Senior Houses

Senior Houses

The Senior House System is at the centre of school life at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

A Sense Of Belonging

The Senior House system which is at the centre of school life further enhances the School’s outstanding pastoral care, enabling students to build relationships across year groups. The vertical House system spans Years 8 to Upper Sixth and by doing so, encourages reciprocal opportunities for leadership, mentoring advice and support between students of different ages. 

The House tutor and Co-tutor remain with the student from Year 8 through to Upper Sixth providing continuity of support and care and allowing staff to really get to know each individual student. Year 7 take part in the House competitions as form groups during a transitionary year where we focus on embedding them into senior school life before they are sorted into Houses.

Sixth Formers play important roles in supporting younger students and hold positions of responsibility such as Peer Mentor, Year 7 Prefect or House Captain.

Within the House system, the tutor group becomes part of a larger House family. This family is made up of Heads of House and Assistant Heads of House, House tutors, staff and students. We continually strive to ensure that every individual feels a true sense of belonging to WGS and the House system underpins the pastoral care provided within the Senior School.

Click on the crests below to find more about the history of each House.

Origins of the House System

Wolverhampton Grammar School was founded in 1512 under the reign of King Henry VIII by Sir Stephen Jenyns for the children of Wolverhampton. Following the School’s move to its current Compton Road campus in 1875, the then Head, James Hichens introduced a House system in 1897.

The Houses were refined again in 1947 under the Headship of Warren Derry and given names to commemorate the founders of the School with individual colours and crests. Further changes were made in 1984 to create the Houses still used today by the Junior School: Attwood, Barnes, Campbell and Derry. 

2020 saw the reintroduction of Houses in the Senior School under Head, Alex Frazer. Guided by the successful legacy of those original Houses and our founders back in 1512, the Senior School Houses are named after people who made a significant contribution to the founding of our School in 1512. Their names also reflect Houses chosen by the School back in 1947.

Proud to be one of the oldest schools in the country but forward-looking in our approach.