Project Description

“Fundamentally, there is a feeling that the School is there to support you and your child; before BGS, I felt it was all on my shoulders, but here I know there is a helping hand if I have a concern or problem. My daughter’s education is not just confined to the classroom, and it brings great security knowing she is being helped to reach her potential and develop her interests.”

Meet Marcia Nattress

CURRENT PARENT

marcia nattress

Why did you choose Bradford Grammar School (BGS) for your child?

“I knew that BGS had a very good reputation and some close friends spoke positively about their children’s experience at the School. Looking round for the first time what reallystood out was the high standard of education on offer but in a very nurturing,happy environment. Yet, it was also disciplined and organised – this combination really appealed to me.

The children are settled and content, guided by their teachers who are natural educators, engaging them inside the classroom and beyond, giving them a chance to explore different interests.

The School makes a conscious effort to immerse itself in the important issues affecting young people’s lives such as mental health, peer pressure,and the use of social media. BGS is ahead of the game in offering support to pupils and parents on these matters not just through the curriculum but with its programme of events. The teachers are relaxed and warm in their approach, supporting parents by developing children socially, physically and emotionally. You feel a sense of this just by visiting the grounds. I felt welcome the first time I visited and continue to be welcomed at any time.

I have been very impressed by the ‘Spotlight on happiness’ campaign. As a current parent, raising awareness of this topic resonated with me a lot. BGS places huge value on the happiness of its students in a public campaign when it could have quite easily chosen to just highlight its academic excellence. This demonstrates the caring side of BGS, a side I’ve experienced.

What do you think BGS offers that sets it apart from other schools?

“I never fail to be impressed by the teachers at BGS – it is a vocation for them not a job.

They genuinely care for the children and always go that extra mile when there’s a school trip, event or concert. They meet the children where they are academically, socially and physically and nurture their talents to get the best out of them. They work together as a team, engendering parents’ trust.

There is good communication and easy access to support and advice. I also like the fact that the school is open and down to earth. All these things make BGS stand out from the crowd.

Fundamentally, there is a feeling that the School is there to support you and your child; before BGS, I felt it was all on my shoulders, but here I know there is a helping hand if I have a concern or problem. My daughter’s education is not just confined to the classroom, and it brings great security knowing she is being helped to reach her potential and develop her interests.

What does your child most enjoy about BGS?

“My daughter is happy and thriving.  She loves the variety and the fact that every day is different. Since starting BGS she is focused on her work and wants to learn.

Homework is very well set out and good feedback is given by teachers. Clara gets a lot of satisfaction seeing her progress. The School instils discipline while also encouraging pupils to explore the activities on offer outside the classroom, including lunchtime clubs – swimming, netball, orchestra, or visits to the library. The children work hard and play hard but there is no expectation to be good at everything. .

Clara is very keen on Design Technology and an example of a teacher going above and beyond is when Mr Smales,her DT teacher, finished adding screws to the door alarm she was making in the lesson but hadn’t quite completed. This meant the world to her and shows how kind the teachers are, putting the children first.

Clara loves all her involvement with music at school – in the lessons, in the special concerts and during the annual house music competition each year. She plays the piano and has just received a music award so is thrilled to be starting clarinet lessons. The School really encourages the arts; another thing that sets BGS apart.

What is lovely is seeing my daughter become more and more independent, something which BGS really encourages from the start. On her first day when the doors opened for her at lunchtime, she had so much choice with all the supervised activities during lunchtime.

How has attending BGS impacted on your child’s daily life?

“I would describe BGS as a place where your child is educated and developed in a caring culture and encouraged to do his or her best. It’s a dynamic school both in and out of lessons with an outward-facing focus.

What’s also great is that the School embraces diversity and prepares the child for the wider world. Clara is learning about life, community and other faiths and because BGS works closely with local charities and various organisations, she is understanding more about how she can make a difference in the world by being the best version of herself!

“I never fail to be impressed by the teachers at BGS – it is a vocation for them not a job.

They meet the children where they are academically, socially and physically and nurture their talents to get the best out of them.”

Marcia Nattress