Lancaster Royal Grammar School has taken the decision to admit Sixth Form girls in September 2019.
This landmark development for LRGS will further enhance the quality of education for the Sixth Form and the school. It will open an exciting new chapter for the school, which was endowed in 1472.
Mrs Gill Manklow, Chair of Governors, said: “Lancaster Royal Grammar School is characterised by its outstanding academic results, supportive pastoral care and commitment to extra-curricular opportunity. We have carried out a strategic review of the school’s priorities and we are confident that coeducation will bring significant educational and social benefits in the Sixth Form. We are pleased to be able to offer these opportunities to Sixth Form girls.”
Dr Chris Pyle, Headmaster of LRGS, said: “Sixth Formers will benefit from the different approaches that boys and girls bring to the classroom, and a coeducational Sixth Form will provide our students with the best preparation for life beyond school. All pupils will benefit from the leadership and role models that a mixed Sixth Form brings.
“This decision opens an exceptional new opportunity for girls in our region to be part of the coeducational Sixth Form at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, beginning with those currently in Year 10. We very much look forward to welcoming girls and their parents to information events in the coming months to find out more about our plans.”
Admission of girls will also allow the school to offer more Sixth Form places.
The school has secured £2.5 million of government funding through the Priority Schools Building Project. This will be used to create new Sixth Form study space and classrooms in the Grade II listed Victorian Old School House between now and 2019.
LRGS will remain an all boys school from Years 7 to 11: There is no intention of changing this. The school has 170 boarders alongside its day pupils, but there are no current plans to admit Sixth Form girls as boarders.