Carre's Grammar School

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Carre's Grammar School
CGS Badge.jpg
Motto Por dysserver
(To deserve)
Established 1604
Type Grammar school;
Headteacher Mr N Law
Chair R A Hutton
Founder Robert Carre
Location Northgate
NG34 7DD
England Coordinates: 53°00′10″N 0°24′40″W / 53.00264°N 0.41098°W / 53.00264; -0.41098
DfE number 925/5403
DfE URN 137213 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 49 teaching, 50 support
Students 714
Gender Male: from the beginning. Female: from September 2010, and Sixth-form only.
Ages 11–18
Houses Bristol,
Colours Black, Yellow, Red
Website Carre's Grammar School

Carre's Grammar School is a selective school and specialist Sports and Science College located in the market town of Sleaford, in Lincolnshire, England. It was founded in 1604 by Sir Robert Carre.[1] The school has been at its present site since 1835.

In 1983, Carre's entered into a consortium with the other two Sleaford secondary schools to form a whole-town co-educational Sleaford Joint Sixth Form Consortium. Following the withdrawal of Kesteven and Sleaford High School from the Consortium in 2010,[2] the joint sixth form continues with just Carre's and St George's Academy. On 1 August 2011 Carre's Grammar School became an Academy meaning that the school would no longer be supported by Lincolnshire County Council.


Carre's Grammar School was founded in 1603 by way of an indenture between Robert Carre and local gentlemen. The purpose of the founder was the better education of the youth and children born or inhabiting with their parents, within New Sleaford, Old Sleaford, Aswarby and Holdingham, Quarrington, North Rauceby, South Rauceby, Anwick, Kirkby la Thorpe and Evedon.[citation needed]

The site of the school between its foundation and 1653 is not fully documented, although St Denys Church records show its north transept being used as a school-room c.1810 - c.1834.[1] In that year the nephew of the founder moved the school to part of the hospital buildings on the south side of the Church.[citation needed] The Carre family line died out in the late 17th century.

The school was re-established on its present site in Northgate and opened on 1 August 1835.[citation needed] A new school was opened on 27 July 1904 by the Marquess of Bristol.[citation needed]

School fees were abolished as a result of the Education Act 1944, and from 1948 all entry was by the County Selection Examination. Later buildings were added in 1945 and the 1960s.

Grant-maintained status was achieved in September 1990, and new laboratories and a purpose built technology centre were opened in September 1992.

In partnership with North Kesteven District Council, a sports hall, used by the School and the people of Sleaford, was opened in November 1996, and a further block, with specialist rooms for technology and other teaching areas, was opened in 1998.

When Grant-Maintained status was abolished in 1999, the school became a Foundation School.

Following a successful bid to the DfES, submitted in October 2002, the school was granted specialist Sports College status on 1 September 2003. The first stage of a new specialist teaching and community area for students and partners to use new fitness facilities linked to ICT equipment was completed in October 2002. On 1 April 2009 the school became a specialist Science College. Food technology facilities and a new, larger Fitness Suite were officially opened in February 2011.[citation needed]

The school converted to academy status in August 2011.

Resources and Buildings[edit]

An all-weather full-sized semi-floodlit football pitch of FIFA standards opened in 2007; it is equally divisible into three smaller pitches which can be used for a variety of sports. With this, and a multi-function gym, is a new learning resource centre (LRC), equipped with an interactive whiteboard, digital projector, 61 computers, and a library containing fiction, reference, and non-fiction. An area for careers and further education is chiefly used for reference by older students. Other modern school buildings include a sports hall, and technology blocks with modern workshops for metalwork, woodwork, and industrial technology.[citation needed]

The school comprises historic buildings, including "Big School", believed[by whom?] to be one of the original teaching rooms of the 16th century. The older Grade II Listed buildings at 38-40 Carre Street[3][4] one of which was previously the Headmaster's House during the boarding school days, now hold the sixth form common rooms, and Assistant Headteacher's offices. Outside the Old School House is the Headmaster's Garden, the use of which is solely reserved for 6th form and staff.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hoare, Douglas (2000). St Denys' Church, Market Place, Sleaford (A2, presented as A5 multifold leaflet). The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Denys' New Sleaford. 
  2. ^ "School blames academy for split from joint sixth form after 27 years". Lincolnshire Echo (Lincoln, United Kingdom: Northcliffe Media Ltd, a member of the DMGT Group of Companies). 5 May 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  3. ^ English Heritage. "Carres Charity (1062129)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  4. ^ English Heritage. "Carres Grammar School (1360430)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Prof. Ken Wade, FRS (Durham University)

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