Brewood Grammar School

Brewood Grammar School was a boys' school in the village of Brewood in South Staffordshire, England.

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Brewood Grammar School
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Coordinates52°40′33″N 2°10′33″W / 52.6757°N 2.1759°W / 52.6757; -2.1759Coordinates: 52°40′33″N 2°10′33″W / 52.6757°N 2.1759°W / 52.6757; -2.1759
Typegrammar school
Mottovirtute industriae doctrine
Establishedc. 1450, refounded 1553
FounderBishop of Lichfield

Founded in the mid 15th century by the Bishop of Lichfield as a chantry school it was closed by the Dissolution of Chantries Act 1547. It was re-founded by Matthew Knightley and Sir Thomas Gifford in 1553 and survived as a grammar school until 1975 when its last headmaster, Roy Leafe, retired. It then became a mixed-sex middle school in 1977. As a 20th-century grammar school it took a number of boarders who lived at Wheaton Aston Hall, and taught agricultural science. The school had a small attached farm with cattle and poultry.

The original building does not survive. The earliest part of the remaining buildings, originally two houses donated to the school, dates from 1778. In 1799 these were enclosed in the school grounds by moving the road. They were rebuilt in 1856 as Rushall House (now Grade II listed[1]) and used as a schoolroom and dormitories. In 1863 the headmaster's house was rebuilt, and further extensions to the school were made in 1898, 1926, 1935, and 1952.

The school is commemorated in a recent[when?] memorial window in the nearby parish church, St Mary and St Chad.

Notable staffEdit

William Budworth (1699–1745) was headmaster here and declined to employ Samuel Johnson.[2]

Mary Whitehouse (1910-2001), the TV/radio clean-up campaigner, was once a teacher at the school earlier in her teaching career.[3]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Grade II (1295035)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
  2. ^ Lives of the English Poets By Henry Francis Cary, p.8, 2004, Kessinger, ISBN 1-4191-3096-X, accessed 25 April 2008
  3. ^ "Fearsome Mary and her fight to rid TV of 'filth'". Shropshire Star. 11 October 2021. p. 20.Report by Toby Neal, part of 'Great Lives' series on Midlands worthies.