Opportunities, Adventure & Challenge

At Watford Grammar School for Boys, an excellent education is about much more than academic success. Our aim is to continue to develop fully rounded young men by providing them the very best facilities and opportunities. We offer a wide range of activities and societies in which students are actively encouraged to participate. Some societies and activities are held jointly with Watford Grammar School for Girls and many are organised by the pupils themselves.


Music is a real strength at WBGS, and was singled out for praise in our recent Good Schools Guide report. The department is situated in the Clarendon Muse, our specialist and award-winning music centre, consisting of several classrooms, 24 sound-proofed practice rooms, a music technology suite and recording studio and a 200 seat auditorium.

A wide range of instrumental lessons is available as well as an annual programme of performances by the school's 15 musical groups and choirs. Each year pupils participate in the annual school music competition. Students can also make use of the school's recording studio to learn music production techniques.


More information on our music offering is available here


Productions take place in the James Theatre. The school puts on major productions every year, with other studio events directed by students. Technical expertise is provided by teams of students and staff.


The school's major sports are rugby, hockey, cricket, cross country, athletics and tennis. An ambitious programme of fixtures in these sports against the strongest school teams is organised annually. The school’s excellent sporting facilities, including the main field, New Field, all-weather pitches, a fully kitted out gym, and sports hall, provide ample opportunity for a variety of sporting and fitness activities. We offer coaching in badminton, table tennis, basketball, judo and fencing. Success and participation is fostered through competitions within school, and at county and even national level. We are proud to count several national-level rugby players among our alumni.


Click here for our dedicated sport website.

Travel and Adventure

The annual programme of trips and outings usually includes:

  • Biology and Geography Residential Courses
  • Battlefields Trips
  • French and German Exchanges
  • Sailing Trips
  • Classics Trips
  • Ski Trips
  • Sports Tours (Rugby to Canada, Australia and South Africa) (Hockey in India, Holland and Australia and Malaysia) (Cricket to Barbados)
  • World Challenge Expeditions (recently to Venezuela, Pakistan and Nepal, Argentina and Peru, Malawi and others)
  • Arvon residential creative writing course for Sixth Form English students and a number of UK based field courses and visits.


The annual school magazine, the Fullerian, is written and edited by our students and overseen by a staff editor. It gives many students their first chance to work on a professionally produced publication and also acts as a record of each year at the school. 

Charitable work

Each term students focus on a programme of charitable fundraising, run and initiated by the students themselves. Student volunteers also take part in a number of charity and community projects based at the school or nearby. These projects offer the opportunity to develop good leadership and citizenship skills and encourage individual achievement and the development of excellent interpersonal skills.

Careers guidance and business links

The school has a flourishing programme of careers guidance, and nurtures business links which help students to learn valuable business skills and provide opportunities for them to bring their academic skills to bear on the business world. In the Sixth Form the Young Engineers have been very successful in problem-solving activities in association with local companies. Indeed, they have won national competitions.