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John Gardyner left provision in his will for his water mill (leased in 1469) to fund Lancaster’s grammar school in perpetuity. This was 15th Century corporate social responsibility, and Gardyner was our first social entrepreneur!
One hundred years later, however, “Extreeme... read more
Lancaster Royal Grammar School has been a boarding school since medieval times.
Our first known boarder was a certain Adam de Preston, mentioned in a court case in 1292. Adam had been sent to “Thomas le Scholemaystre of Lancaster,” and boarded with the Schoolmaster.
However,... read more
… isn’t just about coping with the trials of life; it is also about taking advantage of its opportunities.
We have developed an increasingly explicit focus on well-being at LRGS.
Pupils absorb the school’s values, of course: from committed teachers; through music and sport;... read more
A group of governors and staff met before the start of term to look ahead at the school’s plans and priorities.
One governor said that a neighbour had asked him: “Is it expensive?”
No, it isn’t expensive. We are a state school and education is free.
That group’s shared... read more
It never eases you in gently. No matter how well prepared you are, the start of September is always nought-to-sixty!
The first weekend of term looked like this.
The LRGS Big Band were brilliant, playing at Lancaster Brewery in the Lancaster Jazz Festival; rugby teams from... read more
“Do you know what schools run on?” the Head asked me, with a slightly forbidding air, as I accepted my very first responsibilities in school management. “Goodwill. And don’t you forget it!”
There’s a bit more to it than that. A longer list might start with:
Timetables... read more
“To make an end is to make a beginning,” wrote TS Eliot.
It has been lovely to host Year 6 transition afternoons recently – the end of primary school approaching, and the beginning of a new adventure!
Meanwhile the Upper Sixth head on towards their own new beginnings at the... read more
The Manchester bomb felt very close indeed to some of the LRGS community. Many of our pupils and parents know people who were at the concert or were directly affected by that terrible event.
The Bishop of Manchester said: “Today is a day to mourn, to pray, and to reaffirm our... read more
We held a brilliant reunion of former pupils and staff last week at St John’s College, Cambridge. There was a good mixture of recent and not-so-recent leavers, and plenty of cheerful conversation!
The current undergraduates stand in a very long tradition of those who have gone... read more
As a teenager interested in natural history, I read biologist JBS Haldane’s famous essay: “On being the right size.” Why are insects so small? Why do trees grow to 30 feet, but rarely 300 feet?
Everything has a right size, depending on its structures and environment.
LRGS is... read more