When Sir John Bayley founded Wrekin College in 1880, he wanted to establish a school which would be different. In particular, he said "the danger of any school is that of falling into a narrow groove of teaching all children as though they were turned out by Mother Nature in stereotyped fashion, of failing to realise that any successful school is one where each pupil receives individual attention". This has been Wrekin's philosophy ever since, and the Independent Schools Inspectorate noted in its last full inspection "the school provides warm and special pastoral care and treats the young as individuals".
Wrekin College was one of the first schools of its type to become coeducational, and girls were admitted in 1975. Co-education came about because of the belief in its educational merits, rather than economic necessity, and Wrekin has now been coeducational for a generation.
Another major development came in 1994 when Lancaster House was opened to cater for an intake of 11 year old pupils.
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