Stafford Grammar School
|Motto||Quod Tibi Hoc Alteri|
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headmaster||M R Darley|
Stafford Grammar School is a mixed independent day school at Burton Manor, located on the outskirts of Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire. Founded in 1982, the school inhabits a building built by the famous Victorian architect Augustus Pugin.
The school was founded in 1982 after a group of local parents, lamenting the closure of King Edward VI Grammar School in Stafford, decided to establish a selective, independent school to provide a liberal education with the ethos and quality of a grammar school.
Chosen to house the school was a Victorian manor house, originally designed and built for the Whitgreave family by Augustus Pugin. Pugin was and remains famous for his pivotal role in the Gothic Revival, his work on churches, and the British Houses of Parliament. Initially this property was leased but the school now has full ownership of the house and attendant 50 acres (200,000 m2) of grounds. Still intact are many of the original design features such as the integrated chapel and the folly, neither of which are currently in use.
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 over 400 pupils and obtained ownership of its buildings and grounds.
The main school building is a fine Victorian manor house designed by Augustus 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 (2004), Sixth Form Centre, Science and Stafford Preparatory School (2007), 16 acres of additional sports fields (2008) and a new School Shop (2008).
The Independent Schools Joint Council accredited the School in 1985 and the Headmaster was elected to the Society of Headmasters and Headmistresses of Independent Schools (SHIMS) in 1991.
According to government school performance indicators, Stafford Grammar School is one of the top schools in Staffordshire. In 2010, 100% of A-level results were at grades A*-E with 68% being at grades A*-B, at AS level 98% of results were at grades A-E with 64% being at grades A-B and 97% of GCSE results were at grades A*-C with 53% being at grades A/A*. 100% of students achieved the benchmark of 5 or more GCSE passes at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics. In the academic year that finished in June 2006 the school was ranked top in Staffordshire based on league table results. In 2009, 95% of pupils at the school gained five or more GCSEs at grade C or above, placing it second in the county's ranking of secondary schools.