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The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2024 - Top 10 Independent School For Academic Performance In The West Midlands

A* – B grades are the best in over 10 years at Wolverhampton Grammar School

Students from Wolverhampton Grammar School consistently do well in examinations across our extensive range of subjects.

The percentage of our 2023 cohort awarded grades A* to B at A Level this year is 74%, up 2% on last year and the highest for 10 years in formal examinations. This has been reflected in an increase of 20% of students gaining their first choice offer from one of the prestigious Russell Group universities, including 7 students who will go on to study medicine, veterinary science and at Oxford University.

Wolverhampton Grammar School has clearly bucked the national trend with a stellar crop of results which has put a smile on everyone’s face. Speculation was rife that the move to bring back pre-Covid grade distributions would affect grades negatively across the country but in fact the percentage of Upper Sixth students at WGS awarded with the top A* to A grades was 46% of this year’s cohort, up 13% on 2019 gradings. An impressive 19% of students this year were awarded an A* with 5 students achieving straight A*s. Two of these were awarded a remarkable 4 straight A* grades and secured their places to study Maths and Engineering at Oxford University. All students studying the vocational Cambridge Technicals achieved a Merit or higher.

We congratulate all our Sixth Formers on their outstanding results at A Level and Cambridge Technical.

The results in brief:

  • Almost half the cohort achieved ABB or better at A Level 
  • 46% A* and A awarded at A Level 
  • 74% A* – B awarded at A Level
  • 100% of students gained a Merit or higher in the Cambridge Technicals 
  • 5 students achieved 3 A* or higher, including two students with 4 A* 
  • 100% of students achieved A* – B in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Reflecting on the performance of this year’s cohort, Acting Head Nic Anderson comments,

“I am extremely proud of all our students, they have shown great commitment to their studies and their hard work has been justly rewarded with a fantastic set of results which our whole school community are proud of. I thank my staff for their dedicated teaching and for preparing our students so well for their examinations and onward pathway to university.

 I am proud to continue the legacy of my predecessor, Alex Frazer, in ensuring our sustained academic achievement and celebrating our 2023 results. This year’s results clearly show that our students have continued to progress year on year and our academic attainment is stronger than ever, post-pandemic.”

Nic Anderson, Acting Head

Year 11 Students Achieve Top Grades

Year 11 pupils are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE and IGCSE results. This year’s bumper crop of 9, 8 and 7 grades (equivalent to A* and A) are testament to the fantastic teaching and learning environment on offer at Wolverhampton Grammar School which is renowned for not only its academic rigour but also for offering exceptional pastoral care and the largest range of extra-curricular activities amongst schools locally.

The return to pre-pandemic grading was set to reduce the number of students achieving the very best 9 – 7 grades (A*/A equivalent) but for students at Wolverhampton Grammar this was up by 15% on 2019. Two students achieved a fantastic 11 straight 9s and nine students got 10 or 11 9s and 8s each.

The headlines in brief are:

  • 67% of GCSE and IGCSE entries at Wolverhampton Grammar School have been awarded the most sought after 9, 8 and 7 grades (A*/A equivalent)
  • 44% of entries were rewarded with the top two grades, 9 and 8
  • 83% of grades achieved were 9 to 6 (A*- B equivalent)
  • Just under 40% of the cohort were awarded grades 9-7 in nine or more subjects

WGS’s cohort of 82 students sat GCSEs in 19 different subjects including Drama, Computer Science, Design Technology and Business, alongside the usual combination of Sciences, English and Maths. The percentage of the cohort achieving 9s and 8s was also up 9% on pre-covid results, as well as over one third of students coming away with nine or more grade 7s and above.

Acting Head, Nic Anderson commented,

“Our students undoubtedly still feel the effects of the lockdown years but at WGS we have ensured that there has been no lost learning and that students have been fully prepared for the return to formal examinations. Our GCSE results today are up significantly on pre-pandemic levels, and we are extremely proud of all our Year 11s. We offer a real breadth of GCSE subjects at WGS which continues into our Sixth Form with over 20 A Levels and 2 Cambridge Technicals. We look forward to welcoming our GCSE students into our thriving Sixth Form and continuing their onward journey to higher education or the workplace.”

gcse results

GCSEs play an increasingly important role in enabling both universities and employers to assess an applicant’s academic ability and potential. GCSEs act as a useful benchmark for universities in particular, for example, a university degree course offering a year abroad option would usually require a language at GCSE.

In 2023:

  • Top Independent School in Wolverhampton
  • 67% grade 9, 8 or 7 awards (equivalent to A*/A)
  • 44% coveted Grade 9s and 8s awarded this year
  • 83% grade 9-6 awards (equivalent to A*- B)
  • 2 students achieved 11 straight 9s and 9 students got 10 or 11 grade 9s and 8s each
  • 39% of students achieved nine 9 -7 grades

To achieve the top grade of 9 takes a combination of excellent teaching, hard work and determination. Happy students do well and for so many of our students to achieve 9, 8 or 7s is a credit to their brilliant teachers and the extraordinary pastoral support in place at School.

For GCSE/IGCSE results in detail: Read more

A LEVEL results

Pupils from the national award-winning School – judged “Excellent” in all areas following an inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate have the opportunity to study at least three subjects at Sixth Form, with some choosing to go the extra mile with a fourth subject.

In 2023:

  • 46% A* and A grades awarded at A Level 
  • 74% A* – B grades awarded at A Level.
  • 100% gained a Merit or higher in the Cambridge Technicals
  • Increased teaching hours hone subject knowledge 
  • Access to the very best 1-2-1 UCAS and careers support
  • Results Day team to ensure you get all the advice and support you need – for however long it takes
  • Our students secure places at the most prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge
  • Dedicated Sixth Form Centre, café, common room, library, classrooms and resources
  • Small Sixth Form class sizes and space for individual tuition

For A Level and Cambridge Technical results in detail: Read more


Just under 90% of our 2023 Leavers have secured places at their first or insurance choice of university. Click here to see a full list.

74% A* to B grades at A level (2023); 20+ A Level and Cambridge Technicals to choose from; 83% 9 to 6 (A* to B) grades at GSCE (2023).
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