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Bromsgrove School, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 7DU
B61 7DU
01527 579679
1433, Upper sixth 200
£3375 -£4845 (Day), £6845-£10,395 (Boarding), £4990-£6915 (Weekly)
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Founded in 1553, a development of a medieval charity school and one of the founding schools of the HMC in 1869. Its site comprises 100 acres of beautiful grounds and very attractive buildings, near the centre of Bromsgrove and half an hour from both Birmingham and Stratford-on-Avon. It has strong links with Worcester College, Oxford, through an endowment by the founder of Worcester. Its modern facilities are excellent and there have been many major developments in recent years including a new library and resources centre, an art, design and technology building, humanities building, science facilities and boarding accommodation. A sense of family (in the Christian tradition) is regarded as of prime importance; the Chapel is in regular use. Originally a boys’ school, girls were first accepted in 1976 and it is now fully co-educational. The school provides a wide range of opportunities for its pupils and its well-organised pastoral system encourages pupils to identify and develop their talents to the full. Examination results are very good. Music, drama and art are all strong and well supported. There is considerable strength, too, in sports and games (a large number of representatives at county, regional and national level). Thirty or more clubs and activities cater for most extra-curricular activities. There is great emphasis on outdoor pursuits linked with a vigorous CCF contingent and a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Local community service is an important feature of the school life.


School Head:
Headmaster: Peter Clague, in post from 2014. Educated at University of Auckland and Massey University. Previously Executive Principal of Kristin School, New Zealand, Associate Deputy Headmaster at Wanganui Collegiate School, Deputy Headmaster at Mt Albert Grammar School. Teaching staff: 85 full time, 10 part time.
GCSE/iGCSE: 164 in fifth, 92% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects. A-levels: 188 in upper sixth, gaining an average final point score of 442.
98% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (some after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 3% took courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 16% in science and engineering, 65% in humanities and social sciences, 10% in art and design, 1% in sports. Others typically go on to art foundation courses or straight into careers.
Music: 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. On average, 10 take GCSE, 4 A-level. Some 20 musical groups including orchestra, wind bands, jazz bands, close harmony, instrumental ensembles, chapel choir, choral society. Biennial opera or musical. Drama: GCSE drama (30 pupils), AS-level performing arts (18) and A-level theatre studies may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school and house/other productions. Art and design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 16 A-level.
Some 20 sports available: major team games are rugby, hockey, cricket, cross-country and athletics (boys), hockey, netball, tennis and athletics (girls); also including swimming, squash, fencing, health-related fitness. GCSE, RLSS exams may be taken. Many outdoor activities including canoeing, sailing, climbing, sub-aqua; variety of expeditions. Also CCF (optional) and school’s own Bromsgrove Badge courses for younger pupils; Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (300+ participate); community service, first aid etc. Optional Saturday activity programme offers a range of recreational options, including academic extension lessons. Over 30 clubs, including debating, computing, riding, yoga, art of heraldry, sci-fi, young enterprise, clay-pigeon shooting.
Upper sixth and most of lower sixth have own study bedroom; 5th form in singles or doubles; 13-14 year-olds in dormitories of 4-6. Single-sex houses of 60-70; off-campus new mixed sixth form boarding house. Resident nurse, visiting doctor. Central dining room. Pupils can provide and cook snacks. No compulsory exeats. Visits to local town allowed, frequency depending on age.
is run by the Foundation Director, c/o the school.
Jonathan James-Moore (theatre producer); Ian Carmichael (actor); A E Houseman (poet); Charles Handy (business academic and writer); Digby Lord Jones of Birmingham; Nicholas Evans (author); Olivia Safe (opera singer); Lucilla Wright, Jennie Bimson (England hockey players).
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