Watford Grammar School for Boys

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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

About Watford Grammar School for Boys

Watford Grammar School for Boys is an academy with over 1400 students, including over 400 in the sixth form. From its origins as a charity school for 60 pupils founded by Dame Elizabeth Fuller in 1704, the boys’ school moved to its present site in 1912 and became an Academy in 2010. Located next to the centre of Watford, near Cassiobury Park, it comprises of a Grade II listed building, The Clarendon Muse, The James Theatre, a dedicated STEM Centre and extensive sports facilities. 

We are always seeking to improve staff wellbeing:

  • Low academic curriculum contact time (80%)
  • An admissions policy that prioritises children of staff
  • Flexible approach to leave
  • Increased holiday through disaggregation of INSET days
  • Governors' contribution of £1,500 to staff common room
  • Free biscuits, tea/coffee and milk
  • Dining allowance for parents' evenings and INSETs
  • Free flu jabs
  • Cycle Scheme, bike sheds, free use of gym, free counselling service, free yoga sessions
  • Cover supervisors and external invigilators employed
  • Subsidised staff accommodation next to the school
  • Support through Masters and Leadership Pathways

To find out more about working at the school, please visit


Mr Ian Cooksey MA (Oxon) MA (Lond) FRGS

Values and vision

Our aim is to provide an education of the highest quality to meet the individual and collective needs and aspirations for every student, guided by our school values of:

Endeavour and Excellence

Integrity and Kindness

Creativity and Individuality


“The students are confident and behave in an exemplary way in lessons and around the school, thriving on the responsibility given to them. In particular, sixth-formers contribute strongly to the lower school through peer-mentoring, prefect and buddy schemes and through the school council.”

View Watford Grammar School for Boys’ latest Ofsted report here

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Address: Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 7JF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1923 208900