Our Plans

Proposal

Proposal to expand two of our schools as part of the DfE’s Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) programme

Our mission is:

To provide the best education and life chances for the children and young people of Walsall.

Our stated aim is to offer the broadest and best education to all pupils regardless of their socio-economic, cultural or ethnic background. We are proposing to extend the opportunity for children from all backgrounds to benefit from a grammar school education by expanding our two grammar schools; Queen Mary’s Grammar School and Queen Mary’s High School.

The Department for Education is making this opportunity possible through its Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) and Mercian Trust intend to submit two separate bids for our two Walsall grammar schools. The intention is to offer more choice for parents and young people in Walsall and the surrounding areas and in particular to extend the opportunity for children eligible for pupil premium. From September 2018, there will be 16% (GMHS) and 20% (GMGS) of intake with eligibility for pupil premium in Year 7. As part of these proposals we intend to offer a 10% discount against points required for entry to our amalgamated sixth form for students previously eligible for pupil premium.

In summary our proposals for the two schools will be:

For Queen Mary’s Grammar School:

Provide additional pupil places

The Trust will apply to:

  • Increase the Published Admission Number (PAN) for years 7-11 from 150 to 180 (This will provide 150 additional pupil places)
  • Increase the size of the Sixth Form from 410 to 500 (This will provide an additional 90 places)

Provide the necessary accommodation

It will use funds secured to:

  • Build additional classrooms and laboratories within the existing campus of the school
  • Provide additional dining spaces

Widen Access

The School will ensure that additional places are available for disadvantaged pupils in the Borough of Walsall. It will use the bid to the SSEF to:

  • Revise its Admissions Policy
  • Engage in more outreach work to Walsall Primary Schools
  • Provide additional familiarisation sessions for the entrance test
  • Extend access to site facilities and teaching resources (including in shortage subjects such as MFL, Maths and Science)

Increase efficiency

It will use the opportunity to:

  • Ensure that a full range of Post-16 A Level options remain financially viable
  • Increase collaboration with Queen Mary’s High School

If you wish to make your views known as part of the consultation regarding these proposals for Queen Mary’s Grammar School, you can access our survey here

For Queen Mary’s High School:

Provide additional pupil places

It will:

  • Increase the Published Admission Number (PAN) for years 7-11 from 120 to 150 (This will provide 150 additional pupil places)
  • Reduce waiting lists at year 7 and 12

Provide the necessary accommodation

It will use funds secured to:

  • Expand the crowded town centre site of the school by buying back the lease of two neighbouring properties (which belong to the Queen Mary’s Foundation)
  • Build additional classrooms and create additional laboratories by adapting existing teaching spaces

Widen Access and Participation

The School will ensure that additional places are available for disadvantaged pupils in the Borough of Walsall. It will use the bid to the SSEF to:

  • Revise its Admissions Policy
  • Engage in more outreach work with Walsall and neighbouring local authority Primary Schools
  • Provide familiarisation sessions for the entrance test
  • Extend access to site facilities and teaching resources (including in shortage subjects such as MFL, Maths and Science)

Increase efficiency

It will use the opportunity to:

  • Ensure that a full range of Post-16 A Level options remain financially viable by
    • increased collaboration with Queen Mary’s Grammar School
    • Work with independent careers advisers and secondary schools to promote and expand participation in our educational offer
    • Promote and expand our sixth form offer for students who have experienced disadvantage.

If you wish to make your views known as part of the consultation regarding these proposals for Queen Mary’s High School, you can access our survey here

If you are interested in hearing more about these proposals, we are planning open evenings at both schools later in June/early July. Dates and times of these events will be published on this website and also on the individual schools’ websites.