Heckmondwike Grammar School

Heckmondwike Grammar School (HGS) is an 11–18 mixed, grammar school and sixth form with academy status in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England.[4]

Heckmondwike Grammar School
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Coordinates53°42′29″N 1°40′09″W / 53.70799°N 1.66922°W / 53.70799; -1.66922Coordinates: 53°42′29″N 1°40′09″W / 53.70799°N 1.66922°W / 53.70799; -1.66922
Other nameHGS
MottoLatin: Nil Sine Labore
(Nothing without Work)
Established1898 (1898)
Local authorityKirklees Council
TrustHeckmondwike Grammar School Academy Trust
Department for Education URN136283 Tables
HeadteacherPeter Roberts[1]
Age range11–18
Enrolment1,466 (2019)[2]
  •      Brontë
  •      Clarke
  •      Houldsworth
  •      Priestley
PublicationThe Heckler[3]


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, 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 1,500 pupils aged between 11 and 18 and includes a sixth form.[citation needed]

Prospective pupils pass examinations in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, English and mathematics before entry to the school. After testing, 180 pupils are accepted.[citation needed]

HGS annexe, formerly a church hall, which was previously used for physical education and social sciences was reopened in 2019 as the Jo Cox Sixth Form Centre, in memory of the late MP and former Head Girl of the School.[5]

Houses and formsEdit

Rear of the school

The school has a house system of four houses, and pupils are allocated to a house. The 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.[citation needed]

For years that entered the school in school year 2012–13 or earlier there were 5 forms of 30 pupils in them each year, one for each house and one form with a mix of pupils from about 3 houses. Forms are denoted by B for Brontë; C for Clarke; P for Priestley; H for Houldsworth; and S for the mixed form. However, from school year 2013–14 the forms are made up of pupils from all houses and are denoted by the number of the year and the three initials of the form tutor. From school year 2014–15 there are 6 forms per year. 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Curriculum and performanceEdit

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.[6] and is regularly among the top 100 state schools in the country.[7][failed verification][8]

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


  • 1897–1924 — R S Cahill
  • 1924–1948 — Lt-Col Harold Edwards DSO MC
  • 1948–1952 — E G Bennett
  • 1952–1956 — E J S Kyte
  • 1956–1970 — Kenneth Ford, Quaker and Second World War conscientious objector who joined the Friends' Ambulance Unit
  • 1970–1989 — T C Riddles
  • 1989–1990 — J K Wilson (acting head)
  • 1990–2010 — Mark Crellin Tweedle
  • 2010–2016 — Mike Cook[9]
  • 2016–2018 — Nathan Bulley[10]
  • 2019–Present — Peter Roberts [1]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Senior Leadership". Heckmondwike Grammar School. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Heckmondwike Grammar School". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Magazines from the present and past produced by Heckmondwike Grammar School". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Heckmondwike Grammar School". BBC News. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Pride and Emotion at Jo Cox Opening". Heckmondwike Grammar School. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ "State grammar schools outperform independent sector". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Heckmondwike Grammar School". The Times. London. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Secondary league tables 2013: Best GCSE results". BBC. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Grammar school head to leave after 11 years at Heckmondwike". The Press - The Intelligent Weekly. Batley. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Head quits after only two years at the top". The Press - The Intelligent Weekly. Batley. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  11. ^ Frances Perraudin (30 September 2016). "Tracy Brabin: 'I hope I can build on Jo Cox's legacy'". theguardian.com.
  12. ^ "Sam Burgess ties the knot". The Press. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  13. ^ Robinson, Andrew (31 October 2017). "Asda appoint lifelong Huddersfield Town fan to top position". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack". BBC News. BBC. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.