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Bromsgrove School
Bromsgrove School arms.jpg
(For God, for King,
for Neighbour)
Established 1553 (established)
1476 (first recorded)
Type Public School
Religion Anglican Foundation
Head Master Chris Edwards M.A. Oxon
Chaplain Revd. Paul Hedworth
Chairman of the Governors Matthew Horton
Founder Sir Thomas Cookes
Location Worcester Road
B61 7DU
LEA Worcestershire
Staff c.458
Students c.1,510
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2 to 18
Houses 11 (Senior School)
4 (Preparatory School)
3 (Pre-Preparatory)
Colours Maroon


Former pupils Old Bromsgrovians
Maps School Grounds
Coordinates: 52°19′43″N 2°03′48″W / 52.328611°N 2.063333°W / 52.328611; -2.063333

Bromsgrove School, founded in 1553, is a co-educational independent school in the Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove, England.



It was first recorded in 1476 as a chantry school and was re-established as a Tudor Grammar School between 1548 and 1553. The endowment of Sir Thomas Cookes in 1693 produced the first buildings on the present site and the historic link with Worcester College, Oxford which shares the same coat of arms and motto, based on those of Sir Thomas Cookes of Norgrove.

Annually at the end of the Summer Term, Commemoration day takes place, where a wreath is laid beneath Sir Thomas Cooke's portrait, with the day ending in pupils shaking the hands of the headmaster and heads of school.

In 1869 Bromsgrove was one of the fourteen founding schools of the Headmasters' Conference.
During the Second World War the School moved to Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales and its buildings were used by British Government Departments.

In 2002 the school established Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST) in Thailand.

In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading private schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, exposed by The Times, which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents.[1] Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.[2]

In 2007, the school was granted the Freedom of Llanwrtyd Wells.[3]


Bromsgrove School has boarding and day students and consists of three schools, Pre-Prep Nursery School (ages 2–7), Preparatory School (ages 7–13) and the Senior School (13–18). The School has a total of 1,510 pupils, 810 of these in the Senior School, of whom 60% are male and 40% female, 60% boarding and 40% day. As well as British students, there are more than three hundred from other countries, especially Russia, Germany, China and Hong Kong. The school is to some extent a selective school and high A-Level and GCSE grades are achieved, with an A-Level pass rate (grade A*-C) of 96%.[4]. Bromsgrove School is in the Top Ten of UK co-ed boarding schools by A-Level results.[5] A Rugby match against King Edward's School, Birmingham, that has been played annually for over 150 years, is thought to be the oldest continuous Rugby fixture between two schools in England.[6]


Preparatory School - All named after famous industrialists, shown in brackets:

Senior School:

  • Elmshurst (Boys Boarding)
Named after the original house that was located at 17 New Road. Elmshurst was sold in the mid-1970s and the students relocated to the current building within the school campus. It was refurbished in 2009 and half a million was spent on it.
  • Hazeldene (Girls Day)
  • Housman Hall (Sixth Form Girls & Boys)
Housman Hall was opened in 2005, after the school bought the Ramada Perry Hall Hotel for 25 million pounds. The building is the former home of A.E. Housman, an old bromsgrovian himself. Was expanded in 2009
  • Lupton (Boys Day)
  • Lyttelton (Boys Day)
Named after the schools links with Baron Lyttelton, a local Lord, which is also where the Cobham links came from.
  • Mary Windsor (Girls Boarding)
Named after Mary Windsor who was the daughter of Thomas Windsor Windsor, 1st Earl of Plymouth and Anne Savile. She married Sir Thomas Cookes, Bt. in 1672.
  • Oakley (Girls Boarding & Day)
  • School House (Boys Day)
Senior House. Leads final call over during the end of year Commemoration Day ceremony.
  • Thomas Cookes (Girls Day)
Named after the founder of the school.
  • Walters (Boys Day)
  • Wendron Gordon (Boys Boarding)
Has over 100 pupils in 2009-2010 due to merging with School House boarding

Notable students

There have been many notable Bromsgrovians, called Old Bromsgrovians, including five Victoria Cross recipients, and one George Cross holder. AE Housman is one of the early recognisable names, whose house is now the school's Sixth Form Centre. In business and politics, David Arculus, Digby Jones and Michael Heseltine were educated at Bromsgrove, as were actors Ian Carmichael,[7] Trevor Eve (of Shoestring fame), and Nick Miles (of Emmerdale fame). In music, John Illsley attended both the Prep and Senior Schools, whilst more recently Soweto Kinch wowed the school, on many occasions, with his piano playing abilities. Olivia Safe wife of former G4 (band) singer Jonathan Ansell[8], is a Coloratura Soprano, with an extensive repertoire and versatility in the voice which has enabled her to sing Opera, Oratorio and Musical Theatre. The school also continues to produce many leading sportsman - Matt Neal attended during the 1980s, Andy Goode, Ben Foden and Matt Mullan also attended and have since played Rugby Union for England.


Victoria Cross holders

Five Old Bromsgrovians have won the Victoria Cross:[9]

George Cross Holders

See also


  1. ^ Independent schools face huge fines over cartel to fix fees - Times Online
  2. ^ The Office of Fair Trading: OFT names further trustees as part of the independent schools settlement
  3. ^ Unique Honour For Town School (from Bromsgrove Advertiser)
  4. ^ Bromsgrove School
  5. ^ Best Schools, The Top 100 Co-Educational Senior Boarding Schools by A Levels
  6. ^ Staff, Senior School Sports Rugby Bromsgrove School, Retrieved 7 August 2008
  7. ^ Barker, Dennis (6 February 2010). "Ian Carmichael obituary". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ [Mail online] Retrieved 17 February 2010
  9. ^ Lovell, Nicholas , (1996), V.C.s of Bromsgrove School : : the stories of five Victoria Crosses won by old Bromsgrovians , ISBN 0-9521362-3-6 ISBN0952136236

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