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Wisbech Grammar School

In their own words

About Us

“On visiting for the first time, our immediate impression was of a school where pupils showed a real sense of purpose and where they were clearly enjoying their lessons and activities.”

This comment, by parents looking for a school, is typical of the feedback we are delighted to receive.

At Wisbech Grammar School we are proud of our past but are very much focused on the future. We believe that educational development is not simply confined to the classroom or laboratory, but can be found in the drama studio, sports fields and music rooms. We go beyond the narrow confines of exam specifications, giving an all-round educational experience from which every pupil can benefit.

The School has a fantastically talented teaching staff who develop a strong rapport with pupils, better enabling them to negotiate their own individual learning pathway.

The facilities on our 34-acre site are excellent and recent developments include;

  • School classrooms have been transformed with new designs based around Harkness tables. This is a method of teaching and learning that involves 12-14 pupils seated around a large oval table which encourages pupils to discuss ideas, work collaboratively and shifts the focus away from the more traditional, teacher at the front of the class, approach.

  • 6th Form pupils have a new 6th Form Centre which allows pupils to have a dedicated space for specialist 6th Form subjects, collaborative and silent working spaces, a lecture facility, plus a café and common room space all with the aim of supporting academic success at A-level.

  • The old 6th Form house has been transformed into a new International Boarding House for overseas pupils.

  • Science and Maths, Humanities, alongside and Creative Hubs have been established which will mean pupils benefit from having focused academic environment s that utilise the expertise of specialist teaching staff and resources.

The pages which follow give you a flavour of the School’s breadth of provision in the classroom as well as the wide range of sporting and cultural activities and the extensive variety of visits and foreign exchange trips on offer. They demonstrate the individual academic and pastoral support and encouragement we offer all pupils to develop those crucial life skills which will enable them to deal with the demands of many different situations both now and later in life.  Success at WGS is not simply measured by the grades received at GCSE and A-level but by the roles and lives our pupils make for themselves in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

To really experience all that is inspiring about Wisbech Grammar School, we encourage you to visit when we are in session. Please contact the Admissions Team to arrange a tour to meet both staff and pupils, or view the dates of our forthcoming Open Events.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Barney Rimmer


Entrance is assessed via CAT4 cognitive assessment, from GL.

CAT4 is one of, if not the most unique school assessment in circulation. Most children will not have encountered either the CAT4 question types or the format, previously. The good news is that the very specific nature of the exam, means that with effort and perseverance it is possible to achieve confident preparation for your CAT4 entrance exam.

CAT4 is broken into 4 broad categories:

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Spatial Reasoning

We have partnered with the test experts at Ready Steady Pass, to bring you the most accurate and best value CAT4 practise material for children between 6 and 13 years of age. The tests are prepared by specialist CAT4 writers and audited by AQA and EdExcel exam markers, and ISI independent school inspectors. Tests are taken online, include unlimited resits and emailed results including answer sheets to share with tutors and parents.

Click below to access our CAT4 page for more information

What questions can I expect?

Each of the 4 questions categories in CAT4 (which GL call "batteries") has two different question types, creating 8 mini exams.

Quantitative Reasoning assess numerical questions, with a focus on patterns and relationships:

  • Number Series questions involve identifying the missing number in a sequence.

  • Number Analogies questions are to do with spotting the relationships between pairs of numbers.

Verbal Reasoning asses the relationship between words:

  • The Verbal Classification battery focuses on word classes and word types.

  • Verbal Analogies questions identify the relationship between pairs of words.

Non-Verbal Reasoning looks at the relationship between shapes:

  • Figure Classification asks you to spot the relationship between a series of images and select the image that matches them.

  • Figure Matrices shows a pattern of shapes presented in a square, challenging us to choose the missing shape.

Spatial Reasoning is a particular kind of non-verbal reasoning:

  • Figure Recognition questions challenge us to find a hidden shape within an image.

  • Figure Analysis questions, sometimes called Folding questions, present the challenges of recognising unfolded paper that has been hole punched at a certain fold.

Click below to browse our CAT4 collection

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