Sir William Borlase's Grammar School
|Motto||Latin: Te Digna Sequere
(Follow things worthy of thyself)
|Type||Academy grammar school|
|Founder||Sir William Borlase|
|Specialism||Performing Arts College|
|DfE URN||136781 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Website||[*%20* *http://www.swbgs.com/ *http://realsmart.swbgs.com/]|
Sir William Borlase's Grammar School (commonly shortened to Borlase or SWBGS) is a selective state grammar school accepting girls and boys aged 11–18 located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England. It is situated on West Street, close to the town centre and also accepts students from nearby towns. It has around 1000 pupils, including a sixth form of about 380.
Sir William Borlase
Sir William Borlase was descended from Taillefer of Angoulême, who fought on the side of King William at the Battle of Hastings. John Borlase, his father made his fortune in London and this enabled his son to establish himself in Marlow as a country gentleman. He lived at Westhorpe Manor House in Little Marlow and became not only Sheriff of Buckinghamshire but was a Member of Parliament for Aylesbury. In 1603 he was knighted by James the First. In 1624 and in memory of his son Henry who died that same year, Sir William decided to build a "free school" in the town in order "to teach twenty-four poor children to write, read and cast accounts, such as their parents and friends are not able to maintain at school". Boys entered the school between the ages of ten and fourteen and at the end of two years, six of the best were given two pounds each to apprentice themselves to a trade. Sir William died in 1629 but the school has survived to this day.
The school has served the town of Marlow and its surrounding district, including High Wycombe and Maidenhead, for over three centuries. In 1987 the school became co-educational when girls entered into the lower sixth.
In September 2005 the school was awarded specialist school status as a Performing Arts College, by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). The school planned an application for science & maths status as well before the scheme was discontinued. In September 2007, the school moved to a two week timetable, with five one hour periods a day, two before morning break, two after break, and one after lunch, in line with most other schools. This is to facilitate individualised learning.
The Pink Clock Tower
The Pink Clock Tower at Borlase was a remnant of a Leavers' Day prank in 2004. It was later re-painted white.
- 1624 – ....Smith
- 1721 – 1735 ....Roe
- 1735 – 1759 Thomas Heather I
- 1759 – 1782 William Heather
- 1782 – 1793 Thomas Heather II
- 1793 – 1809 Rev.H.H.Gower
- 1809 – 1814 Rev.Stephen Gage
- 1814 – 1835 William Francis
- 1835 – 1844 George Gale
- 1844 – 1850 Charles Wethered
- 1850 – 1880 Edwin Segrave
- 1881 – 1895 Rev M. Graves BD
- 1896 – 1901 E. W. Clarke
- 1901 – 1904 E. H. Blakeney
- 1904 – 1927 Rev A. J. Skinner
- 1927 – 1956 W. S. Booth
- 1956 – 1974 E. M. Hazelton
- 1974 – 1988 R. R. Smith
- 1988 – 1988 D. C. W. Banner
- 1989 – 1997 L. A. Smy
- 1997 – 1998 Mrs A. Crittenden
- 1998 – Date Dr. P. Holding
This work was completed by a Borlase's Grammar School pupil, involved in a documentary about the school.
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The school has a collection of facilities of varying vintages. The school office and reprographics room is housed in the original flint building, which was unveiled in 1624. Since then the school has added a Victorian cloister, and an Edwardian era Chapel, which has gradually been added to over a period of about 40 years. These classrooms were until recently used to teach mathematics.
In the 1970s further expansion occurred. A new school hall and several classrooms were built.
In the late 1980s a new sports gym was added, followed in 1992 by new modern languages facilities and library in a new building facing onto West Street.
In 2000, after the school started admitting Year 7s, the "Audrey Moore Building" (named after its chief benefactor) was built to house new classrooms, a sixth-form common room and a new canteen, replacing the old sports pavilion and canteen.
In 2004, as part of the school's bid for Arts Award status, a new performing arts theatre (to house facilities for music, drama and dance) was built on the site of the old swimming pool. The building also houses purpose-built IT labs and metal and woodwork facilities. It was opened on 7 December 2004 by HRH the Duke of Gloucester. As a result of this building work, other space within the school was adjusted with a rolling programme, and a new style eatery called "Mimi's Café" was added, along with a new Sixth Form Centre. At the beginning of the 2006 Autumn term, the headmaster announced that the Library was to be renamed the "Learning Centre".
The school has a modern gym that houses resistance machines, free weights and cardiovascular equipment. This is used primarily for rowing, a sport that is at the school.
In 2009 the old "greenhouse" was replaced with a new building to house pupils' lockers.
At the end of the 2010 summer holidays the school started building a new cookery building on the area where the decking once stood, this was completed in 2011 with the addition of a large English room above the kitchens.
The school now contains a theatre, a music and technology block, and an art centre. Many performances have been staged in the theatre including 'Fiddler on the roof' and 'Pirates of Penzance'. The school recently put on a production of 'Les Miserablés'.
Coat of arms
The school coat of arms is emblazoned on all school literature and on the school uniform. Originally, the Taillefers of Angoulême had a crest of a ghostly hand emerging from a cloud. It is holding a badelaire to give one power in a struggle, be it sporting or academic. Behind this, on the background, can be seen eight stars.
Then, in the era of Henry VIII, the addition of the other arm gripping a horseshoe (replacing the former sword) showed how one must rise above conflict, and work together to overcome an adversary.
In addition to the coat of arms the external walls contain this plaque with a biblical quotation.
Notable former pupils
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- Bunny Allen – big-game hunter
- AW Cleeve Barr CBE – architect and Director of the National Building Agency from 1964–1977
- Brian Bond – Professor of Military History at King's College London from 1986–2001 and President of the British Commission for Military History from 1986–2006
- Keith Bosley - poet and translator
- Prof Richard Britnell - Professor of History at the University of Durham from 1997–2003
- Sir Graham Burton KCMG – Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 1990–1994, Ambassador to Indonesia from 1994–1997, and High Commissioner to Nigeria and Ambassador to Benin from 1997–2001
- Jeremy Cresswell CVO – High Commissioner to Jamaica and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas since 2005
- Tony Culyer CBE – health economist, professor and deputy vice-chancellor at York (UK) and professor at University of Toronto
- Paul Daneman – actor
- Simon Dutton - actor, best known for playing the title role of Simon Templar (alias The Saint) in a series of Australian-produced television films in 1989.
- Tom Guest – Harlequins rugby union player
- Paul Hawkins (mathematician) – co-inventor of the Hawk-Eye ball tracking system now used in a number of sports
- Lieutenant B. A. Horsfall – recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Tim Janman – Conservative MP for Thurrock from 1987–1992
- Ken Snakehips Johnson – bandleader, jazz artist 
- Philip Lee – Conservative MP for Bracknell 2010–present
- Alf Milward – Everton and England footballer
- Danny Quah – economist
- Michael Acton Smith, Chief Executive of Mind Candy
- Fraser T Smith - record producer and songwriter
- Justin Wark, Professor of Physics, Fellow in Physics, Trinity College, University of Oxford, 1995 – present
- Garry Weston – inventor of Wagon Wheels  and Chief Executive of Associated British Foods from 1969–99, and father of George G. Weston, the current CEO
- George Woodcock - Canadian writer
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