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It was not altogether surprising to be told that the excellent arts and drama complex was fashioned from a local car workshop. Everything here is good but unpretentious; the atmosphere we encountered as we walked round with a succession of delightful guides was smilingly friendly. We felt that the relationship between staff and students – both within and without the classroom – was the main reason for the school's academic success. This is not a hothouse...

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Recently judged “Excellent” in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Wolverhampton Grammar School is the top independent school in Wolverhampton and the independent school of choice for parents who want approachability and a human dimension to education. Large enough to be able to offer an experience like no other and yet personal enough to adapt our approach to suit the ambitions and interests of your child.

We provide this experience to boys and girls from Year 3 through to Year 13 (ages 7 – 18) across our Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form and our students come from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures. Their knowledge and skills are diverse, and are a source of strength and richness to the school.

We ignite intellectual curiosity by providing a classical Liberal Arts curriculum – an approach to education that teaches a diverse range of disciplines and life skills, which equip students to achieve great things and play an active part in society. We bring a human dimension to all of our teaching, our expert staff create an environment with small class sizes that ensures all students are treated warmly as individuals and nurture a belief that we can all make a difference.
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What the parents say...

Our son attended the junior section of this school prior to being guaranteed a place in year 7. During the last half term in the junior school I discovered the reason my son had never brought any text books home from which to revise, was that in the junior school all pupils have to share text books. Not something they mention when fees are discussed. Due to bullying in the first term of year 7 I twice had to see the Head Mistress and decided to withdrawal my son from the school.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Kathy Crewe-Read. This is her first headship and she is the school’s first female head, arriving after a stint as deputy head of the King’s School Chester. She read maths at Aberystwyth, and we witnessed a wonderfully lively lesson of hers with younger pupils, who responded enthusiastically to her energy, challenge and zest. Later, one told us the head was ‘always amazing.’

An extract from one of her regular, thought-provoking blogs: 'The ISI... is the regulatory body which monitors standards: we have to comply with the mere 400+ regulations that they impose. Each regulation serves a purpose, of course...but, in truth, I confess I also see them as a dead weight that obscures our greater purpose. Not one safety measure is creative or can touch the magic of...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The Opportunities through Assisted Learning (OpAL) Programme, for specific learning difficulties, is a unique unit within the school that enables able dyslexic students to be integrated into an academically selective co-educational school. Applicants for the OpAL Programme can be assessed for entry by interview or entrance exam. The OpAL Programme provides tuition and support within the unit for 3.5 hours per week. The students do not study Latin, French or German; however they have the option of Italian as an MFL. WGS is a dyslexia friendly school. GCSE and A Level OpAL results are excellent; to date, all OpAL students have attained five GCSE grades at A*-C with most achieving nine. At A Level OpAL students have averaged 66 per cent A/B grades over the last three years and have gained entry to universities such as Edinburgh, Nottingham and Cardiff reading a range of subjects including English Literature, Art and Philosophy. Entrance is at 10+, 11+ and occasionally 13+. Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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