Background and atmosphere
In addition to the Tudor Rose and the School’s coat of arms depicting the Warwickshire bear without chains, one can also read the dates 914, 1545 and 1958 that refer to the traditional date when Edward the Confessor founded the School, its reinstatement by Henry VIII and the visit of the Queen Mother when the School was once more in the ascendant, after a bad period. Warwick School moved to its present location beside the Avon in 1879. There is a fascinating archive room with the old photographs of school groups testifying to the pride the School feels when it comes to its past. The old building has “an Asian corner” where students coming from China live and are taken care of. The relationship between staff and students is that of mutual respect and friendliness. The School nurtures the underlying sense of well-being and community which extends to the town. Much is done for charity, which is thought of as an excellent way of combining the community spirit and the awareness of those less fortunate.
Academic work is a top priority at Warwick and is taken very seriously by most of the boys. The pace that is quite demanding for both staff members and students reaps some impressive results. There are twenty-six subjects offered for A level, and there has been a consistently high percentage of A* to B at this level (around 84 per cent). GCSE results for twenty-eight subjects on offer are amazing as well: A* to B grades have not dropped below 91 per cent in almost ten years.
Warwick has rather fascinating teaching facilities, but the School is especially proud of the new science building. The delightfully designed lecture theatre hosts talks from all disciplines from within and beyond the curriculum. The library counts more than 20, 000 books and is an invaluable centre for reference resources and information files as well as CDs, DVDs and now e-books and e-readers. At the moment, twenty-seven pupils with dyslexia and similar learning difficulties receive help from Warwick’s excellent support team.
Given the fact that Warwick is boys’ school, sport has a prominent role, but music and drama are just as important. In addition to the ever popular sport of rugby, hockey, cricket, swimming, tennis, athletics, rowing and pigeon shooting are also available. Facilities include a top rate swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, a sports hall and an indoor hockey pitch. There are five orchestras, three wind bands, three jazz bands, rock groups, quartets and much more at Warwick. The proximity to Stratford may account for the School’s high achievements in drama. Its productions have won awards at the National Student Drama Festival, the only school to have done so. Also, all students have a double period of art and design a week for the first three years and this allows them to go on to GCSE and beyond.
Structure of students
Students come from as far as Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Almost a half of the year’s intake comes from the Junior School and others mainly from local primary and prep schools. Parents are from a broad cross-section of society, mainly from professional working class. Some of the School’s notable former students are Ian Pears, Marc Elliott, Christian Horner, John Masefield and many more.
Pastoral care and discipline
The prevailing atmosphere at Warwick is that of friendliness and warmth. The welcome package, written by young students, is very informative, helpful and encouraging to the newcomers. The prefects do everything in their power to make sure that the boys are happily integrated and that consideration for others in maintained. The School has clear and thorough rules and guidelines, and despite their reputation for being approachable and understanding, the staff members insist that these need to be obeyed.
Entrance and exit
The school is selective, with a long waiting list. Apart from the strong academics, lively, quirky boys who have talents and are able to keep pace are given consideration and can be awarded places.
The majority stays at Warwick to do their A levels and almost all of them go to university. Apart from the usual academic subjects, some have recently gone on to read zoology, management with entrepreneurship, forensic science and architecture.