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    LEADING Ladies from across Yorkshire were guests of honour at a special event held to mark 35 years since Bradford Grammar School (BGS) first welcomed girls through its doors.


    The school saw girls enter the Sixth Form in 1984, before going fully co-educational 15 years later. Since then, many female Old Bradfordians have gone on to have thriving careers and lives following their time at BGS.


    To mark the start of a year of celebrations, a Leading Ladies event saw six Old Bradfordians and Bradfordians take part in a panel discussion in the school’s historic Price Hall in front of an audience of more than 80.


    The panel, which had ‘What Makes a Leading Lady in 2019?’ as its theme included:

    • Sabbiyah Pervez, BBC Look North’s communities reporter
    • Abby-Mae Parkinson, Team GB cyclist
    • Helen Haigh, Army Reserve Captain and senior project manager
    • Suzanne Watson, President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce and owner of Approach PR
    • Jane Chapman, BGS’s assistant head (pastoral)
    • Jaya Krishna, BGS Sixth Form student and women’s rights ambassador,


    Lindsey Davis, director of development at BGS, said: “There are so many inspirational, strong women who have forged great careers and lives following their time at Bradford Grammar School. We’re looking forward to celebrating the role they’ve played in school life this year and marking their significant achievements through our programme of events.”


    Simon Hinchliffe, headmaster at BGS, said: “Successful schools move with the times and BGS is one such example with a school community today balanced between boys and girls. The Leading Ladies event was a great way to celebrate the role that women have played in school life, both at BGS and in the wider world. It was wonderful, personally, to meet so many female Old Bradfordians and see how they have embodied the school motto Hoc Age, meaning ‘get on and do’.”