John Hampden Grammar School

Welcome from the Headteacher and the Head Boy


The three words contained in our vision – Excellence, Ethos and Excitement -  underpin all that we aim to achieve at JHGS.

At JHGS your son will experience an outstanding education. Lessons will go far beyond the narrow confines of the exam syllabus to instil in your son a passion for the subject and a life-long love of learning. As the 21st century progresses it becomes more evident that knowledge is only one component of success and therefore at JHGS, through subject lessons and the extensive extra-curricular and enrichment programmes, we aim to equip our students with the range of skills to succeed in the ever-changing modern world. Leadership, problem solving, confidence, resilience, consideration, respectfulness; these are just some of the skills and qualities that JHGS students will have developed in their time with us.

Students, staff and parents present and past are proud to be part of the JHGS community. Our excellent pastoral system builds a sense of self-worth in each boy, mutual respect for each other and an appreciation of their responsibility to use their talents to make our school, the community and society a better place.

JHGS is an outstanding boys’ grammar school. Our exam results consistently place us amongst the top performing schools in the country especially in “value added” performance at A Level. After Sixth Form our young men will go on to study at the best universities in the country and then begin careers in many leading professions and occupations. Our co-curricular programme is excellent. We have an extensive sporting programme to cater for the wide-ranging interests of the boys and are rightly proud of the numerous sporting triumphs of our teams and individual students at local, national and international level.  The arts are an integral part of school life promoting creativity and providing a wonderful showcase for the boys’ talents. Regular school visits here and abroad deepen understanding, widen horizons and create friendships and memories that last a life time.

We are very proud of all that we do at JHGS and would be delighted to tell you more. Please look at our website and prospectus, come to our open evening or make an appointment to visit the school.

I look forward to meeting you.

Miss Tracey Hartley


When I first arrived at this school one thing really stood out for me, the community. John Hampden Grammar School is more than just a place where students come to learn, it’s where they come to thrive. I believe that our motto “Quit Ye Like Men” best embodies this. Our school is not solely about academic success, although we are very successful in that respect, nor is it limited to our sporting or musical successes. Instead, it is about nurturing students to truly become the best version of themselves so that they can become gentlemen in all respects, inside and outside of the classroom.

As a consequence of this, one of the most important parts of the John Hampden community is the teacher-pupil relationship. Throughout my entire time at the school I have yet to come across a teacher that isn't truly passionate about their subject, as well as being driven to help the pupils excel in it and develop a love for what they learn. Whilst this can’t always be achieved (for example, I doubt I will ever develop a love for integration in maths!), teachers help students to find what they are passionate about, enabling us to figure out what we want to do with our life post-John Hampden.

The school is incredibly well rounded; we host a variety of musical and theatre productions every year, as well as offering a wide variety of sports all of which can be taken to a high level within the school. This means if you join John Hampden you become part of something much bigger than just the school name. As a result of this, getting into this school is still something that I am immensely proud of, the same way that I am proud to be Head Boy. In the same way our new teachers and students are proud to become part of the school. I truly feel that no other school mixes academic success and personal success the same way that John Hampden does. All whilst providing a community to help everyone thrive and learn, giving students and teachers the passion and drive to do well in subjects and providing for the best possible schooling experience.

And so, as I finish my welcome, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for expressing an interest in John Hampden, and I look forward to meeting you very soon.

Jack Murzynowski

Head Boy on behalf of the Student Body