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The West Bridgford School
Motto Carpe Diem
Established 1960s
Type Secondary, Technology College, formerly comprehensive
Headteacher Mr R. McDonough
Location Loughborough Road
West Bridgford
LEA Nottinghamshire
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11 to 18
Website The West Bridgford School
Coordinates: 52°55′04″N 1°08′13″W / 52.9179°N 1.137°W / 52.9179; -1.137

The West Bridgford School & Specialist Technology College is a co-educational Comprehensive school in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England.


About the School


The school, then known as West Bridgford County Secondary School moved to the present buildings in 1938. It became West Bridgford Grammar School in 1944 and then West Bridgford Comprehensive in September 1969. It is now called The West Bridgford School - A Specialist Technology College and remains a comprehensive. The school's original site was on Musters Road, which is now occupied by Musters Medical Practice. In September 1938 the school moved to a newly constructed building adjoining Loughborough Road, which is now its main building. 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 Green line nature reserve) in West Bridgford and included Ruddington. The building is next to South Nottingham College.

Local rivalry

The school is known for its local rivalry with the closest other comprehensive, Rushcliffe. Both schools get good results at both GCSE and A level. West Bridgford is usually at the top of the GCSE tables for Nottinghamshire, similar to Rushcliffe School, but West Bridgford does much better at A level - usually the second best in Nottinghamshire. However, the nearby Becket School is the best in Nottinghamshire at A level, although tends to less well at GCSE.

Former headmasters

  • David Cokeham (1989-2005)
  • Mr. Marden (1972-1989)
  • Peter Cornall (1967-72) - became Cornwall's inspector of schools from 1981-91. Advocate of comprehensive education.

An 'Eco-School'

The school's Environment Committee have worked hard through 2007 and 2008 to make the school more environmentally friendly. The school has now achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards in the Eco-Schools system. In December 2008, the school held a 'Green Week' to raise awareness and money for environmental projects around the school. This resulted in receiving £26,000 to purchase a wind turbine for the field, to power the Library and Learning Support Area.

Notable alumni

West Bridgford Grammar School


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