar school - and, indeed, The History Boys was filmed here and at the girls' grammar. The intake is undoubtedly skewed in favour of the top of the ability range, but since nearly everyone gets at least five good GCSEs, those who are less academic are evidently lifted by the same rising tide. Sports high profile here, particularly rugby, cricket and hockey. ‘We’re the best state school in the country for hockey. They can pick it up at 11 and take it to…

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2015, Ian Cooksey, previously head of Dr Challoner's High School for Girls. Educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall and Magdalen College Oxford, where he read biological sciences. Has spent his career in the state sector, first 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 being charged with taking King’s International School, Camberley, out of special measures, which he successfully achieved. Came full circle back to a state grammar when he joined DCHS as head.

A keen mountaineer, he is married with two small children.

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An unashamedly academic curriculum. Everyone tries three languages, and takes at least one to GCSE. Latin and classical civilisation are important departments. Separate sciences...

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