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Committing to excellence and cherishing BGS education

2018-04-06T10:06:38+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|
Some days are more emotional than others.
Today, right now to be honest, the sun is shining on BGS and the Governors Lawn outside my office, there’s a lot still to do and I’m both exhilarated and shattered. I know it isn’t just me.

Today our students achieved terrific A level exam results up on last year and two former pupils ten minutes ago won gold and silver medals in the triathlon at Rio 2016. How do I feel…? How do we all feel?

I’ll try to break it down.

The day began by celebrating a brilliant set of A level results, comprising 52% of all grades at A*A (down to 25.8 % nationally), 81% at A*AB and a 100% pass rate, that reflect the love of learning, honest graft and outstanding teaching that characterises our School. We have happy students at Bradford Grammar who connect with their teachers and this explains the many individual success stories and delighted families today – great news for our School, Bradford and the region.

Beyond the headline statistics it’s the personal stories that make us all so proud of our students. I’m not sure how many of us (mums and dads?) slept soundly last night as nerve ends jangled? But then the relief, smiles and hugs came at School this morning.

We embrace excellence and the fantastic life-changing qualifications that our Sixth Formers achieve on an annual basis have genuine currency. BGS adds value and was the top performing Yorkshire school at A level in 2015 according to the Yorkshire Post and this year our results have improved further. Additionally, it hasn’t just been at A level where we’ve seen great successes and improvements. Gary Woods our Assistant Head Curriculum writes:

“We were very pleased with our AS results too, a qualification which many of the country’s leading universities have stated that they are still keen to see students taking. 43% of all AS exams were awarded an A grade, an increase of 5% on last year’s figures, and this coming at a time when Ofqual, the government’s exam regulator, has warned of ‘volatility’ in AS results.

This puts our pupils in a very strong position as they enter their A level year and will ensure that their applications to the country’s best universities for some of the most demanding courses are very strong indeed. This very pleasing set of exam results once again reinforces Bradford Grammar School’s commitment to academic excellence and underlines the determination of our highly qualified and talented teaching staff to use a blend of traditional and innovative teaching methods to help our students be the very best that they can be.”

This continues to be a day to celebrate richly deserved academic success. But results are just part of the rounded education we provide. This summer our students have travelled to Australia to play netball, climbed mountains and undertaken project work in Borneo, benefited from outdoor leadership activities in the Yorkshire Dales with our cadet group and our rugby squads have just embarked on a tour to Romania.

A level results at Bradford Grammar are strong once again and really make a difference to our students who continue to get into their first choice universities, but we all know that school life should be more than a set of exam grades. It is this character building, broad education that we cherish and believe in at Bradford Grammar and we’ve seen it today exemplified in the grace that students have shown when collecting results irrespective of whether not they’ve achieved everything hoped for, or perhaps just missed out on that one top grade.

I’m immensely proud of them all.

Happily, the excellent A level grades collectively do justice to our Sixth Form class of 2016 and we wish them continued success as they embark on exciting futures at university, in apprenticeships and beyond.

And what does the future hold for our leavers? For two Old Bradfordians, Alistair and Johnny Brownlee whose incredible successes I am beginning to comprehend fully as I write these words … well … did they see this coming when they left BGS? We’ve all got a bit emotional here so I’ll keep it simple. Everyone at Bradford Grammar couldn’t be more delighted for these two incredible athletes who are a fantastic example to us all. (Well done, lads!).

So, the day has been full-on and it’s not over yet. But what a great day for Bradford Grammar School.

Some days are more emotional than others.

Today, right now to be honest, the sun is shining on BGS and the Governors Lawn outside my office, there’s a lot still to do and I’m both exhilarated and shattered. I know it isn’t just me.

Today our students achieved terrific A level exam results up on last year and two former pupils ten minutes ago won gold and silver medals in the triathlon at Rio 2016. How do I feel…? How do we all feel?

I’ll try to break it down.

The day began by celebrating a brilliant set of A level results, comprising 52% of all grades at A*A (down to 25.8 % nationally), 81% at A*AB and a 100% pass rate, that reflect the love of learning, honest graft and outstanding teaching that characterises our School. We have happy students at Bradford Grammar who connect with their teachers and this explains the many individual success stories and delighted families today – great news for our School, Bradford and the region.

Beyond the headline statistics it’s the personal stories that make us all so proud of our students. I’m not sure how many of us (mums and dads?) slept soundly last night as nerve ends jangled? But then the relief, smiles and hugs came at School this morning.

We embrace excellence and the fantastic life-changing qualifications that our Sixth Formers achieve on an annual basis have genuine currency. BGS adds value and was the top performing Yorkshire school at A level in 2015 according to the Yorkshire Post and this year our results have improved further. Additionally, it hasn’t just been at A level where we’ve seen great successes and improvements. Gary Woods our Assistant Head Curriculum writes:

“We were very pleased with our AS results too, a qualification which many of the country’s leading universities have stated that they are still keen to see students taking. 43% of all AS exams were awarded an A grade, an increase of 5% on last year’s figures, and this coming at a time when Ofqual, the government’s exam regulator, has warned of ‘volatility’ in AS results.

This puts our pupils in a very strong position as they enter their A level year and will ensure that their applications to the country’s best universities for some of the most demanding courses are very strong indeed. This very pleasing set of exam results once again reinforces Bradford Grammar School’s commitment to academic excellence and underlines the determination of our highly qualified and talented teaching staff to use a blend of traditional and innovative teaching methods to help our students be the very best that they can be.”

This continues to be a day to celebrate richly deserved academic success. But results are just part of the rounded education we provide. This summer our students have travelled to Australia to play netball, climbed mountains and undertaken project work in Borneo, benefited from outdoor leadership activities in the Yorkshire Dales with our cadet group and our rugby squads have just embarked on a tour to Romania.

A level results at Bradford Grammar are strong once again and really make a difference to our students who continue to get into their first choice universities, but we all know that school life should be more than a set of exam grades. It is this character building, broad education that we cherish and believe in at Bradford Grammar and we’ve seen it today exemplified in the grace that students have shown when collecting results irrespective of whether not they’ve achieved everything hoped for, or perhaps just missed out on that one top grade.

I’m immensely proud of them all.

Happily, the excellent A level grades collectively do justice to our Sixth Form class of 2016 and we wish them continued success as they embark on exciting futures at university, in apprenticeships and beyond.

And what does the future hold for our leavers? For two Old Bradfordians, Alistair and Johnny Brownlee whose incredible successes I am beginning to comprehend fully as I write these words … well … did they see this coming when they left BGS? We’ve all got a bit emotional here so I’ll keep it simple. Everyone at Bradford Grammar couldn’t be more delighted for these two incredible athletes who are a fantastic example to us all. (Well done, lads!).

So, the day has been full-on and it’s not over yet. But what a great day for Bradford Grammar School.

“Beyond the headline statistics it’s the personal stories that make us all so proud of our students.”

Simon Hinchliffe, Headmaster

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