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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Motto Liberae Scholae De Comune Sigilum
("Free School with a Public Seal"
Established 1327
1571 (Received Royal Charter)
Type Grammar school;
Headteacher Heather Payne
Chair of Governors Margaret Sergeant
Founder Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln
Location West Street
DfE number 925/5411
DfE URN 138665 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 877 pupils
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Maroon, navy and black
Website .uk.sch.lincs.qegswww

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle, is a co-educational, grammar School and sixth form with academy status, located in the market town of Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England. In January 2009, there were 877 pupils on roll, of whom 271 were studying in the sixth form.[1]

Although royally chartered by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571, there had at this time already been a formal school in Horncastle for 250 years. The original charter document, with its royal seal, remains in the custody of the school's governors.

The school's catchment area includes the town of Horncastle and the surrounding area up to and beyond Wragby, Bardney and Woodhall Spa to the west, the Lincolnshire Wolds to the north and east, and almost to Boston in the south. It also includes the children from RAF Coningsby.


  • History 1
    • Foundation 1.1
    • Coeducation and expansion 1.2
    • Change of status 1.3
  • Present day 2
    • Ofsted report 2.1
    • Selection 2.2
    • Academic life 2.3
    • Curriculum 2.4
    • School uniform 2.5
    • School estate 2.6
    • Sports facilities 2.7
    • Transport arrangements 2.8
  • Sporting achievement 3
  • Notable former pupils 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7



A school is known to have existed in Horncastle as far back as 1327 but records of the present school effectively begin when Queen Elizabeth I granted the charter to establish a grammar school in Horncastle, on the petition of Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln.[2] The School received its seal on 25 June 1571 and the charter document remains in the possession of the present school governors.

Originally, the school was built on a site adjoining the River Bain close to St Mary's Parish Church. It was demolished and rebuilt after the Civil War on the same site, remaining there until the first decade of the 20th century when in 1908 the present dining hall was the first building to be established on the current school site. The summer of 2008 was the school's 100th year on the present site and was duly marked by several centenary celebrations.

Coeducation and expansion

For much of its existence, Queen Elizabeth's was a boys' only day and boarding school. Girls were only admitted for the first time around the late 1900s. Since then the school has continued to expand, with further buildings added as the number on roll has increased. Up to the Education Act of 1944, Queen Elizabeth's had been an independent school. Following the Act the school voluntarily handed over control and finance responsibility to the Local Authority.

Change of status

In the autumn of 1991, the parents voted overwhelmingly for the school to become a self-governing grant maintained school. When grant maintained status was abolished by the new Labour government under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, schools were offered a choice of returning to local authority control or opting for foundation status. Foundation status offered an environment within the education authority but with autonomous school governors controlling admissions criteria and standards for the school, directly hiring and employing the school's staff and holding ownership of the school's estate. This was the route the school selected and Queen Elizabeth's later gained foundation status which allowed a degree of independence from the Local Authority. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth's gained joint specialist status for science and mathematics in partnership with Banovallum School, Horncastle's secondary modern school. A second specialism for modern languages was added in 2008. The school converted to academy status in September 2012 and is now independent of local authority control.

Present day

Ofsted report

The most recent Ofsted inspection took place in January 2009.[1] The inspector described the school as follows:

Queen Elizabeth's is a good and improving school, highly regarded by the local community. Its capacity to sustain improvement in the future is also good. The school's specialism in science and mathematics is strongly felt, not only in the enhanced resources and rising levels of attainment in these subjects, but also in excellent collaborative work with other secondary and primary schools. A carefully constructed induction programme involving visits and high quality 'workshop' activities ensure that Year 7 students are fully prepared for the challenges of their new school.


Entry at age eleven is determined by the school's own selection procedures, which remain in line with those operating in other parts of the county. Normally the school commences four forms of pupils annually, representing the top 25% of the catchment area ability range. Continuation to the school's Sixth Form is open to all pupils for whom the school can provide a suitable course of study.

Academic life

The school is made up of three parts:

  • Lower School (Years 7, 8 and 9)
  • Middle School (Years 10 and 11 - GCSE Years)
  • Upper School (the Sixth Form - A Level Years)


The subjects taught at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle are:[3]

School uniform

School uniform is mandatory for all pupils. For years 7 to 11, this consists of a maroon blazer and maroon/blue/white tie. In the sixth form, boys wear a black blazer and black and gold tie, while girls wear a navy blazer with a navy and silver tie.

School estate

The school consists of the main school building and several outer buildings.

The main building contains 30 classrooms, 4 IT rooms, school offices, a main hall, a sports centre, a sixth form block and a library.

There are several outer buildings including the science, English and music blocks. This contains two music classrooms along with practice rooms, a large drama studio and lighting balcony and 2 art classrooms and a gallery. The new English block contains 4 classrooms and an office

Sports facilities

The facilities at the school are:

  • Three football pitches
  • Five netball courts
  • Nine tennis courts
  • Two grass hockey pitches
  • One cricket pitch with three outdoor nets
  • Athletics track
  • Trim track
  • Gymnasium including table tennis
  • Sports hall
  • Four rounders pitches
  • Four outdoor table tennis tables

Transport arrangements

A fleet of contract and services buses, organised by the education authority, provides free transport for pupils in the school's catchment area, who live more than three miles from the school. The school is also served by a privately organised service for out of catchment area pupils from the Sibsey and Stickney, Lincolnshire areas to the north of Boston, as well as Lincoln, Lincolnshire and its surrounding area.

Sporting achievement

  • Pupils represented county and higher level in sports such as cricket, hockey, tennis, football and squash.
  • Many of the schools sports team won county competitions and went on to national level.
  • Several teams played sports in other countries.

Notable former pupils

See also


  1. ^ a b "Ofsted report" (PDF). Ofsted. January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Horncastle". Genuki. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "QEGS Prospectus 2013" (PDF). QEGS. 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Prof. Alfred Lodge". Nature.  
  5. ^ Memory Champion's secrets, BBC News, 7 April 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2011
  6. ^ "Comedy Star Goes Back to School". Horncastle News. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 

External links

  • Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle: school website
  • Ofsted page for Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle
  • League tables 2005
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