“Now, more than ever, there is an obligation to work together for the benefit of the young.”
Simon Hinchliffe, Head at BGS
Every summer term, the Bradford Grammar School (BGS) sports fields are filled with the excited cheers of hundreds of happy children as local primary schools come together for the mini Brownlee Foundation Triathlon. The Brownlee Foundation events were set up by Alistair and Jonny, both former students at BGS, so they could give something back to the community.
Over the course of a long history, BGS has recognised that it has a responsibility to share its time, talents and wonderful resources, and the Brownlee triathlon is one small part of that. Matt Wilde, BGS’s Head of PE Outreach, also leads multisports coaching sessions at the school.
Pupils are encouraged to be active agents in the local community and have supported a range of other fundraising and community initiatives. Typically, 150 Year 12 students register with Vinspired, a UK volunteering charity, and complete more than 1,500 hours of volunteering between them.
A few more examples of BGS’s partnership and outreach work include:
While the school has missed having the sounds of visiting children for its annual mini Brownlee Triathlon for the past two years, with COVID restrictions finally lifting it is looking forward to resuming its regular partnership work.
Simon Hinchliffe, Headmaster at BGS, says: “For us, building and sustaining relationships remains part of our heritage and behaviour, bound to our identity and place within inner-city Bradford. Now, more than ever, there is an obligation to work together for the benefit of the young and through these partnerships and by widening access, we seek to become a good neighbour in Bradford for generations to come.”