“The PE department at BGS is amazing. I’m grateful to all of my teachers – I loved my time at School.”
Meet Abby-Mae Parkinson
Cyclist Abby-Mae attended Bradford Grammar School from 2005 until 2014 and has recently been chosen for Team GB.
She called into School recently to tell us what she’s been up to and what she remembers from BGS…
“I started in Clock House in 2005 and clearly remember Mr and Mrs Reddish, who really got me into running initially. When I moved over to Senior School, it was Mr Lines who I went out running with a lot.
The PE department here is amazing. I love that everyone was, and still is, interested in what I’m up to. I always get Tweets from staff supporting me.
“It’s hard to highlight just a couple of teachers as there were so many who helped me, but Mr Hooper, Mr Hanson and Dr Shepherd stand out as being flexible and understanding of my other commitments.
However, I’m grateful to all of my teachers – I loved my time at BGS. I’m still in touch with my old classmates, but I’m hardly in the UK so it can be difficult sometimes. I keep in touch mainly through social media.
At A Level I did Geography, PE and Biology. The School put on PE A Level just for me and I took Biology as I was interested in physiotherapy, which I may still do in the future.
“Mr Wilde and Mr Galley would support me to find universities which had good physiotherapy courses, but of course my passion was cycling.
My biggest achievement was earlier this year when I rode the Giro Rosa—the biggest stage race for women—and I finished just outside the top 10 in the U23 category. I did the World’s and the European’s as a junior last year and I was national champion.
I’ve started with my new team, Drops, this year living in Nice and training out there.
“I’m also looking forward to improving my results and I hope to do the Tour de Yorkshire next year.
“I love that everyone was and still is interested in what I’m up to. I always get Tweets from staff supporting me.”