Lancaster Royal
Grammar School

About Us

Lancaster Royal Grammar School is a top day and boarding grammar school. There are 1250 pupils at the school, including 150 boarders and a thriving sixth form of 400 students. We challenge the brightest pupils in the North West of England, along with boarders from further afield, to fulfil their potential.

Our Sixth Form is coeducational, and we welcomed Sixth Form girls as boarders from September 2020.

The values central to Lancaster Royal Grammar School are those of academic and extra-curricular excellence and opportunity, within a diverse and tolerant community; these form the the best possible foundation for future life.

Our pupils achieve outstanding exam results (48% A*/A grades at A-level in 2023, and 41% 9/8 grades at GCSE in 2022) and we have a national reputation for sporting excellence. Twelve pupils were offered places at Oxford and Cambridge universities in 2023. The atmosphere of the school is vibrant and inspiring - and fun!

The School was endowed in 1472 and is one of the oldest state funded schools in the country. Originally situated close to the Priory Church and Lancaster Castle, the LRGS moved to its present site in 1851 when Queen Victoria granted the Royal title.

LRGS has a long tradition of providing excellent opportunities for pupils to excel academically as well as a national reputation for sporting and extra-curricular achievement.  Students achieve consistently high academic standards and are supported by a strong and effective pastoral system.  The School became an Academy in 2011.

“Pupils flourish at LRGS” Ofsted 2021

A wide variety of sport and extra curricular activities play an important part in educational life at LRGS, with teams regularly appearing in regional and national competitions. All pupils are encouraged to become involved in a broad range of indoor and outdoor activities. Ofsted described LRGS as being "enriched by an exceptional range of sporting, social and cultural opportunities."

As a state boarding school, education at LRGS remains free. Parents only pay for the boarding element and our boarding fees are highly competitive. Families are able to choose full-time or weekly boarding to suit their needs. The boarding community at LRGS is readily recognised as the heart of the school, helping students achieve remarkable success in all areas of school life.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School's position as one of the top state grammar schools in the country was endorsed by a recent Ofsted inspection in October 2021 which stated that:

"All pupils learn well, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND".

"Without exception, pupils said that they enjoy school. They feel safe and happy".

"Pupils enjoy a first-class range of enrichment activities. Those cultivate pupils' leadership skills and contribute to their character development".

"Staff have high levels of subject expertise. Students progress extremely well, and develop a deep body of subject expertise".

Click here to read more about the most recent Ofsted report.

Click here to view Performance Tables and to compare our school's performance.

Click here to read the Good Schools Guide review.