Bromsgrove Preparatory School

Worcestershire

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  • Category: Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 268 (Boys) 220 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 7 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1940

General Information

Bromsgrove Preparatory School’s philosophy is to encourage and help every pupil to achieve excellence. Pupils at Bromsgrove Preparatory School develop in a nurturing and secure environment where each pupil is known and treated as an individual.

Facilities

The school is set within its own 35 acre campus adjacent to Bromsgrove Senior School. Recent building programmes have included a new classroom block, dining hall, sports hall and a separate ADT / Science / ICT block. Pupils make extensive use of facilities at the Senior School. Extended day care from 7.30am to 7.30 pm and occasional boarding facility available. A brand new boarding house for 70 boys and girls aged 7 - 13 years has just been opened.

Entrance Requirements

11+: Entrance test. 9-11 Years interview and report.

Scholarships

11+: Academic and Music.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2018/2019. Day: £3880 - £5035 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £8080 - £9965 per term. Weekly Boarding: £5895 - £7130 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Jacqui Deval-Reed

Bromsgrove Preparatory School
Old Station Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B60 2BU

[t]: 01527 579600
[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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Bromsgrove Preparatory School independent day and boarding school Worcestershire

Young thespians from Bromsgrove Preparatory School staged two spellbinding performances to a packed Cobham Theatre at the School.

The calibre of acting, together with the staging

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and sets, exceeded any expectations of a preparatory school production. The hours of rehearsals, including a fight workshop by Stagefight had certainly developed well-trained, battle-ready, proficient actors.

Full of suspense and atmosphere, complete with Turkish Delight for an appreciative audience, the Year 7 and 8 pupils demonstrated outstanding skill, and their enjoyment of the production was evident for all to see.

Congratulations to Mr Woollhead, Head of Drama at Bromsgrove Prep School and his team, including the very professional pupil technical team backstage, who worked so hard and supported the pupils in this ambitious and thoroughly enjoyable piece of theatre.

Bromsgrove independent preparatory school Worcestershire

On Thursday 10th January, Bromsgrove School welcomed multi award-winning theatre company Spies Like Us to Cobham Theatre.

The cast of five actors performed their production of

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Woyzeck to the School after delivering a series of workshops to Drama students in Year 8 and 9. The cast were kind enough to talk to the audience after the performance and answer questions on their devising process and their approaches to developing an idea from the page to the stage.

Spies Like Us formed after working together as members of the Young Pleasance Theatre Company (the Youth theatre attached to the Pleasance in London) which takes groups of young people to Edinburgh every year to perform at the Fringe Festival for three weeks.  Their sell-out production of “Our Man in Havana” will tour the UK and Hong Kong later this year.

Charlie Woollhead, Head of Drama at Bromsgrove Prep School said “It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic the students were to work with an emerging theatre group. The students were extremely lucky to see such slick and detailed physical theatre storytelling. This will hopefully inspire the next generation of theatre makers to follow in their footsteps.”

Tim Norton, Director of Performing Arts at Bromsgrove said “An astonishingly sophisticated, highly skilled and lucidly clear adaptation of Buchner’s very difficult play held the young audience with rapt attention throughout the fifty-five minutes of performance.  It was a privilege to watch every member of the company create such enthusiasm within the Year 8 and 9 workshops, enabling the students to create their own physical theatre with such exuberance in a short space of time.” https://www.spieslikeustheatre.com/

 

Bromsgrove independent preparatory school Worcestershire

On Tuesday 8th January, Ice Maidens Sandy Hennis and Sophie Montagne enthralled Bromsgrove Prep School pupils with their experiences as part of the first female

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team to ski across the Antarctic continent coast to coast, using muscle power alone.

The intrepid explorers skied a total of 1,704 km, battling temperatures as low as – 56C and storms, with wind speeds in excess of 100 kph. Expecting their unsupported journey to take seventy-five days, they crossed the finish line on 20th January 2018, an astonishing fourteen days ahead of schedule. Their sixty-one day journey broke three world records, was featured on every news channel in the UK and has attracted publicity in Australia, South Africa, Norway and France. All team members are serving in the British Army; Sophie and Sandy are the two Army Reservists, allowing them to combine military training with their civilian careers.

Sandy and Sophie were able to emphasise to pupils the resilience that was needed and the teamwork required to achieve this remarkable feat. They shared the high and low points of the trip and achieved their mission to inspire the next generation of adventurers. They show that ordinary women can achieve something extraordinary with a little dose of self-belief, a bit of training and a lot of determination.

Pupils were asked “what is your Antarctica?” Based on their answers, the School is hopeful that it has inspired the next generation of explorers. The team were very generous with their time and allowed pupils to ask a wide range of questions and try on the gear that they had used for the expedition.

More information on the speakers and the expedition can be found on their website https://www.polarperform.co.uk/.

 

 

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Prep Pupil Qualifies for European Golf Championship

Congratulations to Bromsgrove Preparatory School pupil Lili-Rose Hunt who has qualified for the Junior European Open Golf Championship.

Lili-Rose, a Year 8 pupil at the School,

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is one of only 36 girls from across the UK and Europe to qualify for the final which is a five day event, to be held at the Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort in the South of Spain at the end of November.

The Junior European Open, first staged in 1993 and now in its 26th year, is widely considered as the toughest test in junior golf across Europe. Further information can be found at www.golforganiser.com.

The competition is sponsored by Sky Sports and will be televised in December.

Bromsgrove Prep independent day and boarding preparatory school Worcestershire

Around 300 pupils at Bromsgrove Preparatory School undertook some important first aid training for the British Heart Foundation’s national campaign Restart a Heart.

Organised and run

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by Bromsgrove parent and paramedic, Lady Sham Porter, the pupils were taught basic CPR using first aid dummies. Lady Porter was supported by Jeff Doak from the police service in the morning sessions and Dr Nick Crosbie during the afternoon.

The British Heart Foundation say that there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests across the UK which occur outside of hospital every year but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10. Without CPR the chances of surviving cardiac arrest are zero.

It is hoped that the basic training Bromsgrove’s pupils have been given will stay with them, and potentially save lives.

 

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove Preparatory School pupil Amber Fennell, who on 23rd September in Peer, Belgium, took the title of U12 Lowland Skiing Champion. The young

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skier raced against seventy-one U12 competitors from Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg and Denmark and Great Britain and was the fastest U12 ‘mini’.

Amber has been skiing competitively since the age of 8yrs. During the summer, the pupil took part in a number of ski races and won seventeen out of nineteen races.  She won the U12 category of the All England Championship and was fastest overall U12 competitor.  The talented young skier also won the GBR Indoor Series U12.  This is a series of five races and she won 1st place in all of them.

As for snowboarding – all of the competitions will take place over the winter. Amber’s snowboarding skills have proven to be transferable to wakeboarding and she was delighted to come first in the U11s British Cable Wakeboarding National Championships.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School Does 'Odd Socks Day'

Pupils at Bromsgrove Preparatory School held an ‘Odd Socks Day’ on 17th September in recognition of the fact that we are ‘all different, all equal.’

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This activity was part of the School’s Kindness Week.

Pupils learned about the importance of kindness, however small, and were encouraged to celebrate the kind acts of others by recording these on colourful paper socks, which have been displayed in the corridors around the School. Pupils were also each given a Kindness Policy, written by pupils in Year 8.

Some of the examples of kindness seen during the week were helping to carry bags, looking for lost items and including others in their playground games.

The participation from pupils and staff across the School was wonderful and they raised over £300 for Childline.

Mrs Sharon Lewis, Year 3 Teacher said “Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the acts of kindness displayed by our pupils and look forward to seeing such gestures continuing both within the School and the wider community”.

Bromsgrove independent preparatory day and boarding school Worcestershire

Congratulations to Bromsgrove Preparatory School pupil Lili-Rose Hunt, who won the Independent Schools’ Golf Association’s Radley Putter at Radley College, Oxfordshire on 9th September.  Lili-Rose

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played brilliantly to go around a tight, tricky course in a gross 75.

Year 8 pupil Lili-Rose first hit a golf ball at the age of four, has played for Worcestershire County Girls since she was ten and has qualified for European and World championships. Her home club is Droitwich who are very supportive.

Lili-Rose has had many golfing achievements over the last few years. To date in 2018, the young golfer  has won many championships which include Worcestershire Girls’ County Championship and Girls’ best gross at Kenilworth.  She was the highest placed English player (and 7th in the International field) at the U.S Kids’ Golf European Championship at Musselburgh on 29-31 May 2018 and 7th in the Adidas Wee Wonders Grand Final at St Andrews on 25/26 August 2018.  In addition, Lili-Rose is the only girl in Worcestershire to qualify for two consecutive years for England Golf’s Most Improved Golfer Competition.

Over the last twelve months, Lili-Rose has helped coach and train 4-11 year olds on a weekly basis.

Lili-Rose loves playing golf and is extremely competitive.  She was so proud to represent Bromsgrove School and win the tournament against such a very high quality field.

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Bromsgrove Preparatory pupil Freddie Slater has been selected as one of three drivers to represent the UK in the 2018 World Karting Championship in Le

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Mans during October. He will then travel to Las Vegas in November to race in the USA Super Nationals.

Freddie has been driving since he was 3 and his competitive racing started in the bambino category when he was 5. Having a very successful final year in the bambinos, Freddie won the British Open Championship – the most prestigious title in that age group.

Prior to each British Championship event, Freddie completes his practice at the same track. Locally, Freddie uses the Whilton Mill karting facility in Daventry where, after school, he gets extra practice to sharpen his skills. Freddie has also had a lot of success competing in America travelling all over Florida, Miami and Las Vegas and has managed to bring home a lot of silverware.

Freddie is the current leader of the National LGM series which means he is selected for the World Championships in Le Mans France. He also won the 2018 British Open Championship at the start of the year to also qualify for the big event.

To be selected for the international event is a great achievement for ten year old Freddie. At this age, he will be the youngest on the grid. Talking about the event, Freddie said “I’m really excited for the new challenge in a much faster kart, racing people from around the world”. The Le Mans circuit is very exciting for Freddie, since his favourite type of Motorsport is GT endurance racing.

Following the World Championships, Freddie and his younger brother Alfie who is in Year 4 of the Prep School will be heading to Las Vegas to take part in the USA super nationals. This will be Alfie’s first time competing abroad but with guidance from his older brother he is sure to learn fast.

 

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Prep Boy's Athletics at English school's National Cup Final

On Saturday 7th July, Bromsgrove Preparatory School Boys’ athletics team capped off a truly memorable year by representing ten counties from across the Midlands at

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the prestigious English Schools’ National Cup Final at Gateshead International Stadium.

The day could not have started any better when Louis Upton won his heat and came third overall in the 80 metre Hurdles and ran the fastest time ever by a Bromsgrovian in a national cup final. Billy McDonough ran the fastest time ever by a ‘B’ string hurdler and Louis and Billy amassed a staggering 52 points jointly in the hurdles. Next up was Sebastian Purvis who ran the race of his life and led for most of the first heat of the 1500 metres, to clock a huge new life time best performance of 4 minutes 47 seconds, coming fifth overall and third on the Prep School all time list and only two seconds off the Prep School record. William Hobbs also ran well in the 1500 metres and was close to his fastest time. Sebastian and William became the first Bromsgrovians ever to score over forty points jointly in the 1500 metres. Joe Morgan, Neil Cai, Morgan McKinley and the only Year 7 representative, Joe McLoughlin, all ran well in the 100 and 200 metres and Callum Wilkinson and William Brown both ran two big personal bests over 300 metres.

In the field events, many impressive performances were recorded, with the highlight being Harry Draper Barr winning the discus and breaking his own Prep School record. Zach Armstrong came third in the shot put, just 2cm short of his own school record. Fyodor Shaskin, who had shown great commitment to the team, flying back from Moscow the previous day, threw a big new life time best performance in the hammer, finishing third. Louis Upton also finished third in the javelin and equalled the Prep School record of 55 points in the competition for two events. Only two boys out of 168 from the twelve schools scored more points than Louis and they just scored one more point than him. Alex Ranger, despite carrying an injury, still managed to finish seventh in the javelin.

The above performances are right up there with some of the best performances ever recorded as a school in a National Cup Final. Many families rearranged their family holidays to enable the School to contest this national final a full week into the School’s holiday. When all the points had been tallied, Bromsgrove finished in 11th position as a team from an initial entry of 540 who contested the first round back in May. A huge well done to the entire team below: Louis Upton, Harry Draper Barr, Billy McDonough, Sebastian Purvis, William Brown, Joe McLoughlin, Joe Morgan, Morgan McKinley, Callum Wilkinson, Fyodor Shaskin, Zach Armstrong, Alex Ranger, William Hobbs, Neil Cai.

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Prep School Boys Create History at ESSA Track and Field Cup

On Friday 8th June at Tudor Grange, Bromsgrove School’s Year 8 Boys’ athletics team became Midlands Champions of the ESAA Track and Field Cup and

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will now contest the National Final in Gateshead on Saturday 7th July.

Bromsgrove will be one of only twelve schools from an entry of over five hundred who will contest the National Final. This is a fantastic achievement and the first time ever in the School’s history that the boys have qualified for the National Final two years in a row.

The day could not have started any better as Neil Cai and Fyodor Shaskin both threw new life time best performances in the hammer, scoring over fifty points between them. All of the track events were strong, with Cyrus Passman running a big personal best by five seconds in the 800 metres and Louis Upton scoring twenty-eight points in the 80 metres hurdles.

There were personal bests also for Morgan McKinley in the 200 metres, Thando Best in the 80 metres hurdles and Harry Draper-Barr in the 300 metres. Throwing events were incredibly strong, with Harry Draper-Barr breaking a twenty-one year old School record in the discus with his best thrown of 33.45 metres, scoring twenty-seven points.

Zach Armstong extended his own School record further in the shot, Louis Upton threw a life time best in the javelin of just under 34 metres and with Alexander Holroyd jumping a new personal best in the high jump, it was becoming inevitable that Bromsgrove would win the match. This is a very special achievement indeed and many congratulations to the team.

Well done to the Year 7 & 8 girls who amassed 354 points in total and came 3rd overall. An improvement from the County round by 12 points and many personal best scores contributed to this achievement.

The results are as follows:

1. Angelina Sanghera in the high jump 1.29m and 30.2 secs in the 200m

2. Chloe Reijmer 48.1 secs in the 300m and 1.32m in high jump

3. Ella Kershaw-Crombie 4.20m in the long jump and 5.42 mins in the 1500m

4. Sophia Meadows 5.55 mins in the 1500m

5. Louise Osborne 17.70m in the discus and 2.46mins in the 800m

6. Amellie Clare 20.20m in the javelin

7. Abigail Barker 13.5 secs in the 75m hurdles

8. Evie Derbyshire 17.42m in javelin and 14.8secs in the 100m

9. Laura Yong 29.4 secs in the 200m and 3.98m in the long jump

10. Jemima Vaughan-Hawkins 7.58m in shot and 3.03 mins in 800m

11. Issy Rusling 7.67m in shot and 14.7 secs in the 100m

12. Jessica Whitlock 14.7 secs in 75m hurdles

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Prep School Collaborate With Parkside Middle School On Art Project

Sarah Cheuk, Head of Art at Parkside Middle School and Victoria Barron, Head of Art at Bromsgrove Preparatory School, have been collaborating on a group

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Art project, with twenty-one Year 8 pupils at the two schools.

Using the theme ‘Sealife’, the pupils worked together to create a twenty piece ceramic tile display. The work featured at Bromsgrove’s Art Exhibition on Friday 15th June, and will be at Parkside during July. This collaborative artwork will then be on display at the Public Library, Bromsgrove Town Centre throughout the summer.

Commenting on the project, Bromsgrove’s Head of Art Victoria Barron said “The arts are best shared and enjoyed with others, which can start from the very basis of idea formation for a new project. The wonderful concepts that are generated within collaborative processes, always seem more exciting and relationships can form where they otherwise may not have. Both schools working together has been beneficial for us all and pupils from both our schools, enjoyed our regular group making sessions that we began in April this year. Using images from the sea, we all explored colour and texture, relaying fascinating and mysterious sea creatures that we need to look after in today’s environmentally challenging, throwaway plastic world. We learnt a lot from working with each other and our creative processes were enhanced through sharing practice. The ceramic results were absolutely beautiful and we could not be any more proud of all the pupils that were involved. We are looking forward to further projects in the future.”

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Prep - IAPS Netball Success

Bromsgrove Preparatory School is celebrating after three of its netball teams have made it through to the National Finals.

Recently, the U13, U12 and U11 netball

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teams travelled to Uppingham School for the IAPS Regional netball competition.

The U12 team played a round robin tournament with 6 other schools. The girls were crowned IAPS Regional Champions after a superb afternoon of netball where they didn’t lose a game.

The U13s were in one section of four groups. They came runners up in their group to make it through to the quarter finals against King’s Ely who were winners of section E. Bromsgrove played some brilliant netball to win 14-7 taking them through to the semi-finals against Spratton Hall. Working well as a team, they secured the victory 13-5 and a place in the final against St Olaves and were already through to National finals.

In the final, the girls were down 7 – 2 and were unable to recover in the second half, losing 16–5 which gave them Regional runners up silver medals. The U11s played 10 matches in total, winning 7 and losing just 3 to secure a place in the National finals. Congratulations to all.

Jenny Danks, Head of Girls’ PE and Games at the School said “We are delighted that this is the first time the School has reached the IAPS National netball finals with all three teams together. A total of 410 schools across the UK enter this competition so we are very proud to compete amongst the best teams in the country at the Basildon Sporting Village in Essex.

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove’s U13 Boys’ hockey team crowned ISHC National Champions

Tuesday 20th March will go down in Bromsgrove’s long and distinguished history as an epic one and possibly the finest hour for its Preparatory School’s

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U13 Boys’ hockey teams.

The U13A team travelled to play in the ISHC National Finals Day at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to five goals from Archie Greaves-Hall and one apiece from William Brown and Jack Warner, the team defeated Blundell’s School, Devon 7-2 in the Semi-Final.

The National Final saw the team drawn against Calday Grange Grammar School from the Wirral, who had knocked out the pre-tournament favourites and last year’s national champions, Whitgift School, Croydon, so they knew a tough task lay ahead.

Bromsgrove raced into a 3-0 lead following an excellent performance from the boys. A further four goals from Archie Graves Hall to add to his tally of nine in two games, two from Louis Upton and one apiece from Robbie Bayliss and William Brown sealed the win and the title of National Champions in a competition that is open to every school in England.

Individual mention has been given to the goal scorers, however, this was very much a superb, all round team effort from all nine boys involved. Congratulations to the squad: Henry Jones, Rafferty Gallagher, Henry Jinks, Jack Warner (captain), William Brown, Louis Upton, Archie Greaves-Hall, Billy McDonough and Robbie Bayliss.

U13B National IAPS Finals day

The U13A boys had also qualified for the National IAPS Finals day at Millfield School but because both national finals fell on the same day, the U13B team stepped up to the mark and travelled to the National IAPS Finals day.

The boys were truly amazing in the group matches and won two, drew two and lost just the one match to the Scottish Champions. This was against all other schools’ U13A teams.

The team opened its campaign with a 0-0 draw against King’s Hall. Following a 2-2 draw against The New Beacon and a superb second goal from Elliot Evans, the team then dispatched Bedford 1-0. Their only group defeat came against Graigclowan, going down 0-2 in a game where they had very little luck. Some great finishing resulted in a final 2-0 win in their last group game against Kingshott.

Bromsgrove came 3rd in the group, missing out on a Cup place by 1 point. Bromsgrove then entered the Plate competition. In a tight game against Parkside and 5 minutes of extra time, the team drew 0-0. Penalty shuffles resulted in a 0-2 reversal. In the final match v Gresham’s, a 1-1 draw led to a fatigued side losing 0-2 in penalty shuffles.

The team finished third in their group of six, only one point short of qualifying for the last eight. The boys competed admirably in the plate competition and had a ranking of 15th on the day out of the twenty-four participating teams.

The team consisted of Finlay Shaylor, Alex Holroyd, Harry Draper-Barr, Lochlann Mitchell, William Hobbs, Elliot Evans, George Lamb, Ayran Jagadish and Louis Heptinstall, with Cameron Owen putting in a real captain’s performance.

Bromsgrove Prep School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove’s U13 Boys’ hockey team qualifies for ISHC National Finals Day - the first time in the School’s history

Bromsgrove Preparatory School is celebrating after its U13 Boys’ hockey team has qualified for the Independent Schools’ Hockey Cup National Finals Day on Tuesday 13th

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March by defeating Bradford Grammar School 12-0 in the Quarter Finals.

The National Finals will take place at the University of Birmingham on Tuesday 20th March. This will involve four schools contesting two Semi-Finals, followed by the National Final match and the 3rd/4th place match. The School will have a guaranteed top four finish in a competition that is open to every school in England.

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