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

  1. The school is a grammar school and prepares pupils for the Oxford University General Certificate of Education at Ordinary, Advanced and Scholarship levels.
  2. It is emphasised that all pupils are expected to stay at school until they have taken at least the Ordinary level examination, that is until the end of the school year in which they reach the age of sixteen. It is pointed out that willingness to keep pupils at school until the course is complete is implicit in the acceptance of a place at the school.
    Many pupils remain until they are eighteen and it is hoped that all parents will be willing to allow their children to do this in all cases where it is desirable that they should do so.
  3. The subjects taken to examination level are:- English, History, French, German, Latin, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Art, Music, Religious Knowledge, Woodwork, Housecraft, Geology, and Greek Literature.
    Pupils in general take between six and nine of these subjects in their examinations and courses are as far as possible adapted to individual aptitudes and requirements.

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.

School Dinners.

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.

School Uniform.

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.

  1. School blazer. This is brown with the school crest on the pocket
  2. Grey flannel shorts. Please keep your boy in shorts as long as possible.
  3. Socks. Grey with turn down tops in school colours.

Boys in Fourth Forms and above.

1. Black jacket
2. Grey flannel trousers

All Boys.

  1. School cap
  2. School tie
  3. Black or brown shoes
  4. Raincoat
  5. Gym kit. White singlet, black sateen shorts and pumps, and football boots. Boys are also strongly advised to provide themselves with a sweater.


School Uniform.



  1. Nigger brown coat and/or nigger brown gaberdine mackintosh.
  2. Nigger brown velour felt hat with school hat band and badge OR nigger brown beret.
  3. Fawn or white socks.
  4. Brown shoes with low heels.
  5. Nigger brown tunic - pinafore slip, similar to Butterick pattern 9011. A standard tunic is provided by the outfitters.
  6. Blouse of tussore coloured material, with collar and long sleeves.
  7. Brown leather belt with purse attached, OR shoulder purse.
  8. School blazer and/or nigger brown cardigan.
  9. School tie.


Summer dress of' yellow and white gingham of special design supplied by Messrs. Bradfords.

Gym Kit

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. All articles of clothing should be marked with the owner's name.
  2. No pupil may borrow from or lend to another pupil any article of clothing or gym kit.
  3. Every pupil must use his/her allotted peg and/or locker, and no other.
  4. School uniform must be worn:
    (a) throughout the journey to and from school daily.
    (b) on Saturdays by pupils attending school games.
    (c) by pupils attending school functions and excursions organised by the school.

Other property.

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.


  1. Running in any part of the school building is forbidden.
  2. Pupils must keep to the right in corridors and on staircases and walk in single file.
  3. All pupils on foot must use the pedestrian crossing to cross Newhampton Road.
  4. Cycling.
    Riding bicycles (either on the saddle or on the pedals) in the playground is forbidden.
    Cyclists must not cycle across Newhampton Road or Dunkley Street.
    Cyclists who on approaching the school need to cross Newhampton Road must dismount before crossing. Those leaving school must not mount their cycles until they have crossed Newhampton Road



  1. All pupils are required to do the regulation amount of homework at the time when it is set.
  2. Homework books must be handed in punctually at the time required.
  3. No additions or alterations to homework must be made on the school premises.


  1. Absence notes must be brought after any period of absence. Pupils failing to do this may not be admitted to their form.
  2. Playing with a ball in any part of the playgrounds adjacent to the building is forbidden.
  3. Metal caps from milk bottles and used drinking straws must be placed in the receptacles provided.
  4. All pupils who remain at school for dinner, whether they take school dinner or bring sandwiches, must eat their meal in the school dining room and nowhere else.