The school has a five form entry and a total number of students on roll measuring just under 1,000 including an expanding joint Sixth Form, WG6. The school’s size and embedded ethos of care and support is a popular feature of its reputation in the local community. The acquisition of Grant Maintained Status in April 1991 and Foundation status from 1999 offered the School tremendous opportunities for development.
The school was designated as a Specialist School with Engineering College status from September 2004 followed on 1 November 2006 by a £1.35m teaching building, called the ‘Evans Building’ being officially opened. The building incorporated 12 teaching rooms and a purpose-built engineering suite for design teaching. In September 2010 this was extended to twice the size housing the new Sixth Form centre including a veranda, the Languages Specialist Area and new Food Technology facilities. These developments are being linked with a refurbishment of the remaining site to allow the opportunities for Innovative Learning Environments to be modelled and developed across the school. Our new English and Media block, the White Building, was added in 2017.
The school has a fantastic enrichment and extension programme and in 2010 was awarded the Quality in Extended Schools kitemark and Dartford Sports Partnership Platinum award. The school is also recognised as an Investor in Careers School, with work related experiences embedded into school life from Year 7 to 13. In addition the school has held Investors in People for over ten years.
In 2009 the school embarked on its second specialism as a member of the Raising Achievement Partnership Programme. This work initially focused on supporting the learning in local and regional schools but in 2010 extended as support of the British Council to work alongside and support schools in Sub Saharan Africa. In 2011 the school became an Academy and from April 2017 joined with Wilmington Grammar School for Girls under the banner of Endeavour MAT.
Our simple but relevant mission statement ‘Forward Thinking – Traditional Values’ epitomises the ethos and vision at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys as we continue to develop innovative and outstanding education in a caring environment that supports the whole child.