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Bradford Girls' Grammar School

School rating 3 / 5 by

Squire Lane Bradford West Yorkshire BD9 6RB United Kingdom
K to 12th
Girls only


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When I was at Bradford Girls' Grammar School (BGGS) class sizes were good (about 20 per class), the school's strengths were in every area except geography and music (music suffered from a lack of facilities). It does emphasize exams, but I have therefore been well-prepared for the English university system which does the same. History was particularly well taught, with an emphasis on background information for a better understanding. The faculty were open and accessible, as I know some people who had family problems or eating disorders were given very sensitive and helpful care from the teachers. The work load was heavy but practical and prepared me well for Cambridge. The student body itself was very competitive, but in a healthy dosage.

College Counseling

College counseling was good with emphasis placed on thinking about university from sophomore year. However,....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The admissions process included one exam, with 3 parts: literacy, numeracy and reasoning. I had....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The quality of life for the most part is very good, with a good cafeteria, lunchtime activities and good teachers. By Sixth form, however, I became disappointed as they claim to be trying to prepare the Sixth Form students for university and adulthood, but did not treat us like adults. The elections for school council and President were a disappointment, as the vociferous students were vetoed by the teachers, and these people would have made the best representatives for the student body....

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