Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

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Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School
Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School 02.jpg
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Coordinates53°41′36″N 2°14′54″W / 53.6934°N 2.2482°W / 53.6934; -2.2482Coordinates: 53°41′36″N 2°14′54″W / 53.6934°N 2.2482°W / 53.6934; -2.2482
TypeAcademy grammar
MottoFide et Labore (through faith and labour)
Established1703, 1913[1]
Local authorityLancashire County Council
Department for Education URN119809 Tables
ChairD. S. King[2]
HeadmasterAlan B. Porteous[1][2]
Age11 to 18

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 1703[1] 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, who replaced the former headmaster, Marc Morris, in 2012. Morris joined the school in April 2005, to replace the retiring Martyn Morris (not related), and moved to Hong Kong in July 2011, where he took the position of headteacher at Sha Tin College. Martyn Morris retired, after seventeen years in the helm in December 2004.

The school is attended by approximately 1250 students, split between the lower school (Years 7 to 11), which has 180 pupils per year (in six groups of thirty pupils each) and the sixth form (Years 12 to 13) with approximately 200 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. This examination not only accounts for results of the examination but proximity to the school. Entry to the sixth form is non selective, except for the condition of the student having gained at least two grade 5s and two grade 6s in their GCSEs, and at least grade 4 in Maths and English Language.

Academic performance[edit]

The school ranks high in British School league tables. In September 2013 it was rated as a 5 star school by Trinity Mirror.[3] 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.[4]

In 2015, it was academically ranked in the top 10 in the country for English Baccalaureate performance.[5]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former teachers[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School: About Us". Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School. 2018. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School: Full Accounts Year Ended 31 August 2017". Companies House. Companies House. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Trinity Mirror data team creates 'most comprehensive guide ever' to secondary schools in England and Wales". Press Gazette. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  4. ^ Evans, Natalie (2013-09-29). "Secondary schools league table: Find out where yours ranks". mirror. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ Abbit, Beth (2015-02-09). "Rossendale grammar school ranked among best in country". rossendale. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  6. ^ ""Dr Ice" is honoured by Valley". Lancashire Telegraph. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  7. ^ Humphreys, Jemma (2 February 2008). "Interview: Natalie Casey". Chorley Citizen. Retrieved 19 January 2016.

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