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Loughborough Grammar School

Loughborough Grammar School
Motto Vires Acquirit Eundo
(Latin: "We Gather Strength As We Go")
Established 1495
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Christian
Headmaster Paul B. Fisher MA
Chaplain Revd.Owen[1]
Chairman of Governors Peter Fothergill[2]
Founder Thomas Burton
Location Burton Walks
LE11 2DU
DfE URN 120332 Tables
Staff c.100 full-time
Students c.1000
Gender Boys
Ages 10–18
Houses      Abney
Colours navy and red          
Former pupils Old Loughboroughians
Website .org.lesgrammarwww

Loughborough Grammar School (commonly LGS) founded in 1495 by Thomas Burton, is an independent school for boys in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. The school has approximately 940 day boys and 60 boarders. It is one of three schools known as the Loughborough Endowed Schools, along with Loughborough High School and Fairfield Preparatory School. The Endowed Schools are separate independent schools in their own right but share a board of governors.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Academics 3
  • Extracurricular activities 4
    • Combined Cadet Force 4.1
    • Music 4.2
    • Sport 4.3
    • Other 4.4
  • House system 5
  • Headmasters 6
  • Old Loughburians 7
  • Masters 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11


LGS was founded after Thomas Burton, a prosperous wool merchant from Loughborough, left money for priests to pray for his soul upon his death in 1495; these priests went on to found the school that would become LGS.

Loughborough is one of England's oldest schools, pre-dating similar institutions such as Harrow, Westminster and Stowe by a number of centuries. Alongside Johnnie Johnson who destroyed more Luftwaffe aircraft than any other Allied pilot. Former masters include the former government minister Lord Elton and author Colin Dexter.

The school was founded in the Parish Church in the centre of Loughborough in 1495, but was moved by the trustees of the Burton Charity to its present location in 1852. A purpose-built site on Burton Walks became its permanent home, initially consisting of the main school building, lodgings and a gatehouse at the Leicester Road entrance. These buildings were Grade II Listed in the 1980s.[3]

The school celebrated its quincentenary in 1995, when it was visited by HM Queen Elizabeth II. During her visit the Queen opened the new English block, the "Queen's Building", which includes a state of the art drama studio.


The main quadrangle and Big School

LGS is based on a multi-acre campus on the south side of Loughborough town centre; the three Endowed Schools are adjacent to one another, laid out along Burton Walks. The core of the campus is the quadrangle, on the eastern side of the Walks. Dating from 1850, Big School, consisting of the Victorian Gothic tower, gymnasium and hall are at the head of the quadrangle, nowadays accommodating the History department, Chapel and Sixth Form common room, and are the oldest buildings on the current site. The quadrangle is completed by School House (the senior boarding house), the Queen's Building (1997, English and Drama), the Barrow Building (c. 1910, Classics and Modern Languages), the Cope Building (2000, Modern Languages) on the north side and the Library and old laboratory buildings (now housing Computing and Religion and Philosophy) on the south side. Big School and School House are both grade II listed, as is the gatehouse[4]

On the western side of Burton Walks are located the Ireland Building (Physics), the Norman Walter Building (Chemistry), Murray Building (Biology), Pullinger Building (Mathematics) as well as the Hodson Hall, where most school functions and assemblies are held, the Burton Hall, primarily a dining hall, and the Art and Design department, Sports Hall, swimming hall and the Combined Cadet Force's buildings. A number of houses on this side of the Walks are now owned by the School, including Buckland House, the administrative hub of the School, containing the Headmaster and Deputy Headmasters' offices as well as the general office. Other houses include Red House, formerly used for music lessons but now largely occupied by the Business Studies and Economics department as well as reprographics, Friesland House containing Network Services, and one more houses the Bursary. Both the Headmaster of the Grammar School and the Headmistress of the High School traditionally reside in properties on the Walks.

The astroturf tennis and hockey pitches are not strictly part of the Grammar School, but are shared with the High School. The Music School (2006), is also another of these shared buildings, it includes a recital hall as well as practice rooms and recording facilities.

In addition to the main campus, the School owns a 70-acre (280,000 m2) site at the nearby village of Quorn, consisting of sports facilities, including rugby, football, cricket pitches and athletics.

The Burton Chapel is located in Loughborough's Parish Church, school services are held in both this chapel and a second chapel located in the School's quadrangle.

The school has repeatedly tried to get the public right of way along Burton Walks revoked, citing security concerns; this connects the council estate of Shelthorpe with Loughborough town centre.[5] To date these efforts have been unsuccessful.


Candidates sit an entrance examination to gain admission to the school, usually at the age of 10, so as to enter Year 7 at the age of 11. However, the middle school system that still prevails in North West Leicestershire led the School to introduce a smaller Year 6 intake for pupils leaving their primary schools after Year 5, as happens in a middle school system. There is also a 13+ exam, for those wishing to enter at Year 9, and a 16+ exam for boys wishing to enter at Sixth Form level.

In keeping with many other Independent Schools, the choice of subjects at the school tends to be more traditional.

Extracurricular activities

Combined Cadet Force

Loughborough Grammar School runs a large Combined Cadet Force (

  • Official website
  • BBC league table report for LGS
  • ISI Inspection Reports

External links

  • History of Loughborough Endowed Schools by Alfred White, Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough, 1969 ISBN 0-9500740-0-4
  • Five Hundred Years Enduring: A History of Loughborough Grammar School, by Nigel Watson, James & James, London, 2000, pp. 144, E28.00, ISBN 0-907383-43-2.

Further reading

  1. ^ Loughborough Grammar School Staff listing. Retrieved 27 Sep 2015
  2. ^ Loughborough Endowed Schools Governing Body. Retrieved 27 Sep 2015
  3. ^ "Charnwood Borough Council – Listed Buildings". Charnwood Borough Council. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Schools move to close short cut". BBC News. 2005-03-30. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  6. ^ "Military honours: Army". BBC News. 2002-12-31. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  7. ^ Affiliations – Royal Navy website"Diamond"HMS . Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Computers help land mine victims". BBC News. 2004-03-05. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Home – Loughborough Endowed Schools". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  15. ^ (Norman) Colin Dexter in Contemporary Authors Online, Gale 2002, accessed 2008-10-23


  • Colin "The Bird" Tivey[13] (OL; 1913–2001), taught languages at the school for many years.
  • Bill Williams (1925–2007), former Welsh rugby league international, taught mathematics and sport at the school 1950 to 1962.[14]
  • Colin Dexter (born 1930), the novelist was a sixth form classics master at the school (1957–59).[15]
  • The Hon. Rodney Elton (born 1930), later 2nd Baron, was a master at the school between 1964 and 1967
  • Stephen Smith (OL; born 1948), was a history master at the school between 1970 and 1993.
  • Trevor Tunnicliffe (born 1950), former first class cricketer, was director of cricket 1995–2013.
  • Martyn Gidley (OL; born 1968), former first class cricketer, is currently (2015) a teacher at the school.

Notable masters at the school include:


Notable Old Loughburians include:

Old boys of Loughborough Grammar School are called "Old Loughburians". They form an old boys' association, namely the Old Loughburians Association (commonly OLA).

Old Loughburians

  • ?–1521 Robert Calton
  • Richard Sharpe
  • John Kyddal
  • John Sharpe
  • John Tomonne
  • 1568–1615 John Dawson
  • 1616–1619 Mr Spong
  • 1620–1627 Mr Woodmansey
  • 1627–1631 Mr Atkinson
  • 1631–1632 Thomas Mould
  • 1632–1642 Richard Layghtonhouse
  • 1642–1644 Mr Wilde
  • 1644–1647 John Blower
  • 1647–1682 John Somervile
  • 1682–1686 John Vickers
  • 1686–1696 John Hoyland
  • 1696–1748 Samuel Martin
  • 1748–1773 Thomas Parkinson
  • 1773–1792 Thomas Hadwen
  • 1792–1811 Edward Shaw
  • 1811–1813 John Morgan
  • 1813–1844 Thomas Stevenson
  • 1852–1860 John George Gordon
  • 1860–1875 James Wallace
  • 1876–1893 John Brise Colgrove
  • 1894–1900 Cecil William Kaye
  • 1901–1920 Bingham Dixon Turner
  • 1920–1926 Tom Stinton
  • 1926–1955 Sidney Russell Pullinger
  • 1955–1959 Walter Lucian Garstang
  • 1959–1973 Norman Sydney Walter
  • 1973–1984 John Scandrett Millward
  • 1984–1998 (David) Neville Ireland
  • 1998–present Paul B. Fisher

The names of the earliest headmasters are not known, and the dates of a few of the early headmasters remain unclear.


The school operates a quiz, chess, bridge and music competitions, with a points system (40 for winning an event down to 10 for finishing fourth) calculating the eventual winner of the Stamper Cup. The Eagle trophy is awarded to the house that wins the most points in non-sporting house competitions.

House system

The school runs an active Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, a Scout Troop and biannual expeditions, which have visited areas such as the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the Himalayas and Greenland. A number of clubs and societies run regularly, including the Senior Debating Society and a school newspaper made by students, entitled VOX. The school engages in regular charity fund-raising events, including non-uniform days and concerts.[10]


The major sports at the School are rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, athletics, football and cross country. The School competes in national competitions in these sports, and has a full structure of teams from U12 to U18 level. The senior rugby, cricket and hockey teams have all toured abroad in recent years, including separate hockey and cricket tours to South Africa, as well as a recent rugby tour to Australia and The Far East. Other sports include swimming, basketball, badminton, fencing, football, golf, sailing, table tennis, karting and bridge.


The construction of a new Music School by the Endowed Schools in 2006 enabled a greater level of cooperation than had previously been possible. The LES Music School has around fifty musical ensembles running each week,[8] and listed some forty performances for the first half of 2015, ranging from Jazz ensembles to a residency at Truro cathedral.[9] The Endowed Schools' Big Band and Concert Band have competed nationally at the English Concert Band Festival, and these bands also tour abroad regularly.


[7].HMS Diamond The CCF used to occupy a number of old Nissen-style huts, but these have been replaced with a purpose-built Cadet Force building, part sponsored by the MOD. This was opened in 2005. The Royal Naval section of the CCF is affiliated to the Type 45 class destroyer [6]

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