Lawrence Sheriff School

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Lawrence Sheriff School
Established 1878
Type Voluntary aided grammar
Headmaster Peter Kent
Deputy Head Gwen Temple
Specialism Maths and Computing
Location Clifton Road
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 3AG
England Coordinates: 52°22′17″N 1°15′20″W / 52.3713°N 1.2555°W / 52.3713; -1.2555
Local authority Warwickshire County Council
DfE URN 125753 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 863
Gender Male only
Ages 11–18
Houses Caldecott, Simpson, Tait and Wheeler
Colours Navy and white
Publication The Weekly Word
Website lawrencesheriffschool.net

Lawrence Sheriff School is a selective boys' grammar school in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. The school is named after Lawrence Sheriff, the Elizabethan man who founded Rugby School. The school's name is often shortened to 'LSS', or often just 'Sheriff' by boys at the school. In an OFSTED inspection the school achieved 'outstanding' in all fields of inspection. The school runs in partnership with Rugby High School for Girls, the local all-female grammar school. The two schools run discos and other fun events between each other.

History[edit]

The Griffin: the Lawrence Sheriff School emblem

Foundation[edit]

Lawrence Sheriff School was founded to fulfill Laurence Sheriff's original intentions to provide a school for the boys of Rugby and neighbouring Brownsover, which was originally carried out by Rugby School. By the eighteenth century, Rugby School had acquired a national reputation as a public school and moved to its present site.

As the proportion of pupils from outside Rugby increased and the people of the town seemed to benefit less from Lawrence Sheriff's original bequest, local concern led to the nineteenth century proposal of a Lower School for local boys, with Foundation Scholarships to the Great School. The Lower School was opened in 1878 on the present site of Lawrence Sheriff School with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of a commercial education and preparation for Rugby School. By 1906, a compromise between the traditions of the Foundation and a proposal to hand the school over to the county, led to a Governing body chaired by the Headmaster of Rugby School and containing both Foundation and County Governors. The school was built on what before was glebe land named Market Field, at what was the east limit of the built-up area of Rugby.

Early history[edit]

Under its second headmaster, Weisse (who renamed himself Whitehouse when World War I started), a small incident caused a lasting effect on the area. To enlarge the school's sports area, he planned to buy a larger area of glebe land, Reynolds Field, west of the school land. But, as he was going down Bath Road in a carriage towards railway station to go to Oxford to buy the land, the horse veered to the left and the carriage hit a lamppost; the horse panicked and Weisse was spilt out on the road, cutting his eye on glass from a broken carriage lamp. This event forced Weisse to miss the meeting and the school never bought the land.[citation needed] The land later became Moultrie Road and Elsee Road.

Voluntary aided status[edit]

This partnership continued into voluntary aided status under the 1944 Act.

At the time the school opened, it was on the outskirts of Rugby town, which in 1878 was much smaller than now. The original building (now called Big School), was extended in 1909 with science wings (now used for Chemistry and Physics) on each side. The school continued to grow with several extensions, including the Jubilee Wings (1926 and 1934), the library wing (1957), and major expansion in the early 1960s, which included new biology labs and a new gymnasium. Big School was badly damaged by a fire in 1983, but was immediately restored, so the only tell-tale signs of this event are the steel reinforcements of the ceiling timbers. The venerable school organ was damaged beyond repair and was replaced. The most recent period of growth started in the late 1980s and the school has seen many extensions and new facilities over the last fifteen years.

Present day[edit]

Lawrence Sheriff School is now the selective boys' grammar school for Rugby and the surrounding area, with the buildings owned and maintained by the Governors, and the running costs funded by the local Authority.

The school also has an old boys society: the Old Laurentians.

The school has been expanded greatly in the last five years with the construction of a new sixth form centre and the conversion of Penrhos House, originally the sixth form common room, into a Music block, as well as the construction of a new Learning Resources Centre.

Sport[edit]

The school owns a playing field, Hart Field, a mile away east-southeastwards, with five Rugby pitches and changing rooms. Over the school year of 2009, the field has been regenerated with new pitches created, including an Astroturf field, a new block of changing rooms, cricket nets and leveled playing fields.

Thanks to Sport England funding, the school also houses a regional and local table tennis centre.

Effects of the Second World War[edit]

Due to the need for maximum food production within Britain during the Second World War much unproductive land (sports fields, large ornamental gardens, parks, golf courses, etc.) was requisitioned for farming or allotment gardens. In this period, the School Field and a third of the Hart Field were used in the grass growing season for sheep grazing but remained in school sport use. Most of the rest of the Hart Field was ploughed and used for growing wheat, except a strip along the bottom edge which was used for allotment gardens.

Academic performance[edit]

In 2008, 2010 and 2011 the school came first in national performance tables based upon data from the Department for Education (schools were ranked by their total points score in examinations). In 2012 it came fourth in the country and in 2013 it came seventh out of 3,200 secondary schools.

In 2013 75% of boys gained the IB. Comparing this to local selective schools in the area 87% of King Edward VI pupils, 73% of Bablake pupils, 66% of Rugby High School pupils and 64% of Rugby School pupils gained the IB.

In 2014 97% of boys gained the English Baccalaurate.[1]

In January 2009 the school achieved an average point score of 792,[2] whilst in January 2011 it came top again, with an average point score of 757.4.[3]

Building development[edit]

The Learning Resources Centre[edit]

The Learning Resources Centre is now open to students at Lawrence Sheriff School. This new building has eight new classrooms (to be split between Maths and Computing) as well as a new library area. This relieves pressure on other departments (notably Art and Design & Technology) of the school who can now move into the vacant old Mathematics rooms. It also allows students using the library to make use of a much more suited 'open' space – rather than the converted Headmasters' House ('Sheriff Centre') which has housed its many books until now. There has, however, been one aspect of controversy since the opening of this new building. Included on the floor is a floor mural, made up of mathematical and literal references (such as the famous formula E = mc2) but also including a cartoon drawing of a made up book entitled "Plays and Devilishly Daring Melodramas". It did not take long for students of the school to quickly realise that this book name had been formed of the initials of Peter Kent, Annabel Kay, Dennis Barnett, Diane Halestrap and Melissa Hipkins – the 5 main members of the schools' Senior Management Team.

The LRC provides extra classrooms that will allow the school to continue in its current growth. As well as this, the provision of two new computer rooms will allow some departments (specifically those that aren't primarily computer based) to explore the advantages of using computers within lesson times.

Sheriff Centre[edit]

The Sheriff Centre which currently houses offices for the Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Exams Secretaries on its ground floor is now being redeveloped as a Management Suite. The first and second floors of this building (formerly the library) have been redundant since the opening of the LRC and it is believed that offices for the senior members of staff will be moved into this space.

Recent changes[edit]

Lawrence Sheriff School: two new buildings spreading into the School Field, 25 June 2008

The school operates a vertical tutoring system, in which forms consist of students from each year group. This was implemented to create a greater interaction between pupils of different ages in the hope that it would reduce bullying and foster a greater sense of house identity.[4]

An Enrichment system also runs in the school. This puts aside two times a week in which students can choose an enrichment program run by a teacher on any of a range of topics.

On 8 November 2010, Lawrence Sheriff introduced a new security measure in order to protect the school against unauthorised personnel entering the grounds. This took the form of a set of ID cards, a different colour for each section of the school (black for lower school, blue for Sixth Form, and red for staff members). Display of the cards is mandatory for Sixth Form and Staff, though Lower School are required only to be able to present the card when requested. In the future, it will be used to access secure areas of the school, and possibly be used for registration purposes.

Notable Old Laurentians[edit]

Former pupils at the school are called Old Laurentians and include:

Houses[edit]

There are 4 houses: Caldecott (Purple), Simpson (Green), Tait (Red), Wheeler (Blue). There are many inter-house competitions between the four. These competitions can range from sports or academic competitions. At the end of each year, the house with the most points for each competition wins a trophy.

Local Government Ombudsman Report[edit]

On 19 May 2014 the school was found at fault by the Local Government Ombudsman for failing to provide an appeal to a child whose place was withdrawn for 2013 entry. Warwickshire County Council had refused to withdraw the place on four occasions stating it was unlawful to do so. The school took matters in to their own hands and withdrew the place then refused to offer an appeal and refused to consider a new application, breaching the Admissions Code. The LGO report can be read at the Local Government Ombudsman's website. [5]

Other information[edit]

  • The Parents' Association is in the Guinness Book of Records as the UK's oldest Parents Association
  • The school has a partnership with Rugby School and twinned at Years 12 and 13 (the sixth form) of education with Rugby High School
  • The main hall is called Big school
  • WWE Champion CM Punk once wrestled in Big School in a show booked by the Wrestling Association of Rugby.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Weekly Word Vol18 No 1 Friday 5 September 2014. www.lawrencesheriffschool.net. Retrieved 12 September 2014
  2. ^ Beckford, Martin (15 January 2009). "School League Tables 2009: Best school shows boys can make the grade". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Secondary league tables: Best GCSE results". BBC News (London). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby: Schools in Rugby". Schooletc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/education/school-admission-appeals/13-004-713

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