Formerly part of Lady Royd Pre-Preparatory, the Early Years stage of Bradford Girls’ Grammar School, Lady Castle Nursery now operates as a separate unit with its own distinctive identity.
The nursery is named after Lady Barbara Castle (nee Betts) a former pupil of BGGS who, despite coming from an ordinary working class background, went to Oxford and on to a successful career in politics. She then used her political influence and position to help the people of Bradford with her fight for equal pay, better working conditions, reforms in child benefit and more importantly, equal opportunities in education.
Whilst the name acknowledges the former link with the school, with its great history and reputation, it also embodies the values and vision we hold for the nursery. Certainly our aim is to offer each and every child access to the best possible learning opportunities and an excellent start to their education.
Lady Castle was often known as the ‘Red Queen’, hence the reference in the logo, thus providing a distinctive symbol that young children can easily identify with and feel proud to have on their uniform.