Our School

Academic Life

Although our learning takes place within a 15th century building, our approach is determinedly progressive and designed to equip students with the skills to thrive in the challenges and changes they will face in their futures.

Bromley Independent Grammar is committed to being co-educational – life is co-ed, university is co-ed, and we feel strongly that school should be no different.

Our classrooms are structured to sit 14 students per class around a Harkness table.  The Harkness Method is a teaching and learning approach whereby students sit in a boardroom style and discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment, which encourages active engagement and participation.  We aim to develop self-driven learners with the character necessary to succeed.

Students are keen to learn because they feel valued and respected.  Our broad curriculum and co-curriculum provides individuals with the opportunity to demonstrate their academic capabilities, creative talents and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Arts

As we encourage our pupils in the pursuit of knowledge, we also recognise that they need a variety of ways to both explore and express themselves. Involvement in drama, art and music sparks creativity and innovation in many areas of life as well as building our pupils’ confidence. Engaging in the arts has a positive impact on pupils’ all-round academic performance, improving both their interest in other subjects and their results.

The Arts

The Art and Design department provides students with the opportunity to prepare for success at GCSE level. A huge variety of artistic outlets are available to pupils from painting and drawing to digital design and photography. We are committed to developing our pupils and equipping them with the knowledge and flexibility to excel at GCSE and beyond.

Drama

Creativity, imagination and experimentation are central to drama at Bromley Independent Grammar. Creating an environment where students think outside the box, make mistakes, have a voice and feel valued is essential. We are very proud of our long tradition of drama and have over the years produced a great number of successful stage productions, musicals and Christmas shows. The department aims to develop not only a student’s practical skills but also their appreciation of the social, cultural, historical and political context of theatre.

Music

Music has always been a very important part of life at BIG. Pupils are encouraged to learn and participate as fully as possible in concerts and events, whatever their ability or taste. We aim to provide an environment that stimulates a love for music, and as an academic subject, music connects uniquely with so many other disciplines and this is reflected in its popularity as a GCSE option.

Sports

We strive to provide our students with a rich and varied life outside the classroom and we offer a variety of sports for them to participate in and practise over the academic year, including swimming, football, basketball, cricket, badminton and table tennis, to name just a few.

Fencing is particularly popular with our pupils and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. There is always much excitement leading up to these lessons and they’re a fun way to develop all-round fitness, flexibility and self-confidence.

In addition to the health benefits of regular exercise and the enjoyment our pupils find in playing sports, our sport programme provides pupils the opportunity to gain important life skills. Qualities such as time-management, determination, commitment and initiative can be developed through competing against other individuals and teams, and helps the students learn how to be gracious winners and good losers.

Young Leaders

Our activities provider, Shaw Sports, run a very successful Young Leaders Programme. This offers all students from Year 7 upwards the opportunity to apply to train as a Sports Coach, while assisting with the organisation, planning and supervising sports activities.

The programme provides training to become a motivational speaker and visit other schools to inspire young minds to become active and passionate about their interests.

Pastoral Care

The health and well-being of our pupils is an integral part of BIG at all levels and the structures we have in place are continually assessed to see how they can be enhanced.

Pastoral care is the key to success in school. We seek to provide an environment for learning that is safe and secure, one that is aesthetically enriching, and one that enables all pupils to reach their  potential through dedicated staff and excellent facilities. We believe that small classes and individualised attention for all our pupils is essential for learning to flourish, and we recognise that education is very much a partnership between pupil, school and family. We look on every child as an individual as they are central to everything we do.

A long-term view is taken of each student’s development. Great emphasis is placed on developing character, resilience, ambition, good manners and empathy. As your child becomes older, they may face personal challenges alongside academic ones, and by operating a school which allows for safe, comfortable relationships between staff and pupils, we encourage an open school which means that your child knows they are respected and listened to by their teachers and we support our students to develop the skills needed to meet life’s challenges.

We are proud to be a multi-faith community with a moral core to what we do. We treat our students as individuals within a warm and nurturing environment where we develop a sense of community, within and beyond the school.

Food & Nutrition

Our experienced catering team serves hot lunches every day to all students and all food is produced on-site and is nutritious and varied. This helps students maintain attention in class and supports their physical and mental development.

Our chef caters for vegetarians and children requiring special diets for specific medical conditions. Our food respects a range of religions and cultures and pupils and parents frequently comment on the quality of the food we serve and learners especially enjoy the kindness and thoughtfulness of catering staff.

Please click on the link below to view our current Senior School menus.