The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) is a leading co-educational independent school with 2,200 pupils aged three to 18. The Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form share a modern purpose-built school at Alwoodley Gates on the northern edge of Leeds. The Nursery and Pre-Prep, Rose Court, is based in Headingley.
GSAL started life as Leeds Grammar School in 1552, and today is the UK’s largest independent school following its merger with Leeds Girls’ High School in 2008. There are approximately 1500 pupils in Senior School, who learn under our ‘diamond model’ structure up to the age of 16, studying in single sex classes while benefiting from shared form time and extra-curricular activities.
GSAL is the top performing school in the Yorkshire and Humber region for the subjects making up the English Baccalaureate, with 85% of GSAL pupils achieving six passes at Grades A* to C in these subjects in 2013. Overall 69% of GCSE passes were at grades A* and A.
Our 2013 A-level results saw 65% of the cohort achieving ABB or above, the minimum entry requirement for many top universities, maintaining our students’ strong tradition of progressing to higher education at leading institutions.
As part of an all-round education at GSAL, we offer exceptional extracurricular opportunities and a lively house system, giving everyone the chance to develop their interests or try something new. The school promotes a strong sense of integrity, courtesy and social responsibility, with staff and students throughout the school active in charitable work locally and internationally. During the last 26 years the school’s Malawi Project has raised almost £300,000 for schools and community services in Malawi, and 348 pupils and 53 staff members have visited the country to give practical help.
Closer to home, all sixth form students give at least 25 hours of their time to our community service programme. Other initiatives designed to widen access to our school’s resources include a means-tested bursary scheme for senior school pupils and a school outreach programme through which pupils across the region participate in high quality cross-curricular activities.