As part of the celebrations for World Book Day, Bradford Grammar School ran various competitions and events throughout the day. The big event was, ‘guess the Fancy Dress’. Members of staff dressed up as their favourite fictional character for the day. Other events included ‘BGS must read books’ this was organised by Chatterbooks, a lunch time club that meets every Thursday. The English department also showed a number of film adaptations of books through lunchtime.
Bradford Grammar School was delighted to host a recent Engineering Lunch which was attended by Old Bradfordians, parents, former parents and others with strong associations to the school. The lunch provided an opportunity for students in the Sixth Form, who are hoping to pursue engineering careers to be able to network with distinguished individuals from a variety of engineering fields. To see photographs from the lunch click here.
Congratulations to the U16 boys who became Northern Schools Cross Country champions in Trafford, Greater Manchester. The whole team showed some very encouraging results but the stand out performance was from the U16 boys who won their event defeating perennial rivals Manchester Grammar, Ermysted's, and St Anselm's.
Emile Cairess was 1st, Oliver Daffern 5th, Max Duckett 10th and Pavandeep Sandhar 24th.
Emile in finishing first defeated the national 1500m champion and has obtained a "triple crown" by adding the Northern Schools title to earlier victories this year in the Yorkshire Championships, as well as the West Yorkshire Schools. To see photographs from the day click here
BGS old boy Jacob Rowan recently visited school to pass on some strength and conditioning tips to the current senior rugby players. Since leaving Bradford Grammar in 2008 Jacob has completed a first class degree in chemistry at Leeds University as well as captaining England to the U20 Rugby world cup. Now the club captain at Leeds Carnegie he kindly agreed to share some of the expertise he has gained in the professional game with the schools next generation of rugby talent. The former Bradford Grammar school head boy was also keen to remind the pupils of the hard work needed to balance rugby performance with academic excellence, something he has clearly upheld since leaving the school.
Bradford Grammar School recently made theatre history with a 75th anniversary staging of the neglected J B Priestley play, Johnson Over Jordan. The play was directed by English Teacher Lee Hanson, Chairman of the J B Priestley Society. It was a truly outstanding evening of entertainment with some inspirational performances. A retiring collection raised £420 for the ‘One in a Million’ charity a great result for a worthwhile charity to round off a memorable artistic endeavour. To see photographs from the production click here.
Bradford Grammar School pupil, Connor Bailey (age 15) of Keighley, has been selected to represent England in the Pan Celtic Cup Events later this year. This selection was based on his fantastic results last year. Connor has been selected for the K1 (kayak) and is also number one reserve for both C2 (double Canadian) and C1 (canoe). The Pan Celtic Cup is an international team competition between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Henry Paul recently visited school to share his knowledge and kick-start the senior rugby sevens season. The four time Hong Kong sevens winner caught up with Mr Galley and former teammate and Hong Kong winner Mr Scarbrough to share ideas, and put the BGS sevens squad through their paces. His knowledge on the game will undoubtedly help BGS players and staff to be more competitive this year throughout the five rugby sevens tournaments.
Congratulations to the U16 Girls team who played in the Zone Finals of the English Schools Team Table Tennis Championships in January. They played against county winners from Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The Girls won their competition defeating Wickersley Sports College 6-2 and Thomas Cranshawe 7-1. Well done to Hibah Mahmood, Sophie Yung, Maddy Silberberg and Hannah Chaudry. The girls now qualify for the Regional Finals (last 16) which will be held in Grantham on February 22nd.
Alasdair Glen has been named as one of the highest achieving Geography pupils of 2013. He received an Excellence Award from the Royal Geographical Society for his GCSE Geography paper. Excellence Awards are given to those pupils achieving the highest grades in their GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, International Baccalaureate and Pre-U examinations. Alasdair was delighted to add this to his 10 A* grades he earned last summer.
Bradford Grammar School is excited to announce the new appointment of Demy Dowley as a Hockey Coach. Demy who is the current Head Coach to the England Hockey National Age Groups Academy and a Centrally Contracted Coach for the England Hockey Board joined the BGS Sports department in January. She will be working three days a week coaching hockey.
Demy has worked with the England U16 and U18 girls’ squads over the last two seasons, winning a bronze medal in the European Championships last August.
Congratulations to Abby Mae Parkinson who recently won the Junior National Cyclo-Cross series winning every race in the junior section and fourth overall in the women’s section. At the recent Women’s National Cyclo Championships Abby was in an amazing third place overall and leading the junior’s race, but crashed on the final lap which allowed another junior to pass her and take the junior title. Abby still managed to finish in fourth in the women’s section and become runner up in the junior race. A fantastic season, well done.
The Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships took place at Lightwater Valley Park near Ripon on the 4 January. Emile Cairess ran an impressive race winning the under-17 race decisively. Following the race Emile was selected to represent Yorkshire at the UK CAU Inter Counties Championships in March. Sarah Dewhirst also had a good run finishing 29th in the U17 girl’s race.
The West Yorkshire Schools' Table Tennis Team Competition took place at Keighley Table Tennis Centre at the end of November. The U16 boys team of Fraser Riley, Miles Loney Max Orviss and Ed Philips became West Yorkshire champions after they defeated Beckfoot 8-0, Brooksbank 7-1 and GSAL 5-3. The GSAL game was very close with BGS 3-1 down after the first four matches, but the team pulled it back to win the last four games. They will join the U16 girls team and will both represent West Yorkshire in the next round of the English Schools' which will be held in January.
Congratulations to Hamzah Mushtaq and Vlad Neagu who were each awarded a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and technical design. This year there were 1371 applicants competing for just 371 scholarships
In September the team travelled to Kendal for the English Schools’ Fell Running Championships. On a sunny autumn day twelve BGS pupils tackled some very long and challenging climbs in the heart of the Lake District. Emile Cairess won the intermediate race. He also led the intermediate boys to another team victory this time resulting in Bradford Grammar School becoming English Schools’ Fell Running Champions.
An opportunity was provided for those pupils in the Years 12 and 13, who are hoping to pursue medical careers, to be able to attend the medical lunch held at school. The pupils were able to network with distinguished individuals from a variety of medical fields. The lunch was attended by Old Bradfordians, parents and others with strong associations to the school.
The Barnardo’s mentoring project is now in its third year at Bradford Grammar School and it is believed to be the only one in the country. The group meets every Thursday after school during term-time and is run by volunteers from Year 13 who help young people who care for an ill or disabled family member with homework, revision and school subjects they find difficult. The scheme ensures that the young carers, who often miss a lot of their education as they are caring for relatives, can achieve their potential. Previous young carers often say that the scheme has given them more confidence and the ability to be able to focus on academic achievement.
Philip Davies MP visit to school
On Friday 11 October Bradford Grammar School was delighted to welcome Philip Davies MP to the School to meet Sixth Form pupils and staff. He arrived at 1pm and had lunch with the Headmaster, staff and pupils. He then spoke to the Sixth Form A Level students studying A Level Politics and answered questions on local and topical issues.
The Future Talent Groups first annual creative writing competition saw teenagers from across the district compete to be named the district's top crime writer. The contest which was run in association with QED Foundation asked young people aged 14-17 to submit a piece of crime writing of up to 2,000 words. Sixth form student Saqib Butt did extremely well and was awarded second prize.
Bradford Grammar School is delighted to see so many of its pupils achieve outstanding results. This year 98% of the grades awarded were A*/A - C and over a third of grades awarded received the top mark of an A*. Kevin Riley, Headmaster said, ‘I am delighted to see the hard work of pupils and staff rewarded. Particularly those who gained the A*, it really does take a lot of hard work and effort by both the pupil and staff to achieve the highest mark possible. A fantastic set of results.’
Bradford Grammar School is delighted that A Level results have yet again exceeded the national averages by quite a way. Staff and pupils felt that, in some subjects, papers set this year were much harder than in previous years and are delighted that pupils have risen to the challenge. Over 40 pupils achieved A/A* in all of the examinations they sat and a number of pupils achieved 4 A*s.
In a return to its traditional place Speech Day at Bradford Grammar School was held at the end of term on 4 July at 2.30pm. This year’s speaker was Barnaby Lenon. Barnaby Lenon has had a distinguished career in education and currently serves as Chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), which represents over 1200 Independent Schools in the UK. He was Head Master of Harrow School from 1999 to 2011. Those pupils who had been selected for prizes for academic achievement as well as service to the community were presented with Amazon vouchers by Barnaby Lenon before he addressed the one thousand plus audience.
Wednesday 3rd July saw over 130 pupils involved in the Bradford Grammar Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics event. The event was attended by pupils in years 11 and 12, from Bradford Grammar, St Mary’s Menston and Bingley Grammar. Pupils were able to complete activities, provided by 12 different organisations, ranging from product design with Jaguar Land Rover to brain dissections with the University of Bradford. Pupils gained an insight into the range of career options available, as a result of studying scientific subjects at A level, and this will hopefully inform their choice of further work experience and degree options.
The whole school came together to support the Telegraph & Argus campaign to save the National Media Museum from closure and cuts. Every pupil and member of staff had the opportunity to sign the petition in school and hundreds of signatures were collected. The whole school gathered on the sports field and proclaimed their message of support using metre-high lettering.
Pre-season rugby training began early this year with a visit from former dual code rugby international Henry Paul. Henry had a successful rugby league career with Bradford Bulls before switching to rugby union and gaining selection for the England squad. Sixth Form rugby players were delighted to spend an afternoon hearing from Henry's wealth of experience and then putting it into practice with a training session.
After exams week the whole of First Year had a day free from lessons and walked from BGS to Ilkley. The pupils walked the twelve miles in various colourful outfits, fancy dress and even onesies. They raised money for Bradford BMX Bandits who earlier in the year had had their bikes stolen. To see photographs from the day click here
Following the huge success of our last three years entry into the Race for Life, Bradford Grammar School once again entered a team of 130 pupils, staff, parents and grandparents into the event held at Lister Park on Sunday 9 June. The school is hoping to raise over £1,000 for this worthy cause. Click here to see photographs from the day.
The annual Spring Fair organised by the Parents' Association was a huge success and raised an amazing £10,000. It was opened by our very own King Charles II (Mr Riley) as part of the350th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter celebrations. A Pageant of Junior School pupils transported him to school in a flotilla of ships to present the Charter to the Headmaster of 1662 Anthony Coates (Mr Gabriel). The Fair was a wonderful array of stalls, raffles, games, assault courses and food. The event was sponsored by Farnell Land Rover. To see a selection of photographs from the day Click here.
Connor Bailey is in the national junior kayaking slalom training squad for a second year running and ultimately wants to get on the Olympic development programme. Connor attends twelve training sessions a week at his club’s Wagon Lane waters, the school gym, the canal and Nottingham Whitewater Centre. At the age of 14 he is 8th in the country for the J16s and England and 3rd for the J15s. He competed in Germany in the Vajda Teen Cup and was Britain’s top Junior K1 entrant for his age group. To see photographs from the BGS Sailing and Kayaking Club Click Here
Jordon Murray is a world champion indoor percussionist. Jordan attended the WGI finals in Dayton, Ohio with Rhythm X . Not only did they win to become World Champions, they also achieved the highest score ever recorded, 98.263. Jordan is the first British person to compete with Rhythm X or at the WGI Finals making him the first ever British WGI World Champion. WGI is the world’s premier organisation that hosts competitions for winter guard and indoor percussion. To see the winning performance Click Here
A team of girls from the Lower Sixth have qualified for the national finals of the Young Investor Challenge, which is organised by the School of Finance and is regarded as the premier investment competition for UK students aged 14-19. Jacqueline Li, Rebecca Leavor, Katherine Foxton and Zainab Patel qualified for the regional final as a result of finishing the top team in the North of England. In the regional round they were quizzed on their knowledge of British and global financial events and after finishing in the top two teams now progress to the final of the competition which will be held in London.
On April 18th, four First Form pupils travelled to the University of Hull to compete in the Regional Final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee. Against 200 pupils from 32 other schools, Maryam Nisa, Katie Elmore, Zain Hussain and Aditya Anand each had to spell as many words in French or German as they could in one minute. All pupils performed well and put in an excellent effort. Zain reached the last five but just missed out on the nationals. Maryam finished in second place, an outstanding achievement and will now go on to represent BGS and Yorkshire at the National Final in Cambridge in July.
Third Form pupils enjoyed a rewarding and enriching day spent with faith leaders from various religions. The ‘Faiths in the City’ event involved faith communities opening a window into the world of their distinctive practices and beliefs through active workshops held around the school. The students worked with the faith leaders and produced performances which will be shown in school during a Thursday ‘special’ assembly.
The Cross Country Club returned to the Northern Schools Championships after a number of years of absence and acquitted themselves well. Sarah Dewhirst was the first ever female BGS individual winner taking the inter-girls title. Sarah is photographed with the rest of the intermediate girls’ team.
This year’s whole school production of the Queen themed musical We Will Rock You was performed over four days to a sell out audience and was one of the most energetic and colourful yet. Fabulous costumes, innovative set changes and vibrant lighting gave the talented and enthusiastic performers the back-drop they deserved. To see photographs from the performance click here
Matthew Chivers achieved gold at this year's English Indoor Rowing Championship by completing 2000 metres in 6 minutes and 38 seconds at the Manchester Velodrome, earning him first place in the Junior 16 category. He also achieved gold at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships which were held at the Lee Valley Stadium in North London on Friday 15 March. He came first out of 100 competitors from England, Wales and Scotland. He rowed 1798m in 6 minutes and was 11m ahead of the silver medallist.
The annual Netball Parents’ Association Fashion Show was another huge success. The Fashion Show sees pupils model outfits from a number of local boutiques. Former BBC presenter John Thirwell and his daughter Emily Evans-Thirwell, a television assistant producer, compered the evening. Proceeds will be split between Yorkshire cancer charity Candlelighters and funds for the junior and senior school netball tours.To see more photographs from the evening click here
Bradford Grammar School unveiled the new uniform at the annual charity fashion show. A group of pupils, staff and parents helped to choose the style and colours of the uniform, which also includes a new-look sports kit. They chose a Yorkshire supplier, Perry Uniform in Armley, Leeds and part of the clothing will be made using cloth produced in Bradford. The uniform will be rolled out in September. To see more photographs click here
Rory Macnab, Zander MacFarlane and Barney Vaughan represented the Northern IS Lambs in a match versus Sandal RUFC. They will now represent the Northern Lambs in a national tournament.
James Pinder, Isaac Green, Callum Manchester and Harry Sagar have been selected for the Yorkshire U15 rugby squad.
Sixth Form English Literature students were treated to a guest lecture from a world renowned expert on Renaissance Literature and culture. Professor Lisa Hopkins, of Sheffield Hallam University, spoke and answered questions on the life and work of John Ford and on the entire Renaissance period. Professor Hopkins is the author of numerous books; a co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association; and co-editor of the Continuum Renaissance Drama Series. Her visit was enjoyed by all students and she has agreed to become a regular visitor to BGS.
The Senior and Junior School staff and pupils were delighted to welcome back Olympic bronze medallist and current World Triathlon Champion Jonny Brownlee. Jonny received a rapturous welcome as he entered the Price Hall. He took part in question and answer sessions with pupils from both schools.