Welcome to Townley Grammar School, an academically selective and socially responsible girls’ school with a co-educational Sixth Form.
Education should inspire students to value learning for its own sake: to take joy from the pursuit of ideas and the struggle to understand. Townley students learn in a stimulating environment where teachers understand how to challenge and where the range of extracurricular opportunities is vast and varied. The latest Ofsted judgement rates us as outstanding, we have been acknowledged with the London Excellence in Music Award and have been highly commended in the DfE Character Awards.
It is our responsibility to draw out our students’ talents, to extend their potential and to develop their personal qualities. Our school values resonate in everything we do; our vision is of leading a learning community fostering academic, emotional and physical confidence. We aim to cultivate resilience, courage and compassion; to enhance communication skills; to embrace creativity; and to promote a progressive and outward-looking mentality so that our students are well prepared to make a real difference in their community.
Hard work and dedication are essential for success and so is the development of a work ethic. Success in education as in sport is the result of successive small failures followed by ever increasing challenges. Our students know that everything worth achieving is outside their comfort zone. This learning challenge is what we term Scholastic Endeavour; our students are encouraged to engage in academic study at all levels. It is, in short, the capacity to be inspired to become the very best you can be.
Townley students learn ambition from the original meaning of the word - the Greek root ambit which means “wingspan”. Our girls are prepared to spread their wings, embracing opportunities and leading the world they enter. Outward-facing in all that we do, our focus on service, leadership and character education means that Townley students leave us fully prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century. In a world where there are no longer jobs for life and where change is faster than any of us could have imagined, we are preparing our students to navigate and shape the pathways they choose with confidence and creativity. We unashamedly put the wellbeing of our girls on an equal footing with their academic achievements and we are proud to develop intellectually curious, self-motivated and enthusiastic young women.
We run a comprehensive leadership programme for students, which sees them gain confidence, understand leadership styles and equips them to speak in public. Coupled with our focus on character education we facilitate an enviable curriculum offer. Townley promotes intellectual mobility through empowering students to think independently and apply the knowledge they gain within the classroom to the wider world. Our innovative curriculum embeds global perspectives, whilst exciting links with partner schools across the world facilitate opportunities for a wide array of international trips.
With such an education our girls have a duty to grow into young women who desire to improve the world for others; to be the change they wish to see. The girls learn to challenge and question as well as to listen to alternative views. It is why the lines from Tennyson’s poem Ulysses resonate with us -
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Head of School (BSc Hons)