“…Whether you are an inspiring 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.” Jack Broadbent, Head Boy 2017-18
“..I doubt there are many school environments where I could find myself at an Engineering society at break, rehearsing in the school choir during lunchtime and training with the football XI after school .” Murray Whitaker, Deputy Head Boy 2017-18

Founded in 1624, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School builds upon centuries of tradition in providing an outstanding education for its pupils. Our selective, co-educational learning environment encourages every girl and boy to be ambitious in their academic aspirations; innovative and creative in their thinking and dedicated in their pursuit of excellence in all fields of endeavour. We foster a distinctive Borlase spirit where mutual respect and strong friendships across year groups allow pupils to be confident individuals, fulfilling their potential and realising their ambitions. Our pupils are encouraged to embrace opportunities, to participate fully and develop their qualities of leadership. Borlase has a strong ethos of responsibility; the whole school community works together to create accomplished, well-rounded and considerate young people.

Teaching and Learning

“There is a whole school commitment and passion for challenging all learners which underpins the ethos of the school and is reflected in comments from parents, governors and students.” National Association for Able Children in Education Report, 2014

The school has developed its Quality of Learning initiative based on, Building Learning Power; it is an approach to teaching and learning focusing on pedagogy where teachers plan and deliver lessons to develop students’ learning through independence, reflection, resilience, collaboration and creativity. This is recognised as the best way to provide appropriate challenge and stimulation to able students. Every department also offers additional opportunities for the most able; they extend the level of challenge inside and outside the classroom through a wide range of activities and experiences. The success of the strategy is reflected in our consistently outstanding examination results.

Our curriculum is designed to engage and excite the intellectual curiosity of our pupils and our teachers are committed and passionate about their subjects. As well as studying traditional GCSEs and A Levels, our students have the opportunity take part in Mathematics and Languages Challenges, compete in national Science and Creative Writing competitions and complete independent projects such as The Crest Award and the EPQ. Our students are able to stand out and access the most competitive universities and professions.


“The best thing about Borlase is the fact that it is not a school, but a community and you can make friends with anyone from any year group. Plus, the teachers are always more than happy to help inside a classroom or outside.”Isabel, Year 7

At Borlase, we are committed to ensuring our pupils are happy and feel confident at school. In a positive, friendly and supportive environment all our young people thrive. Our key stage and departmental support-structures enable every pupil to receive the academic and pastoral support they need; this is enhanced by a vertical tutoring system where pupils make friends across all year groups, following a programme of activities to help them develop as individuals and as Borlasians. We believe that in our co-educational community where young men and young women work and take part in extra-curricular activities together, they develop a genuine understanding and respect of one another as equals.

Facilities, ICT and Environment

We have excellent specialist facilities to deliver all subjects across the curriculum including well-equipped Science laboratories, Mac and PC suites and a purpose-built theatre and dance studio. There are also exciting new developments on the horizon including a planned Sixth Form centre, Boat House and extended Sports Hall. Wifi coverage across the site allows staff and students to use their own devices to take advantage at all times of the school’s google-based VLE and national and international resources designed for universities including Jstor and MOOCs (massive on-line open courses). We are committed to reducing our carbon-footprint and consider the impact on the environment in the development of facilities and use of our current buildings.