Wolverhampton Grammar School 沃福汉普顿文理中学，沃福汉普顿文理学校，沃福汉普顿文法学校
Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB
Tel: 01902 421326 Fax: 01902 421819
• CO-ED, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 730, Upper sixth 120
• Termly fees £2764
• Enquiries/application to Admissions
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1512, it became a Voluntary Aided Grammar School in 1944 but
reverted to independence in 1979; it has been fully co-educational since
1992. Major building programmes have provided first-rate facilities. The
curriculum aims to provide a broad range of experience and the school,
which is non-denominational, attracts bright pupils from all parts of
the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire. Academic standards are
high and examination results are consistently very good. There is a
cross-curricular programme of integrated learning skills to develop
students’ learning, study and organisation skills. The school encourages
independent learning in a friendly atmosphere with a high level of
pastoral care. Sport and the arts all thrive. The school’s music has a
strong reputation and the choirs, orchestras, concert band, big band and
choral society regularly perform locally, as well as making concert
tours abroad. Drama is ambitious and well supported. A wide range of
sports and games is provided, using the fine sports centre and floodlit
astroturf pitch. Several representatives at county, regional and
national levels in various sports each year. A wide range of
extra-curricular activities are offered.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 730 day pupils (430 boys, 300
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 12, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam
used; for sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade C, including maths
and English (grade B in A-level subjects). Non-denominational. State
school entry, 80% main intake (plus 60% new entrants to sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Some scholarships: 6
academic (at 11 and 13), value 25%–50% fees, 2 music, value 25% fees +
instrumental tuition; limited number of means-tested scholarships (up to
100% fees) for those with family incomes below £30,000. Parents not
expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Head: Dr Bernard Trafford, in post since 1990. Educated at
Downside and at the universities of Oxford and Birmingham (music and
education). Previously Head of Sixth Form and Director of Music at
Wolverhampton Grammar, and Assistant Director of Music at the Royal
Grammar School, High Wycombe. Also Chairman of YoungChoirs.net and
Advisory Board Member of The Citizenship Foundation. Publications:
Sharing Power in Schools: raising standards; Participation,
Power-Sharing and School Improvement.
Teaching staff: 60 full time, 8 part time. Annual turnover under
8%. Average age 35–40.
GCSE: In 2003, 126 pupils in upper fifth: 91% gained at least
grade C in 9+ subjects, 9% in 5–8 subjects. Average GCSE score 65 over 5
A-levels: 120 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved
by upper sixth formers 372.
University & college entrance 90% of sixth-form leavers go on
to a degree course
(12% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 10% take courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 60% in
humanities & social sciences.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 GCSE subjects, 25
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (wide
range), 3 at A-level; general studies not taught. 36% took science
A-levels; 34% arts/humanities; 30% both. Key skills integrated into
curriculum; optional but pupils encouraged to participate.
Vocational: Work experience programme. Special provisions: OPAL
programme for bright dyslexic students.
Languages: French, German and Italian offered to GCSE, AS and
A-level (French, German and Latin compulsory to age 14). Regular
exchanges with linked schools. Trips to European countries (including
arts and concert tours).
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject in first year, then integrated
across the curriculum. 140 computers solely for student use (9 hours a
day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument.
Instrumental exams can be taken. Approx 20 take music GCSE, 3 take AS
and A-level; music technology A-level also offered. Musical groups
include symphony orchestra, 2 concert bands, 2 big bands, string
orchestra, choirs, choral society plus occasional groups.
Drama: Theatre studies offered at AS and A-level. 3 major
productions a year.
Art & design: On average, 42 take GCSE, 9 A-level. Annual
Sport & activities
Sport: Football, netball, hockey, cricket, athletics, rounders
compulsory. Optional: rugby, badminton, volleyball, table tennis,
croquet, etc. Always several representatives at county and regional
level in various sports.
Activities: Students take bronze, silver and gold Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award. Own Scout Troop. Active charitable fund-raising (over
£10k last year). Clubs include debating, Amnesty International, chess,
dance, film, stragglers, Young Enterprise, Coast to Coast relay.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. Prefects elected by
their contemporaries and staff; head prefects following interview.
Social: Trips abroad organised annually. Pupils allowed to bring
own car or motorbike to school. Meals self-service. School tuck shop. No
tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline For minor offences pupils could expect lines or
detentions, more serious incidents may result in temporary or permanent
Alumni association The Old Wulfrunians Association c/o the
Former pupils Lord Normanbrook (Secretary to the War
Cabinet); Sir David Wright (Vice Chairman Barclays Capital); John Hall
(opera singer); Mervyn King (Governor, Bank of England).