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Working in collaboration with Star Institute we are pleased to offer the prestigious National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

The Royal School is a non-selective, non-denominational day and boarding Free School welcoming boys and girls aged 4-19 from all ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds. Our belief and success in developing the whole person alongside our core values of respect, trust, initiative, community and risk, ensure all pupils are able to access academic disciplines which are the passport to university and future careers.

Senior leaders play a critical part in developing and implementing all strategic and operational decisions at cross school and whole school level. As a key role model in the school, senior leaders must demonstrate collective responsibility, be at the operational sharp edge of change and effectively manage staff.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is the leading qualification for current or aspiring senior leaders. The programme tackles the challenges of leading across a school. On completion of our NPQSL, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive your school forward as part of a Senior Leadership Team.

We offer a unique programme with excellence, critical reflection and high quality school-based practice at its heart. Our tailored programme will ensure your learning is relevant to your needs and offer you the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders.


The NPQSL is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, an Assistant Headteacher, a Deputy Headteacher, or other senior staff at either Primary or Secondary level.

This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Director of a Teaching School Alliance (TSA).


To achieve the NPQSL qualification you’ll need to successfully complete:

  • Complete 6 study modules
  • Undertake a final assessment


The six NPQSL study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate. 

The six study modules you must complete are:

  1. Strategy and Improvement
  2. Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  3. Leading with Impact
  4. Working in Partnership
  5. Managing Resources and Risks
  6. Increasing Capability

As part of our commitment to build the research and development capacity in the school workforce, we also provide access to an optional Research Methods course. This short course provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and to the types of skills necessary for the planning, data gathering and dissemination stages of education-related research.


We know that having the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and share your experiences with peers is an important part of your learning. That’s why we offer 7 face-to-face leadership learning days.

Within these sessions, we build in dedicated time to support your preparation for Final Assessment. The face-to-face events are supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.


In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQSL final assessment.

You will be expected to lead an improvement programme across your school, lasting at least 2 terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.


12 months.


Information on future NPQSL and NPQML courses will be added in September, 2019.


The Royal School Wolverhampton, Penn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 0EG




Applications are now open. To register your interest, please call 01902 341 230, email or apply directly here

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Flexibility – we have packages available for flexi boarding which might suit busy families where both parents work late or where parents may want some time away.

3 night stays mid-week for £135

3 night weekend stay which includes an activity for £155

Single night £55

Routine – structured evenings including a supervised prep, evening activities and a good bedtime routine ensuring our boarders are well rested for the next day.

Enrichment – our boarding houses are incredibly diverse and act as an opportunity for boarders to experience cultures from all around the world. The nurturing environment helps them develop socially and helps prepare them for life after school.

Family – We have a strong family ethos here at The Royal School, strengthened by our fantastic and experienced staff and their own families including our much-loved Harry (4) and Thomas (1) who have all the boarders in the palm of their hands.

To find out more contact admissions