Wath Comprehensive School

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Wath Comprehensive School
A Language College
Wath Comprehensive School.png
Motto Meliora Spectare
(Latin: Look to Better Things)
Established 1923 (1923)
Type Community
Headteacher Pat Ward
Deputy Headteachers Rick Powell and Jonathan Taylor
Chair of Governors Mrs I G Hartley
Location Sandygate

South Yorkshire
S63 7NW
England Coordinates: 53°29′48″N 1°20′31″W / 53.4967°N 1.3419°W / 53.4967; -1.3419
Local authority Rotherham
DfE number 372/4017
DfE URN 106954 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,900 approx.
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Carthage, Sparta, Rome, Troy, Athens and Thebes
Colours Maroon and black
Publication In Touch
Former names Wath Secondary School (1923–1931)
Wath Grammar School (1931–1974)
Website www.wcs.rotherham.sch.uk

Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College is a co-educational secondary school on Sandygate in Wath-upon-Dearne, in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.


It is a specialist Language College, with approximately 1,900 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18.

The school also has a sixth form which currently has around 300 pupils. The school also has a school council, which contributes to the decisions made by the head and speaks on behalf of all the students in all years.


Although the school has links to a seventeenth century school that existed in Wath, it was founded in 1923 as Wath Secondary School. It became known as Wath Grammar School in 1931. The school was expanded with many new buildings in the early 1950s. In January 1964, with the scrapping of the eleven-plus exam in the area, the school absorbed Park Road Secondary Modern School, although it was some time before it was designated a comprehensive school in 1972 and renamed Wath Comprehensive School in 1974.[1] The secondary modern building became the first year wing of the school. However, it was recently demolished.


The school's 1930s coat of arms, now used as the sixth form logo

The current coat of arms, worn by the lower school, features a torch and a river, while the older version, worn by the Sixth Form only, includes a miner's axe, a book and the river. The school's motto, featured on both coats of arms, is Meliora Spectare, Latin for Look to Better Things.

The school has six houses, named after ancient cities - Carthage, Sparta, Rome, Troy, Athens and Thebes.

PFI scheme[edit]

A major Private Finance Initiative (PFI) rebuild, completed at Easter 2005, has seen the school mostly housed in brand-new buildings, although the loss of the oldest buildings was not without controversy, particularly the traditional 1930s part of the school which was set around two quadrangles. In 2008, the rebuilding was fully completed with the addition of a public Leisure Centre including a swimming pool.

Academic performance[edit]

There is quite a disparity between its GCSE and A level results. At GCSE, it gets results equal to the England average.[citation needed] At A level it gets the best results in Rotherham and the 21st best in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and well above the England average.[citation needed] There are also sporting facilities in the school grounds.


  • The Rev A T L Greer, September 1923-July 1940 (left to be an Air Force chaplain)
  • Dr J Richie, July 1940–???? (died in office)
  • Dr C R T Saffell, 1955–August 1972
  • Mr A R H Murphy, September 1972 – 1977
  • Mr J Brothwell, 1977–????
  • Mr D E Kirby, July 1991 – 1997
  • Mr R Godber, 1997–August 2002
  • Mr Eric Sampson, September 2002–May 2003 (died in office)
  • Mr Chisolm, May 2003–December 2003 (Left in 2003)
  • Mrs Pat Ward, January 2004–present

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Wath School 2011 Prospectus[dead link]
  2. ^ David Bret
  3. ^ Lucy Clarkson[dead link] EncycloCentral, viewed 14 November 2007
  4. ^ John Arlidge, Two die of meningitis at Hague's old school The Observer 3 January 1999
  5. ^ Independent Online[dead link], viewed 1 December 2007

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