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Bradford Grammar School

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Keighley Road Bradford West Yorkshire BD9 4JP United Kingdom
4th to Sixth Form


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I think that the academic side of Bradford Grammar School (BGS) was brilliant. The classes were small and friendly, the teachers very enthusiastic, and the quality of teaching on the whole very good. The Philosophy/Religious Studies classes were a little unimpressive compared to larger subjects such as Maths and Science. Whilst exam success was most definitely a huge priority, the school recognised the need for skill development. For example, we had a number of classes that were never examined (such as general studies). On the whole, my studies there gave me a good foundation to progress to university level, both socially and academically.

College Counseling

I was first encouraged to start thinking about my career options before I had done....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The usual admissions test happens when the child is 11 years old and tests Maths,....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Quality of life varies greatly depending on which year of the school you are in. Generally, school life improves dramatically after 16 when you are in sixth form, as you get much more independence and can be a lot more flexible with school clothing. There is a fantastic new sixth form centre which is beautiful and has seating areas, a small shop, a piano and so on. It is all very sociable. Ethnically, the school is quite diverse, perhaps reflecting the cultural diversity of Bradford, the city in which it is situated. The environment is lovely with big school grounds,....

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