The School Environment
Junior School News
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Formative experiences are par for the course at Bradford Grammar School, complementing pupils’ academic studies to bring vibrant personalities to the fore.
We actively encourage pupils to partake in co-curricular activities, and set aside ample time for bright young minds to pursue their interests. Arts and crafts, baking, broad minds, chess, languages …the list goes on.
Engaging in such experiences allows our pupils to extend their learning beyond the classroom, and to explore their talents and abilities in a range of different settings.
“I enjoy the music concerts, Guitar Group and singing the most and I take part in all of the music activities” – Junior School pupil
Musical activities include:
Sports clubs include:
Exercise and happiness go hand in hand; we believe everyone should have the opportunity to seek out a sport they enjoy, regardless of their ability. Our School’s heritage of sporting excellence is underpinned by worldclass coaching and facilities, including grass and astroturf pitches, a sports hall and a 25-metre swimming pool.
As pupils’ sporting ambitions grow, the Senior School offers a wider range of facilities including three gyms and a boathouse on the beautiful River Aire at Saltaire. We inspire pupils to engage in sport, while giving rising stars the chance to compete on a regional stage following in the footsteps of our Olympic medal-winning alumni.
Other clubs range from dance and gymnastics to knitting, animation and Design Technology. Pupils even explore the great outdoors in our first residential trip away from home in Year 2 (ages 6 and 7). They find out how to be one of the team, while developing their own unique skills and talents.
“We strive to nurture the potential of every BGS pupil” – Junior School Teacher
Nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, and within striking distance of the Lake District, opportunities abound for outdoor visits and residential trips. Fostering teamwork and life skills, outdoor activities and trips encourage pupils’ happiness and confidence by working together with teachers and fellow classmates.
By broadening the horizons of our pupils, we aim to give them a thirst for adventure; something that they can explore further within the Senior School.
Click below for a flavour of the activities your child can expect to choose from.
Music flows through the heart of our School. We give every pupil the opportunity to immerse themselves in musical life, however they choose. Our year is packed with performances, from assemblies to whole school concerts. Renowned musicians host workshops with pupils of all abilities, and we nurture aspiring pupils to develop and showcase their talents. Our choir performs in the community at various public events.
Drama plays an important role in fostering a sense of community at the Junior School, giving children the opportunity to explore their identity and talents through the arts. From a young age, we encourage pupils to enjoy all aspects of the performing arts; acting, singing, dancing or writing.
Our prestigious Hockney Theatre, the Clock House Hall and the magnificent Price Hall welcome families, pupils and staff through their doors to witness the hard work and
dedication of our pupils.
Knit and Natter Club is run for pupils who want to be creative in a relaxed and friendly environment. The idea is that they will have fun knitting whilst making friends.
The Junior School is very proud to have its own Rock Band. The band rehearse each week and always feature in the annual Christmas and Spring concerts.
DT Club runs at lunchtime in the Junior School’s own DT room. A variety of year groups attend the club on different days to allow the activities to be tailored to the ages and abilities of the pupils attending.
Places in the Samba Band are always highly sought after as pupils love taking part in this rousing and lively activity.
Table Tennis Club runs all year round in the Sports Hall and pupils of all ages are welcome to participate.
Under the watchful eye of Mr Smith, our green fingered pupils enjoy sowing, planting and tending their crops. The Gardening Club has proved very popular with pupils who have transformed the Junior School grounds.
Anyone interested in all things literary will enjoy Chatterbooks Book Club. As well as reading and discussing a whole range of the newest and best in young fiction, we give presentations, watch film adaptations and work closely with the Library to ensure the best books are available to as many people as possible. We organise whole School celebrations such as World Book Day. We get involved in the most prestigious national competition by shadowing the Carnegie Award, meet with visiting authors, as well as host online interviews. Please click here to find out more about Chatterbooks.