Skip to main content

What says..

Parents are attracted by school’s academic reputation and those we spoke to were unanimous in their praise for teachers and teaching: ‘Absolutely amazing’, ‘We’re constantly surprised by...‘The standard of music, dance and drama is superb, it’s a real draw.’ Chess, art, book club, classics club, a thriving Model United Nations, Community Action, DofE, ‘Global Issues Network’ (BGS pupils are very green). Extended lunch break accommodates the ‘huge’ co-curricular programme...

Read review »

What the school says...

Inspirational teaching by high-calibre staff, a principle on which Bristol Grammar School (BGS) was founded in 1532, remains at the heart of our success today and affirms our reputation as one of the UK's great city schools.

We are a school that aims to help each child to develop a love of learning, inspired by the rich cultural and sporting life around them and motivated by a sense of self-worth and achievement. Pupils are given the opportunity to find out where their interests lie, as well as encouragement and motivation to explore where their strengths can lead them.

Our pupils are accountable for themselves, responsible for others and empowered to have a voice and a role in the many activities and endeavours that make BGS such a unique and exciting place.

We hope you will take up our warm invitation to visit the School. Prospective pupils and their families are always welcome.

Entrance examinations consist of: Age 10 & 11 - English writing, Verbal Reasoning and Problem Solving, including a reference from current school. Age 13 - English, mathematics, modern foreign language and Science, plus school reference. 16 - Interview on proposed subjects & attainment at GCSE.
...Read more

Do you know this school?

The schools we choose, and what we say about them, are founded on parents’ views. If you know this school, please share your views with us.

Please login to post a comment.


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Jaideep Barot MA MSc, previously deputy head (academic) at Marlborough College. Educated at Manchester Grammar, ‘I benefited from an assisted place,’ he went on to St John’s College, Cambridge to study natural sciences. Thence to Durham to do a master’s in elementary particle theory. Knew he wanted to teach but moved to London and after ten interviews found himself working in investment banking, as you do. While he was there a teacher he’d known from Manchester Grammar, now working at Westminster School, rang him to see if he would be interested in teaching physics there. ‘I spent my last year at Goldman Sachs knowing I was going to teach physics at Westminster.’ Says he loved Westminster’s ‘intellectual buzz’ and stayed for 10 years – last four as head of physics. Remained in...

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Bristol Grammar School welcomes young people with high academic ability and values individuality. We have many pupils with a variety of learning needs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Condition and we have experience of supporting pupils with hearing and/or visual impairments. Here at BGS we celebrate neurodiversity and our SEND pupils are supported within the classroom with expert teaching and via their Confidential Information Sheet (CIS). We have two specialist teachers who offer one-to-one tuition outside the classroom. All pupils at BGS are monitored closely and there are in house pre-assessments identifying any underlying learning needs along with whole year group screening tests. Staff receive SEND information about the pupils they teach, and their knowledge is updated through regular INSET. We hold regular parent meetings with the Head of Learning Support and evening events to support the parents/carers of pupils with SEND. Exam Access Arrangements are arranged for eligible pupils including extra time, use of a word processor and the use of a prompt.

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
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School Y
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 Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

Who came from where

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

☑ 30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
☑ Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
☑ Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
☑ Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

Buy Now

GSG Blog >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.