Tettenhall College is a non-selective independent, day and boarding school situated in the picturesque village of Tettenhall on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. It provides an exceptional pupil centred learning environment for boys and girls, with both day pupils and boarders mixing in an inclusive, vibrant community. The emphasis is on an education that develops the whole person both in and beyond the classroom with exceptional extracurricular opportunities that complement a rigorous academic environment.
Life skills and preparation for life beyond school are important elements of the educational offering here and this permeates from Nursery through to Sixth Form.
It is especially apparent in the new Sixth Form Centre with dedicated facilities for independent study and recreation to support older pupils in the transition to higher education and employment.
Academically, results are consistently high, especially for a non-selective school where there are children of all abilities. In 2017, over two thirds of Sixth Form pupils achieved top grades of A*, A or B while 50 per cent of the Year 11 pupils achieved nine or more GCSE A* to C grades; 27 per cent of all grades were at the top level of A*or A.
Pupils achieve beyond expectations both in the Preparatory School and the Senior School, and they leave as well-rounded, confident young adults ready to face the challenges ahead.
Many continue their education at top universities including Oxbridge, Bath and Warwick as well as gaining places at specialised institutions such as RADA or prestigious industrial placements with successful businesses.
The school runs an extensive extended day programme which challenges and stretches pupils in a wide range of opportunities thus giving them as broad and varied an education as possible. The wide variety of options and sports – from rock climbing to engineering, business enterprise to dance – ensures that everyone will find their niche and grow in confidence.
You can’t help but feel the buzz around the college when you visit as development plans come to fruition. There are new multi-purpose sports pitches, squash courts and study facilities as well as refurbished boarding houses; there’s a great deal going on here and the children are clearly genuinely very happy and enjoy being part of this growing community.
The school has come a long way since its foundation over 150 years ago by local industrialists, originally with 15 boys and a cow (to supply the boys with milk). Yet the traditional values and the wonderful historic setting remain the same. This is a secure and happy environment and pupils and staff are clearly proud of their school. There is a warm welcome for visitors, and the pupils’ confidence not only in themselves but in what they offer is infectious.
Age range: 2-18
Fees per term:
Day £2,360 - £4,492,
boarding £9,143 - £10,128
Headteacher: Mr David Williams