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Heckmondwike Grammar School

Heckmondwike Grammar School
Official logo
Motto Nil Sine Labore
Nothing without Work
Established 1898
Type Selective academy
Headteacher Mike Cook[1]
Location High Street (A638)
West Yorkshire
WF16 0AH
Local authority Kirklees
DfE URN 136283 Tables
Students 1,333[1]
Ages 11–18
Houses Brontë, Clarke, Houldsworth, Priestley
Publication The Heckler[2]

Heckmondwike Grammar School (HGS) is a state selective, coeducational grammar school providing free education,[3] located in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England.


  • History 1
  • Admissions 2
  • Houses and forms 3
  • Curriculum and performance 4
  • Headmasters 5
  • Notable former pupils 6
  • References 7


The school was built by Thomas Redfearn and Samuel Wood, who lived on Eldon Street, and opened on 17 January 1898. Further north in Cleckheaton was Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School, now Whitcliffe Mount School.

HGS was a foundation school, but became an academy in September 2010.

On 18 January 2011 the Crellin Building was officially opened by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, with Ingrid Roscoe and the Mayor of Kirklees.


HGS is a Technology College and, in addition, has recently acquired Language College specialism. The school has approximately 1,250 students aged between 11 and 18 and includes a sixth form.

Prospective pupils pass examinations in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and mathematics before entry to the school. After testing only the top 150 pupils are accepted. Schools that can select top performers are known as super-selective schools.

HGS annexe, formerly a church hall, is used for physical education, and social sciences, and as a secure test area.

Houses and forms

Rear of the school

The school has four houses, and each pupil is allotted a house. Houses are named after notable people from the West Yorkshire area, and are Brontë (whose colour is blue), Clarke (yellow), Houldsworth (green) and Priestley (red). Activities take place between houses, with competitions such as a swimming gala, spelling bee, and house drama. A house music competition takes places once every academic year – entrants choose a solo, duet or group piece, with points awarded by a panel. The house that receives the most points in competitions wins the Lees Cup.

There are 5 forms of approximately 30 pupils in each year, one for each house and one form with a mix of pupils from all houses. Forms are denoted by B for Brontë; C for Clarke; P for Priestley; H for Houldsworth; and S as the mixed form. New pupils are admitted in year 10, and to accommodate them, one of the forms is split into 2 smaller forms, and the new pupils are split between these 2 new forms.

There are approximately 600 students in the sixth form, entering through the lower school or through neighbouring schools after completing GCSEs. Each prospective student is interviewed by a member of the senior management team.

Curriculum and performance

Heckmondwike Grammar School follows the England, Wales and Northern Ireland National Curriculum.

In 2010 and 2013/2014 the school was ranked the 5th best-performing school in England for GCSE results.[4] and is regularly among the top 100 state schools in the country.[5][6]

Pupils achieve some of the best A level results by a state school in England. Kirklees LEA has one of the highest averaged set of A-level results in England.


Notable former pupils


  1. ^ a b "Establishment: Heckmondwike Grammar School". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  2. ^ School publications
  3. ^ "Heckmondwike Grammar School". BBC News. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  4. ^ "State grammar schools outperform independent sector". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Heckmondwike Grammar School". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  6. ^
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