History

The Windsor Boys’ School has been at the forefront of educating boys (and occasionally girls) for over 100 years. Our tradition in preparing boys for the challenges of the world which they face has been sustained through many changes, which has seen the school evolve from the Windsor County Boys’ School, The Windsor Grammar School and now The Windsor Boys’ School.


The early years 1908 – 1921 (Mr G H Wade, Mr F Morrow)

The Windsor Boys School - History 1912-13The Windsor Boys School - History 1919

 1908 : ​School formed at Trinity Place


1921 - 1930 (Mr SR Gibson, Mr S Gammon)

1921 : ​​School house system initiated, named after LCJ Burnett, JR Lambdin, JA Ottrey and LF Woodland, boys who fell in the Great War.  Competition to design the new school crest for the prize of ‘Uno Animo’ won by N Bigden

​1922​ : School age rose to 18 for the more able boys

1923​​ : The first University scholarships were attained


The Fairhurst Years 1930-1958 (Mr H Fairhurst MBE)

The Windsor Boys School - History 1939The Windsor Boys School - History 1944

1939​​ : Creation of new school buildings and the move to Maidenhead Road site

1940 : ​​Clapham High School for Girls evacuated to Windsor County Boys’ School

1940 : The Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club was founded  by members of Eton Excelsior Rowing Club, in an attempt to keep their club active during the Second World War.

1950’s : The club had moved into its present boathouse on the River Thames, adjacent to the school’s playing fields.


1958-1977 (Mr GS Parker)

The Windsor Boys School - History 1958

The Windsor Boys School - History 1964

The Windsor Boys School - History 1968

1958​​ : School colours ties awarded, Prefect system set up with a School Captain, 1st XV rugby jersey re-designed, house prefect system introduced.

1960s : The success of the boatclub soared in the mid 1960s, with an eight competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.

 

1959 : ​​Four new houses initiated, named after OW’s who fell in the Second World War AW Allen, R Burgess, RJ Ford and KE Warwick

1962 : ​​Current ‘Geography block’ and assembly hall built

1964 : ​​ Field Marshall Viscount Slim K.G. opens new building

1976 : ​​Administration block and language buildings built


1977-1996 (Mr PA Blake OBE)

The Windsor Boys School - History 1981

 

1977​​ : First non-selective intake (Formation of The Windsor Boys’ School).

1988​​ : GCSE examinations introduced.

1992 : The Henley Royal Regatta instituted a race for Under-19 quadruple sculls, The Fawley Challenge Cup. Our record in this prestigious event is unrivaled by any other school club, with five consecutive wins to date (1994-98) and many other finals appearances.

1994 : ​​‘New Building’ housing Sports Hall, Drama Studios, Music rooms, ICT suites, 6th form area and the history department was opened by Her Majesty The Queen and rowing quad win 1st of 5 consecutive Fawley Challenge Cup titles at Henley Royal Regatta.

1995 : ​​All weather playing surface with floodlights opens on former 1st XV rugby pitch.

 


1997-2010 (Mr J.B. Dawkins)

The Windsor Boys School - Centenery Dinner - 01

The Windsor Boys School - Centenery Dinner - 02

2002 : The school became a specialist Arts College and a national leader in the provision of vocational education. The number of boys going on to University topped one hundred per year and the percentage of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE rose to over 90%. OFSTED deemed the school “outstanding” in all categories of its inspection.

2008 : During the 2008 - 2009 Season the Under-Eighteen Windsor Boys’ Quad was selected to represent England at the Home Countries International regatta.

2009 : ​School centenary celebrated with a series of events, culminating in a gala dinner.

 


2010 - 2013 (Mr T Willis, Mr J Clauson)

The Windsor Boys School - Coup de la Jeunesse - 2010

2010 : The school became a member of the International Boys’ School Coalition with many famous schools across the Globe. School offered International Baccalaureate for the first time.

2010 :  A Windsor Boys’ School rower was selected to represent Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse European Rowing Championship where he won both a bronze and gold medal.

2012 : The J16 quad won all three National Titles, qualifying to race at Henley Royal Regatta, following which they gained selection to the U16 Great Britain Team winning a gold medal.

 


2013 - Present (Mr G Henderson)

2013 : In July the J18 Quad reached the final at Henley Royal Regatta.

2015 : In March the school became an academy and formed the Windsor Learning Partnership with the Windsor Girls’ School.