West Bridgford School
|The West Bridgford School|
|Department for Education URN||136628 Tables|
|Head teacher||Mr Robert McDonough (2005–present)|
|Age||11 to 18|
The school used to be a grammar school and was then known as West Bridgford County Secondary School. It moved to the present buildings in 1938 and became The West Bridgford Grammar School in 1944. The school's original site was on Musters Road, which was occupied by the old Musters Medical Practice. In September 1938 the school moved to a newly constructed building adjoining Loughborough Road, which is now its main building.
It became West Bridgford Comprehensive in September 1969. It kept some of its old grammar school ethos long after it became a comprehensive: Latin and Classics were taught and rugby was given priority over football until the 1970s. Its catchment area was the east side of the old LNER railway line (now Green line nature reserve) in West Bridgford and included Ruddington. The building is next to the old Central College Nottingham building, which has been knocked down to make space for a new housing estate .
The school applied to be an Academy under the Academies Act 2010 and officially became an Academy at midnight on 31 March 2011. It allocates up to 10% of its places based on technological aptitude. Its admissions policy, however, is still as a Comprehensive and these places are allocated after offers have been made to those that live within the catchment area.
In March 2016 The West Bridgford School was recognised as being one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England.
The school's council and "Environmental Committee" have worked, with assistance from teachers and the support of the student body, to reduce the school's impact on the environment. The school has raised awareness by holding cake sales, fundraising events and holding a "Green Week", which involved students paying a donation and dressing in green. The money raised has gone towards green projects, such as double glazing, insulation and, most notably, a wind turbine, which feeds energy into the National Grid, who then subsidise the school's energy bill. Currently, the school holds the three Eco Schools awards, bronze, silver and has earned green in recognition of its efforts.
Notable former pupils
- Luke Bambridge, British tennis player
- Angus Barnett, British actor
- Marcus Clarke, British actor and puppeteer
- Joseph Dempsie, British actor, as seen in Skins and Game of Thrones.
- Danny Elliott, professional footballer for Port Vale
- Simon Francis, professional footballer for Bournemouth
- Dan Hardy, professional MMA fighter
- Katie Holtham, professional ladies footballer
- Keith Mansfield, writer and author of the Johnny Mackintosh novels
- Anjli Mohindra, British actor, as seen in The Sarah Jane Adventures
- Samantha Morton, British Oscar nominated actress
- Douglas Murray, author, journalist and political commentator
- Helen Richardson-Walsh, an English field hockey international, who was a member of the GB squad that won Bronze at the London 2012 and Gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Carl Smith - a British rower who won a gold medal in the lightweight men's fours during the 1991 world championships.
- Owen Thomas, British Television journalist, presenter, CNN and BBC World News
- Justine Thornton, British actress and a barrister. Wife of former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband
- Tyler Walker, professional footballer for Nottingham Forest
- Vance Warner, former professional footballer for Nottingham Forest
- Prof Bob White, Professor of Geophysics since 1989 at the University of Cambridge
- Lucy Worsley, British historian
West Bridgford Grammar School
- Keith Albarn, English artist and father of musician, Damon Albarn
- Prof Ian Bell, Professor of American Literature since 1992 at the University of Keele (1959–66)
- Malcolm Bradbury, novelist and academic (1944–51)
- Paul Esswood, counter-tenor singer (1953–60)
- Clive Granger, Nobel Laureate in Economics, of University of California, San Diego (1946–53)
- Sir Percy Edward Kent (also known as Peter Kent), Chief Geologist from 1966 to 1971 for BP (worked at Eakring during the war), Chairman from 1973–7 of the National Environment Research Council, and President from 1974–6 of the Geological Society of London
- Geraldine Moffat, Actress, noted for lead female role in Get Carter, and mother of Sam Houser and Dan Houser, founders of Rockstar Games
- WBWire (7 March 2016). "The West Bridgford School in the Top 100 schools | West Bridgford Wire". West Bridgford Wire. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- eco schools website|accessdate = 30 January 2012
- Angus Barnett at IMDB
- marcus clarke's IMDB listing
- Hands Up Puppets Website
- Samantha Morton left at 13 ...