John Gardyner’s endowment in 1472 stated that the School was “to educate boys in grammar, freely”. His intentions still resonate today. Education at LRGS remains free. Our excellent InspirUS outreach programme and Lune Scholarship Bursary Fund are just two ways in which we remain true to John Gardyner’s aim and help us to educate boys irrespective of background or income. Both schemes are funded entirely through the generosity of others – by donations from former pupils, parents, staff and friends of the School.
Whilst government funding provides the School with the resources for day to day school activities, it does not go very far towards helping to cover the costs of maintaining or improving our facilities. We strive to deliver the highest teaching standards and provide top quality facilities. In order to continue to achieve this goal we rely on the generosity of our community.
Over the year considerable progress has been made on a number of projects which help us to enrich the lives and the educational experience of current as well as future generations of pupils. These are just examples of what we have been able to do, due to the generosity of very many people.
Our InspirUS programme has a new permanent home providing a stimulating environment for the primary school children who attend the sessions.
We have been able to renovate the upper dormitories in Old School House and convert them into much needed 6th form teaching and study space.
A new gym and fitness centre has been created on the balcony of the Sports Hall providing boys with an attractive and welcoming facility in which to train.
Several families are able to take advantage of the help that the Lune Scholarship provides giving them financial assistance to allow boys to access all that the School has to offer.
Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting the school by donating to the various projects in our Development Programme. We are amazed by the generosity that we receive.
OUR CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Our current development programme includes specific projects which help us to enrich the lives and the educational experience of our current as well as future generations of pupils – Old School House renovation, refurbishment of the Assembly Hall, improved sports facilities, and Digital Technology improvements.
The Programme requires a significant investment in building, infrastructure and facilities. We need the support of both our school community - boys, staff, parents and former pupils - as well as the wider community to create a school for the future. We simply cannot achieve this on our own and we are asking you to help.
1. Old School House
We have a long-term plan to preserve and enhance Old School House, a splendid but decaying Grade II listed building, to provide an attractive and stimulating learning environment for our boys.
£20,000 will fund the renovation and furnishings of one room for Teaching and Learning.
2. Assembly Hall
Another area that is in urgent need of an overhaul is the Assembly Hall. It is looking worn and shabby and suffers with damp. At the centre of the School, the hall plays a vital part in the daily lives of our boys—from assemblies to performances; from exam hall to concert venue, from hosting parents evenings to lecture theatre. It is badly in need of extensive renovation and redecoration.
A fully functional auditorium requires a significant amount of capital but we can make a start with £10,000 for new seating.
3. Sports Facilities
Whilst we are delighted to be able to make small improvements in our sporting facilities, our greatest ambition is to build an all-weather pitch providing a facility which the majority of other schools already have. An all weather pitch would give us all year round use for games, sports, athletics and for training which will help us to maintain our outstanding sporting reputation.
An all-weather pitch will cost in the region of £150,000.
Other smaller sports projects include landscaping and resurfacing the perimeter of the Memorial rugby pitches to allow easier access, particularly during the muddy winter months.
£12,000 will fund landscaping and resurfacing costs.
4. Digital Technology for Learning
Research has shown that schools with sufficient digital resources achieve better results than those that are not well equipped. We are in danger of being left behind if we don’t continually keep our IT provision up to date.
£5,000 will set up an IT enabled teaching room.
If you would like to help us by contributing to our Development plans please contact:
Jenny Cornell, Development Office, LRGS, East Road, Lancaster LA1 3EF
Tel: 01524 580608 Email:[email protected]