Queen Mary’s Grammar School was founded in 1554 by Mary Tudor. We have been shaped by our past and are proud of our traditions, but we are also confident of an exciting future as, under the auspices of The Mercian Trust, of which we are a Founder Academy, we help to shape a new educational landscape.
Queen Mary’s is an academically selective school. It is our aim to support pupils to achieve their full academic potential. We value the life of the mind and want to pass on a love of learning.
Outside the classroom, we offer a range of life-enriching opportunities: time at our Field Centre in Wales; membership of our thriving Combined Cadet Force; individual and team sports; foreign exchanges and travel; participation in music, drama and many other activities. We believe that achievement and enjoyment go hand in hand.
We equip our pupils to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Most choose to go on to Higher Education. Through partnership between School, pupil and parents, we aim for the examination success that will open doors to the very best HE institutions and international employers. We were rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and it is our mission to attain excellence in all that we do.
Our House system celebrates the four pillars of school life at Queen Mary’s: an academic focus, an international ethos, an enterprising spirit and a sense of community. We enjoy our social, cultural and ethnic diversity and recognise our many privileges. We are keen to share what we have – experience, expertise, enthusiasm – both with those who live on our doorstep and those from further afield.
To do so is very much in the spirit of our motto quas dederis solas semper habebis opes: it is what you give that you will keep as eternal riches.
Richard Langton has been the headmaster of QMGS since January 2018. Prior to that, he held positions as deputy head and head of school at QMGS since 2011.
After graduating in geography from the University of Birmingham, Richard started his teaching career at Lawrence Sheriff School, staying for 11 years and holding positions as head of geography and head of year. He also completed a MA in geography education and led a number of World Challenge expeditions. Richard has overseen a major growth and development era as headmaster at QMGS, with the school almost doubling in size in the past 10 years. As well as this, Richard has been a passionate advocate for social mobility and mental health. The school has dramatically increased its pupil premium intake and has gained national recognition for its work on mental health.
Richard lives locally in Walsall with his wife and two children and is very dedicated to his role in leading QMGS, but also in improving the provision of education locally.