John Willmott School is a very popular, oversubscribed comprehensive school (serving pupils between the age of 11 and 18) on the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham.
Founded in the name of Alderman John Willmott of Sutton Coldfield, John Willmott Grammar School (JWGS) was opened under the headship of Mr. Bill Roberts in 1958 as a co-educational Grammar School for 700 pupils. At the time of opening in 1959 the school building was award winning.
In 1974 it became a Comprehensive School, determined to maintain its excellent record of achievement. As the school continued to grow:
Our mission statement,"Potential into reality" sums up our main purpose as a school; to turn the potential of all our students into the reality that comes with reaching that potential. Potential alone means nothing. As a school we strive to work with all our young people, regardless of their ability levels, to support them in gaining the qualifications, skills and citizenship experiences to enable them to be successful in their chosen field.