Midlands Enterprise Awards 2017

16 SME NEWS / Midlands Enterprise Awards 2017 , Wolverhampton Grammar School, founded in 1512, is one of the oldest schools in the country. Carrie Bennett gives us an insight into what makes the school so successful. Best Independent School 2017 Recently judged as Excellent in all areas by school inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Wolverhampton Grammar School is a top independent school and the independent school of choice for parents who want approachability and a human dimension to education. The School’s mission is to deliver education that transforms lives as well as minds, it does this by providing an education as individual as every child, within an environment that’s like no other. The School provides this experience to boys and girls from Year 3 through to Year 13 (ages 7 – 18) across a Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form on a stunning 23 acre site. Students come from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures and their knowledge and skills are diverse, and are a source of strength and richness to the school. Comparisons show Wolverhampton Grammar School is significantly outperforming competitors and other schools with a year on year growth. Student fees are well below the national average, parent and staff satisfaction is outstanding with 100% of staff surveyed saying they would recommend the School. Staff are valued and have exceptional opportunities for personal and professional development including annual appraisal schemes (designed by staff); induction programmes for all new staff; opportunities to share best practice and peer feedback, coaching, shadowing and mentoring; a range of CPD opportunities to help early career progression; media and external relations training; a fund to support postgraduate training; research grants for teachers; middle management leadership training; and staff working parties for all major school initiatives. Carrie is keen to emphasise the school’s emphasis on serving the West Midlands community by encouraging children of all ages and backgrounds to develop reading and writing skills. “Wolverhampton Grammar School is a centre of excellence for introducing children from across the region to a love of reading. The school has introduced in excess of 2000 children and adults from across the West Midlands to publishers and award winning authors, poets, journalists, celebrities and writers. All our events are free and the School invites children from all backgrounds to enjoy our writing and reading events.” Finalists in a number of national awards, Wolverhampton Grammar School is outstanding, both as a school and as a place to work. The school also provides a number of open days for children and parents to learn more about the school. Company: Wolverhampton Grammar School Contact: Carrie Bennett Email: cab@wgs-sch.net Address: Compton Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV3 9RB, UK Phone: 01902 421326 Website: www.wgs-sch.net MID17001

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