Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Location: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Sir William Borlase’s is a co-educational selective state grammar school in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. As of the most recent inspection there were 1028 students on the school roll, of which 375 were studying in the sixth form. The school was established in 1624, and modern facilities on the school have incorporated the 17th century building. The school is named for its founder, and its motto translates from Latin as ‘follow things worthy of thyself’. The town of Marlow has a population of 14,000, and is located four miles southwest of High Wycombe. The school has six houses, each named for ancient national groups that held power in Britain; Britons, Danes, Normans, Romans, Saxons and Vikings.


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Values and vision

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School aims to achieve excellence in all its fields of endeavour by creating an inspired, ambitious, confident and caring community of young people and adults. The school aspires to deliver an exceptional quality of teaching and learning. It promotes high expectations for both staff and students and encourages maximum effort, intellectual curiosity and independence of mind. By fostering a distinctive Borlase spirit with a strong ethos of consideration, the whole school community works together to create accomplished and well-rounded young people.

The school has specialist status in the Performing Arts. To add to a vibrant Drama, Dance and Music curriculum the school also plays host to its own “in house” performing arts company, which enables a provision of outstanding opportunities to the local community.


“This is an outstanding school. The headteacher and his senior leadership team have the very highest of expectations and have developed an inspirational learning culture which is embraced by both staff and students. They have implemented a Quality of Learning initiative in their vision of ensuring teaching and achievement are of the very highest quality and that students take responsibility for their own learning.” 

View Sir William Borlase's Grammar School’s latest Ofsted report

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Address: West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2BR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1628 816500