Wrekin College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 278 (Boys) 178 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 years
  • Founded: 1880

General Information

Wrekin has a strong academic record. We pride ourselves on stimulating intellectual curiosity, providing excellent and inspiring teaching, and making learning exciting. Our guiding principle is to help every child achieve the most they are capable of, prepare them for the competitive world they will enter, and give them a lasting sense of the pleasure and value of learning that will enrich their future. What happens on the sports pitch and in the music rooms, the theatre and the art studios is just as important in Wrekin life. The range and quality of activities available to every pupil at Wrekin is exceptional, especially for a school this size. Wonderful facilities and highly dedicated staff support pupils’ development and achievements in these areas.


New, purpose-built Music School, Business School, purpose-built and fully equipped theatre and specialised Art and Design Studios.

We have excellent facilities for rugby, soccer, hockey, netball, tennis, squash, athletics and cricket as well as a 25 metre, 6 lane, indoor swimming pool, floodlit Astro-turf, large sports centre, gym and Fives courts.

Extensive Saturday activities programme. Extra curricular activities include fencing, fives, squash, fitness training, basketball, sailing and canoeing as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Force.

Both full boarding and flexi-boarding are available.

Entrance Requirements

11+: School examination in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. 13+: School Entrance Examination or Common Entrance. 16+: Current school report together with a minimum of six GCSEs, with Bs in subjects to be taken to AS or A2 Level. Entrance exams take place in November.


11+, 13+, 16+ : Academic, Art, Music, All Rounder. Occasional Sport scholarships. Some bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

For information about our open events or to arrange a personal visit please contact the Admissions Office tel: 01952 265603 or email: admissions@wrekincollege.com


2019/2020. Per term.

First and Second Forms: day fee - £5,120. Weekly boarding - £7,380. Full boarding: £9,540.

Third - Sixth Forms: day fee - £6,190. Weekly boarding - £8,690. Full boarding - £11,170.


ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Tim Firth

Wrekin College

[t]: 01952 265600
[f]: 01952 415068
[w]: www.wrekincollege.com

Location Description

104 acre campus, close to the market town of Wellington and with easy access to M54 at Junction 6. Excellent rail links.

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School News

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Adam Lloyd made his international debut in July representing England Schools in the javelin at the Schools Home International in Swansea. After throwing

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a new personal best of 61.74cm he came first in the competition and was crowned the British Javelin Champion!

Earlier in the season he had already made it into the top five in the UK for Under 17 Men’s Javelin, and then won the Inter Boys’ Javelin at the All England Athletics Championships in Birmingham. To be able to represent Great Britain he needs to throw 70m and then he will be travelling the world for competitions.

Congratulations Adam!

Wrekin pupils celebrated their GCSE success with an impressive number securing five or more GCSE passes and many of our Fifth Formers achieving their

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Challenge Grades.

Results in the core subjects of English and Science this year were particularly impressive. In all the individual sciences, every single pupil got a good pass (5 and above), while in English almost 45 per cent of pupils achieved 9-7 grades – the equivalent of 45 per cent A*-A grades in old money.

Headmaster Mr Firth said: ”Wrekin is a broad church and deliberately so: we seek a diverse community because we believe that this is the only way to prepare pupils for the future that awaits them that is made up of such diversity. 

“We are rigged up to stretch and challenge pupils whatever their ability, and we celebrate the personal bests of all pupils whatever that ability. The number who have got their Challenge Grades is what matters and so very many have.

“We have elite sportsmen and women and musicians here who spend half their time out of school, so we create bespoke teaching arrangements for them. We are delighted to work with individual pupils to ensure we help them get the best out their education, and it is great to read their excellent results that have come about through the close collaboration of Wrekin and its individuals.”

A level results at Wrekin saw an exceptionally high number of our leavers getting into their first choice of

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university and a high number of offers from Russell Group universities.

Notable students include Zuzanna Kotrych who achieved the grades needed to take up her place at The Queen’s College, University of Cambridge, to study Education and Tess Sanders who attained the grades to allow her to take up a place to study Medicine at UEA from September.

Many of the new joiners to the Wrekin College Sixth Form did exceptionally well and achieved ‘added value’ beyond their GCSE grades, meaning they are achieving above their predicted level.

This year also saw Wrekin pupils taking BTEC qualifications for the first time, with over half of students getting a Merit or a Distinction and all students gaining at least a Pass. 

Headmaster Tim Firth said he was delighted with the results.

“It’s so good to see all the hard work pay off for our students this year,” he said. “Not only for those who have achieved the top A* grades, but also for those who have worked extremely hard over the last two years and have out-performed their predicted results.

“We wish all our students the best of luck with whatever they choose to do, whether that is going to university or choosing another path. We are confident that our students will be prepared for whatever they choose thanks to Wrekin College’s focus on employability skills.

“It is just as important that students leave here with the skills to prepare them for life in the workplace so that once in employment they can make good progress.”

BTEC qualifications are equivalent to A levels offering UCAS points to help students achieve their university placements. Top universities welcome students with BTECs, with many students of all abilities preferring them to A levels. 

Wrekin students have taken one or two BTEC National Certificates (in Sport, Business or IT) combined with other A level subjects, and their post-18 plans are a mixture of going into business, doing apprenticeships and pursuing university courses. 

Wrekin is considering introducing a BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts from next September following the success of our BTEC introduction, and given the strength of our drama productions and ties with local youth drama companies.  Current GCSE pupils who may be interested in this, or any of the BTECs we offer in the Sixth Form should contact Admissions for more information.

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Upper Sixth student, Margarita Gevorgyan, has won the ‘Young and Talented Leaders’ scholarship to IE University to study a degree in Economics. The scholarship is sponsored

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by the IE Parents’ Foundation.

The scholarship covers the full university experience for four years including tuition costs (20,000 euros a year), accommodation and other necessities. There is only one full scholarship awarded annually and Margarita was selected for the class of 2022/2023.

The application process was lengthy and took Margarita four months from the basic application papers, online assessments, admissions tests, and an interview with the Head of Admissions in Madrid.

Besides her core subjects she will learn coding, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. Margarita said “the university is very innovative and prepares students for the challenges of the 21st Century and that’s what I love about it.”

Congratulations Margarita on obtaining this fantastic scholarship; we wish you all the best for your future studies.

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Third Former, Aimee Jones, and her teammates travelled to Holland over the half term to compete in the Wierden Children’s Nations Cup.

After a close first round the

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team got through with zero penalties but they had Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland all closely behind them.

Aimee was last in her team to jump in the second round and she had to jump for less than eight penalties if she was to secure the win for the team. On the last jump a pole was knocked off so she incurred four penalties, but this was still enough for the team to bring the Gold home. Congratulations to Aimee and her teammates!

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Fourth Former Ellie Palmer has been selected to play for Shropshire’s Under 17 cricket team against Nottinghamshire in July.

She has also been selected to play

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for the Senior Women’s County team. She has played two games and had further games in Cumbria last weekend.

Congratulations Ellie.

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Head teacher at Wrekin College Tim Firth said they were very proud of pupils as the school recorded its best ever number of top grades.


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year pupils set a new record in terms of results, but this year pupils scored more A* or 8/9 grades than ever before to again break the school’s record.

“This comes despite the toughening up of grades, particularly at the top end where 9s are very hard to achieve,” added Mr Firth.

“This means that many of our pupils have secured top grades and that the brightest of them have been stretched and challenged very successfully here.”

The school also confirmed today that 91 per cent of students who received their A Level results last week had secured their choice of university, with 31 per cent going to The Russell Group which represents the 24 leading universities in the UK.

Mr Firth said Wrekin College had a wide diversity of pupils and what he was most delighted about was the increasing number of “personal bests” achieved across the school.

“Our Challenge Grade system is designed to stretch and challenge all according to his or her ability and what matters most, and what we celebrate most, is pupils achieving their personal bests. So many have done that today and embark upon their Sixth Form very well set up to achieve what they want there and beyond school.”

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The Headmaster of Wrekin College, Tim Firth, said they were delighted with an excellent set of results which saw more leavers get the top A* grades,

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more achieve the A*-C pass rate than last year and students take their pick of university places and highly coveted apprenticeships.

Particular successes included Andy Liu who heads to Cambridge to study mathematics leaving Wrekin with seven and a half A levels, six of them A* and the top mark for an Extended Project. These include A* grades in Maths, Further maths and Additional Further Maths which he passed last year when he achieved the top score in the country – a year younger than his contemporaries.

Joe Lee heads off to read history at Cambridge having also secured a scholarship to Sandhurst.

Holly Townson will take up her place to study Medicine, where she will also continue to train as a nationally good swimmer.

Tim Firth said “More Wrekin leavers got top A* grades this year than last year’s excellent number, despite the toughening up of exams that everyone has heard about. We are delighted that these very able and worthy students have excelled here.”

While students have won places at a variety of top universities including Warwick, Imperial, Nottingham and UCL Mr Firth said he was also encouraged to see successful students choose prestigious apprenticeships.
“Not all our leavers have applied to university this year, but are taking up apprenticeships including Henry Owen who has gone on to Handlesbanken, one of Sweden’s leading banks.”

The uptake of apprenticeships reflects a national trend, which has seen many students choose alternatives even though they have gained top marks.

“Wrekin’s Business School is teaching pupils about employability and linking them with employment opportunities, and it is great to see our students taking these up,” Mr Firth added.

Our overseas students also did exceptionally well, Mr Firth said “Our overseas’ boarders operating in a second language, have been so well supported here. Milana Muratova, Malinda Davies,  Shertam Banasanprasit and Andy Liu each gained more than three A grades, and Mihail Dodon achieved five A Levels at A or B grade. These students have been superb role models for their peers and those in the younger years and are ready to be employed at a high level now. At Wrekin we work with students from around the world.”

Congratulations to everyone who did so well, all your hard work has paid off.

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Thalia has been selected to represent Wasps Under 21s in the National Performance League Tournament. Congratulations Thalia!

We are proud to announce that Ben Cox, of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, will be appearing at the Cricket Camp @ Wrekin College this summer.


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10-13 YEAR OLDS. 9AM – 4.30PM. £150


Fresh from achieving his century at the Royal London One-Day Cup Semi-Final against Kent, Ben Cox will visit the Cricket Camp @ Wrekin College offering a batting and wicket-keeping masterclass. He will take part in activities, answer the children’s questions and more.

Don’t miss out on excellent quality coaching, the chance to meet a first class cricketer and fun this summer.

Click here to enquire about availability.

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Sophie recently won the Under 13’s Shropshire closed competition.

The fencers she beat in the semi-final and final were both a year older than her, and

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she had previously lost matches to them but she didn’t let the pressure get to her when the heat was on, well done Sophie!

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From 10am-1pm on 28 June, Wrekin Business School hosted an amazing event in collaboration with Enterprise Nation.

Small business community Enterprise Nation offered business advice, inspiration

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and networking to dozens of female entrpreneurs  as part of the She Means Business campaign with Facebook.

Delegates brought questions and heard other start-up stories, advice on how to grow and monetise their social media presence and made valuable contacts with like-minded people.

This event was part of the She Means Business campaign, an initiative to up-skill 10,000 women in business. Enterprise Nation and Facebook are running a series of nationwide events to inspire creativity, empower confidence and educate on how to best utilise Facebook and Instagram to grow business.

Andy Hurd, Director of the Wrekin College Business School, said they were delighted the facility had been chosen to host the event. “When we first talked about building a business school it was always the aim for it to bring the school and business communities closer together and for pupils to see it actively used by industry leaders for a variety of uses and not just for studies,” he added. “It is wonderful to see it open its doors to business women from across the region as part of a national campaign aimed at supporting female entrepreneurs. “I am sure in doing so it will also inspire our pupils, particularly the girls, to make more of those links outside the classroom and to feel more at ease as they prepare for the world of work.”

Speakers included:

Alison Battisby founded Avocado Social, having worked in the social media marketing industry since 2008. Alison is a Facebook She Means Business certified trainer and has been involved in some groundbreaking social media projects for brands including Nokia, Tesco and Pringles as well as a range of UK start-ups and growing enterprises.

Please click here to read the Shropshire Live article about the day.

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On 17 and 18 June we were delighted to host Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY – this

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is such an important cause and one we will help at any opportunity – CRY for Matthew are raising funds to screen young people in Cheshire and Shropshire for heart defects, especially those that are participating in competitive sport.

Sue Dewhirst said:

‘Many thanks to everyone at Wrekin College for making Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY so welcome over the weekend.


‘Parents supplied a lovely spread of cakes. Total donations amounted to £806.54, which is sufficient to screen another 16 hearts.

‘This weekend’s screening was funded by the Lady Forrester fund and next year they have given £1500 towards the screening dates in May, so we still need to find over £5000 from fundraising for this to happen.

‘Many parents asked for information about future dates and they can register to be told when there is screening coming to their area by visiting: http://c-r-y.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bb9eea4e8db4652e04e295506&id=007655e445

‘Many thanks again for all of your help and enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve.’

We look forward to welcoming Sue and CRY back in 2018. In 2012 Sue’s son Matthew Dewhirst died from an undiagnosed heart defect, to learn more about her work with CRY, please visit www.cry-for-matthew.org.uk


Well done to the prize winners in the Wrekin College Young Musician of The Year 2016:

Wrekin College has crowned flautist Emily Burton as its Young

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Musician of the Year.

This inaugural competition saw pupils of all musical abilities participate in one of 5 preliminary rounds. These were held in the following disciplines Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Piano and Voice.  To encourage as many as possible to enter there were 3 categories in each section ‘Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced’. The winners of the Elementary and intermediate categories received prizes in Chapel and the winner of the Advanced category in each heat  then went on to compete in the Grand Final. This was held in the Centenary Theatre at Wrekin College on May 12th.

Judged by internationally-renowned oboist, Anthony Robson, the standard from all seven finalists was first class with Emily, aged only 12, just coming out on top with her performance of Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Emily is currently in Lancaster house and as well as being an outstanding Flautist (she currently plays for the National Children’s Orchestra) she also plays Violin, Piano and Cello! Emily will be presented with her cup on Speech Day!

In second place was Trombonist Mark Nicholls. Mark is in the Upper Sixth and a member of Bayley house where he is Head of House. In addition to this Mark is the leader of the College Jazz Band, a member of the Concert Band and also sings Bass in the Chapel Choir, he leaves the College this year and hopes to study Veterinary Science.

In third place was international student Atahan Camlibell. Atahan who joins us from Turkey is currently in the fourth form, and has recently gained a distinction in his grade 8 ABRSM piano exam. As well as being a fine pianist Atahan is also learning to play the Organ and is also learning Orchestral percussion.

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Wrekin pupils are preparing for an exciting adventure when they experience life in another school during the summer holidays

The Wrekin Exchange Programme has been

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an extremely successful one over many years offering Wrekinians the opportunity to spend their summer holidays at schools in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The following pupils have been chosen to participate in the International Exchange Programme during the summer.

Freya Rooke-Moore Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Jake Thorpe Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Holly Townson Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Jessica Winterton Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Tom MacKay Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg
Owen Parton Selborne College, East London
Hannah Blakstad Clarendon Girls School, East London
Elysse Lloyd Clarendon Girls School, East London
Reid Morgan Rondebosch Boys School, Cape Town
Emily Bright Marsden Girls’ School, Wellington, New Zealand
Olivia Nicoll Marsden Girls’  School, Wellington, New Zealand

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