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Bradford Grammar School

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Head says, ‘Our mission is to maintain a school that families can afford and which supports social mobility, as we did under the direct grant system.’ Skilful design marries the new to the old, maintaining traditions but providing 21st century facilities. The library is an architectural masterpiece, all clean lines and curved staircases with lots of intimate areas to encourage reading and study. With increased specialism from year 9 onwards the curriculum is broader than many other schools. Pupils love this. ‘We get to choose new subjects in year 9, that doesn’t happen in other schools, they really want us to...

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What the school says...

Bradford Grammar School is a selective co-educational day school. While we retain the traditional grammar school ethos, we are also forward-thinking and seek to combine the best of the old and the new. Our aim is to achieve excellence in all we do, both in academic and extra-curricular activities.

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Since 2016, Dr Simon Hinchliffe. Born in Rotherham and educated at Aston Comprehensive. First class degree in geography from Durham University was followed by PhD from University of St Andrews and a PGCE was from the University of Edinburgh. Began his teaching career at Wolverhampton Grammar School where he says, ‘I fell in love with secondary education.’ There he rose to be head of sixth form and completed an MEd in leadership and education with the Open University. He arrived at BGS in 2014 as deputy head.

We expected to find a stuffy hothouse doing things the way it always has. Far from it. Dr Hinchliffe acknowledges that in some respects the school did live up to that stereotype when he took over, but not now. ‘We have attended to...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Strategies Department boasts a range of different resources to support SEND pupils in their learning, including supporting their academic understanding, concentration and organisation. Where possible, we will offer tailored one-to-one or small group interventions to support/supplement learning in lessons. Our school library is central to Bradford Grammar’s inclusivity, with passionate staff who offer learning support, including the running of spelling-focused and reading interventions. The key objective of the department is to support pupils to thrive within the academic environment of Bradford Grammar School. As our pupils grow, we wish to help them take responsibility for their own learning and develop their independence and agency for life beyond school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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