Bishop Wordsworth's School
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
About Bishop Wordsworth's School
Bishop Wordsworth’s School was founded in 1890 by John Wordsworth, Bishop of Salisbury with the intention was that it should offer a high quality education to boys within the confines of the Cathedral Close.
Since then the school has grown — there are now over 920 11-18 year old boys on roll but the school has remained true to its founder’s traditions by following three basic aims:
•To encourage all our pupils to develop their potential to the full by setting themselves the highest standards of excellence and achievement;
•To develop in all our pupils the integrity and the means to face confidently the challenges of a fast changing world;
•To inspire all our pupils to lead happy, purposeful and responsible lives.
Bishop’s enjoys a hard earned reputation as one of the finest schools in the country. The school is well known for its traditions of excellence, its strong links with the Church of England and the Cathedral, and its sense of pride in the school community.
BWS became an Academy School in March 2011, enhancing its reputation for independence and outstanding quality in education. The breadth of opportunity available at our school is further enhanced by the very extensive collaboration at Sixth Form level with South Wilts Grammar School for girls. Around half of the post-16 curriculum is taught through joint classes, and together the Salisbury grammars educate close to 750 students.
Boys take an 11+ selection test for admission to Bishop’s. Academic standards are very high and are duly recognized as such by OfSTED, DfE and the media, but excellence permeates all other areas of school life. School Sport is exceptionally strong, and the traditions in Music and Performing Arts are impressive. The school is characterised by a culture of challenging boys to do their best while, at the same time, offering them the support that they need to do really well. Older boys are asked to take leadership responsibilities and operate as role models and mentors for those in lower years.
We place great importance on delivering an all round education for all of our boys. Bishop’s enjoys an incomparable environment in the shadow of the highest cathedral spire in England, and many major school events take place in the Cathedral during the school year. Facilities for learning and teaching are already excellent, and further development of the school site continues.