Beverley Grammar School

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Not to be confused with Beverly Grammar School.
Beverley Grammar School
Motto Adolescentiam alunt senectutem oblectant
Established c.700 AD
Type Academy
Headteacher Gillian Todd
Founder St John of Beverley
Location Queensgate
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 8NF
England Coordinates: 53°50′01″N 0°26′22″W / 53.8336°N 0.4395°W / 53.8336; -0.4395
DfE URN 136995 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 850[1] (approx.)
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses 5 (Burden, Connington, Fisher, Minster, School)
Publication Beverlonian[2]

Beverley Grammar School is a boys' secondary academy school in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 700 AD/CE[3] and is the country's oldest state school[4] and the eighth oldest school overall. The school is a specialist Engineering College and shares a mixed Sixth form with Beverley High School. The School has received an 'Outstanding' in Ofsted inspections in 2006,[5] 2008,[6] and in 2010. However was unable to sustain such a high level record when deemed 'requires improvement' in 2013.[7] The current headteacher is Gillian Todd[8] who has taken the role for a year following the resignation of Grahame Hodgson, who left after a brief period of 'compassionate leave'.[9]

School site[edit]

The school is based in Beverley, England and the Beverley Westwood can be seen from its rear classrooms and Science Department. The school's main building and reception are situated at the top of its drive with two main entrances at the front of the school site through its main gate and far path.

The building consists of two main structures and a cluster of subject specific buildings surrounding it. The staff room, the main hall, Business Studies, the psychology classrooms and the Careers Room are situated in the main building. The Geography Department, Languages Section and Exam Room are in the smaller section of the main building. The Science Department are situated in both sections. Surrounding subjects are the Technology Department, the Maths' Block, Sports Hall, Expressive Arts Department and the 6th form block.

The school premises are located between Queensgate and Sloe Lane.


In the School's Joint Sixth form 98% achieved a pass with 52% achieving A*/A/B grades in A levels in 2013.[10]

A Quarter of all Results being A or A*. The average point score per student is 812 points in 2013.[11]

On 21 August 2014 the school announced on their website that 74% of their students had achieved an A* to C grade, additionally 1 in 4 of the students achieved 5A to A*.[12]


The school motto, Adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, is taken from the Roman Statesman and writer Cicero's Pro Archia Poeta, a defence of the poet Aulus Licinius Archias against a charge of not being a Roman citizen. The full quote is Haec studia adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur ("These studies sustain youth and entertain old age, they enhance prosperity, and offer a refuge and solace in adversity, they delight us when we are at home without hindering us in the wider world, and are with us at night, when we travel and when we visit the countryside.")[13]


The school traditionally had a 4 house system (Conington, Minster, School and Fisher). In the 1980s the form groups were named after the four houses. In the 1990s the governors decided to increase the numbers in the school and move from a 4 Form system to a 5 form system. Burden House was then formed to fill the fifth house. The houses can be associated by their colors listed below.[14]

  • Burden - Gold
Burden House was named after Henry Burden who was the Headmaster of the school between 1912 and 1935. He was largely seen as creating the modern school.
  • Connington - Light Blue
John Conington (10 August 1825 – 23 October 1869) who was an English classical Scholar. He was born in Boston Lincolnshire and was reputed to have been extremely clever learning the alphabet by fourteen months and being able to read at three and a half.[15]
  • Fisher - Dark Blue
Fisher House was named after the martyr John Fisher who was born in Beverley in 1469. He became a Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University.[16]
  • Minster - Red
Minster House was named after Beverley Minster and commemorates the Founding of the school in 700 AD by St John of Beverley in Beverley Minster.[17]
  • School - Green
This was named after the original school which started inside the Minster and then was moved to a building in the Minster grounds. It later moved to a site in a larger building down Keldgate. In the 1890s it moved to this present site and was in the building that is now the Art Block. The Main school building was erected in the 1930s and has been considerably modernised and added to over the years.[18]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also People educated at Beverley Grammar School

BGS in summer

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