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Established  1899
DfE URN  118111 Tables
Phone  +44 1262 672593
Founded  1899
Headteacher  Sarah Pashley
Ofsted  Reports
Number of students  1,020
Bridlington School
Type  Voluntary controlled school
Location  Bessingby Road Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire YO16 4QU England
Address  Bridlington School, Bessingby Rd, Bridlington YO16 4QU, UK
Motto  Vitai Lampada Tradunt; (like runners, they pass on the torch of life)

Bridlington school summer concert

Bridlington School is a secondary school and sixth form located on Bessingby Road (A165), next to the hospital, in the seaside holiday resort of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.



Bridlington school is a comprehensive school that accepts pupils from Bridlington and the surrounding villages. The school has Connexions facilities available, for confidential careers advice or bullying and social issues. The headteacher was, until July 2009, Mr. John Wilson, when he was replaced by Mrs S Pashley. Mrs Pashley was previously a Deputy Head teacher at Beverley High School, and Mr Wilson has become Assistant Director for Children and Young People's Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The school is situated on Bessingby Road (A1038), a section of one of Bridlington's two dual-carriageways, next to the Bridlington and District Hospital.

Grammar school

The school was formed from Bridlington School (a grammar school founded on the site 20 September 1899, although founded in 1447 by King Henry VI) on Bessingby Road and Bridlington High School for Girls (founded in 1905) on St John's Street. The girls' school was opened on 26 September 1905 by Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock; it cost £3,500. In November 1938, 13-year-old Tom Elliott of Weaverthorpe died at the school when a small splinter of bone in a playground accident punctured a main artery. The school had around 550 boys in the 1950s and 1960s with a boarding school. The girls' school also had a boarding house. The girls' school had around 550 girls.


In 1975 the local LEA (one year after Humberside was formed with its base in Hull) changed the school to a comprehensive. The high school site became Bridlington Lower School and the current site was the Upper School. Most of the lower school site has become a housing estate, although the main building, visible from Quay Road, has been preserved and converted into flats. When a comprehensive it still had its girls' and boys' boarding house until the 1990s. It no longer has a boarding house.

School motto

The school motto is “Vitai Lampada Tradunt,” taken from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of the Universe – Book II, Line 79), and directly translates as "They Hand on the Torch of Life." The motto is shared with that of Sydney Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney, Australia.

Combined Cadet Force

The school has a Combined Cadet Force which celebrated its centenary in 2010. Before the CCF, the school had an Officers Training Corps. It has all three sections, which thrive and frequently win in national competitions. The Combined Cadet Force is one of the Schools stronger attributes. The combined cadet force teaches the cadets survival skill which will help them in life. Current Officers include;

Contingent Commander

Wing Commander Susan Shiladay BA RAF (VR(T))

IC Royal Naval Section

Lieutenant(CCF) M A Barmby GCGI RNR

IC Army Section

Captain L Crossland BSc

IC Royal Air Force Section

Flight Lieutenant M Broadley RAF (VR(T))


  • The school was awarded Sports College status in 2002
  • Sportsmark was awarded in 2007 by Sport England
  • The school was awarded Artsmark in 2008 by Arts Council England
  • Academic standards

    Bridlington School emerged from special measures on 1 March 2007. The most recent Ofsted inspection of the school concluded it was a "satisfactory" school.

    The school has an 88% A*-C pass rate at GCSE, the rate including Maths, English and Science is in the '90s. The Sixth Form has a 100% pass rate for this year. The Sixth Form has recently joined with Headlands Sixth Form to form 'The Shores'. This ensures more course are available to Sixth Form pupils. The overall pass rate for 'The Shores' this year was 99%.

    Notable former pupils

  • Prof Albert Alexander, Professor of Conservative Dentistry from 1972–92 at University College London Medical School
  • Geoffrey Bayldon, actor
  • John Burke OBE, Chief Executive from 1993–99 of the Bristol & West
  • Prof Hugh Cockerell OBE, former Professor of Insurance Studies at City University London, and father of Michael Cockerell
  • Ernie Cooper; Guinness Record holder for the longest Rugby Union penalty kick — 81-yard (74.06 m), while captaining the school against an Army team in a match played at the school in 1944.
  • Andrew Dismore; Labour MP from 1997–2010 for Hendon
  • Prof William Doyle, Professor of History from 1986–2008 at the University of Bristol
  • Air Marshal Sir Eric Dunn KBE CB BEM CEng FRAeS RAF, former Chief Engineer of the RAF in the mid-1980s and heavily involved in coordination for the Falklands War
  • Norman Feather, FRS, nuclear physicist.
  • Thomas Fenby, Liberal MP from 1924–29 for Bradford East
  • Prof Peter France, Professor of French from 1980–90 at the University of Edinburgh
  • Gilbert Gledhill, Conservative MP from 1931–45 for Halifax
  • Francis Johnson (architect) CBE
  • Prof Harold Scarborough CBE, Professor of Medicine from 1950–70 at the Welsh National School of Medicine (became the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1984)
  • Prof Nicola Spence, former chief scientist at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), former CEO of Science City York, Special Professor in applied plant pathology at the University of Nottingham, a scientific adviser to the BBSRC and the EU, Chief Plant Health Officer at Defra
  • Sir Peter Winston Smith Kt; High Court Judge famed for presiding over the Da Vinci Code plagiarism case and for being reprimanded for misconduct by the Lord Chief Justice
  • Martin Temple CBE, Chairman since 2008 of EEF the manufacturers organisation
  • Commander Alistair Watson Royal Navy; equerry to HRH Prince Charles.
  • Deryk Weyer CBE, President from 1979–81 of the Institute of Bankers (now the ifs School of Finance), Chairman of Barclays Bank UK from 1980–3
  • References

    Bridlington School Wikipedia

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