New Website for Broughty Ferry LIfeboat

Homepage of the new website for Broughty Ferry Lifeboat.
Broughty Ferry lifeboat have just re-launched their website following a major overhaul. Their website provides news and information from and for their volunteers and supporters. The revamped website is now accessible on a mobile, tablets well as a laptop and PC.


Happy 125th Birthday Grove Academy 1889 - 2014

Grove Academy Broughty Ferry School Badge
Today marks the 125th anniversary of Grove Academy. It was founded on 10th September 1889 when the Broughty Ferry School Board took over a school established in the 1880s in a house situated at the north east corner of the present site. The original house called the 'Grove' had been a private school known as Mr Swan's Grove Seminary. 

In 1889 the school staff consisted of the headmaster Mr A Hutt, and his two assistant teachers. Mr Hutt was appointed headteacher in 1889 aged 24. He remained in post for 40 years until he retired in 1928.

Grove began life as a response to the increased demand for school places triggered by not only the raising of the school leaving age to 14 in 1883 but also the rising population following the opening of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway in 1838.

During the intervening 125 years, Broughty Ferry and Grove Academy have changed dramatically.  Grove has developed from a small 'all through' school into one of the leading state secondary schools in Scotland.

Many happy and successful returns.


Grove Academy 125th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday 13th September 2014 - Tickets Still Available

Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, 125th Anniversary Celebration 13 September 2014
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On Saturday 13 September 2014 there will be a celebratory event to mark the 125th Anniversary of Grove Academy. 

During the evening, pupils will be putting on a number of performances including drama, music and readings from archive materials.

There will also be opportunities to see some of the artifacts from the school archive including photographs that date back to 1889.

The quest speaker is the distinguished Grove FP,  Tom Winsor, who is currently Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales.

Tickets are still available @ £14 each and are available from the Grove Office during school hours or you can contact Mr Doherty 01382 436800.


BERA Evening Class Enrolment Night - Monday 8 September 2014 at Grove Academy from 6:30pm

Enrolment night for BERA Evening Classes is Monday 8 September at Grove Academy from 6:30pm.

Broughty Ferry Education and Recreation Association (BERA) recently launched their Programme of evening classes in Broughty Ferry, which will run during the Autumn Term starting in week beginning Monday 15 September 2014.

The classes  are organised on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and take place in Grove Academy. 

Enrolment night is Monday 8 September at Grove Academy from 6:30pm.

Read or Download BERA's programme of classes on the link below or pick up a paper copy of the programme from Broughty Ferry Library.

Link to BERA Programme of Evening Classes for Autumn Term 2014


100+ Young Winners of Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Broughty Ferry Library

Broughty Ferry Library Summer Reading Challenge Winners 2014
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On Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of presenting certificates to 103 children who had completed the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Broughty Ferry Library. There were also certificates for 8 children who had completed the Book Bug Challenge for children under 4. The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11. To gain a medal and certificate, each young reader needs to read six books and visit their library three times over the summer holiday. Many of the winners on Tuesday evening had read many more than six books.

The Summer Reading Challenge recognises that, "Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class. The Summer Reading Challenge gets .... children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays." Clearly it also encourages many children and their parents and carers to their local library.

Congratulation are due to parents, grandparents and carers for supporting their young readers by engaging them in this programme. Thanks are also due to Sandra Westgate our Librarian and her team of staff who have organised the scheme within our library.