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September 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Bristol Grammar School becoming fully coeducational. Prior to this, girls had only been able to join the Sixth Form but, from September 1980 girls were admitted to the Third Form (now Year 7) and the Lower School (now BGS Juniors) as well.
To celebrate the positive impact that becoming coeducational has had on the lives of Bristol Grammar School's pupils and staff, we had planned a year of events and activities. The coronavirus pandemic means unfortunately these plans have been put on hold, but we will still be marking the 40th anniversary with a year of online activity.
We'll be posting a memory from each of the last forty years on social media each Friday, as we look back over #40YearsIn40Weeks. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to join in (search BGSBristol).
You can also find information on these pages on how to join the OBs database to reconnect with former classmates, or submit a memory or photograph you would be happy for us to share as we reflect on the last forty years at BGS.
“Coming into BGS Sixth Form as one of the first girls to join was an amazing experience for me. The academic rigour was so impressive, but it was also an incredibly positive experience socially.”
“My first day coincided with the first intake of girls at age 11. I know some accused the School of betraying centuries of tradition but I might not have met my future wife but for this change, so I have a lot to thank Mr Avery and the Governors for in their forward-thinking approach.”
“I remember the first day of term September 1980 as it was my first day too. The girls had grey skirts, grey jumpers, white blouses - no tie and no blazer. They looked very lost sitting in the Great Hall amongst all those boys. I was appointed as the first Head of Girls PE and Games but with only 22 girls in the first intake there weren't many lessons so I taught Geography too.”
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