Hipperholme Grammar School

Hipperholme Grammar School is a private grammar school in Hipperholme (near Halifax), West Yorkshire, England. It educates pupils between the ages of 3 and 16.

Hipperholme Grammar School
Bramley Lane

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Coordinates53°43′43″N 1°48′48″W / 53.728489°N 1.813201°W / 53.728489; -1.813201
TypePrivate school
MottoDoctrina Fortior Armis
(Latin: The pen is mightier than the sword)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1648; 376 years ago (1648)
FoundersMatthew Broadley, Joseph Lister, Samuel Sunderland
Department for Education URN107585 Tables
Chair of GovernorsJames Allison
Head TeacherMr Nick James
Age3 to 16
HousesSunderland, Lister and Broadley
Colour(s)Red and blue
PublicationThe Broadleian

Lightcliffe Preparatory School merged with Hipperholme Grammar School in 2003, under the Hipperholme Grammar Schools Foundation, and was subsequently renamed as Hipperholme Grammar Junior School.[1]

The school has it origins in 1529 within the chantry chapel of the nearby village of Coley. In 1648 (the date the school classes as its founding year) Matthew Broadley, paymaster to Charles I, endowed a large sum of money to build a school on land donated by Samuel Sunderland of Coley Hall; the school opened its doors on its current site in 1661.[citation needed] Two of the current school houses, Broadley and Sunderland, are named after the founders.

In 1783 a new school hall was constructed, designed by Longbottom. Originally an all-boys school, it became private (ISA, AGBIS) in the 1980s and began admitting girls at the same time.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils

Statue to Sir Robert Peel in London, in February 2012


  1. ^ "Tributes for Jacky, a headteacher for 30 years". www.halifaxcourier.co.uk. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  2. ^ Newbigging, Thomas (1893), History of the Forest of Rossendale (Second ed.), The Rossendale Free Press, pp. 241–242
  3. ^ "Brighouse snowboarder Katie Ormerod ranked second at European Open". Huddersfield Examiner. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Sir Robert Peel". Tamworth. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2014.