Batley Grammar School

Batley Grammar School is a co-educational free school in 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)
Established1612; 409 years ago (1612)
FounderRev William Lee
Department for Education URN137487 Tables
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 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 introduction of comprehensive schools, the school became an independent public school in 1978 and entry became restricted to boys whose parents could afford its fees.

The school introduced girls into the sixth form in 1988 and became co-educational in 1996. In 2011, it became a state-funded free school.[1] The following year, it celebrated its quatercentenary. A junior school, Priestley House (after Joseph Priestley, an old Batelian) is set in the grounds. The school has had several Royal visits; the Royal family lands on its playing fields when visiting the area. Prince Andrew has visited the school, as has Princess Anne.

On 25 March 2021, a teacher was suspended after a cartoon of Muhammad was shown in class during a discussion about press freedom and religious extremism, which sparked protests outside the school, demanding the resignation of the teacher involved,[2] and a 61,000 signature petition of support.[3] Gary Kibble, the head of Batley Grammar has offered an apology. Commenting on the situation, Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said teachers should be able to "appropriately show images of the prophet" in class and the protests are "deeply unsettling" due to the UK being a "free society". He added teachers should "not be threatened" by religious extremists.[4] The trust conducted an investigation, concluding in May 2021, that in respect for the community, images of Muhammad should not be used, and lifted the teacher's suspension.[5]

Notable Old BateliansEdit

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

See alsoEdit


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