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

2019/2020. Day: £5695 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £12740 per term. Weekly Boarding: £8445 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016
ISI Inspection 2019

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

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Pupils, staff, Old Bromsgrovians and friends of Bromsgrove School gathered at Routh Concert Hall on Saturday 16th November for the launch

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of former Deputy Headmaster Philip Bowen’s second book entitled Bromsgrove School at War and in Wales 1939-45.

The history of Bromsgrove School in the 20th Century was deeply affected by both world wars. In the first conflict, ninety-six Old Bromsgrovians died; in the second one hundred and three. After publishing a history of the School and the Great War in 2014, Philip Bowen has published his second book. Old Bromsgrovians died retreating to Dunkirk; in the Battle of Britain; North African deserts; going down with their ships; on D-Day; at Arnhem; in the advance on Germany and in harrowing circumstances in the Far East. Many joined the R.A.F and died in fighters and bombers.

The most striking contrast for the School was its exile to Wales. Many public schools were forced to leave their premises, often because of the danger of air-raids but Bromsgrove’s spacious and secluded campus was needed for war work. There is some mystery about what went on at the School. It was certainly a retreat for the India Office and some say the Churchill tank was designed there. 

The Headmaster, David Walters, was summoned to London at the end of 1938 and told that in the event of war, the School would be occupied.  He could only divulge the plan to his Chairman of Governors, Lord Cobham. A welshman, Walters visited several small towns in mid-Wales and at the end of a long, frustrating January day, reached the smallest town in Great Britain – Llanwrtyd Wells.  He had found a temporary home which was destined to take on the appearance of a university town.  Once war had broken out, in days, he had masterminded the transfer of a boarding School and its equipment. Huge pantechnicons made sixty journeys in all.  It was a remarkable, logistical achievement. The School returned in 1943.

The vast Memorial Chapel at Bromsgrove School is a lasting monument to the Fallen in both world wars. At its completion in 1960, Mr Routh, Headmaster said to the School ‘This place enshrines the memory of those who gave their lives so that you are sitting here in safety today. Never, I charge you, forget that you are treading on hallowed ground.’  That is still remembered and respected by today’s students.

Commenting on the evening, Mr McClure, Deputy Head Pastoral said “It was humbling to hear, and indeed to help to present, the stories of the many Old Bromsgrovians who lost their lives in the Second World War in an evening which provided real insight into the era, as well as a potent mix of heroism, tragedy, pathos and some humour. Mr Bowen has ensured that this part of Bromsgrove’s timeline is duly recorded, true to the memory and legacy of those figures who served both the School and their country at a most difficult time in our long history. His meticulous research and evident love of the School was clear to all on a special evening, made even more so by the personal connections he has made with a number of relatives of those mentioned, who were able to be with us in person on the night”.

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Talented young musicians from across the United Kingdom are being sought for the annual Bromsgrove Young Musicians’

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Platform (BYMP), with auditions due to take place in the new year, 20thand 21st February 2020. The final will be held in Routh Concert Hall (at Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire) on the afternoon of Saturday, 4th April.

The Platform competition, now in its fifth year, has expanded nationally from 2020 onwards and welcomes young musicians aged 9-17 who are at school or resident in the UK.

The Competition is open to all instrumentalists, pianists and singers* (*senior section only) of any nationality. Applicants for the Junior Section must have attained a standard at least equivalent to Grade 4, and a standard of at least equivalent to Grade 6 is necessary for Senior entrants. 

The Senior category, for those aged 14-17, awards a bursary of £1000 to the winner, which can assist them to buy music lessons, sheet music or a new instrument. The Junior winner receives £750 and there is also a second award of £400 for each category runner up.

Applications for the Platform must be received no later than 16.00 hours on Sunday, 26th January 2020 and can be submitted online at www.bromsgroveplatform.com

This opportunity is part of the renowned Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year. 2020 will be a big year for BIMC and its sister competition, the Young Musicians’ Platform, with both finals taking place on the same day – the Platform on the afternoon of 4th April and the BIMC Celebration Concert during the evening, with guest artist Amy Dickson (twice GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist, herself a former BIMC winner) performing a specially-composed piece. The competition is run by a trust, which is a registered charity (no.1155544). The International competition is open to instrumentalists and pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 25 (28 for singers) and will take place from 31st March-4th April 2020.

Both the Platform and The Bromsgrove competitions are gearing up to make 2020 a successful year for all who enter.

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Young golfer Thomas Griffiths is celebrating after becoming the gross and nett winner in the Hollywood Golf Junior Open on 5th August.  This success follows

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the Bromsgrove School pupil’s previous success at the South Staffordshire Golf Club Junior Open, winning best nett and nearest to the pin on 31st July.

Thomas recently made his debut for the Worcestershire County U14s golf team against Derbyshire. He won his match and helped Worcestershire to their overall win. Earlier in July, he played in the Worcestershire County Golf Championships against the best juniors in the County, coming 4th, against players much older than himself.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Jasper Davidson and Cricket Scotland who have won the European Regional Qualifying Tournament and a place

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at the 2020 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. The 14 man squad travelled to the Netherlands on 24th July to fight for the remaining spot in the World Cup to be held from 17th January to 9th February 2020.

Scotland finished unbeaten, with five commanding performances; a 3 wicket win over Netherlands, 122-run win over Jersey, 253-run win over France, 47-run win over Ireland and 142-run win over Denmark.

Jasper finished the tournament as the Top All Rounder, scoring 217 runs, at a 54.5 average and taking 7 wickets.

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Against the backdrop of tougher national standards in both A Level and GCSE examinations this year, Bromsgrove School has been delighted to celebrate some of

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the best academic results in its long history.

GCSE

45% of all GCSEs achieved the top grades of 8/9. Three pupils gained perfect scores of grade 9 in every subject, a feat achieved by only 732 in the whole country.

64% of Bromsgrove’s GCSE grades were 7/8/9 (equivalent to the old A*/A), making this the most scholastically successful year group since GCSEs were introduced three decades ago.

A Level

A further School record was broken at A level, where 57% of all grades were A*/A. Overall, 77% of grades were A*/B, allowing the vast majority of graduates access to their chosen university.

International Baccalaureate

University access was also assured for the third of Sixth Form pupils who sat the prestigious IB Diploma. Not to be outdone, they maintained the School’s consistently high ranking with an excellent average score of 37.5 points.

BTEC

The breadth of academic offer at Bromsgrove also includes BTECs in Sports Science and Business studies. Of the 75 BTEC entries this year, students achieved 21 Distinction* and 42 Distinctions.

The Headmaster, Peter Clague, commented:

“For a School that prides itself on a broad and balanced approach to education, purposefully avoiding becoming solely an academic hothouse, these are extremely encouraging results. Whilst scholasticism flourishes at Bromsgrove, it does so in equal measure with achievement in Sport and the Arts, as well as a meaningful commitment to service activities. That our young people can participate in such a rich range of endeavour and still excel academically is testimony to their determination and our belief that there is more in them than they know. I commend their diligence, and also the talents of the teachers who nurture their potential.”

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Two talented local musicians have been crowned the 2019 winners in the final of the fourth annual Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform (BYMP).

Zhengting Li, aged 15

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from Solihull, won the Senior section and Rebecca Bazlov aged 12 from Birmingham won the Junior category in the magnificent Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School.

The adjudicators were blown away by the standard of the entries, with each competitor taking part in an audition round earlier in the week. They were then whittled down to just eleven finalists, selected on merit by the distinguished Adjudicators: Professor David Saint (Chairman of the Adjudicators – Finalists’ Concert), Alastair Moseley (Chairman of the Adjudicators – Audition round), renowned cellist and conductor Richard Jenkinson and Sarah Oliver of Chetham’s School of Music.

Zhengting, a student at Bromsgrove School, beat off fierce competition to take first prize in the Senior section for musicians aged 14-17 years. Zhengting has already achieved his ATCL Diploma, equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree, and he is a National winner in the Advanced II category of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA) Competition.

Aged just 12, Junior section winner Rebecca, from King Edward’s High School for Girls, has played the piano since she was four years old. She achieved the LLCM in 2018 and, in the same year, won the title of Loughborough Pianist of the Year, which led to an invitation to give a recital at the Steinway Hall in London.

Rebecca gave a polished performance of Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor by J. S. Bach, Dohnanyi’s Rhapsody in C, Op. 11 No. 3 and O Polichinelo from ‘A Prole do Bebê’ composed by H. Villa-Lobos to scoop the Junior prize, with Zhengting also performing three pieces including Beethoven’s 2nd movement from Sonata Op. 31 No. 3 to come out as the Senior winner. Zhengting’s showpiece was a crisp and energetic Prokofiev’s Mercutio (from Romeo and Juliet Op. 75). Both winners have been granted financial bursaries of £1000 (Senior section) and £750 (Junior section) to enable them to further develop their musical talent.

Each category also has a second award of £400, which went to Sebastian Carrington aged 13 from Leicester and who studies piano at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – Junior Department, and Iohan Coman aged 17 from Birmingham, a violinist who attends The Purcell School.

Monica Toso, Chairman of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform said, “We were extremely pleased with the level of entries received this year and we welcomed a new panel of adjudicators, experts in their fields, to ensure the Platform continues to remain one of the premier music competitions in the Midlands for young people.”

The Young Musicians’ Platform is open to all musicians who are at school or resident in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands* (*within a 30 mile radius from Bromsgrove). The junior section is for those aged 9-13 and Seniors aged 14-17. It is hoped that one day the success of the Platform will lead it into the realm of being a national opportunity for young musicians.

Its sister competition, The Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (BIMC) was originally founded for young talented musicians in 1980 by the late Dr Mary White. The International competition is open to instrumentalists and pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 25 (28 for singers). The competitions are run by a trust, which is a registered charity (no.1155544).

Now in its 39th year, the 2019 Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition will be held in Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School from 9th-13thApril. Musicians from across the globe will battle it out during the preliminary rounds and the semi-final (9-12 April). The general public are encouraged to attend the earlier rounds for free, with the BIMC Finalists’ Concert taking place on the evening of Saturday 12th April.

Following the success of the Platform competition, 2019 is definitely gearing itself up to be a year to remember for everyone involved in BIMC and BYMP, and we now look ahead to our 40th anniversary in 2020.

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Talented Bromsgrove School musician Jude Wynter has been awarded the Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma for Piano Recital.  This is the

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equivalent in standard to the final year of an undergraduate degree.

The Year 12 pupil is a Music and Academic Scholar at Bromsgrove, where he learns the piano with Neil Barry. Jude already holds the ATCL diploma, which he passed at 13. He attained Grade 8 on the piano at the age of 10 and on the French horn at 14.  He loves to perform, and has been the soloist at a number of recent concerts and charity events, including for Worcester Male Voice Choir and Alcester Singers. The musician won the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform in 2017.  

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Intrepid explorer and athlete Orla Walker, from Bromsgrove School, will be donning her walking boots this summer for a five week expedition to the Indian

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Himalayas, with the British Exploring Society.

Orla will be joining other volunteers from around the world to undertake an expedition which has a strong emphasis on mountain climbing and exploration, together with scientific data recording and interpretation of that natural environment. This will be the journey of a lifetime, trekking in the world’s highest mountain range, over peaks as high as 5800m, experiencing the traditional culture of the region and taking part in a wide range of scientific fieldwork, from carrying out lake surveys, to measuring glacial retreat levels.

Throughout her time in the Himalayas, Orla will be wild camping, both at Base Camp and during the activity phases. This involves digging pit toilets and collecting water for drinking and cooking from the river. She will also not be able to contact home at any point during the expedition, except in emergencies and only then by satellite phone.

Commenting on the expedition, Orla said “I am excited about exploring ‘the top of the world’ and carrying out vital research that will protect our planet for future generations”.

Orla’s Justgiving page is listed below. Any donations will help Orla to support the Society’s vital work by continuing to create lasting change, help to transform lives in some of the world’s poorest communities, build community resilience, help to sustainably manage the world’s natural resources and protect vulnerable environments.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/orla-walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Jasper Davidson who has been selected for the Scotland U19 World Cup Qualifying Squad.

The 16 year old all-rounder and Bromsgrove

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School Cricket Scholar impressed for Scotland last year, averaging over 50 with the bat, despite being hampered by injuries which saw him bowling only a few overs.

Scotland joins five others in the European Zone qualifying tournament this summer in Holland, with the winner earning a place in the Finals Tournament in South Africa January/February 2020.

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Cobham Theatre at Bromsgrove School was well and truly transformed into Rydell High School during the first week in December.

Greeted by fellow students complete with

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long hair, kaftans and dodgy moustaches in the 1979 foyer, the audience knew they were in for a treat.  After hearing the Rydell High song and listening to poor Eugene Florczyk drone on about the happy times of his school days twenty years previously, it was magical, as the front curtain dissolved away to reveal the greasers sprawled across the front steps of the school in 1959.

As well as a large cast and live band, there were some wonderful scenic effects – not just the arrival of a fully functioning car on stage but the 14 foot high juke box, which opened hilariously for the Teen Angel to appear as a heavenly guide for French, complete with illuminating staircase, which he descended to reach stage level.

A high energy production, with very high production values truly put Bromsgrove School on the map for Performing Arts, after its recent multi-million pound investment in Drama and Music.

Director Tim Norton commented on how proud he was to have worked with such a dedicated and hard-working team, “It has been a huge challenge for everybody. The eight week rehearsal period was very intense but always filled with much laughter, especially every time the Greasers appeared.  I know that all involved will have great memories to cherish for the rest of their lives.”

 

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U19 netball team who were crowned County Champions on Thursday 22nd November for the third year running.
The team won all of

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their 6 matches against South Bromsgrove, Malvern College, RGS Worcester, King’s, Malvern St James and Christopher Whitehead and in the process scored 111 goals and only conceded 22.
The team will now go forward to represent Worcestershire in the West Midlands Finals in the New Year.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U16 Girls tennis team who have finished as runners up in the Regional Final of the National Schools’ Competition.

The team beat

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a strong Moreton Hall side 4 sets to 2 in the Semi-Final, before losing to Leicester Grammar School in the Final.  This puts the team in the top ten School teams in the country for their age group.   It is the first time in recent history that a Bromsgrove School team has reached the Regional Finals and to finish as runners up is a fantastic achievement.

In a tournament during the summer, the team beat King’s School Worcester, Malvern College and Malvern St James. This meant that they progressed through to the knock-out stage of the tournament and went on to beat Solihull and Northampton School to reach the Finals.

Commenting on their success, Mrs Sally Franks, tennis coach said “They are a fantastic group of players, who all train with commitment throughout the winter months and we are thrilled that they have done so well against the best young players in the country.”

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Natalie Hatfield who recently competed in the Biathle and Traithle World Championships.

Natalie and her partner came 4th in the Biathle mixed

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relay, narrowly missing out on a medal.

The youngest competitor in her age group (U17s), Natalie came 3rd in the biathle.

As a result of her team mates coming 8th and 9th, the team also won a silver medal

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In 2014, Bromsgrove School planted a sapling of a hornbeam tree taken from the fields of the Somme, in its grounds.

During Remembrance Week, Ms Denise

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Mickle, Chair of the Parents’ Association unveiled a plaque to commemorate this important addition to the School.

James Bateman is pictured with Ms Mickle and Ms Adams, Teacher of English and Houseparent of Oakley House. James’ winning poem was awarded the prize by the National Arboretum.

Ms Adams said, “The plaque is a significant and permanent addition to Bromsgrove School’s World War One legacy. It is important that pupils today and in the future can be part of such ongoing acts of Remembrance so that the enormous sacrifice of a generation is never forgotten.”

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Bromsgrove School was delighted and honoured to receive a visit from Old Bromsgrovians Hugh Furber and Victor Matts on 9th October who presented the School

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with an original letter written by Dr J.D Collis, Headmaster of Bromsgrove from 1843-1867.

The letter, which describes Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations in Stratford-on-Avon in 1873, was recently found online and purchased by the Old Bromsgrovian Lodge. This will now form part of the School’s archive collections for future generations to enjoy.

Commenting on the recent donation, School Archivist, Nikki Thorpe said “This letter is a really interesting addition to the School Archive, especially with the reference to the Shakespeare celebration. We are grateful to Dr Gibbs and Hugh Furber for tracking it down and taking the time to transcribe it, which will make it accessible for future displays at School events and exhibitions”.

This letter is from The Revd. Dr. J. D Collis, a distinguished Headmaster of Bromsgrove School (1843-1867), to a Bro. Parkinson. At the time of writing, Dr. Collis was the Vicar of Stratford-upon- Avon. He was an active Freemason, a member of Westminster and Keystone Lodge No. 10, and was Provincial Grand Chaplain of Middlesex in 1874. During his successful tenure as Headmaster, Dr. Collis, saw pupil numbers rise from 17 in 1843 to 100 in 1865. He embarked upon a building construction and improvement programme, which included the erection of new classrooms and the building of a chapel (The Old Chapel) in 1856. It is fitting that The Old Chapel is the meeting place of the Old Bromsgrovian Lodge of Freemasons No. 5743.

The letter was acquired by members of the Old Bromsgrovian Lodge and presented to the School in 2018. The original letter is held in the School archives.

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