Queen Elizabeth Grammar School 伊丽莎白女王文理中学,Northgate,
Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3QX
Tel: 01924 373943 Fax: 01924 231603
· BOYS, 7–18, Day
· Pupils 1000, Upper sixth 90
· Termly fees £2497
· HMC, IAPS
· Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1591 by royal charter, it is single-site and close to the city
centre. The main building (an example of early Gothic revival) has been in use
since 1854. Many extensions in the last 30 years have provided first-rate modern
facilities. The junior school is in the main grounds. It has a large catchment
area and the pupils are from a broad social background. High standards of work
and conduct are expected and examination results are very good. It is strong in
music (there are traditional links with the cathedral and the school provides
many of the choristers), drama and art. There is a tradition of excellence in
games and sports (many county representatives) and an impressive range of
activities and societies. Much collaboration with Wakefield Girls’ High School,
including some sixth-form teaching.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 8 pa scholarships, value £500–£1000,
including 2 for music awarded at 16. 12+ means-tested foundation awards at 11
and 16 (25%–75% fees). Hardship bursaries for those who encounter difficulties.
Cost of lunch included in fees and parents not expected to buy textbooks; all
extras optional including music tuition (£110 per term).
Head & staff
Headmaster: Michael Gibbons, in post from 2001. Educated at King’s
College, London (history). Previously Second Master at Whitgift School,
Housemaster at Rugby, and Assistant Master at Ardingly College. Former Governor
Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School, Rugby.
Teaching staff: 57 full time, 1 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: On average, 100 pupils in Year 11: 91% gain at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 8% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (62 over 5 years).
A-levels: On average, 90 in Year 13: 98% pass in 4 subjects. Average
final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 444.
University & college entrance 94% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course
(6% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 14% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 15% in science & engineering, 12% in law, 39% in humanities
& social sciences, 7% in art & design, 3% in other vocational subjects eg
architecture, accountancy, town planning. Others typically go on to art
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels: 20 GCSE subjects, 26 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition all take AS and A-level general studies. 50% take science A-levels;
30% arts/humanities; 20% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French and German offered to GCSE AS and A-level; Spanish to
AS and A-level.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week Years 7–11) and
across the curriculum. All take short GCSE course. 150 networked PCs (access 8
hours a day) all with email and filtered internet access. 6 interactive
whiteboards with projectors.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. 10 on a joint A-level course with Wakefield High. Some 14 musical
groups including orchestras, concert bands, choirs, and successful swing bands.
Drama: All pupils study drama in Years 7–8. Senior and junior school
Art & design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 25 A-level. Painting and drawing,
graphics, illustration, design, photography and print-making offered. Lunchtime
art activities. Large uptake to art colleges and universities.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cross-country, cricket, tennis, athletics
compulsory initially. Optional: wide range including swimming, basketball, table
tennis, squash etc. Fifth and sixth form only: badminton, golf. Daily Mail
national U15 rugby semi-finalists and U18 finalists; county rugby, cricket,
athletics champions, various ages.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Over 30 clubs, eg angling, bridge, chess,
computer, golf, mountain bike, outdoor pursuits, judo, debating.
Uniform: School uniform worn; suits in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. Head boy and prefects appointed
by Headmaster and staff (pupils apply for posts). Sixth form commonroom
Religion: Compulsory school assembly (non-denominational).
Social: Theatrical productions and concerts with Wakefield Girls’ High.
Organised trips abroad. Meals self-service. School shops selling tuck and games
kit. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect
either a verbal warning or Bad Record (a note in the pupil’s school diary);
expulsion would be automatic for those caught with cannabis on the premises.
Alumni association is run by Mr D Bunnell, c/o the school.
Former pupils Mike Harrison, Mike Tindall (rugby); Prof Sir Hans
Kornberg (Former Master of Christ College, Cambridge); Kenneth Leighton; Peter
Dews (playwright/theatrical producer); Ronald Eyre; Lord Marshall; Lord
Wolfenden; David Hope (Archbishop of York); Robert Hardy (Former Bishop of
Lincoln); David Storey (playwright); John Scott (Choirmaster St Paul’s