Welcome from the Headteacher and Head Boy


John Hampden Grammar School is remarkable. We seek to give our young men the personal qualities as well as the qualifications to carve out their own bold paths into the future. As you would expect, a challenging academic education is at the heart of what we do. John Hampden is an outstanding school with exceptional academic success. But in a changing world our young men will need more. They will need character, spirit, resilience. They will need to lead, to inspire, to take responsibility. They will need to care, collaborate and create. This is what we mean by #BeMore at John Hampden. We support every individual to build these qualities necessary for happy, successful and fulfilled lives,  ‘Big lives’ as one of our students recently described it.  The all round education and values your son will receive at JHGS are embodied in our motto “Quit Ye Like Men.” 

Our exam results are excellent at GCSE and A level and place us amongst the top performing schools in the country. These results equip our students to succeed at the best Universities in Britain and abroad, to secure places on ultra competitive level 3 apprenticeships and even to set up their own companies upon leaving the Sixth Form.  Over 125 years ago JHGS was educating young men and women to work in the Wycombe Furniture Industry. Today, we maintain strong links with many local and global companies, preparing our students to succeed and lead in a rapidly changing global economy. Alongside the academic rigour of the taught curriculum the #BeMore campaign develops in the boys “soft skills” to succeed as a JHGS Learner and in the future world of work.

Our parents praise our commitment to genuinely caring for their son and believe it is what makes JHGS unique. The Pastoral Team at JHGS is outstanding and they will get to know your son and help him throughout his journey at JHGS. We are committed to building a strong partnership between home and school so that as parents you feel as much a part of the JHGS community as your son. 

With such an extensive extra curricular programme your son will make friends and have many opportunities to develop new skills and talents. I encourage you to read the sports page on the website to get a flavour of the sheer number of sports on offer and our teams’ achievements. Music is also strong at JHGS with a large number of music groups, termly concerts and an annual school production. As you would expect from intelligent and articulate young men debating and discussion are very popular and this is supported through the Pratchett Debating Society, Politicon and JHGSQT, and the Young Magistrates. Regular school visits here and abroad deepen understanding, widen horizons and create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

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JHGS is a forward thinking, innovative school which embraces technology to support and promote learning and personal development.  To further demonstrate our commitment to your son we have recently opened our new Design Technology studio and workshops, 2 new Science labs and in Autumn 2021 we will open our brand new £3.5m Innovation Hub of learning spaces and IT suites. 

We are proud of everything we do at JHGS but most of all we are proud of our students, your sons. They join us as young boys and leave us 7 years later as young men. They are inspirational. 


Miss Hartley


Head Boy Welcome

Head Boy 2020 2021 O ReedIn my time at John Hampden Grammar school, what has really stood out to me is the sense of community and the opportunities offered to its students. Whilst it seems obvious that students come into school to learn, what makes our school unique is the experiences that John Hampden provides which are essential in giving students the knowledge and confidence to take responsibility for their progress and to prepare for their future. This is highlighted in our school’s ethos ‘Quit Ye like Men’. Our school is not a factory that just produces great academic results, but it is a school with great success in sport, debating, scientific olympiads, acting, and even Masterchef competitions, to name a few. The variety the school offers is unlike any other and I believe that this allows students to have the best possible schooling experience and become the best version of themselves.

Personally, I have thrived off the opportunities provided by the school; whether it be representing the school in sport for ninety minutes on a football pitch, speaking in front of a few hundred students in the main hall or travelling to different areas of the world including France, Germany, Belgium, and Portugal, these opportunities have helped shape me into the person I am today. If students are willing to get involved in the school, (which I would highly encourage!), then they are certain to develop their leadership skills, self-confidence, emotional awareness, and leave school with a desire to make an impact on the world.

Students of John Hampden are encouraged at every opportunity to achieve their full potential by teachers who believe in arming them with the necessary skills to achieve their future aspirations, whatever this might be. Our teachers are specialists in their subject areas, but more importantly, they are passionate, and genuinely want nothing but the best for their students. I have yet to come across a teacher at John Hampden who doesn’t share this mentality. Although success is never guaranteed and it is likely that all student will face challenges (either in the classroom, trying to figure out why the rule of Pythagoras is so important, or in the personal lives), there is a well-developed support network in place to ensure that no student struggles alone.

I am immensely proud to be Head Boy and of the school; its high expectations, fantastic successes, and the work done to ensure students are prepared for adult life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in John Hampden and look forward to meeting you soon.

Kind regards,

Oliver Reed

Head Boy 2020-2021, on behalf of the Student Body