Friday, 1 October 2010

Lancaster Royal Grammar School (LRGS)

Lancaster Royal Grammar School

East Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3EF
Tel: 01524 580600

TYPE: Voluntary aided, selective, boys, technology, languages, mathematics and computing

AGES: 11-18

Lancaster Royal Grammar School (LRGS) is a voluntary aided, selective grammar school(day and boarding) for boys in Lancaster, England. The school has been awarded specialistTechnology College and Language College status. Old boys belong to The Old Lancastrians.



The school was in existence by 1235.[1]

The first definite mention of the old grammar school is found in a deed dated 4 August 1469, when the Abbess of Syon granted to John Gardyner, of Bailrigg (near Lancaster), a lease of a water-mill on the River Lune and some land nearby for two hundred years to maintain a chaplain to celebrate worship in the Church of St. Mary, Lancaster, and to instruct boys in grammar freely, "unless perchance something shall be voluntarily offered by their friends".

In 1472, John Gardyner's will made further provisions for the endowment of the school, and also for William Baxstonden to keep the school so long as he could teach the boys. In 1682, the school was rebuilt and in 1852 was removed from the old site on the slopes by the priory to the outskirts of the city, where it now stands (though the city has expanded around it, so they are no longer the outskirts). The title "Royal" was granted by Queen Victoria in 1851.

In 1969, the school celebrated its quincentenary and was visited by Her Majesty the Queen. In 1995, the school received a visit from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon Roger Freeman MP.

In 2001, to mark the 150th anniversary of becoming the Royal Grammar School, the school welcomed The Princess Royal.


The 2006 Ofsted report stated that Teaching and learning are outstanding throughout the school..[2]

In 2005 just under three-quarters of A level entries resulted in grades A or B (excluding General Studies) whilst at GCSE three-quarters of all grades were A* or A, with nearly all pupils gaining 10 passes and five pupils gaining a clean sweep of A* grades.[3] Over 90% of students go on to further education and a number gain places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

[edit]Distinguished Old Lancastrians

These include:

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