Congratulations to Liz Heard and Adam Atkinson who not only achieved gold and silver awards in the Biology Olympiad but who are both also celebrating OXBRIDGE offers. The British Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. In offering a wider syllabus than A-level, it allows gifted students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals and certificates.
The musical production of The Likes of Us was one of this terms highlights, as the school approached the end of spring term. The cast, orchestra and production team put on a spectacular show full of memorable songs and a dramatic story of one man’s dream to change the world. The Likes of Us was the first musical written by one of the world’s greatest musical partnerships, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It tells the story of the Life of Dr Thomas Barnardo, a man who was evangelical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic and whose crusade to rescue children living on the streets became world renowned. To see photographs from the performance click here.
Sixteen Year 12 pupils recently visited a Marie Curie hospice and spent the afternoon with a team of professionals who are involved in caring for terminally ill patients and supporting their families. The pupils had the opportunity to meet a ward manager, senior social worker, occupational therapist, consultant and pharmacist in attendance, and to look round the hospice. They gained an insight into how a hospice works, and were also able to find out more about a range of careers in this area. The pupils were hugely impressed by the remarkable work that Marie Curie do. Following their visit, two fundraising initiatives were organised in school to raise money for the Bradford hospice. Daffodils were sold and a raffle for a large Easter egg was also organised.
Joel will be departing with the National IS Lambs squad at the beginning of April to tour Zimbabwe, the 12 day tour will see them play 4 matches against representative sides, culminating in a match against the national age group team. This caps an outstanding season for Joel who represented Yorkshire U18s and also received the BGSRUFC Players Player Award at the annual presentation dinner.
Congratulations to Catriona Ford who following her audition has been offered a place in the Youth Music Theatre UK. Over 1500 children aged 11-21 auditioned from across the UK with just 300 places in the national production being offered. The rehearsals and the production take place in Plymouth over the summer and will combine music with dance and movement with specially created songs. Catriona will be rehearsing intensively with a team of top professionals. This is a fantastic achievement and opportunity.
Wednesday 26th March saw BGS Students, Parents and Staff taking part in a fun yet competitive event. All abilities and ages took part in what was a closely fought series of matches culminating in the “Broken Hockey Stick Trophy Match”. The “Broken Hockey Stick Trophy Match” saw a determined group of 1st XI/U16 Students play the Teachers. The Students exerted continual pressure from start to finish, but failed to score, produced an exciting game with the Teachers claiming the Trophy with a 2 - 0 victory. Thanks to Helen Boughton and Demy Dowley for organising the matches, for everyone who took part and the Parents Association for refreshments. To see photographs from the day click here
Bradford Grammar School has been celebrating success in the GCSE Physics Challenge. The competition aims to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists. The competition is designed to test understanding and problem solving skills. Participation allows pupils to have fun problem solving, testing their knowledge, seeing the real-world problem-solving potential of Physics, practising open-ended and unstructured questions, whilst gaining a prestigious award for CVs and UCAS forms and developing the skills required for admission to the top universities.
This year William Heard achieved a Gold Award and Matthew Bulmer Silver Award. A further nine pupils achieved a Bronze Award. In both William and Matthew’s case their academic success continues to be achieved alongside impressive involvement in non-academic extra-curricular activity. Both boys recently returned from the Rosslyn Park Sevens and will be on the senior development rugby tour to South Africa this summer.
Bradford Grammar School netballers have finished the season in style by taking the Bradford Schools’ netball tournaments by storm, winning at every level.
The tournaments ranging from U12 to U18 were hosted by Bradford Grammar over the netball season with over eight teams from across Bradford competing at each event. There were some excellent play and some very tight matches at all levels.
Of particular note for BGS were the U12s who fielded three teams and came out first and second and also the third team competed very well.
Photograph: U13A netball team after winning their exciting final.
Well done to Henry Macnab who has been selected for the Northern Independent Schools Lambs ISRFC. He represented the Lambs at the National Festival at Rugby School in March. The Independent Schools Rugby Football Club known as ‘The Lambs’ was set up in 2006 to provide representative rugby opportunities for talented young players.
Congratulation to both Jonathan Milner and Ciara Schlosshan who did very well at the final sprints weekend of the Yorkshire Swimming Championships. They both took gold in the 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke and both got silver in the 50 fly. Ciara also took gold in the 50 backstroke. Both swimmers are part of the City of Leeds training scheme and train seven times a week. It is great to see their hard work rewarded.
This years Chamber Concert was a lovely evening which showcased the highest calibre of musical talents. Central to the concert this year was the performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major Hob.Viib:1. Sixth Form pupil and Deputy Principle of the cello section of the National Youth Orchestra, Joanna Twaddle, was the soloist. She was accompanied by the newly formed school Chamber Orchestra and the evening also included performances by the smaller school ensembles. To see photographs from the evening click here.
Lower sixth form pupil Matthew Chivers returned from the English Indoor Rowing Championships held at the Manchester Velodrome with a gold medal. Matthew won the J18’s heavyweight title in 6 minutes 24 seconds, beating his nearest opponent by 4 seconds and improving his personal best speed by 6 seconds.
In partnership with Barnardo’s Young Carers Service, Bradford Grammar School’s Year 13 voluteers (age17-18) have attended a ‘Homework Club’ every Thursday after school, mentoring young careers in the city. The scheme is in its third year and its aim is to help young people who care for an ill or disabled family member with homework, revision and school subjects they find challenging. Bradford Grammar School was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for a community Involvement Award at the Telegraph and Argus Education Awards in March. Students have devoted considerable time, effort and care, whilst also preparing for their A’levels.
The annual Netball Parents’ Association Fashion Show was a fun and lively evening for all who took part or watched the event. Sixth Form students and Junior School pupils expertly modelled clothes from a number of local boutiques who supported the event. The money raised will be split between Teenage Cancer Trust and supporting the schools netball tours. To see photographs from the evening click here
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 lunchtime 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 School 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 BGS 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.