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Introduction

The Royal School Wolverhampton has a long and proud history of educational excellence. We are a non-selective, non-denominational Free School and welcome boys and girls aged 4-19 from all ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.

As a Free School we are state-funded but manage our own affairs independently from central and local government. The Royal therefore continues to provide a dynamic mix of academic learning and extra curricular enrichment but with the added advantage of no day fees. We are one of only a handful of free schools in the UK offering such an all-through education and our pupils gain hugely from the long-term stability this provides, developing lifelong friendships and receiving on-going support and inspiration from staff who get to know them well and can make informed decisions about their progress and future.

The Royal primarily serves the local Wolverhampton area, as well as Shropshire, Staffordshire and the greater West Midlands. We also maintain our long-established boarding culture and have 112 boarding places taken up by students from more than 20 different nations and our vibrant international spirit that was identified as an ‘outstanding’ aspect of school life in our latest ISI report.

Many of The Royal’s core values date back to its history as an orphanage, founded in 1850 by local philanthropist and businessman, John Lees. As well as compassion and caring for others, it was his intention to help and support the most vulnerable in society and that ethos remains as strong today.

We currently have 1000 pupils in School made up of 540 Primary, 460 Secondary and 140 in Sixth Form. Future growth will be carefully managed to balance local demand with our continued commitment to keep class sizes smaller than most other state-funded schools in the region.

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