Bromsgrove School


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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.


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


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.


2017/2018. Day: £5340 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £11950 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7925 per term.


ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Peter Clague

Contact for enquiries: Ms S Bussey

Bromsgrove School
Worcester Road

[t]: 01527 579679
[f]: 01527 576177

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 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.

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”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Competes at the Ladies County Golf Championship 2018

Bromsgrove School pupil Megan Langford is celebrating after winning the Jessica Smith Bowl and Grace Boulton Plate at the Ladies’ County Golf Championship held at

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Moseley Golf Club on 4-5 May.

The fourteen year old from Barnt Green managed a nett 69 over the first 18 holes and on the second 18 broke the course record at Moseley with a nett 62. In addition to winning the trophies, Megan’s performance resulted in her handicap being cut from 14 to 8 in the first qualifying competition of the season.

On Saturday 5th May, Megan was seeded 2 and played a match against an England golfer, despite being only 5 over (gross) but sadly lost 5 and 4 on the 15th hole.

This was the end of a great golfing week, as Megan was triumphant at the School Championships on Tuesday 1st May, winning the event.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School has received another award for its IB diploma results.

The average diploma score was 39.1 out of 45, placing the School amongst the best in the world. This is the third time in four

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years the School has received this award for outstanding achievement.

Analysis from the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring showed that students taking the IB diploma programme at Bromsgrove School progressed significantly better than in other similar institutions. The International Baccalaureate was introduced at the School in 2009 and in under ten years, the School has established itself as a world-class provider of the diploma.

Dr Michael Thompson, Director of the International Baccalaureate at Bromsgrove School said “once again, the students have been recognised for their outstanding achievement and I am delighted with the award. It is testament to the efforts of everybody at the School. We have graduates now in every corner of the world, studying at the best universities. We are so proud to have been a part of their journey.”

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove's Siena Horton, U16 Overall British National Alpine Ski-ing Champion and Sam Osborne

Bromsgrove School’s Siena Horton is celebrating after she took the overall title at the Delancey British National Alpine Championships in Tignes last week and has

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become U16 Overall British National Champion – a fantastic end to her career in the children’s racing category.

Following the Championships, Siena hotfooted it back to the UK to compete in the U16 National Finals for Stourport in Nottingham. The team made it through to the Final, however lost 2-0 to Surbiton but are now 2nd in the Country. Siena also plays for Stourport Ladies 1st team who recently won the West Conference National League at the end of March and are heading to Premiership playoffs on 21st April.

England Hockey have just officially confirmed Siena’s selection for England against Ulster from 5-7 May at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School Pupil Selected For World School Championships

Bromsgrove School swimmer Sam Osborne has been selected to compete in the World School Championships from 2-9 May in Morocco.

The ISF Gymnasiade 2018 is an

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Olympics for young people, organised by the International School Sport Federation whose motto is “Education through sport”. Students from across the world will gather to experience the spirit of international competition, friendship and cultural diversity.

Four thousand competitors from more than sixty countries are expected to compete in the 17th Gymnasiade and fourteen sports will be represented.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove IB students host tea party for residents

On Tuesday 20th April 2018, IB students from Bromsgrove School hosted their annual “Easter Tea Party” for local care home residents at Housman Hall.

Twenty care

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home residents from two residential homes enjoyed an afternoon of Easter crafting, a generous spread of tea and cakes and musical accompaniment by Bromsgrove’s talented students.

They even managed an impromptu rendition of “The White Cliffs of Dover” in honour of Dame Vera Lynn’s 101st birthday! The feedback from the care homes has been extremely positive: they were especially impressed by the Easter decorations on the table (origami flowers and crochet bunnies) which had been lovingly created by the students themselves.

It was fantastic to see lots of Housman students chipping in ad hoc, generously helping set up and clear away afterwards, as well as welcoming guests to the School courteously and warmly. All of the elderly guests, as well as the staff who accompanied them commented on how wonderful the “young people” had been, bringing many of the quieter residents out of their shells.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School 1st netball team who reached the National Netball Finals, winning all of their fourteen county and regional qualifying matches to represent

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the West Midlands.

At the National Finals, despite adverse weather conditions of snow, sleet and high winds, the team adapted their game to the conditions, playing smart netball.  They won every match in their group which took them through to the Semi-Finals where they faced a very strong Worthing College who Bromsgrove overcame to win 11-8. They then went on to face Queen Ethelburga’s in the Final where they fought hard, taking an early lead but due to the height advantage of the Queen Ethelburga goal shooter Queen Ethelburga came back to take the victory.

The Bromsgrove team won twenty-two games in a row in the English Schools’ Competition, with one loss to be crowned the 2nd best team in the country.

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