“We were so impressed when we visited the school and were shown around. It was more of a feeling I think, it seemed a very warm and encouraging environment. I would say we just sensed that the School seemed to be the right place for James and our other son Thomas.”
Meet Katherine Liu
Why did you choose Bradford Grammar School (BGS) Sixth Form for your children?
“We really thought it was the best for sports and academic excellence.
The Sports facilities and Music and Drama departments alone really stood out to us. Not only this, we knew it also had good pastoral care.
We wanted to make sure our kids were cared for in a happy environment and BGS prides itself on pastoral tracking. We were so impressed when we visited the School and were shown around. It was more of a feeling I think, it seemed a very warm and encouraging environment. I would say we just sensed that the School seemed to be the right place for James and our other son Thomas.
What do you think BGS offers that other schools don’t?
“Firstly it’s the choices that are on offer. My kids are involved mainly in sports and as I said it’s a fantastic school for sports.
I also think the opportunity for the pupils to travel is incredible.
Not only do they travel throughout Great Britain but also abroad. They’ve been on the Battlefield trips, a trip to Pompeii and a ski trip to Europe plus many more. The next trip is Romania so that’s very exciting. Not only does the School offer these trips but it encourages them to make the most of such opportunities and these things make you realise how much of an advantage they have at BGS. There are so many different choices for them.
How has attending BGS impacted on your child’s daily life?
“It’s definitely made James a more confident individual.
He plays a lot of rugby and tennis, so he’s part of a team and he gets lots of enjoyment out of that. Although this kind of confidence surpasses the playing field and he’s also getting more confident academically – he’s certainly looking to go onto university.
More than this he’s made so many friends and they’re a very close-knit group, so I can honestly say that he’s been extremely happy and he just loves Sixth Form. At BGS the students are given more independence and it’s tailored with small classes. I think this means they enjoy their time more with friends because they all look out for one another and encourage each other.
There’s also more relaxed relationship with teachers and they’re treated like adults, with mutual support and respect. My other son Thomas is just as happy and confident. He’s about to do his GCSE’s. I’m very proud of them both and I know that BGS has helped them along the way.
What would say to another parent who was thinking of sending their child to BGS?
“I would say to definitely consider it.
The range of activities and opportunities available to BGS pupils is fantastic, as is the academic excellence and pastoral care – I cannot say it enough. All you need to do is visit the School and you’ll see for yourself.
“I cannot say it enough. All you need to do is visit the School and you’ll see for yourself.”