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At Bradford Grammar School we believe that co-curricular activities are as valuable to the development of our pupils as academic studies.
Pupils can choose from over 50 clubs and societies, from rowing and orienteering, to war games, debating and chess.
Many of our departments also run clubs for pupils who would like to pursue an academic interest; the Chemistry Club and the Internet Club are examples. Our Art and Design Technology Clubs also enable pupils to focus on the interests they enjoy.
Bradford Grammar School offers an exciting programme of outdoor activities for pupils of all ages, interests and abilities.
To broaden the experiences of pupils, we offer many outdoor activities which are challenging and competitive. They encourage teamwork, skill and sometimes success.
The School has easy access to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District which provide the ideal environment for outdoor activities such as fell-walking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, sailing, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
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.
Outdoor activities extend well beyond the local region and are run by our experienced and committed teachers.
At Bradford Grammar School, sport is not just for those with exceptional ability. It has an important part to play in the physical and social development of all children and young people.
School teams frequently undertake tours, often to exotic locations. Such tours provide an unforgettable experience. The various sport parents’ associations work tirelessly to support and raise funds for these. Previous tour destinations have included:
Sport at Bradford Grammar School includes:
The aim of the Music Department at Bradford Grammar School is to foster and encourage young people to involve themselves as fully as possible in the musical life of the School. All students have the opportunity to study music, in all of its forms, at the very highest level.
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 brings together the diverse skills of large numbers of pupils. Some may be involved in lighting and set building; others in writing, dance and musical performance. We benefit from a Theatre Technician who co-ordinates production meetings and training sessions for pupils.
Our Hockney Theatre, complete with lighting and sound system, projection facilities and moveable seating, is an outstanding venue and the focus of dramatic performance in the School.
The Dramatic Society and drama clubs are constantly planning and rehearsing for their next production. They perform at least one major production every year, which brings together pupils from all year groups in the school.
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: