The Wakefield Way

We are one of the country’s leading families of independent day schools.  Girls and boys join us from age 3 at Wakefield Grammar Pre-Preparatory School and then from age 7 in our girls’ school, Wakefield Girls’ High School or boys’ school, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS).  

Our schools are conveniently located together with easy access to the West Yorkshire motorway network and within walking distance of Wakefield city centre. Wakefield Westgate train station is a short 10 minute walk from the schools with regular services from Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield and Huddersfield.  Additionally there are dedicated school bus services from Barnsley, Huddersfield, Pontefract and east of Leeds.

In total we have around 1, 900 pupils and almost 450 employees covering both teaching and support staff. Each school is highly individual with its own Head and Senior Leadership Team and central governance via one governing body comprising 19 Governors with a broad range of skills and experience. This Governing board provides robust and conservative governance through a well-established committee structure.  Total income for the Foundation is around £20 million annually and our financial position is strong.

 An education at our three schools is different in many ways but at the heart of it all, there is one singular guiding ethos which defines everything we do, academically, socially and ethically. We call it The Wakefield Way.

The Wakefield Way

The Wakefield Way is about developing inspirational learning environments which nurture the distinctive learning needs of boys and girls. It’s about encouraging each individual to look outwards as well as inwards as they begin their journey to becoming everything they want to be. It’s about building confidence, developing lifelong friendships and providing the foundations for happy, worthwhile and lasting achievement. It’s about encouraging hearts and minds and developing a lifelong love of learning. It’s about growing each person’s unique capabilities and instilling a sense that anyone can achieve anything they put their minds to. It’s about understanding that enjoying true success in life is not just about academic achievement but developing a keen sense of social responsibility and making a difference in the world. 

It’s about giving back to our communities by thinking ahead about how we can support others. It’s about making a difference by recognising that everyone is different and seeing the potential in everyone.  It’s about creating independence of mind and freedom of spirit. It’s about recognising that at its best, academia isn’t an end in itself, but the springboard for exciting new beginnings. It’s about being at the forefront of educational thinking with high performance learning that uncovers instinctive talent. It’s about following the example of our distinguished alumni while giving the next generation the support they need to walk in their high-achieving footsteps. It’s about being extraordinary in our travel, sports and other extracurricular activities. It’s about encouraging free thinking and shaping the thought leaders of tomorrow. But most of all, it’s about providing the kind of imaginative foundation for learning that makes it possible for everyone to make their way in the world, their way.