Lancaster Royal
Grammar School

Boarding Judged Outstanding in all Areas

Lancaster Royal Grammar School's position as one of the top state grammar schools in the country was endorsed by a recent Ofsted inspection which rated the school as 'outstanding' across all categories for boarding.

Following a rigorous, zero-notice inspection by Ofsted in June 2023, boarding at LRGS has again been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, including: The overall experiences and progress of children and young people, how well children and young people are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

The report includes many glowing statements about the positive experience of boarders at LRGS and our quality of care. 

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said: “It is fabulous to see the exceptional quality of our boarding provision celebrated in this report. Boarding at LRGS is very special indeed, and I am delighted to see that reflected so clearly in this report."  

He added, "It is very pleasing to see such positive recognition for our boarding staff.  Housemasters are praised as exceptional role models, and Matrons are highlighted for their commitment and care.  “One parent said, ‘The staff, especially the matrons are excellent. Nothing is too much.’”

Above all, though, it is especially pleasing to see how highly our students speak about the opportunity and benefits of boarding.  "Boarders spoke highly about their boarding experience. One told inspectors, ‘We are like a big family.’"  Inspectors noted:  “Boarders are confident that they are listened to and that their views are prioritised.” 

The Ofsted report highlights the respectful and supportive relationships within the boarding community.  Proactive support for boarders’ health and emotional well-being is particularly praised. 

They also noted the priority that the school places on safeguarding and pastoral care:  "Safeguarding is of paramount importance in the school. The safety and well-being of boarders are central to the ethos of the boarding provision."

Inspectors commented that: "The boarding experience at this school has a profound positive impact on the lives of children. Boarders make exceptional progress because of the commitment of the staff team and their experiences of staying at the school."  

The full report is available to view below.