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 on 1 September 1604 by way of an indenture between Robert Carre and several local gentlemen. Carre granted 100 acres of agricultural land in Gedney to these men, who held the land in trust as feoffees, while the rent would provide funding for a Grammar School in the town.[3] As stated in the indenture, the purpose was "the better education of the Youth and Children born or inhabiting with their parents within New Sleaford, Old Sleaford, Aswarby, and Holdingham ... and in Quarrington, North Rauceby, South Rauceby, Anwick, Kirkby La Thorpe and Evedon."[4]

The first school[edit]

It is not clear from existing records whether there was any other school in the town at the time Carre founded his Grammar School. The indenture appointed Anthony Brown, already a schoolmaster, as the master for the Grammar School, and it seems likely that Carre had operated a school prior to the formal establishment, which codified pre-existing arrangements.[5]

The school's records exist from very early on, but the exact location of the school between its foundation and 1653 is not documented.[6] It received a bequest from Robert Cammock in 1631, which provided an additional income of £4 per annum.[7] Despite this, no other bequests followed; throughout the 1620s, the trustees reported problems receiving rents from the tenants in Gedney. The Civil War caused further disruption for the funding, and rents were not collected at all between 1644 and 1646.[8] These financial problems were compounded by the nature of the land itself: it was agricultural and not urban, thus it did not increase in value significantly in the 17th century.[7]

St Denys Church records show its north transept being used as a school-room c.1810 - c.1834.[1]

Re-opening and the nineteenth century[edit]

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]

Rebuilding and the twentieth century[edit]

Following the Education Act 1902, Carre's received an allocation of £200 per pupil from the Board of Education, plus local authority assistance made in return for admitting pupils from local elementary schools.[9] In 1904, a new building was opened at the school, financed in part by the sale of the Gedney lands, and boarding accommodation followed in 1906.[9] From 1919, elementary school pupils sat the entrance exam each term and those who passed were allocated the places which remained after fee-paying students had enrolled.[9] School fees were abolished as a result of the Education Act 1944 and Carre's became a Voluntary Controlled School; from 1945 all entry was by the County Selection Examination.[10]

A major rebuilding programme began in the 1950s: £128,000 was set aside to rehouse the school in purpose-built facilities in buildings located adjacent to the pre-existing school-houses. The first phase was opened in 1956 and included art and handicraft rooms; the second phase was completed in 1958 when physics and chemistry rooms were added; the third came in 1965 with the opening of new biology and general science laboratories alongside other classrooms; the following year a new hall/canteen and kitchen opened. The final phase consisted of eight further rooms, built shortly afterwards.[11]

Grant-maintained status was achieved in September 1990,[12] and new laboratories and a purpose built technology centre were opened in September 1992.[13] 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, Carre's became a Foundation School. 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. Following a successful bid to the DfES, submitted in October 2002, the school was granted specialist Sports College status in 2003.[14] Since 2007, Carre's operated a sports hall with Kesteven District Council.[15] In 2009 the school became a specialist Science College and became a lead school for gifted and talented students.[15] A building programme costing £835,000 provided the school with food technology facilities and a two-storey Fitness Suite, which were opened in March 2011.[16][17] The school converted to academy status in August 2011.[18]


As of 2014, the school follows the National Curriculum in Year 7-11 and offers a range of GCSEs (national exams taken by students aged 14–16) and A-levels (national exams taken by pupils aged 16–18). The school has no affiliation with a particular religious denomination, but religious education is given throughout the school, and boys may opt to take the subject as part of their GCSE course.[19] Although morning assemblies take place and are Christian in nature, they are non-denominational.[20] Students participate in a number of educational visits and excursions throughout their school career and Year Eleven students are offered the opportunity to participate in a work experience programme.[21] The curriculum comprises English and drama, mathematics, French, history, geography, science, art, music, design and technology, information communications technology (I.C.T.), ethics and philosophy (religious education), physical education (P.E.), cookery, and citizenship, sex and relationships education; in Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11), pupils also participate in careers and work-related learning.[22] In mathematics, students are divided by their ability into two bands.[23] Science is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics in year 9.[22] In the second year German or Spanish is added.[24] The use of information technology is central to all teaching and is taught as a subject in Key Stage 3; in year 9, all students study for the European Computer Driving License, a level 2 course in I.C.T. and pupils may opt to take Computing as a GCSE.[25] Boys usually take nine or ten subjects for GCSE: English (language and literature), mathematics, a foreign language, all three separate sciences or Dual Certificate Science, as well as three other subjects from those listed above as well as business studies, with technology being divided into separate courses for Resistant Materials, Graphics, Electronics and Engineering; Mandarin is also available as an optional extra subject, but is studied after school.[22]

Carre's and St. George's Academy operate the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form, which shares a common timetable between the two sites and allows for students to choose from a wide range of options at A-Level.[26] Students may choose to apply to be based at either school, where their pastoral and tutorial activities will take place. The Sixth Form, including Carre's, is co-educational. The majority of students take four A-levels subjects in Year 12, with most choosing to focus on three in Year 13. The Joint Sixth Form allows students to choose from a range of 65 optional vocational or academic subjects, with the vast majority of combinations being possible; these options include Art and Photography (separate A-Level or BTEC options), Applied Science, Biology, Bricklaying, Business (A-Level or BTEC), Childcare, Carpentry, Chemistry, Computing or ICT (A-Level or BTEC), Drama or Performing Arts (A-Level or BTEC), Electronics, Engineering, English (Language and/or Literature), Film or Media Studies, French, German, Geography, Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality and Catering, Law, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Music (A-Level or BTEC), Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Physical Education or Sport (A-Level or BTEC), Physics, Product Design, Public Services, Light Vehicle Maintenance, Spanish, Sociology, Travel and Tourism, and Work Skills. In addition, students may participate in General Studies at A-Level, and a range of extra-curricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.[27]


In 2013, 100% of pupils achieved at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C and 96% achieved that including English and Maths GCSEs, the eighth highest percentage in Lincolnshire.[28] Figures for the 2010/11 cohort show that 86% of Key Stage 4 pupils at the school carried on to the Sixth Form.[29] At A-Level, 85% of pupils in 2013 attained three A-Levels at grades A*-E and 11% achieved three A-Levels at grades AAB including at least two "facilitating subjects"; the average point score per qualification was 201.7, equating to a C- grade, and the average point score per student was 823.1.[29] The Sunday Times ranked Carre's 101st (49th amongst state schools) in the Midlands and 750th nationally based on A-Level and GCSE performance in 2012; it recorded that 48.7% of A-Levels were at A*-B grade and 42.5% of GCSE grades were at A* or A.[30]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

School clubs and societies include various language clubs, sport clubs, musical activities and many others. Students may participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, beginning with the Bronze grade in Year 10.[31] Musical opportunities include participating in the school band and the choir, the guitar club and the Music Theory support group; the school band has performed at the Lincolnshire Show and music students have taken part in the Lincolnshire School’s Prom in Skegness.[32]

The school cadet corps existed into the 1950s, winning the Riggal Shooting Cup at the Beckingham Open Range in 1957.[33]

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[34][35] 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]

List of Headmasters[edit]

The following is a list of headmasters of the school since its inception in 1604; where known, universities of the masters are given in parentheses:[36]

  • 1604–1609: Rev. Anthony Brown
  • 1609–1615: John Newall
  • 1615–1619: Rev. William Etherington
  • 1619–1622: John Kitchen
  • Richard Northen
  • 1629–1635x36: Edmund Trevillian
  • 1635x6–1638x9: Thomas Fancourt
  • 1638x9–1646: Edmund Trevillian (see above)
  • 1646–1663: Rev. Thomas Gibson
  • In 1664: Peter Stephen/Stephens (possibly the Usher)
  • 1667–1674x5: John Pereson
  • 1674x5–1683: Mr. Ingham
  • 1683–1690: Rev. William Wych
  • 1690–1726: Rev. Matthew Smith
  • 1726–1768: Rev. William Sellar
  • 1781–1809: Rev. Edward Waterson
  • 1811–1822: Elias Huelin
  • 1835–1866: Rev. H. Manton
  • 1866–1876: Rev. C. Child
  • 1876–1894: Rev. R. Gibson
  • 1894–1900: Mr. S. Brown
  • 1900–1932: Mr. E. C. Watson
  • 1932–1944: Mr. H. A. Shute
  • 1944–1946: Mr. W. H. T. Walker (acting)[37]
  • 1946–1950: Mr. James Leslie Nightingale[38]
  • 1951–1959: Mr. D. N. G. Allot[39]
  • 1959–? (at least 1972): Mr. David H. Rees[40][41]
  • By 1981, until 1983: Derek Lee[42][43]
  • 1983–1998: Peter Freeman[44]
  • 1998–2003: Peter Wheeldon[41][45]
  • 2003–2008: Mike Reading[45][46]
  • 2008–present: Nick M. Law[47]

Notable former pupils[edit]



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  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. ^ Ellis (1954), p. 9. These men were: Launcelott Carre of New Sleaford, Eilliam Burton of Holdingham, Robert Cammock the elder and Robert Cammock the younger, William Burton and Richard Warsop of New Sleaford and Thomas Hall and Thomas Swynton of Old Sleaford.
  4. ^ Ellis (1954), p. 10
  5. ^ Ellis (1954), pp. 9-10
  6. ^ Ellis (1954), pp. 12
  7. ^ a b Ellis (1954), pp. 12-13
  8. ^ Ellis (1954), pp. 14-15
  9. ^ a b c Ellis (1954), p. 38
  10. ^ Ellis (1954), p. 39
  11. ^ Sleaford Standard 20 May 1966 p. 28
  12. ^ 23 January 1991, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), col. 201.
  13. ^ 16 December 1991, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), col. 29w
  14. ^ "Schools secure specialist status", BBC News, 10 February 2003
  15. ^ a b Ofsted Report, 2013
  16. ^ "Cookery lessons for boys after 407 Years: Grammar School finally adds Culinary Skills to its Curriculum", Lincolnshire Echo, 8 February 2011
  17. ^ "New Fitness Centre Unveiled", Lincolnshire Echo, 30 March 2011
  18. ^ "Grammar latest to leave Council control", Lincolnshire Echo, 1 June 2011
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  21. ^ "Careers Education, Work Related Learning and Guidance for Higher Education", School Prospectus (Carre's Grammar School). Retrieved 9 December 2014.
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  30. ^ "The Top State and Independent Schools in the Midlands [2012-13]", The Sunday Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
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  33. ^ "Nostalgia", Louth Leader, 8 November 2007
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  36. ^ C.W.R. Ellis Carre's Grammar School: 1604-1954 pp. 40-41 for up to 1835, p. 43 for those up to Mr. Allot
  37. ^ "Items from Committees' Reports", Sleaford Gazette, 2 March 1945
  38. ^ Hull Daily Mail 9 December 1950
  39. ^ "New appointment for Carre's headmaster", Sleaford Gazette, 30 January 1959
  40. ^ "New headmaster for Carre's G.S.", Sleaford Gazette, 15 May 1959
  41. ^ a b
  42. ^
  43. ^ The Education Authorities Directory and Annual, 1981, p. 403
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  45. ^ a b
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  47. ^
  48. ^ Prof. Ken Wade, FRS (Durham University)


  • Ellis, C.W.R. (1954). Carre's Grammar School: 1604–1954 (W.K. Morton & Sons)

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