Bromsgrove School

Worcestershire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 444 (Boys) 288 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1553

General Information

Pupils come to Bromsgrove not just because A Level and International Baccalaureate are taught superbly, but because sport is phenomenal and the arts fizz. It’s a passionate place with a dash of pizzazz to boot. With over 500 full time boarders from the age of 7, life at Bromsgrove is exciting and challenging. The Saturday activity programme (we have no Exeat weekends) allows pupils to participate in a huge variety of extra-curricular activities.

Facilities

Bromsgrove Senior and Prep School lie in one hundred acres of grounds with grass pitches galore. A newly built sports arena big enough for eight badminton courts and with seating for 500 is of a national standard and this together with a refurbished indoor swimming pool, new dance studios, hospitality suite for post match teas and other functions sits alongside our existing sports facilities: two sports halls with climbing walls, two floodlit astroturfs, squash courts, tennis and netball courts, extensive grass pitches and a 400 metre running track (at the adjacent Ryland Centre). The superb Outdoor Education facility of Upton Warren is a mere five minute drive away, and there pupils can engage in a host of activities from sailing and kayaking to climbing and ropework.

The school has invested over £22 million in building and development since 1994 and recent additions include a £2.5 million Art, Design & Technology building, an impressive Library and resources centre and a campus-wide broadband ICT network providing over 500 PCs for pupil use. Bromsgrove has probably built more boarding houses in the last few years than any other School in the country. Two new girls’ boarding houses and a new Prep School boarding house were completed in 2012, two new Sixth Form wings in 2013 and two more boys’ houses have been fully refurbished. Academic results are outstanding and Bromsgrove now offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to A-Levels, pupils have a genuine choice.

Entrance Requirements

13+ : Entrance test. Sixth Form : GCSE results

Scholarships

11+:Academic, Music. 13+,16+:Academic, Music, Sport. Bursaries available for talent in sport, music, art, drama & all-round ability. Foundation scholarships for pupils living in the Bromsgrove area.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2016/2017. Day: £5140 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £11285 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7550 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Peter Clague

Contact for enquiries: Ms S Bussey

Bromsgrove School
Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B617DU

[t]: 01527 579679
[f]: 01527 576177
[w]: www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk

Location Description

Bromsgrove School is situated in the town of Bromsgrove, England and is set within 100 acres of grounds just out of the town itself. It is ideally located for local, national and international travel to/from the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas, Birmingham International Airport, London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Bromsgrove is also close to excellent road and rail links (the town has its own railway line), such as the M5 and M42 motorways and Birmingham train stations.

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School News

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire

Bromsgrove School’s ‘Chicken’ flew to the finish line on Wednesday 3rd May and was awarded first placed kit car at the Season Opener at Rockingham

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Raceway.

The Chicken was finally released after a winter of heavy modifications and development where it was put on a strict diet and lost at least 10kgs in weight; had a host of new aero parts fitted to create less drag and was treated to a new yellow powder coated frame.

The venue for its first race of the season was a team favourite and regular stomping ground for the car, Rockingham Raceway in Northampton. Thirty-seven teams attended the event with new Greenpower partners (and sponsors) BMW and Siemens. Since last season, the team has climbed yet again in the world standings from 49th to 28th overall and are now the 2nd fastest Kitcar on the planet!

The Chicken has been ranked as potentially the 4th fastest F24 car as numbers 1, 9 and 22 were out in force for the seasonal opener. With a dozen new team members in attendance, Bromsgrove had to make strategic driver choices for optimum performance during a race.

Rockingham is a daunting track and it surprised some of Bromsgrove’s students with the sheer vastness and size of the 1.47 mile circuit.

The team collected the trophy and medals at the end of the day and seemed to really enjoy all aspects of the race day experience. With a new sponsor in the pipeline, more modifications to work on and strategies to develop, Team Chicken will be the team to beat.

Mr Steve Broadbent, Teacher of Design Technology said “I would like to thank Mr Matthews and the team for their unflinching efforts on the day – Will Edwards, Scarlett Bond, Cameron Chance, Molly-Jo Sward, Nathan Summers, Hamish Sutherland, Alek Florov, Frankie McCaig, Champion Pongpaew, Luke Weller, Lucy Jenkins and Ellie Chan. I couldn’t be more proud”.

Bromsgrove School was saddened to hear of the death of Colin Dexter OBE, former Vice-President of the Housman Society, who died aged 86 on Tuesday,

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21st March. Mr Dexter reopened Bromsgrove’s Sixth Form boarding house, Housman Hall in 2006 in a special ceremony. At the time, Mr Dexter told attendees that he was honoured to be asked to formally open the building which was named after A.E. Housman, Classical Scholar and Poet, and an Alumnus of Bromsgrove School.

Colin Dexter is perhaps best known as a crime writer, and one of his novels was later made into the ITV series, Inspector Morse.

Our thoughts are with Mr Dexter’s family, his friends and members of the Housman Society at this time.

Bromsgrove Senior School Independent Worcestershire

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’ U15 netball team who were crowned National Cup Champions on Wednesday 22nd March.

In the first five minutes of the Final, Bromsgrove

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found themselves trailing 4-1 against Lingfield Notre Dame School. A slight change of tactics in Bromsgrove’s defence allowed them to take the lead however, and at quarter time the score was 16-9 in Bromsgrove’s favour. Bromsgrove continued to play with great intensity in the second quarter with numerous turn overs by Corey McGlynn in the position of goal defence and superb link up play by Kitty Luscombe, the captain, playing centre. At half time, the score was 33-14.

Bromsgrove continued to dominate on the court during the second half of the match and with outstanding shooting by Kate Morrice increased their lead further, resulting in an impressive 66-22 victory and the National Champions crown.

It was a marvellous team effort by Bromsgrove resulting in a much deserved win. Bromsgrove’s U15 team are now double national netball champions.

Results in the cup-

1st round beat RGS, Worcester 36-23

2nd round beat Wolverhampton Grammar School 50-6

3rd round beat Shrewsbury High School 35-19

4th round beat Bramcote School 48-19

Quarter finals- beat Berkhamsted 39-32

Semi final beat Woddhouse Grove School 55-37

Final beat Lingfield Notre Dame 66-22

Bromsgrove Senior School Independent Worcestershire

Congratulations to Bromsgrove’s U15 netball team who on 10th March triumphed in a tough match against the Grammar School, Leeds in the Independent Schools’ Final

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at Redbridge Sports Centre, Ilford. This was the first of two national finals the team have qualified for.

As expected, the match was a very closely fought affair. The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides taking the initiative during the first three quarters but the real drama was saved until the final quarter. Bromsgrove were leading by 6 goals at the start of this period, but determined play from Leeds saw them claw back the deficit and with 90 seconds to go, the score was tied 33-33. Bromsgrove then lost their captain to injury and with the ball in the hands of Leeds, they were favourites to win the title. A great interception, together with slick passing allowed Katie Morrice the space to shoot the winning goal with just 10 seconds left on the clock!

Well done to this outstanding team who are winners of the Independent Schools’ Cup and now National Champions!

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire

Bromsgrove Music department hosted a wonderful day of music making by Winterfold House School, Bromsgrove Prep and Senior Schools on Friday 24th February.

Twenty-three musicians formed

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into five quartets and a trio, working on a range of repertoire with members of our string teaching department. Rehearsals and coaching sessions took place all day, as pupils prepared for their performances at the informal concert in the Memorial Chapel at the end of the workshop. The concert included repertoire by Tartini, Handel, Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven, Elgar, Hook, Vivaldi and Corelli; all performed by the newly formed chamber groups, as well as the junior and senior string orchestras.

The string tutors opened the concert with the performance of a movement from Mozart’s Divertimento in F and the senior string orchestra gave a finale performance of two movements from Handel’s Organ Concerto ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ played on the organ Mr Knight.

Mrs Fiona Swadling from Bromsgrove Music department said “The String Chamber day was a huge success, it was such an inspiring day for pupils and tutors alike. All day the music department was a hive of activity, with sounds of string playing coming from virtually every room. The concert was a particularly special moment in the day and pupils produced some wonderful performances”.

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On 9th February, Bromsgrove Drama department welcomed Didi Hopkins, the country’s foremost practitioner of Commedia.

Didi worked with over 50 Drama students in 4 sessions from

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Year 9 to the Upper 6th form, training them in the use of masks, the creation of character and improvisation. Didi is regularly in demand as a Commedia adviser to the RSC and the National Theatre and worked closely with Richard Bean on the international award-winning “One Man Two Governors”. Assisting Didi in creating short improvised performances with the students was also Elliott Ross, an actor who appeared with the RSC last year and a specialist in clowning and physical theatre.

Commedia Del ‘Arte or ‘the comedy of the artisan’ emerged ‘fully formed’ in the middle of the 16th Century – some say in Venice or Bologna but it was just as likely to have developed in any Italian town which had a square or market place. It was the first truly professional theatre and combined the physical skills of the street performer – tumbling, acrobatics, juggling, with the plots and characters of Classical Roman comedy and the prose writings of the Renaissance.

Its essence lies in the hierachy of its stock characters from the powerful Magnifico to the lowly, bumbling servant, Zanni. Performances were improvised around very tightly rehearsed ‘lazzi’ or ‘routines’ that could be physical, verbal and musical in style. Some characters were always played in a particular mask but others were unmasked.

Although in its purest form it is rarely seen performed in Britain today, there are still a number of professional troupes working in Italy and France. Its influences in theatre and performance are absolutely everywhere, however. Manuel the waiter in Fawlty Towers is an archetypal ‘Zanni’ figure, Darth Vader an all-powerful Magnifico.

Training in Commedia is not only of enormous benefit to an actor, developing highly complex physical skills and the ability to connect quickly and effectively with an audience, but it is now increasingly being used as a business tool in companies across Europe to train executives to think quickly and creatively ‘on their feet’.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire

Talented pianist, Jude Wynter of Bromsgrove School was awarded first prize in the final of The Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform on Saturday 11th February.

Jude, who

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has been playing piano for 8 years beat off fierce competition in the Senior category of the competition for musicians aged 14-17 yrs.

Well done also to Joshua Osborn-Patel who competed in the preliminary rounds of the competition.

Jude gave a polished performance of Nocturne in D flat minor op.27 no 2 by Chopin and Menuet Antique by Ravel. The adjudicators noted that Jude’s playing was accomplished and delivered with passion.

Mrs Monica Toso, Chairman of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform said “The standard of technical ability and individual interpretation by each of the ten finalists in the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform 2017 was of the highest standard and in many cases surpassed their actual age. Those in the audience expressed the view that they felt privileged to have listened to such amazing talent.”

The Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform is open to all those who are at school or resident in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The junior section is for those aged 9-13 and Seniors aged 14-17. It is hoped that one day the success of the

competition will lead it into the realm of being a national opportunity for young musicians.

The finalists of the competition were selected on merit by the distinguished Adjudicators. All competitors will be awarded certificates of commendation, however, the two best performances from each section will be granted financial bursaries paid to accredited providers enabling the winners to further develop their musical talent.

Prizes awarded were: £1,000 – Senior category

£ 750 – Junior category

Each category also has a second award of £400.

The Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (BIMC) was founded originally as a platform for young talented musicians in 1980 by Mary White, on the advice of Dr Donald Hunt, the then Artistic Director of the Bromsgrove Festival.

Many outstanding and talented young musicians have since taken part. Many of the winners and finalists have gone on to enjoy national and international fame. The competition is run by a trust, the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition, which is a registered charity (no.1155544). The competition is open to instrumentalists and pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 25 (28 for singers).

Now in its 37th year, the 2017 Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition will be held at Bromsgrove School from 4th – 8th April. Musicians from across the globe will battle it out during the preliminary rounds (4-7 April) in front of acclaimed adjudicators, Edmond Fivet CBE, Chairman of Adjudicators, the outstanding cellist Hannah Roberts and Andrew Zolinsky, Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music.

The BIMC Finalists’ Concert will take place on the evening of Saturday 8th April. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bromsgrovecompetition.com . There is free entry to the preliminary rounds of the competition.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire

Congratulations to Siena Horton from Bromsgrove School who, representing the GB Alpine Team has come 4th overall in the U16 Girls’ Slalom and 8th position

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in the Giant in the International Czech Ski Race.

Thirty-eight girls were in the race selected from 11 Nations. Team GB have been sending a team of 10 children for many years and last year, the best result recorded by a top year racer was 9th position.

Siena has been skiing since she was 3 yrs old and started her racing career when she was 10. Her next competition will be the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy 13-17th February. She will race all three disciplines, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G.

It’s one of her favourite race meetings in the calendar.

“My 2016/17 season hadn’t started so well”, said Siena “but luckily I’d had 5 perfect training days the week before in Austria and made huge improvements, thanks to my Coach Rob Bullen at Ambition Racing. It was my first race for the U16 GB Team and I’m bottom year so I’m over the moon with my results! I look forward to working hard next week when I return to Austria for the run-up to the English Alpine Championships”.

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Over 75 students from Bromsgrove School took part in an outstanding sell-out production of the outrageous 60’s musical “Hairspray” at The Artrix Centre last week

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leaving audiences, young and old, buzzing with excitement and appreciation.

Under the assured musical direction of James McKelvey and Fiona McCanliss, the band tackled this hugely difficult score with true professionalism in every aspect. Lucy McKee, as Director, brought together her 45-strong cast with confidence and style, to generate a true sense of ensemble on stage. Clare Lidbury turned what is essentially a non-stop dance show into a highly disciplined sequence of dazzling synchronised, sinuous movement. Coupled with the work of a highly trained student crew running all technical aspects of the production, this was a perfect example of how live performance really can bring together the many diverse talents of Bromsgrove’s students into a remarkable, cohesive whole.

Mr Tim Norton, Director of Performing Arts said “This was an incredibly strong ensemble piece, with stand-out performances that proved there are some extraordinary singers and actors at the School. Miles Rosbrook deserves high praise for the hundreds of hours he spent trapped inside both a vast flesh suit and a huge hairspray can to transform himself into the larger than-life Edna Turnblad, while the utterly breath-taking talents of Rachel Xuereb dominated Hairspray from the opening moments to the final note of each evening. In every way, Rachel seemed born to have played the role of Tracy Turnblad and we fully expect to see her taking the West End by storm in just a few years”.

While Bromsgrove school hopes in every way to maintain links with Artrix, we look forward to being able to stage productions of a similar high calibre in our very own new Performing Arts Centre from next September.

If this year’s main event is anything to go by, the future looks very bright for Performing Arts at Bromsgrove.

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On 24th, 25th & 26th January, forty-four 16-18 yr old Bromsgrove School pupils will be taking part in this truly international production encompassing students from

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America, Shanghai, Nigeria and local students from Bromsgrove and the surrounding area.

Set in 1962 at the height of racial segregation in Baltimore, can Tracy Turnblad with her big hair and an even bigger heart, defy prejudice and dance her way onto national TV and into the arms of Link Larkin? Or will the wicked Von Tussles get their mean-spirited way after all?

This amazing musical features the hit songs Welcome to the 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

Don’t miss this terrific feel-good show that will have you wanting to just dance, dance, dance in the aisles!

Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7pm.

£7.50

£5 – over 60s, students & under 16s

Read more at: http://www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-dance/hairspray-bromsgrove-school

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On Thursday 19th January, Google treated pupils at Bromsgrove School to an excited day of virtual reality supported learning.

Pupils from Yr 1 -11 went on

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expeditions to Antarctica & Iceland, biomes & volcanoes. They learned about eye anatomy, climate change, the solar system, wind, Martin Luther King, Golden Hills Energy, the Digestive System & Astronomy.

Google Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

A box arrives with everything needed to travel: a tablet for the teacher, Cardboard viewers

and phones for every student. Next, the teacher selects a destination and the entire classroom jumps there automatically.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society and the Palace of Versailles contributed to developing the curriculum for students.

These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas – 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds – annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.

Whilst nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, Expeditions provide an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning. Seeing the brilliant ways teachers integrate VR in their classes has taught us so much already.

About Google Cardboard viewer: Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard.

Cardboard allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience virtual reality. There have been more than 5 million Cardboard viewers shipped since we announced them in 2014.

Miss Emma Johnston, Digital Guide Coordinator and Teacher of Mathematics said “we were delighted to welcome Google to Bromsgrove School. The Expeditions Pioneer programme was outstanding. Our students were excited and engaged – whilst taking virtual reality learning to a whole new level”.

The Bromsgrove Prep Year 3 pupils enjoyed exploring Antarctica and getting up close to penguins and leopard seals whilst also learning about what Antarctica of the future will look like.

Photo: Mrs Sarah Grove, Harry Dakin, Rumer Evans and Sophia Moberley and Mr Chet Ladwa from Google.

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Six schools from the local area joined Bromsgrove Prep pupils (on 8 Dec) for an exciting day investigating Cyber Security.

As part of their introduction to

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the concept of Cyber Security, Year 7 pupils had to work against the clock to prevent a simulated cyber-attack. Groups of students were required to work as a team to decipher hidden messages, analyse evidence and decrypt files to identify the individual behind the attack.

Pupils used a variety of skills during the Festival in addition to visiting a sound editing suite to change the pitch and reverse a recording. The teamwork and buzz of excitement in the room was clearly visible. Congratulations to The Chantry School who were the winners in the morning sessions and Bromsgrove School who won the afternoon session, managing to crack the code, thus saving the world from a Cyberattack.

The Cyber Security Festival was run by the Tablet Academy and sponsored by The Cyber Security Challenge and was an excellent way for the students to learn the importance of Cyber Security, develop their skills to decipher encrypted messages and defend against cyberattacks.

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Bromsgrove School’s 1st netball team are celebrating after being crowned County Champions.

Following wins over Malvern College, King’s Worcester, RGS Worcester, Hanley Castle and

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Malvern St James, the team now goes on to represent Worcestershire in the West Midlands Finals in January 2017.

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A young Bromsgrove Hockey player has been selected for the England U16 hockey squad.

Esme Gibson, age 15 was picked during the Futures Cup, England Hockey’s

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player pathway for U16 and U18 girls and boys. Young players were selected from Regional Performance Centres to play in 4 representative teams (72 in total) at the Futures Cup. The tournament provides a challenging competition environment that supports player development allowing the players to develop their skills under pressure. Teams from England, Scotland and Wales compete to be crowned the Future Cup winners.

Training with the England squad will commence on 12th November and will be held at clubs across the country. Having played hockey since she was 5, Esme talked about her love of the sport “it is fun, keeps you fit and I have made lots of friends”.

Mr Ben Dudley, Director of Hockey at Bromsgrove said “We are all incredibly proud of Esme’s achievement at being selected for the England training squad. She has put a huge amount of time, effort and energy into improving her game and I am delighted it has all paid off.”

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove’s U13 Girls’ Hockey team who became County Champions this week.

In the group stage, the team beat The Chase 1–0 and Malvern St

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James 4–0 which took them through to a very close semi-final against RGS Worcester as Group 1 winners. Penalty strokes leading to very tense ‘sudden death’ strokes determined Bromsgrove as the winners, 3-2.

The team displayed great skills in the final against King’s Worcester and were in control throughout the match, with the final score 2–0 to Bromsgrove.

The team is now training for the Regional round which will be played after Christmas. Well played to: Lucy McLoughlin, Beth Lawson, Katie Murray, Hannah Lawson, Megan Langford, Izzy Jones, Anabel Crowder, Ellen Ashton, Katie Rolph and Natasha Malam.

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