At Bradford Grammar School we believe that extra-curricular activities are as valuable to the development of the individual as are academic studies. For that reason we continue to have Wednesday afternoon as a time for activities. All pupils in the First to Third Forms must take part in something, although this becomes optional from the Fourth Form onwards. Pupils are able to choose from 53 clubs and societies, from climbing, 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. The Art and DT Clubs also enable pupils to continue with their interest without taking a formal examination in the subject. Bradford Grammar School offers an exciting programme of outdoor activities for pupils of all ages, interests and abilities.
Outdoor activities are important in broadening the experience of young people. They provide challenge and competition, and promote teamwork, skill, athleticism and a sense of personal achievement. The school has easy access to the Dales and the Lake District, which provide the ideal environment for outdoor activities such as fell walking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, sailing, the CCF and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Outdoor activities extend well beyond the local region. Ski parties visit Alpine resorts; there is an annual watersports trip to the Ardèche gorge; and for First Form pupils (age 11), there is a wonderful residential weekend each September with PGL. Outdoor activities are run by committed and experienced teachers. Most activities take place on Wednesday afternoons; others are organised at weekends and during holidays. Many outdoor activities bring together pupils of different ages and create an environment in which informal relationships between staff and pupils flourish.