Bridlington School

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Bridlington School Sports College
Motto Vitai Lampada Tradunt
(like runners, they pass on the torch of life)
Established 1899
Type Voluntary controlled school
Headteacher Sarah Pashley
Location Bessingby Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO16 4QU
Coordinates: 54°05′06″N 0°12′43″W / 54.0851°N 0.2119°W / 54.0851; -0.2119
DfE URN 118111 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1020
Ages 11–18
Website Website home
Bridlington School

Bridlington School is a secondary school and sixth form located on Bessingby Road (A165), next to the hospital, in the seaside holiday resort of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.


Bridlington school is a comprehensive school that accepts pupils from Bridlington and the surrounding villages. The school has Connexions facilities available, for confidential careers advice or bullying and social issues. The headteacher was, until July 2009, Mr. John Wilson, when he was replaced by Mrs S Pashley. Mrs Pashley was previously a Deputy Head teacher at Beverley High School, and Mr Wilson has become Assistant Director for Children and Young People's Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The school is situated on Bessingby Road (A1038), a section of one of Bridlington's two dual-carriageways, next to the Bridlington and District Hospital.


Grammar school[edit]

The school was formed from Bridlington School (a grammar school founded on the site 20 September 1899, although originally founded in 1447 by King Henry VI) on Bessingby Road, and Bridlington High School for Girls (founded in 1905) on St Johns Street. The girls' school was opened on 26 September 1905 by Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock; it cost £3,500. In November 1938, 13-year-old Tom Elliott of Weaverthorpe died at the school when a small splinter of bone in a playground accident punctured a main artery. The school had around 550 boys in the 1950s and 1960s with a boarding school. The girls' school also had a boarding house. The girls' school had around 550 girls.


In 1975 the local LEA (one year after Humberside was formed with its base in Hull) changed the school to a comprehensive. The High School site became Bridlington Lower School and the current site was the Upper School. Most of the lower school site has become a housing estate, although the main building, visible from Quay Road, has been preserved and converted into flats. When a comprehensive it still had its girls' and boys' boarding house until the 1990s. It no longer has a boarding house.

School Motto[edit]

The school motto is “Vitai Lampada Tradunt,” taken from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of the Universe - Book II, Line 79), and directly translates as "They Hand on the Torch of Life." The motto is shared with that of Sydney Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney, Australia.

Combined Cadet Force[edit]

The school has a Combined Cadet Force which celebrated its centenary in 2010. Before the CCF, the school had an Officers Training Corps. It has all three sections, which thrive and frequently win in national competitions. The Combined Cadet Force is one of the Schools stronger attributes.The combined cadet force teaches the cadets survival skill which will help them in life. Current Officers include;

Contingent Commander

Wing Commander Susan Shiladay BA RAF (VR(T))

IC Royal Naval Section

Lieutenant(CCF) M A Barmby GCGI RNR

IC Army Section

Captain L Crossland BSc

IC Royal Air Force Section

Flight Lieutenant M Broadley RAF (VR(T))


Academic standards[edit]

Bridlington School emerged from special measures on 1 March 2007. The most recent Ofsted inspection of the school concluded it was a "satisfactory" school.[2]

The school has an 88% A*-C pass rate at GCSE, the rate including Maths, English and Science is in the 90s. The Sixth Form has a 100% pass rate for this year. The Sixth Form has recently joined with Headlands Sixth Form to form 'The Shores'. This ensures more course are available to Sixth Form students. The overall pass rate for The Shores this year was 99%.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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  3. ^ Westerby, John (29 January 2004). "Wilkinsons longest efforts come up well short of the mark". The Times (London). Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (29 January 2004). "High, mighty and still the record". (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Air Marshal Sir Eric Dunn". (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited). 24 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
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  7. ^ "The High Court judge who may be in for much more than a severe wigging", The Times

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