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

2017/2018. Day: £5340 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £11950 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7925 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 dominates success at the County Tennis Championships

On Saturday 12th May, pupils from Bromsgrove School enjoyed an outstanding weekend of tennis success at the Hereford and Worcestershire LTA U14 and U16 Boys’

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and Girls’ County Doubles Tournament, held at Malvern College and Malvern St James.

In the U16 Girls’ Doubles, from a draw of ten pairs, the Bromsgrove pairing of Bobby Mekushina with Claudia Bullock won group 1 and Gemma Calthorpe with Maisie Hucker were runners up in group 2. This meant they met in the semi-final, with Bobby and Claudia winning and reaching the final. The final saw Milly and Lucy Short from King’s v Bobby and Claudia from Bromsgrove, with Bobby and Claudia winning the final 6-1. They were crowned Girls’ U16 Doubles County Champions.

In the U14 Girls’ Doubles, from a draw of nine pairs, the Bromsgrove pairing of Isabelle O’Connor with Lucy McLoughlin won group 1 and Anabel Crowder, with Isabelle Jones won group 2. Both pairs made it through to the final. Isabelle O’Conner and Lucy McLoughlin won the final 7-6 and were crowned Girls’ U14 Doubles County Champions.

In the U14 Boys’ Doubles, Bromsgrove reached the final which was Stuart Shannon with Cameron Owen v Sam Casidy and Sam Laider from The Downs, Malvern – Score 4-0

Stuart Shannon and Cameron Owen were crowned Boys’ U14 Doubles County Champions.

In the Scott Cup (Boys’ U18 Singles) from a draw of 16, three out of the four semi-finalists were players from Bromsgrove School. The final was Hans Barre-Schmidt (Malvern College) v Stuart Shannon (Bromsgrove). Stuart won 4-2, 5-3 in the final and he was crowned The Scott Cup U18 Boys’ Singles Winner.

In the Smyth Cup (Girls’ U18 Singles), from a draw of sixteen, all four semi-finalists were from Bromsgrove School. The final saw Georgie Jeynes-Cupper v Claudia Bullock who were both from Bromsgrove, with Georgie winning 4-1, 4-0 who was crowned The Smyth Cup U18 Girls’ Singles Winner.

Richard Lawton, Director of Tennis said “over the last four years, the tennis programme at Bromsgrove School has grown from strength to strength, resulting in success that has not been seen for 20 years. The School has won five out of a possible six trophies at the Hereford and Worcestershire County Championships, which is truly remarkable. We are all delighted with the fantastic performances by the pupils, especially Stuart, who not only won the U14 Doubles title but also the U18 Singles title, playing two age groups up! Congratulations to all!”

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Rowers Treated to Olympic Rowing Experience Day

Three rowing enthusiasts from Bromsgrove School were treated to an Olympic rowing experience day in Henley-on-Thames, home to the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday

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13th May. The experience was generously gifted to the School by Matthew Taylor, Foundation Trustee and Old Bromsgrovian (Walters, 1968-1973), and organised by Legacy 300 (http://www.legacy300.com/).

Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Matt Langridge gave the pupils a motivational talk about his rowing career, which was followed by a coaching session on the rowing machines by European Champion and Olympic Finalist,,Alan Sinclair.

The highlight of the day for the pupils was the chance to take to the water, rowing in three quadruple sculls with the addition of Rio 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist, Polly Swann.

Helen Popescu, boarding tutor at the School said “We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Matthew Taylor for his gift. It was a valuable experience for the pupils, whose enthusiasm for the sport was stimulated, in no small measure due to the gloriously sunny weather”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Makes Début for England Hockey U16s

Bromsgrove School pupil Siena Horton has made her début for England Hockey U16s at a three-day series of matches against U17 Ulster from 5th -7th

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May at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

England won 2-1 in their first match on Saturday 5th, and Siena was awarded Player of the Match. The following day, she was asked to captain the side. They went on to win 4-0 and again 4-1 on Monday 7th – a great result for the England side.

Siena has more training days with England throughout the months of May and June held in St Albans, and is hoping to be selected for either matches against Germany at Bisham Abbey at the end of June, or matches against Belgium in Belgium from 5-8 July. Ultimately, she is hoping to be included in the squad for the prestigious Six Nations event to be held this year in Cork, Ireland from 13-21 July.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Takes Silver at the World School Championships

Bromsgrove School swimmer Sam Osborne has taken silver in the 400m freestyle at the World School Championships in Morocco.

The ISF Gymnasiade 2018 held from 2nd

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-9th May is an Olympics for young people, organised by the International School Sport Federation whose motto is “Education through sport”.

Four thousand competitors from more than sixty countries competed in the 17th Gymnasiade and fourteen sports were represented.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Current Bromsgrove Student Named in England's 31-man Training Squad

Congratulations to current Bromsgrove School pupil Ollie Lawrence who was named in England’s 31-man Training Squad to train in Brighton w/c 14th May ahead of

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the England’s Quilter Cup match v Barbarians on 27th May in Twickenham.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Set to Represent England at Wadokai Karate World Championships

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s Freddie Draycott who will represent England in the Wadokai Karate World Championships in the UK in August. This will be the

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first time that the Championships have taken place outside Japan.

Freddie began training with Kombat Kids at the age of five. His training still takes place at his home club in Barnt Green. He now trains an additional three times a week in Walsall.

Freddie has competed at three European Championships held in Reading, Bruges and Sardinia respectively, winning a total of three Gold, four Silver and three Bronze medals.

There will be 650 athletes competing at the Championships from around the world, including a huge squad from Japan and North America.

Freddie is one of the few athletes selected to compete in both Kata and Kumite.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Professional Trumpeter gives Masterclass to Bromsgrove Brass Players

On Friday 11th May, brass players at Bromsgrove School were treated to a masterclass by professional trumpeter, James Thompson.

James was finishing three months of workshops

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around Europe before returning home to America where he is a Professor of trumpet at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He came to this position after having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

James McKelvey, Director of Music said “James worked with the Brass Group and four trumpeters; each of them worked hard to develop the new suggestions he’d made. We are indebted to James for his time and energy”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School Raise over £1100 for Primrose Hospice

Students from Bromsgrove School were delighted to present Anna Wilson from Primrose Hospice with a cheque for over £1100 on Thursday 10th May following their

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fundraising efforts through the charity’s Flourishing Fivers activity. In September, the hospice gave each of the students £5 and they have spent the year using their entrepreneurial skills to grow the initial investment.

Throughout the year, the students have attended trade fairs, hosted movie nights and had a Valentine’s Day rose sale amongst other events in order to achieve the impressive final sum. Four of the students have already expressed an interest in doing the activity again next year to be able to provide even more vital support to the deserving charity.

Maksym, one of the students involved said “at the beginning of the year, it was difficult to imagine that we could earn £1000 having the session only once a week but now we are convinced that anything is possible with team spirit, hard work and some really good ideas. The fact that all of the money raised goes to Primrose Hospice makes us even more proud of ourselves”. Artem, one of the other team members said “Flourishing Fivers was a valuable experience for me because it taught me entrepreneurial skills which I will definitely apply in my life. I strongly advise anyone with critical and creative thinking to take part in this activity”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Through to Final of the Shine School Media Awards

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Alia Derriey who is through to the final of the Shine School Media Awards, for her work with the School’s

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Two Zero One magazine.

The annual competition recognises secondary schools across the UK that produce a newspaper, magazine, podcast or website. Alia’s entry has been shortlisted in the category of Shine Scholar. The awards ceremony will take place on 2nd July at Stationers’ Hall, adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Annie Hotton, Shine Committee Chair 2018 said “the standard of the competition is getting higher and higher each year.”

The Shine School Media Awards is an activity of The Stationers’ Foundation, the charitable arm of The Stationers, one of the UK’s ancient Livery Companies.

www.Shine-schoolawards.org

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Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School Lift the Chesterton Cup Trophy

Following outstanding bowling in both the semi-final and final, Bromsgrove School lifted the Chesterton Cup Trophy on Sunday, 20th May at Blackfinch New Road.

The discipline

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of the bowling unit has been a major strength this season, which reached new heights during the Chesterton Cup Final. With Malvern 42-0 off 4 overs, it was not looking good. Cool, calm captaincy and great skill levels with the ball however, meant the boys restricted a talented Malvern College team to 126 from their 20 overs.

Special mention goes to Tom Maidment taking 5-24, Olly Davidson stepping in at the last minute as a Year 9 boy taking one of the best one-handed catches seen at schoolboy level. Fahd Janjua showed his class with the bat, elegantly making his way to 90 not out off 58 balls. The team won by 7 wickets with 15 balls to spare, a brilliant effort. This was backed up by Dan Meredith taking 4 for 15 and Alex Hinkley making 32 off 25 balls in the semi-final v King’s Worcester.

Dave Fallows, Director of Cricket at Bromsgrove said “this was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to play at a first class ground, experiencing all that goes with it, not to mention it being one of the most picturesque grounds in the country”.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Alia Derriey who is the winner of the emagazine Close Reading Competition 2018.  Entrants to the competition came from schools

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across the country who wrote confident, interesting and convincing analyses of a passage from The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru.

The competition was judged by John Mullan, Professor of English at University College, London, broadcaster and literary journalist and judge of the Man Booker Prize in 2009.  Professor Mullan said “The best responses managed to do justice to a lengthy passage in a short space by recognising its pattern of contrasts and parallels.  Several of the entrants have remembered that this is a passage from a novel, setting up tensions and uncertainties in the reader’s mind that will later have to be resolved”.

Commenting on the competition Alia said “I entered the emagazine Close Reading Competition after being encouraged by my English teacher. She suggested it as practice for the IB HL English course, as the tasks and skills involved are similar. I thought it would be useful, and a great opportunity to analyse ideas and language in a text that I might not have otherwise come across. The experience was valuable, and I put a lot of effort into my entry; I didn’t apply just to win. It was certainly a pleasant surprise to find out I had! I plan to donate my £150 prize money to the Book Trust, which funds reading support, helps families and designs books specifically for children with disabilities”.

 

 

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire An English Literature Lesson for 250,000 students including those at Bromsgrove

One hundred Year 10 English Literature GCSE students from Bromsgrove School virtually joined
250,000 students from around the UK in an English lesson with a difference

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on Thursday 26th April.
They had the opportunity to watch a live presentation of the RSC’s Macbeth in Bromsgrove’s recently
opened Routh Concert Hall. Presented by Ayo Akinwolere, the screening included interviews with
Directors, Actors and RSC staff.

The production, starring Christopher Ecclestone in the title role and Niamh Cusack as his ill-fated wife
received mixed, but generally positive, reviews from the ultra-critical Year 10s who went into the
auditorium with their own very fixed views of how the play should look and how the Actors should
perform their roles.

Polly Findlay’s direction immediately upset these expections by giving the play a modern setting and
doing away with the stereotypical old hags for witches (these were played by equally creepy young girls)
and turning the usually testosterone-fuelled Macduff into a benign and heavily political civil servant to
emphasise the gap in ideology between himself and Macbeth. Lady Macbeth’s descent into madness
remained as expected and Donalbain, Duncan’s second son was a girl.

Throughout the production, above the stage, a clock was counting down. Counting down to the
inevitable end of the eponymous Macbeth, while other deaths were captured by the Porter who, as the
pupils noticed, remained on-stage, chalking off each death on the wall and acting as a sort of bridge
between the gruesome action of the play and the audience. We might question why he did not
intervene in all of the murders, but then he could ask the same of us.

Presenting the play in three chunks was effective in retaining the attention of the target audience and
it worked. All of the students were gripped throughout and benefitted from the insight provided by the
cast and crew.

Schools were also invited to get involved by sending questions about the production and pictures of
their cohort engrossed in the action and Bromsgrove’s new Routh Hall in all its finery, was beamed
across the country.

Whilst the production might not have been quite how our students had imagined the play when they
read and acted it out in class, what it achieved was an appreciation of how Shakespeare’s words and
ideas do not belong in the distant past but are flexible and as relevant now, as they always were.

Bromsgrive School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School’s Ki Moments team win North Worcestershire Young Enterprise Best Overall Company Award

Budding entrepreneurs from Bromsgrove School are Regional Finalists in the North Worcestershire Young Enterprise Competition after winning four awards in the Area Final in Redditch

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on Monday 23rd April.

The Young Enterprise team Ki Moments won Best Product, Best Finance, Best Trade Stand and Best Overall Company in the competition. Throughout the year, the team has been supported by local businessmen Lyndon Stokes, (The Bromsgrove Oracle) and Robert Elliot (Hogarth Hotels). These dedicated and enthusiastic advisors have helped the team to build their brand and really hone their business skills.

Bromsgrove School teacher and Young Enterprise Centre Lead, Jo Holdsworth, said “Ki Moments have developed a huge amount throughout the Young Enterprise process, as a company and as individuals. With adverse weather conditions and new systems to navigate, they have had a few setbacks along the way but have really improved their resilience and are very deserving of the prizes they have won and the profit they have made. I am certain that I have witnessed some successful business people of the future in action.”

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil in GB Selection for Biathle

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Natalie Hatfield who has been successful in qualifying to represent Great Britain in Biathle.

The young athlete took part in race

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2 of the 2018 GB Biathle Series which doubled as the European Championships qualifier for Biathle (a continuous run/swim/run event), with the top six qualifying to represent Great Britain. Natalie came 2nd in the event that took place at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham on 28th April and will represent GB in the European Championships in Weiden, Germany on 27th July.

Natalie has just moved up an age group to the U17s, despite only being 14. Although she is at the bottom of the age group, she hasn’t been phased by this and is more confident running over a greater distance. She had to run 1200m, swim 200m, run 1200m.

Commenting on her selection, Natalie said ‘I’m glad the distance of the race has increased. It made me feel I could potentially be stronger than others running. I am thrilled to have qualified to compete for Great Britain”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire U15 Boys’ Worcestershire County Multi Events Championships 2018 at Bromsgrove School

On Wednesday 2nd May, Bromsgrove School hosted the County Multi-Athletics Event Championships at The Ryland Centre.

The weather at times was more than challenging for the

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athletes, however, despite this, two Bromsgrovians in particular had a fantastic tussle for first place in the U15 age group; Louis Upton (Year 8) and Oliver Brown (Lower 4th).

Both boys were neck and neck in all five events; long jump, shot put, high jump, 80m hurdles and the 800 metres. When all the points had been tallied, Louis just pipped Oliver to the gold medal by only fifty points, with Oliver taking silver.

Gareth Jones, Head of Boys’ PE & Games said “both of these Bromsgrove students deserve enormous praise for battling with the elements and still putting in great performances. For these athletes to be both the gold and silver medal winners throughout the County deserves huge congratulations”.

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