Bexley Grammar School
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|Type||Grammar School; Academy|
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|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Former pupils||Old Bexleians|
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Bexley Grammar School, is a co-educational grammar school with academy status in Welling, in the London Borough of Bexley, UK. Students are normally admitted into Year 7 at age 11, however they can be admitted at a younger age of 10, providing they have passed the Eleven plus exam.
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Founded in 1955, Bexley Grammar School was opened by Sir Edward Heath, the local Member of Parliament at the time, after whom the Heath Building (completed in 2000) is named. Heath attended the school's Golden Jubilee celebrations shortly before his death in 2005. The school became a specialist Language College in September 2002 and a specialist college in Science and Mathematics in 2008. The school was then awarded foundation school status, before converting to an academy in January 2011. The school continues to specialise in languages, science and mathematics.
There have been five headmasters in the school's history. The third, Roderick MacKinnon, is now head of Bristol Grammar School. He was replaced by John Welsh, who retired and was replaced by Stephen Elphick at the beginning of Easter 2014.
The school has expanded into new buildings over time; Main (M), Jubilee (J), Golden Jubilee (was the Danson building but was replaced in 2005 by the current building), Heath (H), Le Feuvre (L), Music (Mu), Jubilee extension (J) (2002–03) and Golden Jubilee (G). Some confusion can occur with the Jubilee extension, which was originally the G building and the 2005 extension of the Main building. Recently, the SEN block (S) has been added on the end of the school on the side of the PE block and a new sixth form centre has been built as an extension to the Le Feuvre building.
The school buildings form an internal courtyard area surrounded on all sides except from the West, which is a covered area.
The school is currently undergoing more construction work.
The school held SATs a year earlier than the national norm for the Year 8 students in 2008 - they completed their SATs at the same time as the Year 9s - with the intention of shifting GCSE preparation and early GCSE work (including coursework) into Year 9. However, after the KS3 SATs were abolished the following year, GCSE preparation shifted to Year 9 as originally planned. Science GCSEs Specifications are also being withdrawn with the introduction of IGCSEs (at Double or Triple) and Science in the News GCSE from 2007.
The school has been offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) alongside A-Levels in Sixth Form. The IB has grown in popularity year on year since it was first introduced[when?] but A Levels still remain the most popular choice. As of September 2017, students in the sixth form will only be able to take the IB as the school will no longer offer A Levels.
BGS operates a House System involving all years, with around 12 members of staff in each house. All six houses have a "Head of House", who is in charge of organising all house activities. Each house is named after a former member of senior staff that had a notable impact on the school, including:
- Collins (Red)
- Johnson (Blue)
- Kirkman (Yellow)
- Prothero (Green)
- Mabbs (Purple)
- Wellman (Orange) - Added in 2003 due to expansion of the school year intake from 5 form entry to 7 form entry. Currently, the extra form is split between two houses.
Inter-house competitions can be mixed but often are split by gender. They include:
- Table tennis
- Swimming (at Crook Log Leisure Center)
- General Knowledge Quiz
- MFL languages song competition (years 7-9)
- Harvest box
- House planter
- Sports Day
- Dragons apprentice (business)
- Cross Country Run (full participation)
- Touch rugby
- House photography
The school uniform follows the school's blue colour scheme:
- A dark blue blazer
- A dark blue tie with school logo
- A Light blue or white shirt
- Black or charcoal grey trousers.
- Black socks
- A dark blue blazer
- A light blue fitted blouse with no tie
- A skirt (may only be grey in colour).
- Tights (black) or socks (black) may be worn, but not knee length socks.
Notable former pupils
- Stephanie Brind, professional squash player
- Gavin Peacock, former professional footballer
- Matthew Rose, former professional footballer