Building strong foundations to thrive

Welcome to Belmont Grosvenor School, an independent Prep school and nursery for boys and girls aged three months to 11 years

Educating children since 1880

Belmont Grosvenor School is a down-to-earth and nurturing environment where children are challenged to make outstanding progress in a magical countryside setting, building strong foundations to thrive in our ever-changing world.

Welcome from the Headmaster

Dear parents, carers and visitors

On behalf of the children, staff and governors, it is my privilege as Headmaster to welcome you to Belmont Grosvenor School, an independent school and nursery for children from three months to 11 years located in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the outskirts of Harrogate. Set in 20-acres of stunning grounds overlooking the Nidd Valley, Belmont Grosvenor is a magical place where children make outstanding progress in all that they try, giving them the foundations to thrive in our ever-changing world.

The happiness and well-being of our children is at the heart of all we do. By utilising our unrivalled setting, we aim to provide a breadth of learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Whether it’s building fires in our Forest School area, practising front crawl in our indoor swimming pool or enjoying guided reading in our very own Magic Tree, we ensure learning is not confined to four walls. Our smaller class sizes allow high-quality personalised learning to take place; teachers at BGS know exactly how to motivate our children and help them progress in all that they try. After a decade of education at Belmont Grosvenor, our pupils continue their successes at a wide range of senior and secondary schools, but they always remain part of the BGS family.

Belmont Grosvenor School is a loving family and community that welcomes new children and families into our school with open arms. Every day is an open day and I would be honoured to show you around our school at your earliest convenience.

Nathan Sadler Headmaster (B.Ed Primary Education, NPQH)
Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning

Belmont Grosvenor School is a place where learning habits are formed for life: independence, flexibility, perseverance, co-operation, reflectiveness and creativity are instilled in our children from an early age and develop throughout their time with us.

We want our children to have more than just knowledge. We encourage them to think around problems and opportunities, to devise original solutions, come up with new ideas, and take carefully evaluated risks.

In the classroom, we link these fundamental learning habits to familiar childhood characters who we believe embody these ideas. For example, Wallace and Gromit represent creativity and curiosity, Jessie from Toy Story is a great example of independence, while Batman’s adventures reflect risk-taking!

Whether it is assuming the role of a detective, developing a forensic scientist’s skills, or re-enacting the events leading up to the Great Fire of London, this is a highly-effective way of engaging, encouraging and ensuring these learning habits become part of our children’s everyday life.

Children move on from BGS as independent learners, with a strong sense of social responsibility, equipped with all the skills required for life-long learning but, best of all, they leave with lots of very happy memories.

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

The idyllic rural setting of Belmont Grosvenor, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, builds magic into the education and experience of every child at the school.

From their very first day, children play and learn in our 20-acres of stunning grounds, gaining both knowledge and respect for their environment.

The manicured Head’s Lawn, magnificent Magic Tree, rolling fields and picturesque meadow provide a beautiful, yet safe, place for all our children.

We are certain that our surroundings, with acres of space to roam and run free, help create memories and enrich the educational experience of all our children.

All our teachers are encouraged to take their learning outside the classroom as often as possible. Pupils are regularly away from their desks, having fun and making the most of our outdoor classroom and open-air amphitheatre.

Their art lessons could be spent sketching the beautiful Nidd Valley, maths could take on a whole new dimension through hunting for real-world 3D shapes around the grounds and science lessons become far more interesting when building habitats for local wildlife in our woodland area.

Our facilities

Our facilities

Housed in a Grade II Listed Gothic mansion, Belmont Grosvenor School really does offer the best of both worlds. Our striking, historic building is brimming with original features, from the service bells on the wall of the main school corridor and an old stone staircase worn with age to a blacksmith’s anvil in the store behind our Reception classroom, and a cellar with a well!

Contrast that with the cutting-edge technology found in our ICT suite, the networked whiteboards in all our classrooms and our fully equipped state-of-the-art science lab and you get a flavour of what learning at BGS is really like.

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