Bradford Girls’ Grammar School 布莱福德女子文理学校, Squire Lane, Bradford, West
Yorkshire BD9 6RB
Tel: 01274 545395 Fax: 01274 482595
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 809, Upper sixth 75
• Termly fees £1911–£2643
• Enquiries to the Headmistress. Applications to the Registrations Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1875, it is in an urban residential area near the city centre. The
school comprises fine, solid, well-equipped buildings and excellent up-to-date
facilities in 17 acres of pleasant grounds, playing fields and woodland. It has
its own sixth-form college on site. Its reputation is high and examination
results very good. Pupils are well motivated. Music and drama are especially
strong and sports and games are played to very high standards (many regional and
national representatives). A good range of activities include successful public
speaking and involvement in competitions such as Young Engineers and Young
Enterprise. It enjoys vigorous local community support as well as support from
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 809 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 563 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3–10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used. No
special skills or religious requirements. 20% of senior intake from state
schools (plus 5% to sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Bursaries available according to
need. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; music, dancing etc charged extra.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs L J Warrington, in post from 1987. Educated at Kesteven
& Sleaford High and Leeds University (physics and education). Previously Deputy
Head at the school.
Teaching staff: 66 full time, 31 part time. Annual turnover 5–10%.
Average age 35–40.
GCSE: On average 100 pupils in upper fifth; 98% gain at least grade C in
8+ subjects, 2% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (62 over 5 years).
A-levels: 80 in upper sixth; 20% pass in 4+ subjects, 78% in 3, 1% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 425.
University & college entrance 94% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (15% after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 12% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 26% in science & engineering, 62% in
humanities & social sciences. A few typically go on to HND courses, art colleges
or straight into careers eg building societies, management.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 GCSE subjects; 28+ AS/A-level
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (range 3–5), 3
or 4 at A-level; in addition, AS and A-level general studies an option. 50% take
science A-levels; 50% arts/humanities. Key skills integrated into sixth-form
courses and activities, with extra support for IT; development encouraged,
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish offered at GCSE,
AS and A-level. Regular exchanges to France, Germany, Japan and Spain.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum, eg physics and geography spreadsheets, classics
vocabulary exercises, art use drawing packages (to develop techniques and
styles). 138 computers for pupil use
(7 hours a day), most networked, including a school intranet, and many with
e-mail and internet access.
Music: Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 5 musical groups including 2 choirs, orchestra, flute
ensemble plus ad hoc chamber groups etc.
Drama: Drama offered at AS and A-level; ABRSM speech and drama exams may
be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school productions and some in
other productions. Pupils participate in public speaking competitions eg
Shakespeare on the Platform, Business and Professional Women’s Public Speaking.
Art & design: On average, 15–26 take GCSE, 1–2 AS-level, 5–10 A-level.
Design, textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Dance, gymnastics, swimming, hockey, netball, badminton, squash,
table tennis, volleyball, basketball, tennis, rounders, athletics, HRF
compulsory. Optional: aerobics, martial arts, sailing. Sixth form only: dry
skiing, canoeing, yoga. A-level PE, BAGA exams, community sports leaderships and
various coaching awards may be taken. National, regional and county
representatives in hockey and athletics; county squash and netball players.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional for 2 years at age 16. BBC Children in Need
appeal; link-up with special school for visually impaired, school for hearing
impaired; club sailing; outward bound-style activities. Up to 10 clubs, eg
modern languages, Christian Union, riding, debating; competitions eg Young
Engineers, Young Enterprise.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, President of School,
elected by school and staff. School Council.
Religion: Daily act of worship compulsory except in sixth form or unless
withdrawn by parents.
Social: Occasional careers conventions, debating society joint with other
schools. Organised trips including 1st year to outdoor pursuits centre;
exchanges with France, Germany, Japan and Spain; visits to Russia. Sixth form
only allowed to bring own car, bike or motorbike to school. Meals self-service.
School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
detention if there was no good reason; those caught smoking cannabis on the
premises could expect expulsion.res.