Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) is a selective co-educational academy grammar school in Waterfoot, Rossendale, Lancashire, England. The school is named after the two main towns either side of Waterfoot, Bacup and Rawtenstall.

Tavis - "You were the first person to tackle the Giant Swing, swinging through the air with style Tarzan would be jealous of. You have used so much energy over the last three days, I have no idea where it has come from, going full pelt at all the activities. Showing real commitment you made your group proud during the Raft Building with your amazing skydive into the raging rapids of the lake".

BRGS is a designated grammar school primarily for children in Bacup, Rawtenstall and the surrounding areas. As a grammar school, our entire intake is selected on the basis of high academic ability.

First week of this school year Miss Shepherd took all Year 6 to Robinwood Dobroyd Castle for 3 days of activities to build confidence, teamwork and self discovery. All the children has a fantastic time!!

Aeronwen - "Your group called upon you to show them the way down the speedy Zipwire and you showed them just how fun and cool it was. You took your team around the the Nightlines treacherous twisting tunnels with ease - passing loads of magnificent messages back showing perfect leadership".

Miss Shepherd - "You were always raring to go and get stuck into all the activities, a great inspiration for the group despite the fact that they almost couldn't keep up with you".

Please look at our photo's below of the children.

Shaun - "Have you paddled before? You showed some amazing technique during the Canoeing out on the lake. Your group enjoyed your teamwork and support for everyone on Zipwire leading to a great session that everyone enjoyed. You wriggled and squeezed your way through the obstacles on the Nightline effortlessly, reaching the end in style".

The school is attended by approximately 1250 students, split between the lower school (Years 7 to 11), which has approximately 150/180 pupils per year (in five or six groups of thirty pupils each) and the sixth form (Years 12 to 13) with 250 pupils per year (in separate groups).

I believe the success of a school is that there is strong leadership with a clear vision and the drive and character to achieve this, with the full commitment and support of all the staff, parents and governors who are passionate about doing only what is best for the children. I want to encourage staff and children to try new ideas and build a nursery school with an amazing reputation in Bacup and beyond!

Bacup Nursery School lowered the age phase of the school in January 2016 so that 2 year old children can start in the nursery school. If you would like to know more about any aspect of the school, please contact me. I would be delighted to show you around our fantastic Nursery School with its excellent facilities, both indoors and outdoors.

As Headteacher here for five years, I aim to maintain our outstanding status and build strong foundations with the ambition that all our children will be happy, confident, enquiring, polite, caring, motivated and fully prepared emotionally and academically for the transition to Primary School. Simply put, I want our Nursery School to be the best that it can be!

Here are some comments from the instructors on how the children did:

Well done to Kelan, Oscar, Coco-lily and Charlie for being the first to be chosen!

In September 2013 Trinity Mirror's ranking of state funded schools placed BRGS at 119th of 3,079 with a score of 76 out of a 100. It was rated as a 5 star school with the following attributes

To tie in with our celebrations, we also had a performance of 'Jump to it' from West End Theatres.

We have been awarded with the Lancashire PE Mark - Silver Award ! We are really pleased to have achieved this award which recognises our commitment to Physical Education and providing our children with a range of opportunities. We aim to keep the Olympic spirit alive!    

Sophie - "Your fantastic teamwork skills were there for all to see as you enabled your team to progress at great heights in the Crate Challenge. You made a fantastic effort in the Nightline - throwing yourself through all the obstacles with extraordinary energy and an enormous smile.  You also showed commitment to the group as you took off into the lake despite the cold and soggy landing."

The opportunities that we are given as young children clearly impact on us in later life. It is extremely important that we expose all our children to a high standard of education with exciting and equal opportunities. Here, at Bacup Nursery School, children have additional and regular opportunities for active phonics, yoga, dance, multi-cultural cooking, links with the local Church along with a range of extra-curricular activities provided by our excellent nursery school staff.

In year admissions occur when a student leaves BRGS and a place becomes available. Information about in-year admissions can be found here. This information is a part of our overall admissions policy.

Luke - "You bravely attempted the slippery pole in the Piranha Pool despite the icy piranha infested waters. You brilliantly encouraged and supported others in your team as they tackled the tricky Obstacle Course. They couldn't have done it without you!"

Appeals will be heard by an independent appeals panel on 13th or 14th June 2016.

Hailie - "You were a vital member of the group in the Crate Challenge as your hard work and team spirit meant that everyone managed to create cracking crate stacks. As you battled with your fears you showed the group just how brave and determined you were on the Zipwire, resulting in a fantastic flight".

Officially opened by our governor Miss Birch on Tuesday, 15th December, the children are looking forward to being able to use both areas.  A rota has been set up ensuring that all children get access and ensuring that it remains safe without too many children at any one time.

All children have taken part in science week with year 6 children supporting others in school with their investigations.

William - "As the first member of your team to go across the Piranha Pool you inspired confidence in the group and you helped them master the tasks perfectly. You attacked the Obstacle Course head on completing every challenge and expertlu helping your team along the way".


As a group we would like to thank all Robin Wood staff and all those involved to make this trip happen. It will be one of those things the group will always remember.

Welcome to Bacup Nursery School and I hope Bacup Nursery School fulfils all your expectations and more so that your child receives not just a good but an excellent education.

Record breaking set of results for our class of 2016!

A unique ranking system, using 21 different measures, compiled from the latest publicly available data teacher ratio, attendance etc., was used to create this table rather than just results from GCSEs. Manchester Metropolitan University have supported this data as more comprehensive and useful for parents. The majority of students continue on to further education, the school has a long history of sending students to the Russell Group and Oxbridge Universities. [1] [2]

Every pupil will play a musical instrument in music lessons, but all pupils also have the choice to have lessons additionally. These lessons are with specialised teachers, who have practice rooms where they teach their musical category. (E.g. Drums, Brass, Woodwind, Voice.) These lessons are paid for - in private or in small groups of about two. Any pupil can choose this at any point in the year.

If you wish to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, please download our appeal form here. This should be returned to the school (please mark your envelope "APPEALS") by 31st March 2016. Your appeal should contain all the written documentation you wish the appeal panel to consider. Some guidance notes can be downloaded here. A code of conduct for the running of appeal hearings can be downloaded here.

If you have any queries or require any information, please do not hesitate to contact our Office Manager,  Miss Paula Wallace who will be able to help. She can be contacted at 01706 873955 or alternatively,

Although slightly delayed due to the weather, we eventually managed to celebrate the 19th year of World Book Day on Tuesday 8th March.  

Investigations carried out included; how do animals keep warm? how do our hands move? what's in our blood? how do you get an egg into a bottle?

Its status as a selective entry state school for years seven to eleven (aged 11 to 16) means that the school is vastly oversubscribed, with many children competing for each place by taking an entrance examination while in their final year of primary school. Entry to the sixth form is non selective, except for the condition of the student's having gained at least four grade B and four grade marks C, from their best eight GCSEs.

Founded in the 18th century as Newchurch Grammar School, it opened its doors in 1701 on land bequeathed by a certain John Kershaw. The foundation stones for the current site were laid by the Mayors of Bacup and Rawtenstall on 1 July 1911. The school opened in 1913.

The entrance examination consists of three tests: Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning. Children must pass all three tests in order to be considered for a place. However, passing all three tests is not a guarantee of a place.

To see what we get up to every day in the nursery school, click on the pictures above.  Tell us what you think about our pictures.

A new incentive for children at lunch time is our 'top table'. This is where all the children who promote good table manners, eating with a knife and fork correctly and being polite will have the opportunity of sitting each week.