Batley Grammar School
|Mottoes||Forte non Ignave|
|Founder||Rev William Lee|
|DfE URN||137487 Tables|
|Former pupils||Old Batelians|
The school was founded in 1612 by the Rev. William Lee. An annual founder's day service is held in his memory at Batley Parish Church, as he requested in his will, although it is not held on the date originally specified.
The school (then affectionately known as BGS) selected boys on their performance in the eleven-plus exams, regardless of family background. Following the comprehensivisation of secondary education, the school became independent and entry became restricted to boys whose parents could afford its fees. It was originally a boys' school but introduced girls into the sixth form in 1988 and became co-educational in 1996. More recently, the school has returned to the maintained sector and was one of the first free schools to open in the country.
A Junior and Infants school, named Priestley House (after Joseph Priestley, an old Batelian, see below) is set in the grounds and is also part of the Free School.
Notable Old Batelians
Former pupils of the school are referred to as Old Batelians.
- Theodore Cooke Taylor (1850–1952), Businessman, Liberal politician, Profit-sharing pioneer
- Benjamin Ingham (1712–1772), Methodist and Moravian evangelist and preacher
- Joseph Priestley (1733–1804), theologian, natural philosopher, and discoverer of oxygen
- Thomas Wormald (1802–1873), surgeon
- Sir Titus Salt (1803–1876), textile manufacturer and politician
- Sir Mark Oldroyd (1843–1927), woollen manufacturer, politician and philanthropist 
- Sir Owen Willans Richardson (1879–1959), Professor of Physics, Princeton University, 1906–1914, Wheatstone Professor of Physics, King's College London, 1914–1924, and Yarrow Research Professor, Royal Society, 1924–1959, Nobel Prize in Physics (1928)
- Sir Herbert Holdsworth, 1890–1949, Liberal and later Liberal National MP
- Samuel Sugden (1892–1950), Professor of Physical Chemistry, Birkbeck College, London, 1932–1937, and Professor of Chemistry, University College London, 1937–1950
- Horace Waller (died 1917), World War I Victoria Cross winner
- Cecil Grayson (1920–1998), Serena Professor of Italian, University of Oxford, 1958–1988
- Godfrey Lienhardt (1921–1993), anthropologist
- Andrew Milner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Monash University
- Paul Trepte, Organist of Ely Cathedral
- Richard Pearson, former English county cricketer
- Richard Reed, co-founder of innocent Drinks
- Richard Dawson, former English county cricketer
- Ismail Dawood, former English county cricketer
- Lukas Wooller, keyboardist with the band Maxïmo Park
- Andrew Firth, Michael Brooke and Ben Davies, members of indie-pop band The Dandys
- David Peace, Author
- Tim Fountain, Writer
- Lee Goddard - former English County Cricketer
- David Stiff, professional cricketer
- Gemma Atkinson, actress, television personality and model
- Batley Grammar School, The Department for Education, http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/freeschools/b0066077/free-schools-opening-in-2011/batley
- HMC Schools: Additional Members, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- Tony Hannan, Being Eddie Waring The Life and Times of a Sporting Icon, 2008, p. 24, Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd, ISBN 978-1-84596-300-2
- Hodgson, Derek (22 August 2001). "Dawson's turn to make an impact". The Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
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