Welcome to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School. Visitors to our school in recent years almost always comment on three things about us: the attractive site with its mixture of buildings stretching back over four centuries; the polite, friendly welcome and the energy that comes from a culture of high aspiration.
We are unashamedly aspirational in all that we do. Our students learn from the outset to aim high, in whatever they attempt. The core of this is inevitably our ambition for our students to do well academically, but if you visit you will also see evidence of high achievement in all fields, including the performing arts and sports as well as academic clubs and societies that aim to offer wider opportunities and challenges.
Our acclaimed Quality of Learning programme aims to develop independence, reflection, resilience, collaboration and creativity, and through these to equip our students with the qualities they will need to go on to succeed in whatever field they choose. There is also a strong sense of community, and through this, a commitment to supporting relationships that extend well beyond our school gates.
The school provides an inviting, dynamic and challenging environment for young people to develop as adults. As you will see from the comments by our current Head Boy and Head Girl, our students play a huge role in shaping this environment. I hope you will visit us and see and hear from them directly.
Dr Peter Holding, Headmaster
Mary-Anne Grego, Head Girl 2017-2018
“Grammar School” seems too vague a term to describe the experience of Borlase. Although the excellent academic achievements here are widely acknowledged, I believe that Borlase’s true uniqueness lies with the opportunities outside the classroom. The fantastic academic results are just the starting point of the many benefits of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School. I doubt any other school can offer such a well balanced programme of education and extracurricular, yet provide such constructive and friendly ethos, in which every member of staff supports. Each and every passion is catered for here, whether it be sport, music, physics, german literature …. the list really does go above and beyond. Perhaps it is the atmosphere of possibility and opportunity, or perhaps it is the sense of community which creates this distinct ‘Borlase experience’ (- or it could be the 400 year old cloisters!).
When first coming here, in year 7, I would never have guessed that I would be sat here, writing an article as Head Girl and I owe this debt to Borlase. The academics, extracurricular and sense of community offered to me throughout my time, has truly sculpted me into a well-rounded, confident individual, to which I will be eternally grateful.
Jack Broadbent, Head Boy 2017-18
Borlase is renowned for its excellent exam results, and I won’t deny; upon joining I instantly found that at Borlase every student is driven academically. Our classes are a lot more focused and fast moving than any school I’ve attended in the past, and Borlase has a knack for creating students that are passionate about their chosen subjects. Hardly a day will go by without a heated scientific debate between friends in the common room or a cross-examination of your political views on the school field – this is the nature of Borlase and it’s impossible not to love it.
To be successful at Borlase you have got to throw yourself into it from the onset. This school offers an incredible and diverse range of opportunities in terms of activities and clubs to get involved with, and all of these things help to give you new experiences, discover interests you never knew you had, make great new friends and develop your life skills. No matter whether you join us in year 7, 9 or 12, there is so much going on that you’ll feel very much part of the school from week one. This is also in no small part due to the school’s friendly atmosphere and the impressive amount of teacher support that is readily available. This extends beyond academics, as teachers are also there to support students pastorally from year 7 right up to year 13.
Whether you are an aspiring athlete, talented musician, budding entrepreneur or mathematical genius, this school offers everything to cater for your interests and guide you on the path to a successful future. I can wholeheartedly recommend Borlase to anyone who is prepared to study hard and make the most of what the school has to offer.