West Bridgford School

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The West Bridgford School
Loughborough Road, West Bridgford


Coordinates52°55′04″N 1°08′13″W / 52.9179°N 1.137°W / 52.9179; -1.137Coordinates: 52°55′04″N 1°08′13″W / 52.9179°N 1.137°W / 52.9179; -1.137
TypeAcademy, Comprehensive
MottoCarpe Diem
Established1895 (1969)
TrustEast Midlands Education Trust
Department for Education URN136628 Tables
Head teacherTim Peacock
Age11 to 18

The West Bridgford School is a co-educational comprehensive school with academy status in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England.


Grammar school[edit]

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.

The houses were Cavendish, Chaworth, Manvers, Pierrepont, Musters, and Byron. Prof Robert Peers, the former Principal of University College Nottingham, gave a talk at the speech day on Thursday 14 November 1946.[1] The headteacher John William Holmes died on Saturday 2 July 1949 aged 59 at home on Trevor Road; he had been headteacher since September 1933, and had been ill from December 1948. Previously he had been head of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School at Atherstone, and was a former modern languages teacher from Halifax. His funeral service was conducted by Rev D Campbell-Miller, head of Magnus Grammar School.[2][3]A new headteacher N.A. Alston, educated at Manchester Grammar School, a physics teacher, the former head of Woodhouse Grammar School in Sheffield from 1946, was appointed in November 1949;[4] he took over as headteacher on Wednesday 19 April 1950.

In January 1952, there were firm plans to change the name of the school to the Philip Barber Grammar School, named after Major Philip Barber, who was Chairman from 1931-45 of Nottinghamshire County Council.


In September 1949, 16 year old Jean Petchell got to the final of the British Junior Lawn Tennis championships, playing Lorna Cornell. Her talent had been developed by games mistress Miss A Muschamp.[5]

Nottinghamshire Womens Hockey Association played matches on the school sports ground, with Nottinghshire schools Rugby Union team, and hosted county cross-country competitions.


On Thursday 8 October 1959 at 7.30pm on the BBC Light Programme, in heat 4 for England in Top of the Form, a boys team, won against a girls team from Edgbaston High School,[6] and on Thursday 19 November 1959 at 7.30pm in second round, the team played boys from Redruth County Grammar School, which the team won.[7] Redruth had beaten a girls team from Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School in Kent, broadcast on Thursday 1 October 1959.[8] On Thursday 10 December 1959 at 7.30pm in the first semi-final, the team played against a boys team from Mackie Academy from Stonehaven in Scotland, which the team lost.[9]This team from Stonehaven would win in the final on Thursday 24 December 1959.

Four girls from West Bridgford Grammar School - Judith Lambert, Vanessa Syson, Maureen Howell, Patricia Heathcote - competed in Television Top of the Form shown at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 March 1963 on BBC television.[10] The programme was recorded on Tuesday 26 February 1963.[11][12] The team played boys of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, in heat 2.[13][14][15]Belfast won 44-35, with Hugh Gibson aged 17, Barry Stevens aged 14, Harry Cowle aged 13, and Bill Smith aged 12.[16] This team would win the competition in the final 39-33 on 1 May 1963, against a girls' grammar school.

Comprehensive schools were first discussed in 1965 by WG Lawson, the Director of Education for Nottinghshire.[17] On Sunday 29 October 1967 at 12.30pm, the programme Inside Local Government: the education committee on BBC1, featured the school, with the Dukeries School at Ollerton, which had already become comprehensive. The programme was presented by Denis Mitchell (filmmaker).[18]

Comprehensive school[edit]

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 the Green Line nature reserve) in West Bridgford and included Ruddington. The school buildings were adjacent to the old Central College Nottingham building, which was demolished in 2016 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 September 2014 The Ripley Academy (formerly Mill Hill School) in Ripley, Derbyshire joined West Bridgford School as part of the East Midlands Education Trust.[19]

In March 2016 The West Bridgford School was recognised as being one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England.[20]

An 'Eco-School'[edit]

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.[21]

Notable former pupils[edit]

West Bridgford Grammar School[edit]


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  2. ^ Nottingham Evening Post Mon 4 July 1949 page 5
  3. ^ Nottingham Journal Tuesday 5 July 1949 page 2
  4. ^ Nottingham Evening Post Thursday 24 November 1949, page 6
  5. ^ Nottingham Evening Post Saturday 10 September 1949, page 6
  6. ^ Edgbaston High School October 1959
  7. ^ Redruth November 1959
  8. ^ Redruth October 1959
  9. ^ Mackie Academy December 1959
  10. ^ Royal Belfast March 1963
  11. ^ Nottingham Evening Post Monday 18 Feb 1963, page 1
  12. ^ Nottingham Evening Post Monday 18 March 1963, page 11
  13. ^ Liverpool Echo Wednesday 20 March 1963, page 2
  14. ^ Belfast Telegraph Wednesday 20 March 1963, page 5
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