Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

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Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School
Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School 02.jpg
Motto Fide et Labore
Established 1913
Type Academy grammar
Headmaster Alan Porteous[1]
Location Glen Road
Waterfoot, Rossendale
England Coordinates: 53°41′36″N 2°14′54″W / 53.6934°N 2.2482°W / 53.6934; -2.2482
Local authority Lancashire County Council
DfE URN 119809 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1250
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses B R G S N W

Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) is a selective co-educational academy grammar school in Waterfoot, Rossendale, Lancashire, England. The school is named after the two main towns either side of Waterfoot, Bacup and Rawtenstall.


Founded in the 18th century as Newchurch Grammar School, it opened its doors in 1701 on land bequeathed by a certain John Kershaw. The foundation stones for the current site were laid by the Mayors of Bacup and Rawtenstall on 1 July 1911. The school opened in 1913.


View of the school in 2006

The current headmaster is Alan Porteous (Headmaster from 2012–present) who replaced the former headmaster, Marc Morris (who joined the school in April 2005, replacing the retiring Martyn Morris (not related) and moved to Hong Kong in December 2011 where he took the position of headteacher at Sha Tin College)

The school is attended by approximately 1250 students, split between the lower school (years 7-11), which has approximately 150 pupils per year (in five groups of thirty pupils each) and the sixth form (years 12 & 13) with 250 pupils per year (in separate groups). Its status as a selective-entry state school for years seven to eleven (aged 11 to 16) means that the school is vastly oversubscribed, with many children competing for each place by taking an entrance examination while in their final year of primary school. Entry to the sixth form is non-selective except for the condition of the student's having gained at least four grade B and four grade C marks from their best 8 GCSEs.

Music Tuition[edit]

Every pupil will play a musical instrument in music lessons, but all pupils also have the choice to have lessons additionally. These lessons are with specialised teachers, who have practice rooms where they teach their musical category. (E.g. Drums, Brass, Woodwind, Voice.) These lessons are paid for - in private or in small groups of about two. Any pupil can choose this at any point in the year.

Academic performance[edit]

The school ranks high in British School league tables; recent figures can be viewed at the BBC's records

In September 2013 Trinity Mirror's ranking of state funded schools placed BRGS at 119th of 3,079 with a score of 76 out of a 100. It was rated as a 5 star school with the following attributes

Attainment: 2 star Teaching: 2 star Behaviour: 1 star Outcomes: 1.5 star

A unique ranking system, using 21 different measures, compiled from the latest publicly available data- teacher ratio, attendance etc., was used to create this table rather than just GCSE results. Manchester Metropolitan University have supported this data as more comprehensive and useful for parents

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The majority of students continue on to further education, the school has a long history of sending students to the Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former teachers[edit]


  1. ^ "Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School: About Us". Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School. 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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