West Bridgford School
|Headteacher||Mr Robert McDonough (2005-Present)|
|DfE URN||136628 Tables|
|Website||The West Bridgford School|
The school used to be a grammar school and was then known as West Bridgford County Secondary School. It moved to the present buildings in 1938 and became The West Bridgford Grammar School in 1944. The school's original site was on Musters Road, which is now occupied by Musters Medical Practice. In September 1938 the school moved to a newly constructed building adjoining Loughborough Road, which is now its main building.
It became West Bridgford Comprehensive in September 1969. It is called The West Bridgford School - A Specialist Technology College. It kept some of its old grammar school ethos long after it became a comprehensive: Latin and Classics were taught and rugby was given priority over football until the 1970s. Its catchment area was the east side of the old LNER railway line (now Green line nature reserve) in West Bridgford and included Ruddington. The building is next to Central College Nottingham.
The school applied to be an Academy under the Academies Act 2010 and officially became an Academy at midnight on 31 March 2011. From then on the school has been known as The West Bridgford School - A Specialist Technology Academy and as such it allocates up to 10% of its places based on technological aptitude. Its admissions policy, however, is still as a Comprehensive and these places are allocated after offers have been made to those that live within the catchment area.
From September 2009, the school's uniform consists of a navy blazer with the updated coat of arms and an optional navy sweater for all, with differences for each gender. Boys wear a white shirt and a school logo clip-on tie, with trousers in mid-grey, whereas girls can wear trousers or a skirt in mid-grey and a white and blue-striped blouse without a tie.
The school's council and "Environmental Committee" have worked, with assistance from teachers and the support of the student body, to reduce the school's impact on the environment. The school has raised awareness by holding cake sales, fundraising events and holding a "Green Week", which involved students paying a donation and dressing in green. The money raised has gone towards green projects, such as double glazing, insulation and, most notably, a wind turbine, which feeds energy into the National Grid, who then subsidise the school's energy bill. Currently, the school holds the three Eco Schools awards, bronze, silver and has earned green in recognition of its efforts.
Dyslexia Friendly School
The School is currently aiming to become a Dyslexia Friendly School.
In November 2011 the school began operating a cashless catering system. This still operated to this day, but now includes epay where parents can pay for things such as school trips, hoodies or yearbooks using an online system that is registered to their child..
The school has recently started using the CMS package 'Moodle' in 2012. It is currently used for setting all homeworks for students in years 7-11
Notable former pupils
- Samantha Morton, British oscar nominated Actor
- Joseph Dempsie, British actor, as seen in Skins and Game of Thrones.
- Justine Thornton, British actress and a barrister. Wife of Labour Party leader Ed Miliband
- Lucy Worsley, British historian
- Dan Hardy, professional MMA fighter
- Anjli Mohindra, British actor, as seen in The Sarah Jane Adventures
- Simon Francis, Professional footballer for Bournemouth
- Keith Mansfield, writer and author of the Johnny Mackintosh novels
- Robert Milton, Joss Van Wilder and Lawrence 'Trev' Cole 3 of the 5 people in Dog Is Dead, five-piece indie pop band that met and formed while at West Bridgford School and subsequently signed to Atlantic Records
- Marcus Clarke (puppeteer), British actor and puppeteer
- Angus Barnett, British actor
- Vance Warner, Ex-professional footballer for Nottingham Forest
- Owen Thomas, British Television journalist, presenter, CNN and BBC World News
- Prof Bob White, Professor of Geophysics since 1989 at the University of Cambridge
- Helen Richardson, - an English field hockey international, who was a member of the England and Great Britain women's field hockey team during the late 1990s and 2000s
- Katie Holtham, professional ladies footballer
- Michael McGlaughlin, professional footballer, NCAA National Champion currently playing for Zanesville Athletic FC
- Kevin Rushby, travel writer, currently The Guardian's 'Explorer'
West Bridgford Grammar School
- Malcolm Bradbury, novelist and academic (1944–51)
- Clive Granger, Nobel Laureate in Economics, of University of California San Diego (1946–53)
- Paul Esswood, counter-tenor singer (1953–60)
- Prof Ian Bell, Professor of American Literature since 1992 at the University of Keele (1959–66)
- Sir Percy Edward Kent (also known as Peter Kent), Chief Geologist from 1966-71 for BP (worked at Eakring during the war), Chairman from 1973-7 of the National Environment Research Council, and President from 1974-6 of the Geological Society of London
- Arthur Sale (1912–2000), academic, teacher and writer, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
- eco schools website|accessdate = 30 January 2012
- "the West Bridgford school website". Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Samantha Morton left at 13 ...
- marcus clarke's IMDB listing
- Hands Up Puppets Website
- Angus Barnett at IMDB
- Rusbridger, Alan (21 April 2000). "Arthur Sale: Cambridge tutor devoted to the art of teaching". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-12-24.