Lancaster Royal
Grammar School

Headmaster's Blog

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  • 10/12/18

    Not the "Great Unknown"!

    September is exciting, especially for day pupils and boarders new to the school. Like any major step in life, though, starting a new year and new school may bring some healthy trepidation. 
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  • 09/12/18

    Fifty years on!

    LRGS is all about the best of the old and the new. It was excellent last weekend to host a reunion for former pupils who left school fifty years ago – and wonderfully for some of their teachers as well. 
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  • 09/12/18

    First weekend

    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. 
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  • 07/12/18

    Les Misérables: The power of performance

    Les Misérables sings the turbulent stories of those caught up in the uprisings of nineteenth century France. Here is betrayal, loss and unrequited love – and redemption, forgiveness and hope. Each character struggles with the brokenness of a life far from the purity of their d...
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  • 05/12/18

    Snow days

    Snow days are different here.  We often see the Lake District turn white, but we’re close to the coast and snow rarely settles in Lancaster. 
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  • 04/12/18

    Lernynge and vertu since 1469

    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 Flood...
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  • 30/11/18

    Deep roots of boarding

    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. 
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  • 29/11/18

    Well-being

    … 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. 
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  • 27/11/18

    Is it expensive?

    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?” 
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  • 23/11/18

    What do schools run on?

    “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!” 
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  • 14/11/18

    Endings and beginnings

    “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! 
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  • 12/11/18

    A place for unhistoric acts

    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. 
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