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Staff, students and parents speak of 'tremendous ethos of achievement in the school' and are glad that 'achievement in any field is celebrated'. Teachers seen as cheerful, positive, busy, enthusiastic, with some described as 'extraordinary,' 'fabulous' and 'inspiring'. Parents in awe of way school is organised. 'I've not heard of anything poorly run or poorly delivered.' Males still in majority but most students, staff and parents agree 'it has never felt an overly boys' school...

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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. Students 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 students 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, VR & non-VR including a school report. Age 13 - English, mathematics, modern foreign language and reasoning, plus school reference and interview. 16 - Interview on proposed subjects & attainment at GCSE.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2008, Roderick MacKinnon Bsc PGCE (50s). Educated at Aylesbury Grammar School before reading engineering at Leicester University. Became a captain in the Royal Artillery. Science teacher at the Minster School, Southwell; head of physics at Tiffin Girls'; deputy head at Colchester Royal Grammar School. Head for 13 years at Bexley Grammar School before making switch to the independent sector at BGS. Families admire his deep interest in, and commitment to, children's lives.

Having 'inherited a great school' with a long history, he has respected and fostered traditions while bringing in innovations, especially in the use of technology. He has strong and thoughtful views on education and approves of the new linear A levels, rather than modular system, which is 'an exam treadmill that takes time out of the cycle of...

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Special Education Needs

Bristol Grammar School caters for young people of high academic ability. We do have students with dyslexia and dyspraxia, and parents can employ a specialist teacher for one-to-one tuition outside the classroom. Other specific learning difficulties or other disabilities are assessed on an individual basis, with the school and parents working in partnership to meet, as far as possible, the needs of the student. Screening tests are used to help identify specific learning difficulties, and the school has a growing Learning Support Department. All staff receive SEN information about the students they teach, and their knowledge is updated through Inset courses.

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

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