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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

School rating 4.2 / 5 by

154 Northgate Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 3QX United Kingdom
PK to Sixth Form
Boys only


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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS Wakefield) provided a traditional yet welcoming foundation. As an all-boys school, we were taught to work together but also as individuals. Whilst I would not say the school prepared us for university, it gave us the opportunities to be able to prepare ourselves. The school's philosophy was to enable students to think for themselves. It provided a stable and friendly environment in the traditional British school system. Whilst also being highly academical, it was also well versed in engaging students in sports and music. The teaching was, on the whole, very good. In years 7-11 the class size averaged around 20, lowering to around 5-15 in grades 12 and 13. The average workload was easily doable, and required an average of 10h per week, depending on subject choices, and obviously more as exams drew closer.

College Counseling

I met with my school advisor around a year before applications, and began to do....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Most people will apply to the school in either grade 3, 7 or 12. 3....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

A very liberal sentiment, yet seems to hang on to traditions and traditional public school life very well. Pastoral system is good and any issues are dealt with efficiently. Discipline within the school is standardised, and is fair. Whilst not all factors may come into account when disciplining, the punishments are fair and even. Ethnically, the school is majority while, with an increasing population of British-asian/British-indians. Economically, most fit into the middle-class/well-off bracket, with a minority holding scholarships or other financial aid. Faculty are also the same. The surrounding neighbourhood could be regarded as the middle-class area of Wakefield, indeed....

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