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“There is so much on offer and when a child has potential BGS realise that by coaxing it out of them into a reality” – Senior School parent
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. Rowing, debating, crafts, chess, languages …the list goes on.
With over 50 clubs and societies for pupils to explore, including those that will nurture their academic success, the opportunities for personal development truly are endless.
“BGS is all about opportunity and willingness from both staff and students to continuously celebrate success” – Sixth Form parent
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, activities such as hill-walking, camping, orienteering and climbing, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme broaden pupils’ horizons, encouraging their happiness and success.
Adventure-seeking pupils may also pursue expeditions to far flung destinations, giving them a chance to travel the world and experience different cultures.
View the BGS trip planner 2016 to 2020.
At Bradford Grammar School we offer all pupils from the age of 14 and above the opportunity to undertake Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The School offers Bronze and the Gold Awards and we actively support those who wish to do the Silver Award outside of School.
The Bronze Award
All pupils in Year 10 (age 14 and 15) undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award which takes 6-12 months to complete. It contains four sections:
All of these activities qualify towards The Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
The Gold Award
The Gold Duke of Edinburgh programme takes 18 months to complete and pupils must be at least 16. There are five sections to the Gold Award:
Bradford Grammar School operates a popular CCF contingent which includes both Army and RAF sections. Weekly training includes:
Each term the contingent attends a military weekend camp. They attend an annual training camp during July. RAF cadets also participate in flying and gliding at a RAF station.
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 low-key lunchtime recitals to high-profile whole school concerts.
Renowned musicians host workshops with pupils of all abilities, and we nurture aspiring pupils to show glimmers of excellence. Our talented choirs and orchestras perform locally and regionally and have toured European countries in recent years, launching emerging stars onto the world stage.
Pupils have opportunities to participate in musical performances by playing and singing in the School:
There are frequent School concerts throughout the year, as well as weekly recitals at lunchtimes. In recent years there have been School musical tours to Italy and Belgium.
Our list of distinguished former pupils includes the composers Frederick Delius and Harry Bramma.
Drama plays an important role in fostering a sense of community at BGS, giving children the opportunity to explore their identity through the arts. Some enjoy the thrill of performance, others find a talent for writing and directing, whilst many pupils love the technical challenges of lighting and set building.
Collaborating as a team, they contribute to the calibre of our drama in both the Senior School and Sixth Form. Our prestigious Hockney Theatre welcomes families, pupils and staff through its doors to witness the hard work and dedication of our Drama Department.
Theatre Visiting Club
Bradford Grammar School has a thriving Theatre Visiting Club with evening visits to venues such as:
We also visit other theatres in Leeds, Harrogate, York, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. We also try to organise trips to see former pupils in university productions.
By encouraging pupils of all ages and all talents to work together, drama has a pivotal role in building and maintaining a sense of community at Bradford Grammar School.
Pupils at Bradford Grammar School have a choice of over 50 societies which they can take part in. Just some of these 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 world-class coaching and facilities, including cricket and rugby pitches, a sports hall, three gyms, squash courts, all-weather tennis and netball courts and astroturf hockey pitch, 25-metre pool, climbing wall and 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 national and global stage, following in the footsteps of Olympic medal-winning alumni.
View our sports page here.