Bishop Wordsworth’s School is a state selective grammar school, founded in 1890 by the Bishop of Salisbury. The school now educates 768 boys aged 11 to 16 and has a coeducational sixth form of over 300 students. Around a third of our Sixth Formers join us from a range of non-selective schools in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.
The school offers A Level programmes of study in 20 subjects. Entry requirements are currently 48 points from 8 GCSE subjects (including English Language and Maths). Some subjects require a grade 7 for A level. Further information can be found here:
Most students study 3 A levels together with the Extended Project or Core Maths qualification which is taken in Year 12. Some talented mathematicians will opt to take Further Maths either to AS or to full A level instead.
A few students also take Latin AS/A level and outside the regular timetable with approximately 1 hour of teaching per week. Chinese GCSE is another opportunity which is again offered off timetable over 5 years.
Students sit rigorous internal assessments at the end of Year 12; this data, together with students’ performance throughout the year, is used to formulate the predicted grades for the UCAS application. At least 90% of students enter Higher Education each year. However, in the current circumstances, year end assessments have been delayed and performance data in some cases has not been produced as frequently as in previous years.
Students are offered a wide variety of extracurricular activities including the Community Sports Leadership Award.