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
Coordinates: 52°55′07″N 1°09′37″W / 52.91855°N 1.16031°W / 52.91855; -1.16031
DfE number 891/4617
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 coeducational 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. Although many of its pupils live in the City of Nottingham, the school is in the Borough of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire.

The school's catchment area is vast, widely covering the City of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, including such places as St Anns, Carlton, Clifton, 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 buildings of the original grammar school were demolished in the summer of 2012.

Demolition of original Grammar School under way.

During the period 1929-1968, the school enjoyed a close association with the Order's other school, St Michael's College, Hitchin, with which there was frequent interchange of staff.

During the 1960s 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 for both the lower and sixth form school.

History - Corpus Christi Grammar School[edit]

Corpus Christi had opened in September 1958 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, constructed 2007-9, is on Gresham Fields, Wilford Lane, situated in between the 3 current 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.


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

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