Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

Lancashire, United Kingdom

Location: Lancashire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

The school

Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) is situated in the Rossendale Valley, a beautiful rural area, but is easily accessible from Manchester, Preston and the Ribble Valley, and the Yorkshire Dales.  The school has an excellent reputation in the local area, drawing students from a wide catchment area, although its primary focus remains as a grammar school for the valley.  

The history of the school can be traced back to Newchurch Grammar School founded in 1703.  The core of their staff formed BRGS on the current site in 1913.  We are proud of our heritage and celebrate our traditions, but alongside this, we seek to embrace positive change and innovation.  BRGS remains at the forefront of educational excellence for teaching and learning, promoting and cultivating an ever-increasing amount of innovative and outstanding practice.

Entrance to the lower school is by selective entrance exam and we regularly receive over 500 applications for 180 places.  The Sixth Form ranks among the best in Lancashire and the North West.  Post-16 entry requirements are based on GCSE performance, and around a third of the sixth form of each year join us from other schools.  GCSE and A-level achievement is consistently very high, and the school was inspected in January 2016 and rated as outstanding in all areas.

The school is very fortunate to have an enthusiastic, hard-working and committed body of teachers and support staff.   We offer a supportive and friendly working environment, with benefits including an excellent pension scheme, childcare vouchers and cycle to work scheme. We have a strong focus on staff well-being and staff events are organised throughout the year. 

The school has a very positive ethos and receives excellent support from governors and parents.  Students are both keen to learn and positive about the process of learning.  There is no doubt that effective practitioners will relish the opportunity to teach BRGS students.  They are overwhelming polite and warm in their interactions with each other and with adults.  There is a strong focus on staff development throughout the school.   

The school also has a strong focus on the personal development of students, and there is an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities including: a D of E programme that is one of the largest in the NW of England (over 200 participants); national success in sport; international visits in recent years to China, USA, Iceland, Honduras and various parts of Europe; and a weekly enrichment timetable for all Year 12 students offering over 40 different activities beyond the A-level curriculum.  The school places great emphasis on developing truly rounded, independent, mature young people, with emotional intelligence, thinking skills, and a desire to give back to their immediate and global community.

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Address: Glen Road, Waterfoot, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 7BJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1706 234500