Wallington County Grammar School

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Wallington County Grammar School
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Established 1927
Type Grammar, Academy
Headteacher Jonathan Wilden
Location Croydon Road
Wallington
London
SM6 7PH
England Coordinates: 51°22′08″N 0°08′56″W / 51.369°N 0.149°W / 51.369; -0.149
DfE number 319/5407
DfE URN 136798 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 899
Ages 11–18
Website www.wcgs.org.uk

Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) is a state-funded boys' grammar school located in Wallington, Sutton.

History[edit]

WCGS School opened on 19 September 1927, in Queen's Road, Wallington, half a mile from the present site, with 71 pupils. The original building had a single story, with a wooden extension. The first headmaster was Mr. Walter. T. Hutchins. Mr Hutchins was 33 years old when he opened WCGS, serving for 32 years.

During the Second World War, WCGS was damaged by a V-2 bomb in 1944. All the windows were blown out and the roof of the hall collapsed. However WCGS continued to function, with teachers and students working to rebuild the ruined structure, and it was "business as usual". 52 old boys from the school were killed in action during the course of the war, commemorated by a memorial in the hall.

Notability: Notable Aspects from Wallington County Grammar School[edit]

People educated at Wallington Grammar School as well as international projects created by students who study/have studied at Wallington County Grammar School for Boys. WCGS Notability:

Headmasters[edit]

Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) headmasters history.

  • Mr W.T. Hutchins - 1927–1959
  • Mr J. Hitchin - 1959 - 1975
  • Mr R.S. Harrison - 1975–1990
  • J.M. Haworth - 1990–2009 (early retirement in 2009)
  • Peter Smart - Acting 2009–2010; permanent 2010–2013 (retirement in 2013) [2]
  • Mr J.J. Wilden - 2013-

Houses[edit]

On entry to WCGS, pupils are placed into one of six different Houses, which compete against each other in sports and other activities. The Houses each have a local historical association, and assigned colours:

Ruskin: Yellow and black (named after John Ruskin, the poet)

Woodcote: Green and black (a part of Wallington noted in Roman area records)

Carew: Blue and red. (a reference to a family of nobility resident in the area in Tudor times, the Carews)

Radcliffe: Navy and sky blue (named after John Radcliffe, the 17th century physician, and sometime area resident)

Mandeville: Maroon and white (named after Sir Geoffrey de Mandeville, resident and landholder after the Norman Conquest and mentioned in the actual Domesday book). This house is currently ranked as 'Number 1', winning the most awards in recent school history (2001-2011 WCGS School Records Sheet)

Bridges: Blue and White (named after sometime area resident, Canon Alexander Henry Bridges, Rector of Beddington) which is frequently referred to as 'Henners' or 'Henry!' by school students and staff alike at Wallington County Grammar School for Boys (and Girls in Sixth Form)

Carew: Blue and red. (a reference to a family of nobility resident in the area in Tudor times, the Carews)

The House system is run by House Masters - teachers who direct the Houses, and House captains - senior students responsible for day-to-day House activities.

Academic[edit]

Academic Performance at Wallington County Grammar School is a good school which seeks to be an outstanding one. Students enter WCGS with very high levels of attainment. As the most recent Ofsted report noted, "students gain GCSE results which are consistently well above national averages.".[3] Progress and attainment in the Sixth Form are both outstanding. The 2012 Ofsted reports that Achievement of pupils, Behaviour and safety of pupils and Leadership and management are outstanding, while Quality of teaching is Good.[4] As part of WCGS' drive to create more societies, newer clubs such as the Puzzle Club and a Film Club have also been founded. The school moved to its present site in Croydon Road in 1935.

In 1997, an old boy of Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS), Christopher Woodhead who was then HM Chief Inspector of Schools, opened a new Science block. This meant extra funding for WCGS, which helped to further improve the standard of the school's science department. More recently, WCGS was awarded a second specialism - Applied Learning. This block contains science classrooms, laboratories and various science department administration offices. The second part of the building's development was completed in 2000. WCGS was awarded "science college" status in 2005 for its excellence in Science and Mathematics. This meant extra funding for the school, which helped to further improve the standard of the school's science department. More recently, WCGS was awarded a second specialism - "WCGS Applied Learning".

Due to the lack of accommodation the first year entry boys had their morning WCGS lessons at Carew Manor, walking at lunchtime through Beddington Park to the main school. This was during early stages and is not a current issue.

Extracurricular[edit]

As the most recent Ofsted report noted, "students at WCGS gain incredible GCSE results which are consistently well above national averages." The school has been expanded beyond the original structure over the years, with the 1952 "New Block" ("English" Block), providing laboratories and classrooms. It now houses all English and Drama classes, as well as the dining hall.

The most recent, and largest, addition to extracurricular activities is the sports hall, which was opened in April 2010. The development of the hall cost £1.34 million, of which £785 000 was funded by the LEA and the remainder was funded by the school's and PTFA's own fundraising efforts. The construction incorporates various cutting edge aesthetic features including a V-shaped roof and subtly undulating walls.[5] Many extracurricular activities are offered by WCGS include Debating, Public Speaking, Chess, Christian Union, Football, Islamic Society, Art, Drama, Music, trips abroad, Cricket, Field hockey, Athletics, Cross-country running and Rugby union. As part of the school's drive to create more societies, newer clubs such as the Puzzle Club and a Film Club have also been founded.

The Main sporting achievement of Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) was in 1999, the 1st XV Rugby team won the final of the Daily Mail U18 Vase in a match played at Twickenham Stadium. The match against Lymm High School ended 16-9 in Wallington County Grammar Schools' favour.

On 17 March 2006, a Charity Bands Concert was held at the school to raise money for Madidima Primary School in South Africa. Seven bands formed by the school pupils performed to an audience in the school hall and a total of £545 was raised through ticket and refreshment sales .As part of the school's drive to create more societies, newer clubs such as the Puzzle Club and a Film Club have also been founded.

WCGS has regular trips abroad, which have included cultural tours to China and Russia; geography expeditions to Iceland and a cruise around the Red Sea. It is customary that at least two or three members of school staff lead the trips, as well as prefects or other senior members of staff.

Another fundraising concert, known as the Battle of the Bands, was held on 20 October 2006 in order to help fund WCGS' new sports hall. On this occasion, the event was competitive, and the winner was to be decided by a panel of judges. The winners, Dazed, also gave an acoustic performance after the concert in memory of Jimmy Li, a pupil of the school who had died in a car crash in January 2006. In total, more than £1000 was raised. The event, which is open to entries from the entire student body, has become a recurring annual event and a popular item in the school's calendar. WCGS plans to host future RAG (Raising And Giving) events to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. As part of the school's drive to create more societies, newer clubs such as the Puzzle Club and a Film Club have also been founded.

The WCGS Sixth Form block, located near the school playing fields, was completed in 1973, now containing classrooms instead. Girls were admitted to the Wallington County Grammar School sixth form in 1999.[6] The school gained academy status on 1 June 2011.

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