Lancaster Royal Grammar School has a long history of forging lasting educational links in our local community. We continue to work with a wide range of organisations, aiming to promote the world-class education that can be found at LRGS. These links also enable us to offer an increasingly rich educational experience to our own students.
We take our role within the community in Lancaster very seriously, and are proud to be involved with a number of projects and initiatives, working with a wide variety of local schools, institutes and individuals. Here are just some of our community-based projects.
The Changing Face of Lancaster: Community Archive Project
Lancaster Royal Grammar School has received £19,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project: “The Changing Face of Lancaster”. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on three key 19th century alumni of LRGS who helped to shape the city of Lancaster.
The project will enable local children and adults to discover how three influential Victorian philanthropists invested in the infrastructure of the town providing buildings and schemes for the local community. The Gregson Centre was founded in memory of Henry Gregson; James Williamson, Lord Ashton, created Williamson Park and Herbert Storey funded the Storey Institute and assisted with the development of the Westfield War Memorial Village.
The histories of the school and the city are interlinked. The archive collection at LRGS contains primary source documents of each of the three men. Working with the Gregson Centre, Storey Institute and Lancaster Golf Club, the project will involve local groups in discovering more about how these three men helped to shape Lancaster. Displays illustrating their work will be created and talks given about the three men to local residents. Volunteers will work with the project archivist developing their skills in handling and cataloguing archives. Not only will this project enable greater access to the archive for the school’s pupils and former pupils, it will also help to create a resource centre that is available to local residents who wish to learn more about the history of the city.
This programme for talented girls and boys in Lancaster primary schools was launched in January 2010. It aims to raise aspirations and to encourage able pupils to explore avenues well beyond the confines of the National Curriculum. The programme covers all aspects of the curriculum, including science, literacy, numeracy and art. Please click on InspirUs to find out more about the programme.
Lancaster Community Music Centre
We have a long-standing link with Lancaster Community Music Centre, which meets at the school on 32 Saturdays per year, mostly during school terms. All members of the community are welcome to come along and take part in various musical ensembles. Individual instrument tuition is also available. More details about LCMC here.
Every year, the pupils choose six charities to support during the Lent Term, and two of these are always local. Due to the boys' tremendous fundraising efforts, these local charities receive on average £2,000 from the school. Recent recipients have included CancerCare, Friends of Chernobyl's Children Lancaster, Beaumont College and St John's Hospice.
Pupils, including many boarders, staff and parents joined local residents to help regenerate an overgrown recreation site opposite the school. They cleared away vast amounts of overgrowth at the disused Highfield Recreation Ground in Derwent Road. Two double tennis courts were freed from the invasive growth that had taken root since the area was abandoned for public use in the mid-90s. The local community, including our pupils, can now use it for tennis, football and socialising. There will also be an enclosed wildlife preserve, to be managed by the Highfield Regeneration Group.
We organise frequent visits to Lancaster University, and have good links with staff and students who come to give talks and run workshops for the pupils. LUSU student volunteers studying Modern Foreign Languages recently ran a French competition at LRGS, as part of their Involve project.
Heritage Open Day
The national Heritage Open Days festival gives us a chance to open the doors to the general public and invite them to glimpse behind the scenes. In 2017 we opened Old School House and provided tours of the Library and former boarding accommodation. In 2018, as well as opening the Library again, we are also opening the Memorial Library in New Building and hosting an exhibition to remember the 400 Old Lancastrians who were involved in World War 1.