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 Former England Rugby Player, Alastair Hignell CBE, Gives Talk to Bromsgrove's Upper Sixth

Former rugby union international, cricketer and BBC Commentator Alastair Hignell CBE gave a
fascinating talk to Upper Sixth pupils from Bromsgrove School recently.

Alistair made his rugby

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union England debut in 1975 and played cricket for Gloucestershire. He was a
respected reporter and commentator for the BBC until 1999 when he was diagnosed with MS and has
since been an active fundraiser. In 2008, Alistair was presented with the Helen Rollason Award at the
BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his work spreading awareness of MS.

Dr Tony Johns, Director of Sixth Form said “Alistair’s talk was inspirational. Entitled “When the
goalposts change”, he encouraged pupils to think about their goals in life and how to live life to the full
even when life takes a turn”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School Receive Bösendorfer 280 VC Grand Piano

As part of Bromsgrove School’s ongoing commitment to the Performing Arts, the School has taken
receipt of a state-of-the-art concert grand piano from Coach House Pianos.

Handcrafted

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in Austria, the Bösendorfer 280 VC grand Vienna Concert piano features sophisticated VC
technology and an independent Capo d’Astro for perfect adjustment in the descant registry.

The concert grand piano will grace the stage of Routh Concert Hall, part of Bromsgrove’s new
Performing Arts Centre which was officially opened in November 2017 by Professor Julian Lloyd
Webber, Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Honourable Christopher Lyttelton,
12th Viscount Cobham. Professor Lloyd Webber and the Conservatoire are closely involved with The
Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition, hosted annually at Bromsgrove School.

The Bosendorfer 280VC has only been in production since last year and is one of under 100 similar
models worldwide. The young musicians will officially be the first to perform on it in the competition
during closed auditions 22-23 February and the Final which will be held on Saturday 24th February.

Director of Music, James McKelvey said “We are thrilled to have such a world-class piano at
Bromsgrove. It will surely enhance the playing of our talented young musicians and in turn, the
audience’s experience of our concerts”.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Representing Great Britain in Andorra

Congratulations to Siena Horton who recently represented Great Britain in the U16 Girls’ team (with Daisi Daniels and Sophie Foster) and finished 7th out of

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57 girls in the slalom race at the Trofeu Borrufa International FIS Race, Andorra.

An international junior ski competition for children in U14 and U16 age categories, Trofeu Borrufa is held annually in Andorra. Each year, approximately thirty countries compete in this prestigious racing event.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School - Gold medal - 4 x 50m relay

Recently, Bromsgrove School held its largest invitational swimming relays to date, with eighty-six teams competing.

All of Bromsgrove’s teams made the finals but the performance of

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the day goes to the Senior boys’ 4 x 50 freestyle relay team who took gold in their event.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School's 1st Netball Team Crowned West Midlands Netball Champions

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s 1st netball team who were recently crowned West Midlands’ Champions. Having won their group, the team beat Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

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in the semi-final before going on to beat Wrekin College 18-10 in the final. They now go on to represent the region in the National Finals in March.

The U16 team competed well, winning five matches and losing two. They were placed 3rd in their pool and were unlucky not to progress through to the later rounds.

The U14s played well winning their pool, progressing to the semi-finals where they narrowly lost. A great team effort.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Celebrating International Honours

International Honours

Bromsgrove School is celebrating the success of four of its pupils who have been selected to represent their country.

Oliver Lawrence was been picked to

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play for England U20s v Scotland recently and Morgan French for the England U17 Development Squad.

Swimmer Sam Osborne will represent England in the ASA international meet at Marseille in April.

In addition to Siena Horton being 3rd seed U16 girl in Giant Slalom for the GB ski team, she has also been selected for the England U16 Hockey squad and has recently completed the training camp with the 24 girl squad at Lilleshall.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School’s Big Band hits the high notes

Following the Big Band’s success at the prestigious National Concert Band Festival where they achieved a Gold award, the band has been invited to participate

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in the main finals event for the National Concert Band Festival, the UK’s largest wind band and big band festival at the Royal Northern College of Music in April 2018.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire The Pierglass

A standing ovation from a capacity audience greeted the cast at the end of last Saturday’s final performance of The Pierglass, as the final note

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was played. It has been an extraordinary journey for all 41 members of the cast, the band and the 8 strong crew, not only staging the production but properly christening the brand new Cobham Theatre.

It is almost impossible to pick out individuals from such a strong ensemble production but special mention must be made of Matt Hegarty, who so splendidly assumed the role of Orlando Ballyvicks, the leader of the theatrical troupe, ably supported by Anna Da Costa Martins and Lily-Rose Faulkner Schuett. A memorable piece of swordplay was executed impeccably, right at the top of the performance, by Timofey Abbasov and Vinzenz Freigassner, while the scheming villains of the piece in Bratton Hall were magnificently realised by Madelaine Bargber-Fray and Archie Holder as the wicked step-mother, Sarah Bratton and her oily accomplice and lawyer, Nicholas Thornhyde, respectively. How the audience loved their scenes but not a dry eye was to be had when Phoebe Fletcher and Matt Goodwin brought the play to a close in the most touching of scenes together. We look forward to seeing these talented young Year 11 performers take to the stage again next year.

Every aspect of this complex production, from the flying of scenery to the operation of lights, sound and stage management was undertaken by students all of whom were simultaneously learning how the wonderful new facilities in Cobham actually worked and what great potential the theatre offers us.

In spite of the weather, over 500 students, staff, parents and guests braved the snow and all left feeling uplifted and thoroughly entertained. We look forward to the Junior Play, Fourth Form Play and several House Drama performances over the next coming term.

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As has become something of an annual tradition, Bromsgrove School invited residents of Bromsgrove Care Homes to spend an afternoon of “Tea and Carols” at

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Housman Hall on Wednesday 6th December.

The School’s International Baccalaureate students organise and plan this event independently, learning valuable skills and, ultimately, giving service to the community in which we live.

Many hours of preparation went into this afternoon of festive cheer: crafting decorations and seasonal presents during lunchtimes, foraging for holly in the School grounds, planning and presenting the food, decorating, welcoming and supporting on the day, providing the sound system and keyboard and above all, rehearsing the large group of singers and musicians.

Thirty care home residents from Rashwood and Burcott Grange respectively enjoyed an afternoon of music, Christmas nibbles and good company, culminating in an enthusiastic raffle draw.

Fion Tse, Anna Huang (both general organising), Daisy Scott (decoration), Amy Nolan and Emily Schmid (music), Coco Wallentin (food and drink) worked tirelessly ahead of the event. Theresa Seisl revealed hidden talents as compère on the day and Yana Sergeeva was superb as official CAS photographer. Over twenty-five students were involved.

Huge thanks to the hard-working members of the Choir who provided the atmospheric backbone to the afternoon and whose musicality was very much appreciated.

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.  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.

Thank you to Emma and Ailean – the Events Coordinators of the Care Homes, who worked tirelessly to arrange transport and joined in the singing with gusto on the day.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U18 Girls’ Hockey team who have been crowned Midlands Champions at the Midland Indoor Hockey Finals and as a result have

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qualified for the National Finals, to be played at Bromsgrove School’s Arena in January.

The team started the day with an exceptional display of defensive determination and discipline to draw 0-0 with a Repton side featuring a number of junior internationals. They then followed this up with a 1-0 win over King’s High, Warwick, a 3-2 comeback win over Oakham and an efficient 1-0 win over Abbotsholme.

A Malvern College side who had beaten Bromsgrove 3-0 in the County Finals awaited the team in the Semi-Final. Bromsgrove started strongly and took a two-goal lead, however Malvern managed to convert two penalty corners of their own to level at 2-2 taking Bromsgrove to Penalty Strokes. Ellie Childs scored the first, Malvern then missed, Claudia Moberley scored the second, which then led to Malvern missing again putting the girls through to the National Finals in Bromsgrove’s own Arena next year.

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Talented French horn player Joshua Osborn-Patel from Bromsgrove School has successfully auditioned and gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).

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This is an extraordinary accomplishment since over 720 musicians from across the UK applied, all playing at Grade 8 Distinction standard and were assessed by some of the UK’s very best orchestral tutors. Out of the 720, only 164 received an offer of a place.

Joshua, who has been playing the French horn for 6 years and is a Music and Academic Scholar at Bromsgrove said, “It was a lovely surprise to receive the letter advising me that I had been offered a place with the NYO. I feel very proud to have been given the opportunity and I’m particularly looking forward to playing with them at the Barbican Centre, London in January”.

Founded in 1948, NYO is the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers. The orchestra was awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music in 2012, in acknowledgement of its world-class standards and long-standing contribution made to classical music in the UK. In 2017, the orchestra was awarded the RPS Ensemble Award, the UK’s highest classical music accolade.

As well as attaining the highest levels of brilliance in orchestral performance, NYO challenges its teenage musicians to engage in all kinds of other musical and extramusical activity. During NYO Residencies, they are asked to take a high degree of personal responsibility within the orchestra. All NYO Musicians take a leadership role within the NYO Inspire programme, by sharing their musical skills to help other teenager musicians develop or introduce them to classical music

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Talented vocalists at Bromsgrove Preparatory and Senior Schools enjoyed a ‘Big Sing’ day on Friday 29th September. The idea behind the Big Sing was to

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inspire pupils to sing in harmony, learn exciting, new styles of music and explore what the voice can really do. The pupils even experienced beatboxing during the day. Head of Vocal Studies, Ms Suzzie Vango led pupils and staff in song, accompanied by Mr Rob Challinor on keyboard in a challenging, fun day of music making and teamwork.

Mr James McKelvy, Director of Music at the School said ‘The Big Sing day was superb fun. Ms Vango led pupils and staff in song on the new Routh Concert Hall stage and in the Memorial Chapel. All of Years 6 and 7, the Prep and Senior Chapel Choirs, and even a Staff Choir, were put to the test, and the delight on everyone’s faces said it all. Singing really is the best medicine!’

Bromsgrove School has recently undergone a building and development programme including a brand new Performing Arts Centre which officially opens in November. Facilities include Routh Concert Hall and Cobham Theatre both seating an audience of 300, a large drama studio and an entire suite of new music classrooms and rehearsal areas.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt. Guest Speaker

On Thursday 14th September, Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt. was the distinguished speaker at a Guest Masterclass at Bromsgrove School. Old Bromsgrovian and Head

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Boy, Lord Jones attended Bromsgrove School from 1966–1974 and went on to read Law at University College, London.

Lord Jones has spent a hugely successful career in Business, serving as the Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

In 2011, Lord Jones published his first book Fixing Britain: The Business of Reshaping Our Nation which was shortlisted for the 2012 CMI Management Book of the Year. In 2017 Fixing Business: Making Profitable Business Work for the Good of All, was published.

Lord Jones is an active public speaker at events and engagements all over the UK and overseas, fulfilling his vision of promoting socially inclusive wealth creation and fighting for business and reform of public services. He champions the UK’s role in the world as a home of global competitiveness.

The Headmaster, Peter Clague, said “Lord Jones gave a barnstorming address that was witty and insightful. It was a tour de force, deftly explaining the political and social upheavals of the complex world that our pupils are inheriting. He also spoke eloquently of the power of education to transform lives, a message made more powerful by the fact that he attributes his own stellar career to his good fortune at being a Foundation Scholar at Bromsgrove School.”

Photo shows Mr Peter Clague, Headmaster of Bromsgrove School and Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt.

Bromsgrove School has just been announced as one of the Top IB Schools (Large Cohort), ranked at number 9 in the list. This follows the

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School’s IB results this summer, with an average score of 39.1 points.

https://www.best-schools.co.uk/uk-school-league-tables/ib-schools-large-cohort/

Speaking about Bromsgrove School’s International Baccalaureate results, the Director of the IB Programme  Dr Michael Thompson said ‘We are absolutely delighted by the average of 39.1 which places us amongst the very top IB schools in the country. This is a demanding course and students and teachers have once again excelled.’

The Diploma is scored from a maximum of 45 points, with all pupils required to study a variety of subjects including Maths, English, a language, a humanities subject, an arts subject and a science, as well as undertaking independent in-depth research for an extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge course and a non-academic element of Creativity, Activity or Service.

Every student entered gained their Diploma and half of them received formal recognition of their bilingualism. More than two-fifths of our pupils scored 40 points or more with the ‘average’ candidate scoring the equivalent of more than four A* grades at A Level.

The overwhelming majority of this year’s cohort will begin their undergraduate studies at prestigious Russell Group universities such as St Andrews, UCL, Imperial and KCL, but a number are looking forward to studying abroad at Chicago, NYU, Abu Dhabi and the University of British Colombia.

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Against a backdrop of ongoing uncertainty about national examination reforms, Bromsgrove School’s Fifth Form has achieved a superb set of GCSE results which are amongst

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the School’s best. 36% of the total grades achieved were graded A*, representing Bromsgrove’s highest ever top end result. 60% of results were graded A*/A, also amongst the best results a Fifth Form cohort has achieved.  The overall grade spread continues to be on a par with the strong performances the School has come to expect in recent years.

There will be many happy students and families in Bromsgrove and around the world as they log on to get their results and anticipate the next exciting step in their lives. Particular congratulations go to Alia Derriey who achieved a full house of A*s or 9s, and to local pupil Sam Osborne who achieved 8 A*s and 3 As whilst also attending daily swimming training.  Sam represented Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival.  Well done to the six students who dropped only a single grade in one of their subjects.

Headmaster Peter Clague said, “These grades represent a significant personal achievement for each student as their first experience of national public examinations.  They are the culmination of hard work and perseverance, an encouragement of the potential that lies inside each of them. Collectively, the results do not merely reflect well on our student body, but also showcase the dedication and quality of staff at Bromsgrove School, outstanding educators who are the architects of aspiration and success.”

Photo: Tristan Hall, SamOsborne and Tom Maidment

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