Our ethos and values

The Grammar School at Leeds is a place of learning and success in all areas – academically, in wider co-curricular life and in personal relationships. Students flourish in an ambitious and aspirational environment, but crucially they also enjoy a friendly and caring community. Every child is valued and supported by our dedicated team of staff to become confident, caring and resilient, capable of high achievement and able to rise to any challenge.

The school has a reputation, established over many centuries, for excellence in intellectual, physical and creative pursuits; respecting tradition yet encouraging innovation. Our students benefit from generous staff ratios that enable us to offer a rich and stimulating curriculum and a sensitive pastoral system. Students are aware of the importance of developing social skills, showing mutual respect for, and commitment to, each other and the wider community.

Why us?

Choosing a school is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent. The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) provides the perfect environment in which your child can develop both academically and socially. Some of the advantages of studying at GSAL include:

  • Unique diamond educational model (between the ages of 11 and 16 boys and girls are taught separately, yet benefit from the social aspects of co-education)
  • Leading school in Yorkshire for the English Baccalaureate
  • Department for Education progress description is “well above average” for value added between GCSE and A-level, placing GSAL in the top 4% of schools nationally
  • Outstanding record of students going on to study at a Russell Group university
  • Modern, purpose-designed campus provides an attractive and safe learning environment
  • Beautiful semi-rural, easily accessible location with well-managed grounds
  • Extensive facilities
  • Opportunities to compete and develop in all areas of the curriculum

Value added

In 2018 the school was placed in the top 10% nationally for adding value at A-level, according to data produced by the Advanced Level Performance System (ALPS), a national provider of value added analysis.  Both our internal tracking and analysis of our examination results by external bodies confirms our excellent performance – and our value added at GCSE is even better!

The following video explains the importance of ‘value added’ and how it can help students exceed expectations.



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