Batley Grammar School

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Batley Grammar School
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Mottoes Forte non Ignave
Established 1612
Type Free School
Headteacher Gary Kibble
Chair David Peel
Founder Rev William Lee
Location Carlinghow Hill
West Yorkshire
WF17 0AD
53°43′19″N 1°38′27″W / 53.72200°N 1.64073°W / 53.72200; -1.64073Coordinates: 53°43′19″N 1°38′27″W / 53.72200°N 1.64073°W / 53.72200; -1.64073
DfE URN 137487 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Ages 7–16
Former pupils Old Batelians

Batley Grammar School is a co-educational free school located on Carlinghow Hill in Upper Batley, West Yorkshire, England.

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.[1]

Batley Grammar School is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.[2]

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[edit]

Former pupils of the school are referred to as Old Batelians.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Batley Grammar School, The Department for Education,
  2. ^ HMC Schools: Additional Members, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Hodgson, Derek (22 August 2001). "Dawson's turn to make an impact". The Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 

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