King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth

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King Edward VI Grammar School
Motto Dieu Et Mon Droit
Established 1276
Type Foundation grammar school
Headteacher James Laccelles
Founder Edward VI
Location Edward Street
LN11 9LL
England Coordinates: 53°21′49″N 0°00′35″W / 53.3636°N 0.0098°W / 53.3636; -0.0098
Local authority Lincolnshire
DfE number 925/5405
DfE URN 120701 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 795
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Tennyson, Hobart, Franklin, Smith
Colours Red and Blue
Alumni Old Ludensians
Website King Edward VI Grammar School website

King Edward VI Grammar School (sometimes abbreviated to KEVIGS) is a grammar school in Louth, Lincolnshire, England.


King Edward VI Grammar School is one of the oldest schools in the country.[citation needed] As early as the 8th century schooling was available at Louth,[1] but the oldest reference to a school is in a passage by Simon De Luda, the town's schoolmaster, in 1276.[1] According to records the school was funded by the town's religious and merchant guilds, and a Chantry established by Thomas of Louth in 1317.[citation needed] The dissolution of the monasteries in 1548 placed the future of education in Louth at risk.[2] Leading figures in the local community petitioned the King, Edward VI, to secure the school's future, and on 21 September 1551 the school was given a plot of land and money raised from three fairs by the king,[1] which was administered by a Foundation which exists to this day.[citation needed] In 1564, Elizabeth I granted the manor of Louth and some additional property to support the school.[1]

Until 1964 King Edward's was a boys' school. In 1903 a girls' boarding school for 400 pupils was established nearby in Westgate House on Westgate, which became King Edward VI Girls' Grammar School. Both schools amalgamated in 1965 when administered by the Lindsey Education Committee. In the same year the amalgamated school took pupils from age 14–18, as part of the 'Louth Plan' which stipulated that education be provided by one selective 14–18 school and three 11–16 high schools (Monks' Dyke, Cordeaux and John Birkbeck).[citation needed] When the Louth Plan was rescinded in 1997 the school returned to receiving 11–13 year olds as part of its intake. The school achieved Foundation status in 1998 and became a Specialist Science College in 2003.[citation needed]

School male boarders lived at The Lodge on Edward Street until 1971, afterwards at The Sycamores on Westgate, and later at an old maternity hospital on Crowtree Lane next to the main school building. Girls boarded at Masson House and The Limes houses on Westgate.

In 2007 the school made the news after agreeing to pay a former teacher £625,000 - the largest ever teacher compensation package - following a 3 year long battle by teachers' union NASWUT, after he was permanently crippled by an electric shock caused by faulty wiring in a science lab. [3]


Pupils pass the Eleven Plus examination to attend the school, and many come from satellite villages surrounding it.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The School's Edwards Theatre Company performs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe annually.[citation needed] The Company is open to students aged 15 and above. The school organises school trips and outings, including an annual ski trip, annual music tours to European countries, and trips to the USA, and also day outings to various parts of the UK.[citation needed]

The school runs a Combined Cadet Force, with an Army section (afflitated to the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment) and an RAF section. It has over 100 Cadets attending weekly parade nights and training weekends, and each section attends a summer camp at the end of the school year.[4] Recent army camps include those at Nesscliffe Training Area and Penally, and recent RAF camps include those at RAF St Mawgan[clarification needed] and RAF Lossiemouth.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Louth, LIN. GENUKI. Retrieved on 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ History of Louth. Retrieved on 19 March 2013.
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  5. ^ Peter Surtees. Daily Telegraph. (4 March 2002). Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Tennyson's tree faces the axe"; BBC News, 18 June 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2012
  7. ^ "Victoria Cross and medals from Lincolnshire hero to be auctioned". Lincolnshire Echo. 4 December 2014. 

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