Please Note: The information below is a copy of the 1959 prospectus for the school.
Note the emphasis on pupils staying to take GCE 'O Levels at age of 16. At the time it was written the school leaving age was 15, I am only aware of two pupils who left WMGS at this age, it was not encouraged since the school was trying to prepare as many pupils as possible for 6th Form and University education. The school also took in 6th Form pupils transferring from some of the town's secondary modern schools who did not teach pupils beyong the age of 16.
Note also the reference to the colour of some of the girls attire (Nigger brown). In 1959 this was the school uniform supplier's description of the rather plain mid brown colour of the uniform. At about this time Wolverhampton started to get its share of Afro-Carribean and Asian immigrants and it was not long after this that the description 'nigger' in the description of the colour was dropped as it was deemed to be a racial slur that is now considered offensive.
|Notes||School Uniform||School Rules|
Organisation and Curriculum
School Hours and Holidays
|The school hours are||Morning 8.55 to 12.20.|
|Afternoon 2.0 to4.15.|
The school year is divided into three terms
|Autumn||September to December|
|Spring||January to April|
|Summer||May to July|
The exact dates of holidays are announced at the beginning of each school year
Holidays in Term Time
Leave of absence in term time is normally granted only when parents cannot avoid taking their annual holiday during school time and close their homes. Application in writing must be made to the Headmaster for the necessary form of notification.
Absence from school
If a pupil is absent from school, he/she must, on returning to school, bring an absence note which should be addressed to the Headmaster and handed to the pupil's Form Master or Mistress. If absence is likely to last for more than one day, the Headmaster should be notified by post. In general, illness or bereavement are the only reasons which can be accepted for absence.
It is important that homework should be done carefully and regularly, and parents are asked to see that this is observed. The time allotted to homework is set out below, but it must be understood that all children do not work at the same speed and these times must be regarded as a guide only. No pupil should be allowed greatly to exceed the allotted time. If this occurs, parents should stop the work and sign it. If the time spent on homework is regularly too much or too little, it is advisable to call the Headmaster's attention to the fact. Junior pupils are set homework on four nights a week and senior pupils on five nights.
The times are as follows
|First Forms||One hour per night|
|Second and Third Forms||One and a half hours|
|Fourth Forms and above||Two hours per night|
Interviews with Headmaster.
The Headmaster is anxious to keep in touch with parents and is always willing
to discuss any matter concerning individual pupils. It is requested that
whenever possible an appointment should be made beforehand.
Parents are asked not to communicate with members of the school Staff.
Dinners are provided for the pupils who wish it. The charge is 5/- per week, pupils wishing to take school dinners should bring the sum on the first day of term. Thereafter dinner money is collected each Thursday for the following week.
All pupils are required to wear school uniform, which must be obtained from the appointed outfitters to the school. These are:
|For Boys:||Messrs. Home Bros., Queen Street.|
|Messrs. Southans, Dudley Street.|
|For Girls:||Messrs.F. W. Bradford, Darlington Street.|
These firms are always willing to help and advise parents and to reserve clothing against an order. Parents of new pupils are advised to place their orders as early as possible. Please ensure that all articles of clothing are plainly marked with the name of the owner before they are worn to school.
The requirements are as follows:
Boys in First, Second and Third Forms.
Boys in Fourth Forms and above.
1. Black jacket
2. Grey flannel trousers
Summer dress of' yellow and white gingham of special design supplied by Messrs. Bradfords.
White Aertex blouse, brown shorts and rubber pumps. Rubber hockey boots and three quarter length fawn socks. Girls are also strongly advised to provide themselves with a polo-necked sweater, white or brown.
For tennis any white dress, or white shorts and white blouse may be worn.
N.B. Purse may be obtained from school.
These rules are not exhaustive and are intended to be a guide to the pupil rather than an attempt to control every detail of school life. All pupils are asked to remember that rules are framed to ensure the smooth running of the school, in the interests of all its members. They should always be interpreted in this spirit.
1. Every pupil must provide a padlock and key for his/her desk.
2. No property must be left in cloakrooms overnight.
3. No money must be left in cloakrooms.