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About BGS

Batley Grammar School opened its doors in 1612 and has served all its students with high quality education during this time. The strength of the school has always in its ability to adapt to the changing environment and to evolve accordingly. We are a multi-cultural community and value harmony, tolerance and understanding for others, respecting and celebrating differences.

We provide high quality education for both boys and girls of primary and secondary ages. This collaboration enables us to share expertise, knowledge and best practice to ensure academic and pastoral excellence throughout our schools - sharing the same overall ethos and values, whilst maintaining our own unique character.

Our aim is to nurture our young people in a caring educational environment, enabling them to grow into confident, respectful, independent and successful learners. In doing so, equipping them with the depth of character and enthusiasm necessary to aspire, thrive and prosper in their future endeavours.

We continue to strive to ensure that the experience our young people have at school builds on excellent foundations for them to develop their educational journey. This is focused on enagaging learning and personal development where they can believe grow and succeed.

We are part of the Batley Multi Academy Trust, whose sole purpose is to provide an outstanding education through our family of schools. Batley Multi Academy Trust currently comprises Batley Girls’ High School, Upper Batley High School, Batley Grammar School, Healey Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Field Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Manorfield Infant and Nursery School and Batley Girls' Sixth Form College.

Our History

Over the years, the school has nurtured and inspired a great many pupils who have made their mark in industry, commerce, the sciences, education and other important spheres. For example: Joseph Priestley, Sir Titus Salt, Sir Owen Richardson and, more recently Richard Reed of Innocent Smoothies and Lawrence Tomlinson of Ginetta Cars.


The school was founded by Rev. William Lee. The original school building was erected close to the Parish Church of Batley, and the duties of the Master were 'to teach and instruct youth and children...and to make such as be a capable fit for the university'. This has remained an important aim of the school since its foundation.


The school moved to its present site and for the next hundred years was reliant on income from the West Riding County Council, and then Kirklees Council.


The school became independent in 1978, and joined the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) several years later.


Girls were admitted for the first time into the Sixth Form, and the school became fully co-educational in 1996.


Priestley House, our Primary Phase, was opened, and children are now admitted from the age of four.


Batley Grammar School took the exciting step of becoming a Free School, the first Free School in Yorkshire. This has enabled the school to continue to grow and as part of our continued desire to support children in our community we decided to join with other local schools and become part of the Batley Multi Academy Trust