Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury

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Sir William Romney's School
Established 1610 (1610) (as Tetbury Grammar School)
Type Academy
Headteacher Jon Bell
Location Tetbury
51°38′48″N 2°09′37″W / 51.6466°N 2.1604°W / 51.6466; -2.1604Coordinates: 51°38′48″N 2°09′37″W / 51.6466°N 2.1604°W / 51.6466; -2.1604
DfE URN 136985 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 484
Ages 11–16
Houses Pegasus, Orion, Andromeda

Sir William Romney's School is an 11-16 secondary school with academy status located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. It serves schools around the Tetbury, Leighterton, Stroud, Cirencester, Nailsworth and Avening areas. In 2016 the school achieved a 'Good' rating from Ofsted.



  • In 1610 Sir William Romney set aside some money in his will for a school to help children read and write.
  • In 1837 a new National school was built of Charlton road
  • In 1921 grammar school called, Sir Willam Romney's School was opened in Long Street
  • In 1952 it had become a comprehensive school
  • In 1969 it moved to the current site at the end of Lowfield Road.

The school's 400th anniversary was celebrated in 2010.[1]


  • 1995-2008 : Eric Dawson
  • 2008-2016 : Steven McKay
  • 2016–Present : Jon Bell

Performing Arts status[edit]

Sir William Romney's was awarded Performing Arts status in 2005.

Pipe Organ[edit]

In 2017 a 19th century pipe organ, built by William Sweetland of Bath, was relocated to the school from Claremont Methodist Chapel, Bath. The 2 manual organ is situated in the main hall and comprises 13 speaking stops. The cost of relocating the organ was met by the generous sponsorship of parents and friends of the school. The organ relocation was carried out by Head of Music Mr P Dillon, assisted by a retired organ builder.


Pedal Bourdon 16'

Great Open Diapason 8' Dulciana 8' Clarabella 8' Principal 4' Flute 4' Fifteenth 2'

Swell (Fully enclosed) Open Diapason 8' Lieblich Gedact 8' Salicional 8' Vox Celeste 8' Principal 4' Oboe 8'

Organ Scholars[edit]

Each year the school seeks to appoint an organ scholar from its students. The organ scholar is awarded lessons in exchange for performance at school events.

Sixth form[edit]

Despite a fight to keep the school's sixth form from closing, Sir William Romney's 16 to 18 provision was shut down in 2006. The nearest sixth forms are now Cirencester Deer Park School and Downfield Sixth Form in Stroud.


  1. ^ Shepherd, Charlotte (26 September 2010). "400 year anniversary marked in style at Tetbury school". Wilts and Glos Standard. Retrieved 16 February 2018. 

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