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Stafford Grammar School "Encouraging Excellence"

There is so much more to a good school than examinations, but our A-level and GCSE results make Stafford Grammar School the highest achieving co-educational school in the area. We have outperformed all co-educational schools, state and independent, day or boarding, across South Cheshire, Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. In 2016, 75% of A-level results were A*-B grades (a school record), 50% were A*-A grades (a school record). 33% of students achieved AAA or better. 68% of GCSE results were A*-A grades, 36% were A* grades (both are school records). 100% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including Mathematics and English. Our GCSE results have improved in each of the last three years whilst other local independent schools have witnessed a consecutive decline in the percentage of A*-A grades.

The 11-18 school roll has risen to around 350. The secret of our success is not rigorous selection, it is small class sizes: an average of 17 in Years 7-9, 16 at GCSE and 7 at A-level. The maximum class size is usually 20. Recent additions to facilities include the exciting development of Stafford Preparatory School which is housed in the same building as the new suite of purpose-built Science laboratories and the Sixth Form Centre. 16 acres of additional sports land have been developed, providing several pitches enabling the school to host a number of opposing teams at one time.

First class facilities and an enthusiastic teaching staff enable each individual to achieve their full potential. Extra-curricular activities are flourishing, music and drama thrive alongside competitive sport and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

We strive for excellence in everything and expect high standards of discipline, dress and manners. There is a genuine family atmosphere and personal success is publicly recognised. Specialist Dyslexia teaching supports academic achievement. There is regular Oxbridge entrance success.

Pupils come from a 20 mile radius, with buses from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stone, Eccleshall, Market Drayton, Newport, Gnosall, Haughton, Lichfield, Rugeley, the Haywoods, Weston, Wolverhampton, Brewood, Penkridge, Abbots Bromley/Uttoxeter and Cannock. See "Transport to School" for details of routes.

Stafford Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

“We exist to provide a grammar school community of happy, confident and caring individuals who achieve their full potential.”

M.R. Darley B.A.


History and Development

Upon the demise of grammar schools following the reorganisation of state secondary education in the Stafford area in the mid 1970's, a group of parents met in 1981 to discuss the possibility of starting a new independent day school.

In September 1982, in a leased building, the School was officially opened by its first patron the Right Honourable, the Earl of Shrewsbury. Dr J R Garrood, the founder Headmaster began his first day with 17 pupils and 3 part-time teachers. Since then, the School has grown to its present size of around 350 pupils and 40 teachers and obtained ownership of its buildings and grounds.

The main school building is a fine Victorian manor house designed by Edward Pugin and originally owned by the Whitgreave family. Set in 38 acres of grounds there are facilities for all major team sports as well as floodlit tennis courts. Recent building additions include the Sports and Music Centre extension, Sixth Form Centre, Science and Stafford Preparatory School , 16 acres of additional sports fields, School Shop and SPS Key Stage 1 building (2012).

In the short period of its existence the School has developed a formidable academic reputation and government school performance indicators clearly demonstrate that it is a centre of academic excellence.

The School was inspected by the I.S.I. in 2014 and received an excellent report.

The Independent Schools Council (formerly ISJC) accredited the School in 1985 and the Headmaster was elected to The Society of Heads (formerly SHMIS) in 1991.