|Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School|
|Glen Road, Waterfoot, BB4 7BJ, UK Rossendale|
+44 (0)1706 234500
BRGS is a very popular, selective, 11-18 Foundation school
with a large Sixth Form. The school is situated on a hillside
overlooking the Rossendale Valley in the village of Waterfoot,
between Rawtenstall and Bacup.
The school aims to bring about the total development of all
students, thus enabling them to grow into balanced and
We try to make the school a place where students can
discover and develop their talents, interests and abilities to the
full. They discover and adjust to their own limitations.
At BRGS students also learn to understand and respect the
ideas and attitudes of others in order that all may live and
work together in harmony.
Admission to the sixth form is by interview with the Director of
Sixth Form. A place is available to all BRGS students who we
feel can benefit from the courses offered and who achieve at
least five GCSEs.
At the end of Year 11, some 95% of our pupils stay on for a
further two years in the Sixth Form where they are joined by
many students from other local schools at this stage. In the
lower sixth, students choose to study four subjects at ‘AS’
level, completing three modular examinations in each subject
during the year, in addition all students study Critical Thinking
‘AS’ level. Most students then continue with three of these
subjects at ‘A2’ level in their upper sixth year. General Studies
is available to all students in the upper sixth.
The sixth form represents a major step in a student’s
development. A process of social and academic adjustment
occurs as students are encouraged to read more widely, think
more deeply and develop the skills of intellectual enquiry.
Consequently, they mature very rapidly at this stage.
Personalities develop and self-confidence grows. Sixth formers
have the opportunity to become form prefects and to help look
after junior forms during registration periods. It is our aim at
BRGS to present a broad and balanced curriculum that will
enable students to achieve their career ambitions. Staff, led by
the Director of Sixth Form, Mr Elkington, take great care to
advise and consult with parents and students on the academic
The curriculum for students Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3) is
broad and balanced, covering the traditional range of subjects
with an emphasis on ICT, with all pupils taking that GCSE short
course examination at the end of Year 9. In Years 10 and 11
(Key Stage 4) pupils study double English, double award
Science, Maths, one humanity, one modern foreign language,
one technology and one from many subjects, all to full GCSE
level. They also take the GCSE in RE and can opt to study
Latin. The underlying philosophy of the BRGS curriculum is
that pupils study a wide range of subjects before specialising
in the Sixth Form.
Instrumental music tuition: Lessons are available to
interested students, and parents should contact the Head of
Music for further details.
Clubs, Societies and School Teams: There are many
activities organised by school staff which take place either
during lunchtime or out of school hours. These include school
team sports, orienteering, musical groups, chess, subject clubs
and Christian Union. A supervised ICT club runs every day
before school from 8.00 a.m., at lunchtime and after school to
Out and About: Surrounded by beautiful countryside, BRGS is
ideally situated to encourage both an appreciation of the
environment and a healthy interest in outdoor pursuits. All
students are offered the chance of adventure and exploration
through geography field trips and the school runs a very
popular and successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme
where pupils can pursue their personal development
programme through bronze, silver and gold levels. School
trips, both home and abroad, feature strongly throughout all
year groups and are positively encouraged.
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