Lancaster Royal
Grammar School

Headmaster's Blog

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  • 20/12/23

    Northern Grammar Schools working together

    Grammar schools in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria have agreed to collaborate and share best practice through the formation of the Northern Grammar Schools Alliance. The Northern Grammar Schools Alliance is a network of excellence for selective schools to share expertise and develop new opportu...
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  • 16/10/22

    The power of philanthropy

    A visitor to a great old Cambridge college was struck by its perfect lawns.  She found a gardener mowing the grass, and asked how he achieved such quality.  “Well,” said the gardener, “the first five hundred years are the hardest…”  We are celebr...
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  • 02/03/21

    Testing times!

    Huge thanks to our COVID testing team of staff and volunteers. At the start of this term they transformed our Assembly Hall into a lateral flow testing facility – with immense professionalism, from a standing start.  It is amazing what energy and goodwill can conjure out of thin a...
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  • 06/11/20

    Remembrance and Springtime

    Schools are powerful places for remembrance.  An unbroken chain links stories of loss to our lively pupils today.  They sat where we sit;  they walked up the hill we know so well.  Jack Mockett was the first of 110 former LRGS pupils to be killed in the Second World War...
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  • 03/09/20

    Solvitur ambulando

    For a while we imagined that September was a finish line ahead.  For the school – the end of weeks of planning.  For pupils and parents, the end of five long months at home.  But it was actually a start line, of course.  A new school year sets everything in motion...
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  • 16/04/20

    Wish you were here!

    There have been many encouragements amongst the upheaval and emotions of recent weeks. Feedback on our first weeks of remote online teaching has been extremely positive, as we try to weave straw into gold.  We are learning again what a precious and remarkable community we share...
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  • 22/02/20

    Reflections on our co-ed Sixth Form

    The introduction of our coeducational Sixth Form this year has felt surprisingly, decidedly normal!  One reason for the change was simply to allow girls as well as boys to benefit from an LRGS education.  Life isn’t single sex, and a second motivation was social and educational...
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  • 17/09/19

    On purpose

    Great teaching doesn’t happen by accident. Nor does excellent pastoral care, or a great boarding community. Instead, successful schools have a strong shared purpose.  A group of staff, parents, governors and students was challenged recently to define that shared purpose for LRGS...
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  • 01/04/19

    The Set Run

    The Set Run is at the centre of our Lenten Charity fundraising.  In the last week of term the whole school runs an undulating four mile course, starting on the Memo Fields and ending outside Ashton House.  It may be character-building, but the atmosphere is always cheerful! 
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  • 29/03/19

    Northern Lights

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is the successful children’s writer (Cosmic, Millions, Framed) who scripted the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. 
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  • 23/12/18

    Reece Holt 2005-2019

    It is with much sorrow that we are marking the death of Reece Holt at the age of 13.  “I can’t believe I’m writing this now,” one of his friends wrote in the book of memories for Reece, “and not in 80 years’ time.”
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  • 21/12/18

    Our Lancaster Story

    A fascinating presentation evening recently brought together key figures from business, arts, the City Council, Lancaster University and – most excitingly – the Eden Project, with their spectacular plans for Eden North.  Together they painted this inspiring picture of our city...
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