Investing in tomorrow’s talent
Here at Bradford Grammar School (BGS), we are working hard to increase the number of Assisted Places available to bright students from low-income households. This has long been a part of our history and reflects our strong ties to Bradford city and the communities we neighbour.
Currently, there are 78 students at BGS who wouldn’t be here otherwise, thanks in no small part to the generosity of former students and friends. Local supporters include business leaders who recognise our commitment to creating educational opportunities, such as the charitable arm of Bingley-based publishing house Emerald Group, and Bradford-based Sovereign Health Care.
The impact of an Assisted Place is transformative. Thanks to an Assisted Place funded by Roger Bowers, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and a former BGS student, Year 13 Charlie Kelly is destined for Cambridge University, where she will pursue an Engineering degree. Charlie, who aspires to become an inventor, says: “Bradford Grammar has completely changed my life. It’s opened up the world of learning to me and it’s made me enthusiastic about education again.”
Charlie follows in the footsteps of Blaine Thomas, who received an Assisted Place established in memory of another former student, the late Sir Ken Morrison of Morrisons supermarkets. Blaine, who lived on the Canterbury estate until he was 14, is now completing his first year of a law degree at Oxford University.
Headmaster Dr Simon Hinchliffe feels a great sense of purpose as we prepare to launch a new fundraising campaign to benefit more young people like Charlie and Blaine:
“The economic impact of COVID-19 will be felt for some time to come and poses a great risk to educational outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged young people in our region. To that end, we have launched the 1662 Campaign for Assisted Places.
“We hope to double the number of students who receive assistance from 10 to 20 per cent of our student population. It is only with the support of partners, including existing and prospective benefactors, that we can make a difference to children of great potential, no matter what their background or financial circumstance.
“This is bigger than BGS; it is about supporting social mobility in our city and nurturing tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.”