Batley Grammar School

Batley Grammar School is a co-educational free school located on Carlinghow Hill in Upper Batley, West Yorkshire, England.

Batley Grammar School
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Carlinghow Hill

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Coordinates53°43′19″N 1°38′27″W / 53.72200°N 1.64073°W / 53.72200; -1.64073Coordinates: 53°43′19″N 1°38′27″W / 53.72200°N 1.64073°W / 53.72200; -1.64073
TypeFree School
MottoesForte non Ignave (Bravely not cowardly)
FounderRev William Lee
Department for Education URN137487 Tables
ChairDavid Peel
PrincipalB.P Tullie
HeadmasterG. Kibble
Age range4-16
HousesAkroyd, Benstead, Lee, Talbot
Colour(s)Blue & Gold
Nobel laureatesSir Owen Willians Richardson
Former pupilsOld Batelians

The school was founded in 1612 by the Rev. William Lee. An annual founder's day service is held in his memory at Batley Parish Church, as he requested in his will, although it is not held on the date originally specified.

In 1878 the school moved to its current site at Carlinghow Hill, Upper Batley.

The school selected boys on their performance in the eleven-plus exams, regardless of family background.

Following the comprehensivisation of secondary education, the school became an independent public school in 1978 and entry became restricted to boys whose parents could afford its fees.

It was originally a boys' grammar school but introduced girls into the sixth form in 1988 and became co-educational in 1996.

More recently, the school has returned to the maintained sector and was one of the first free schools to open in the country and the first of its kind in Yorkshire .[1] In 2012 the school celebrated its quatercentenary.

Batley Grammar School is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.[2]

A Junior school, named Priestley House (after Joseph Priestley, an old Batelian, see below) is set in the grounds and is also part of the Free School.

The school has had several Royal visits and its playing fields are a site where the family land when the visiting the local area. Prince Andrew visited the school , as well as Princess Anne.

Notable Old BateliansEdit

Former pupils of the school are referred to as Old Batelians.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Batley Grammar School, The Department for Education,
  2. ^ HMC Schools: Additional Members, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1891). "Ingham, Benjamin" . Dictionary of National Biography. 28. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  4. ^ Tony Hannan, Being Eddie Waring The Life and Times of a Sporting Icon, 2008, p. 24, Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd, ISBN 978-1-84596-300-2
  5. ^ "Richardson, Owen Willans (RCRT897OW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ "Horace Waller VC". victoriacross. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  7. ^ Hodgson, Derek (22 August 2001). "Dawson's turn to make an impact". The Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2009.

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