|47 North Brink, PE13 1JX, UK Wisbech|
Tel. 01945 583631, Fax: 01945 476746
Welcome to our school
Wisbech Grammar School was founded in 1379 by the Guild of the Holy Trinity and is thus one of the oldest schools in the country. Its origins are enshrined in the school badge.
“On visiting for the first time, our immediate impression was of a school where pupils showed a real sense of purpose and where they were clearly enjoying their lessons and activities.”
This comment, by parents looking for a school, is typical of the feedback we are delighted to receive. It sets out clearly why the School has been able to flourish in recent years. The level of interest in and support for Wisbech Grammar School, in recent times, has enabled the Governors to invest considerably in new facilities, with £5 million having been spent in the last 15 years. This has given us improvements in all areas including science, technology and general teaching accommodation, indoor and outdoor specialist sports facilities, information technology and, most recently, a magnificent new building for music and drama – the Dwight Centre.
We believe that continuity and consistency are essential to the development of a child. The very low turnover of teaching staff is a vital element of this provision, meaning that during the course of seven years pupils and staff will get to know each other well. This gives boys and girls the confidence to approach teachers, whatever the situation, knowing that they will receive a sympathetic and helpful hearing.
All boys and girls receive a broad education in their first three years at the School. The curriculum includes: English, mathematics, history, geography, French, German, science, information technology, music, religious studies, art, technology, physical education and games.
The general science course followed in the first two years gives way to separate teaching of physics, chemistry and biology from the third form.
Homework and Preparation
First to third formers can expect one hour a night of homework. Its purpose is two-fold: to reinforce what is learnt in class, and to develop the investigative and information-gathering skills essential for high standards of coursework in preparation for GCSE.
We offer many options during these GCSE years. All pupils must study English (language and literature), mathematics, a modern language, humanities (history or geography) and at least one science.
Three other subjects are then chosen from the following: art, music, resistant materials technology, food and nutrition, textiles, physics, chemistry, biology, French, German, Spanish, history and geography. In addition IT, religious studies, PSHCE and careers form part of the curriculum for all pupils until the end of the fifth form.
Boys and girls are carefully advised at this crucial stage to ensure career choices are not precluded. Final subject combinations are decided only after consultation between pupils, parents, careers staff and form tutors.
Homework and Preparation
Preparatory work continues to be set for pupils at this level. The amount expected will be between one hour and two hours a night.
The A level course is divided into two parts.
Lower sixth: AS (advanced subsidiary) tests are taken at the end of this first year. Scores in these papers count towards the final A level result.
Upper (second year) sixth: A2 papers are sat to complete the A level examinations. Some AS papers maybe re-sat to improve the final overall A level grade.
Typically, at least 80% of fifth-formers stay on to take A-level courses. Most aim to proceed to university; almost all are successful and obtain a place at their first choice. All GCSE subjects are available at A-level, together with further mathematics, business studies, economics, graphics and music technology.
Throughout the sixth form students are in tutor groups of approximately 15 and are in daily contact with their tutor. Tutors monitor each individual's progress to ensure targets are met. The Head of Sixth Form oversees the work of all tutors and plays a significant part in the running of the school through membership of the Senior Management Team.
Most lower sixth formers study four subjects at AS level taken from the list of 22 choices. Eight periods per week are allocated to each discipline and the programme is completed by a games afternoon, an extension of the IT programme and current affairs.
In the second year of Sixth Form most students will continue to study three subjects for their A2 course. Much of the Christmas term is devoted to preparation of the UCAS form for university entrance when students are able to draw on the extensive experience of their tutors in this area. The School’s programme of external examinations also provides the opportunity for students to retake some AS modules from the lower sixth, thus providing an even stronger foundation for high grades in the final A2 tests at the end of the upper sixth.
Preparatory work is set for sixth formers, who are recommended to spend at least six hours on each A Level subject per week outside the classroom.
Sixth formers have their own facilities for study and recreation. Additionally, they may use the careers room during study periods or in the lunch-times/after school, on an unsupervised basis. Here they make use of the extensive information on higher education and careers through various prospectuses and the suite of networked computers which employ broadband internet technology.
Through the prefect system, students play a significant role in running the School and develop leadership skills and a sense of service. Those that apply for becoming a prefect are also considered to become Head Boy and Head Girl and their deputies.
The Young Enterprise Scheme, where students set up and run their own company, is a distinctive feature of the lower sixth. The School’s record in this area is outstanding, having won the Peterborough area competition four times over a ten year period and been placed second on every other occasion.
The School opens at 8.30am with pupils in their form rooms by 8.40am at the latest. Assemblies start at 8.45am and the first lesson is at 9.05am.
There are eight 40-minute lessons each week day, with breaks in the morning and at lunchtime.
The school day ends at 3.55pm and a supervised homework club is available from 4.00pm to 5.30pm every day. An extensive range of after school clubs is also available.
Full school assembly takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays, House assemblies on Wednesdays and Form Tutor periods on Mondays and Thursdays.
||The School Day |
||School / House Assembly / Form Period |
||Period 1 |
||Period 2 |
||Period 3 |
||Period 4 |
||Period 5 |
||Lunch - Clubs, activities, practices and rehearsals |
||Afternoon Registration |
||Period 6 |
||Period 7 |
||Period 8 |
||End of Lessons - Clubs, activities, practices and rehearsals |
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