Pudsey Grangefield School
|Pudsey Grangefield School|
Mount Pleasant Road
|Motto||"Be Just and Fear Not"|
|Local authority||City of Leeds|
|Trust||21st Century Learning Partnership|
|Department for Education URN||108079 Tables|
|Head teacher||Mark Mckelvie|
|Age||11 to 19|
Pudsey Grangefield School is a secondary school and sixth form located in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1911 with construction starting in mid-1909. For around 60 Years it was called Pudsey Grammar School, since then it has been Pudsey Grangefield School. It was later given the status of a specialist college of Maths and Computing. It serves around 1,185 pupils from the surrounding area along with two other Pudsey schools, Crawshaw and Priesthorpe. The school also runs the Pudsey Consortium sixth form with these two schools.
The school's lifelong logo is the official coat of arms of Pudsey, bearing the slogan "Be Just and Fear Not". The logo is built into the face of the original Grammar School Building; this Grade II listed building at the front of the old site will be sold off as flats,[when?] with the rest of the site being demolished to allow construction of an open recreational area for the new building.
On 21 September 2009, the school was visited by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott. The school was also visited in 2010 by Labour leadership candidate and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband,[not in citation given] who described the new building as "a great monument to Labour government".
Headteacher Ken Cornforth was promoted from Deputy Headteacher in 1996-97 on the retirement of long-serving Headteacher Margaret Cooke.
The school has its own TV program, "Friday World", broadcast every Friday breaktime at 10:40 am since 1987. The school also has its own radio station, which began in 1986 as "Radio Grangefield". Since 1997 it has broadcast for a few weeks each year on FM under a Restricted Service Licence, issued by Ofcom, originally under the name "Pudsey Grangefield FM", later abbreviated to PGFM.
Revival Grammar Secondary School
Pudsey Grangefield established a partnership with the Revival Grammar Secondary School, Matugga, Uganda in 2008. As the school moved to a new building, a team of volunteers spent two days in the old school gathering furniture and equipment to be shipped to Africa. Amongst the items donated were: 220 chairs, 51 desks, 76 exam tables, 4 stationery cupboards, 4 filing cabinets, 12 four-seater dining tables, 4 LCD projectors, 3000 text books, 13 boxes of lab equipment, kitchen equipment, 12 sewing machines, 4 woodwork benches with vices, carpentry machinery and tools and 60 computers.
The partnership has continued with regular visits between the two schools and the completion of a sustainable energy research project conducted by students at both schools.
Notable former pupils
- Jerry Brotton, Chair of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and presenter of the BBC series Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession
- Carolynne Good, finalist on Fame Academy
- Matthew Hoggard, England cricketer
- Nile Wilson, Olympic gymnastics bronze medallist on the horizontal bar in Summer 2016
Pudsey Grammar School
- Sir Len Hutton, opening batsman for England and Yorkshire
- Nick Nelson, Managing Director from 1987-91 of Parcelforce
- Peter Ransley, screenwriter
- David Shutt, Baron Shutt of Greetland OBE
- Prof Dudley Williams, Professor of Biological Chemistry from 1996-2006 at the University of Cambridge; his work led to effectiveness of the antibiotic vancomycin
- "Pudsey Grangefield School, Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey". Leodis. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Leeds school puts Prescott in the spotlight". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
- pudseygrangefield.leeds.sch.uk Archived 20 July 2012 at Archive.is
- Getty Images 1990
- Dudley Williams