The Becket School

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The Becket RC School
Motto Labore est orare - To work is to pray
Established Original Foundation 1929
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Mr J McGeachie[1]
Location The Becket Way
West Bridgford
52°55′07″N 1°09′37″W / 52.91855°N 1.16031°W / 52.91855; -1.16031Coordinates: 52°55′07″N 1°09′37″W / 52.91855°N 1.16031°W / 52.91855; -1.16031
DfE URN 137409 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,049
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Bernadette, Edmund, Nicholas, Patrick, Robert, Teresa
Colours Purple, Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Yellow
Website The Becket School

The Becket School is an 11-18 mixed Roman Catholic academy school in Nottinghamshire, England. It was formed in 1976 by the amalgamation of two schools, Corpus Christi Grammar School and Becket Grammar School for Boys.

The school moved to its new site, on Wilford Lane, at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year and lies within the Diocese of Nottingham and the Parish of the Holy Spirit, West Bridgford.

The school's catchment area is vast, widely covering the City of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and south-eastern Derbyshire, including such places as St Anns, Carlton, Clifton, Long Eaton and West Bridgford. For Years 7 to 11 there are six forms, designated by the initial letters, BENPRT of six saints: Bernadette Soubirous, Saint Edmund Campion, Nicholas Garlick, St Patrick, Robert Ludlam and Saint Teresa.

History - Becket Grammar School[edit]

Becket Grammar School was founded in 1929 by two priests (Fr Aidan Kenny and Fr Bede Horwood) from the Order of the Augustinians of the Assumption. The school was for boys only and was based on Wilford Lane, next to the suspension bridge over the River Trent. The Becket school was at that time an independent boys' grammar school. About two miles away along Wilford Lane was Corpus Christi school which was a mixed bilateral school for pupils 11 to 16+. In 1975, there were only two priests of the Assumption Order still in the school, the headteacher, Father Roger Killeen and his bursar. It was at that time, 1975, that the Order gave The Becket School to the Diocese of Nottingham and the two schools, The Becket and Corpus Christi, were amalgamated. The heads of the two schools, Father Roger and Mr Arthur Davis, who were in post at that time gave up their headships to enable the amalgamation to go ahead. A new headteacher, Terence Dillon, was appointed to the new school in 1975 and carried out the bringing together of the two very different institutions into one successful school. The school governors decided to call the new school The Becket Comprehensive School, though the term Comprehensive has rarely been used. The new headmaster took on the challenge of creating one school, whilst some parents of the former Becket School endeavoured to resist any changes as they sought to protect the privileged position of their sons. The new headteacher managed to bring staff together on the two sites of the former schools and created a school which became pre-eminent in Nottingham during the 1970s and 1980s and continues to hold a favoured position. Terence Dillon moved from the school in 1984 to become one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools. The buildings of the original schools were demolished in the summer of 2012 to be replaced by a brand new school on Wilford Lane. During the period 1929-1968, the Becket School enjoyed a close association with the Order's other school, St Michael's College, Hitchin, with which there was frequent interchange of staff in the years before amalgamation.

During the 1960s, 70s and 80s the school was particularly renowned for its sporting achievements at a national level, producing several national schoolboy champions in both athletics and rowing.

September 2009 saw the opening of a new school campus in Wilford Lane as a replacement for the two sites of the former schools.

History - Corpus Christi Grammar School[edit]

Corpus Christi opened in September 1958 under its headmaster Arthur Davis as a Bilateral Secondary School. It offered to boys and girls Grammar, Technical and Secondary Modern courses. The school was planned by Reginald W Cooper, FRIBA, of Nottingham, and was built by A Mason Ltd of Mansfield. It cost approximately £100,000.


A new school site was constructed from 2007 to 2009 on Gresham Fields, Wilford Lane, situated between the three previous sites.

The project cost was £24.5 million. There was also fund raising by the school and local parishes to raise £100,000 for the new school building to have a Chapel.

On 15 September 2009, The "New" Becket was opened. The school has a vast and modern new building and is well facilitated.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Becket Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "Parent Information". The Becket School. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

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