Loughborough Grammar School
|Motto||Vires Acquirit Eundo
(Latin: "We Gather Strength As We Go")
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|President||Prof. R. J. Mair|
|Headmaster||Paul B. Fisher MA|
|Chairman of Governors||H. M. Pearson|
|DfE URN||120332 Tables|
|Colours||navy and red|
|Former pupils||Old Loughboroughians|
Loughborough Grammar School (commonly LGS) founded in 1495 by Thomas Burton, is an independent school for boys in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. It is a day school for over 1100 pupils and a boarding school for nearly 100. It is one of three schools known as the Loughborough Endowed Schools, along with Loughborough High School and Fairfield Preparatory School. The Endowed Schools are separate independent schools in their own right but share a board of governors.
LGS was founded after Thomas Burton, a prosperous wool merchant from Loughborough, left money for priests to pray for his soul upon his death in 1495; these priests went on to found the school that would become LGS.
Loughborough is one of England’s oldest schools, pre- dating similar institutions such as Harrow, Westminster and Stowe by a number of centuries. Alongside Winchester College, Harrow School, Monmouth School, Eton College, and Radley College, it is one of a select number of independent boarding schools in Britain that remain for boys only. Since its inception over 500 years ago, its alumni have shaped the world around them: Sir Thomas Abney founded the Bank of England; Charles McCurdy played a central role in the reforming Liberal Party of the early 20th century; Rev. George Davys educated the young Queen Victoria and the flying ace Air Vice Marshall Johnnie Johnson destroyed more Luftwaffe aircraft than any other Allied pilot. Former masters include the former government minister Lord Elton and author Colin Dexter.
The school was founded in the Parish Church in the centre of Loughborough in 1495, but was moved by the trustees of the Burton Charity to its present location in 1852. A purpose-built site on Burton Walks became its permanent home, initially consisting of the main school building, loadgings and a gatehouse at the Leicester Road entrance. These buildings were Grade II Listed in the 1980s.
The school celebrated its quincentenary in 1995, when it was visited by HM Queen Elizabeth II. During her visit the Queen opened the new English block, the "Queen's Building", which includes a drama studio.
LGS is based on a multi-acre campus on the south side of Loughborough town centre; the three Endowed Schools are adjacent to one another, laid out along Burton Walks. The core of the campus is the quadrangle, on the eastern side of the Walks. Dating from 1850, Big School, consisting of the Victorian Gothic tower, gymnasium and hall are at the head of the quadrangle, nowadays accommodating the History department, Chapel and Sixth Form common room, and are the oldest buildings on the current site. The quadrangle is completed by School House (the senior boarding house), the Queen's Building (1994, English and Drama), the Barrow Building (c. 1910, Classics and Modern Languages), the Cope Building (2000, Modern Languages) on the north side and the Library and old laboratory buildings (now housing Computing and Religion and Philosophy) on the south side. Big School and School House are both grade II listed, as is the gatehouse
On the western side of Burton Walks are located the Science Building (Physics), the Norman Walter Building (Chemistry), Murray Building (Biology), Pullinger Building (Mathematics) as well as the Hodson Hall, where most school functions and assemblies are held, the Burton Hall, primarily a dining hall, and the Art and Design department, Sports Hall, swimming hall and the Combined Cadet Force's buildings. A number of houses on this side of the Walks are now owned by the School, including Buckland House, the administrative hub of the School, containing the Headmaster and Deputy Headmasters' offices as well as the general office and reprographics. Others include Red House, formerly used for music lessons but now largely occupied by the Business Studies and Economics departments, Friesland House and others, containing Network Services and the Bursary. Both the Headmaster of the Grammar School and the Headmistress of the High School traditionally reside in properties on the Walks.
The astroturf tennis and hockey pitches are not strictly part of the Grammar School, but are shared with the High School. The Music School (2006), is also another of these shared buildings, it includes a performance space as well as practice rooms and recording facilities.
The Burton Chapel is located in Loughborough’s Parish Church, school services are held in both this chapel and a second chapel located in the School’s quadrangle.
The school has repeatedly tried to get the public right of way along Burton Walks revoked, citing security concerns; this connects the council estate of Shelthorpe with Loughborough town centre. To date these efforts have been unsuccessful.
Candidates sit an entrance examination to gain admission to the school, usually at the age of 10, so as to enter Year 7 at the age of 11. However, the middle school system that still prevails in North West Leicestershire led the School to introduce a smaller Year 6 intake for pupils leaving their primary schools after Year 5, as happens in a middle school system. There is also a 13+ exam, for those wishing to enter at Year 9, and a 16+ exam for boys wishing to enter at Sixth Form level.
In keeping with many other Independent Schools, the choice of subjects at the school tends to be more traditional, although recently Drama Studies and PE Courses in the Sixth Form have been offered.
Extracurricular activities 
Combined Cadet Force 
Loughborough Grammar School runs a large Combined Cadet Force (CCF), comprising Army, Navy and RAF sections. Major events include the annual Remembrance Parade in Loughborough in November, and the Annual Review in May. In 2003, Lt Col George Beazley was awarded the MBE in recognition of his work with the CCF. The CCF used to occupy a number of old Nissen-style huts, but these have been replaced with a purpose-built Cadet Force building, part sponsored by the MOD. This was opened in 2005. The Royal Naval section of the CCF is affiliated to the Type 45 class destroyer HMS Diamond (D34).
Music and drama 
The construction of a new Music School by the Endowed Schools in 2006 enabled a greater level of cooperation than had previously been possible. An orchestra, choir and a number of swing/jazz bands are amongst the ensembles run at the Music School, and these perform regularly at school concerts and elsewhere. The Endowed Schools' Big Band and Concert Band have competed nationally at the English Concert Band Festival, and these bands also tour abroad regularly.
Dramatic productions have become a feature of the Grammar School in recent years, and another area of cooperation between the Endowed Schools. The 182-seat Drama Studio, located within the Queen's Building, plays host to a number of plays every year. Productions have included Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar and Eclipse. In addition to purely extracurricular productions, the English Department's teaching of A-level Theatre Studies produces further theatrical output; such as Brecht's The Resistible Rise Of Arturo UI (2008) and other devised performances.
In March 2008 students from the LGS and the LHS joined together to put on a performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream a cast totalling over 30 students had practised since before Christmas and produced a 'fantastic' production that was sold out on all three nights which it was performed.
The major sports at the School are rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, athletics, football and cross country. The School competes in national competitions in these sports, and has a full structure of teams from U12 to U18 level. The senior rugby, cricket and hockey teams have all toured abroad in recent years, including separate hockey and cricket tours to South Africa, as well as a recent ruby tour to Australia and The Far East. Other sports include swimming, basketball, badminton, fencing, football, golf, sailing, table tennis and karting.
The school runs an active Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, a Scout Troop and biannual expeditions, which have visited areas such as the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the Himalayas and Greenland. A number of clubs and societies run regularly, including a Debating Society and a poorly funded school magazine, entitled VOX. The school also plays Bridge to an extremely high level, and has produced numerous players who have represented the UK in international competitions, including Edward Jones and Duncan Happer. The school engages in regular charity fund-raising events, including non-uniform days and concerts.
House system 
The school operates a house system; every boy is placed in one of four houses: Abney (Green, after Sir Thomas Abney), Yates (Yellow, after William Yates), Pulteney (Purple, after Richard Pulteney) and Davys (Sky blue, after George Davys) and boys below the Upper Sixth have a small line in one of these colours on their school tie, between larger stripes for the school's red and navy colours. The houses are named after alumni. The house system provides internal competition in a number of sporting disciplines as well as quiz, chess, bridge and music competitions, with a points system (40 for winning an event down to 10 for finishing fourth) calculating the eventual winner of the Stamper Cup. The Eagle trophy is awarded to the house that wins the most points in non-sporting house competitions.
The names of the earliest headmasters are not known, and the dates of a few of the early headmasters remain unclear.
- ?-1521 Robert Calton
- Richard Sharpe
- John Kyddal
- John Sharpe
- John Tomonne
- 1568-1615 John Dawson
- 1616-1619 Mr Spong
- 1620-1627 Mr Woodmansey
- 1627-1631 Mr Atkinson
- 1631-1632 Thomas Mould
- 1632-1642 Richard Layghtonhouse
- 1642-1644 Mr Wilde
- 1644-1647 John Blower
- 1647-1682 John Somervile
- 1682-1686 John Vickers
- 1686-1696 John Hoyland
- 1696-1748 Samuel Martin
- 1748-1773 Thomas Parkinson
- 1773-1792 Thomas Hadwen
- 1792-1811 Edward Shaw
- 1811-1813 John Morgan
- 1813-1844 Thomas Stevenson
- 1852-1860 John George Gordon
- 1860-1875 James Wallace
- 1876-1893 John Brise Colgrove
- 1894-1900 Cecil William Kaye
- 1901-1920 Bingham Dixon Turner
- 1920-1926 Tom Stinton
- 1926-1955 Sidney Russell Pullinger
- 1955-1959 Walter Lucian Garstang
- 1959-1973 Norman Sydney Walter
- 1973-1984 John Scandrett Millward
- 1984 -1998 (David) Neville Ireland
- 1998–present Paul B. Fisher
Old Loughburians 
The School has an old boys' association, the Old Loughburians Association (OLA). Notable Old Loughburians include:
- Sir Thomas Abney (1640–1721), merchant, Lord Mayor of London and Member of Parliament.
- Richard Pulteney FRS (1730–1801), botanist.
- Thomas Green (1738–1788), geologist, Woodwardian Professor of Geology
- Rev. George Davys (1780–1864) educator of Queen Victoria, later Dean of Chester and Bishop of Peterborough.
- Joseph Shaw (1786–1859), Academic and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge.
- William Yates (1792–1845), Baptist missionary and orientalist.
- Thomas Hassall (1840-1920), Australian politician.
- Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847-1909), zoologist
- Rt Hon. Sir John Winfield Bonser PC (1847-1914), barrister and Privy Councillor.
- Sir Walter Howell KCB (1854-1913), marine secretary to the Board of Trade.
- Edward Anthony Wharton Gill (1859-1944), author
- Julius Hare (1859-1932), artist.
- George Harry Barrowcliff (1864-1924), architect.
- Charles McCurdy MP (1870–1941), Liberal MP and government minister.
- W. Sampson Handley FRCS (1872-1962), oncological surgeon.
- William Gaskell CIE (1874-1954), Indian Civil Service
- G.W. Briggs (1875–1959), hymn author, author of school hymn.
- Sir George Bailey (1879-1965), electrical engineer and industrialist.
- Harry Linacre (1880–1957), footballer; Nottingham Forest and England goalkeeper
- Sir William Coates (1882–1963), civil servant and businessman, director of ICI.
- Archibald Walter Harrison (1882-1946), Methodist person.
- Arthur Dakin (1884-1969), President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Sir Sidney Wadsworth (1888—1976), judge in the Indian Civil Service.
- John Moss CBE, (1890-1976), lawyer.
- Brig. Frederick Clarke DSO (1892-1972), British Army officer
- Tom Hare MRCVS (1895-1959), veterinary pathologist.
- W. C. W. Nixon CBE FRCS FRCOG (1903-1966), obstetrician and gynaecologist
- Clifford Dyment (1914–1971), poet.
- John Saxton CBE (1914-1980), physicist.
- Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson CB CBE (1915–2001) senior RAF officer and top-scoring British Second World War flying ace.
- A.D. Walsh FRS (1916–1977), chemist.
- Thomas William Walker ONZM (1916-2010), soil scientist.
- George W. Cooke FRS (1916–1992), chemist and deputy director of Rothamsted Research Station
- Peter Carter (1921–2004), law professor.
- Sir Denys Wilkinson FRS (born 1922), nuclear physicist.
- William Barry Pennington (1923–1968), mathematician.
- John Stamper (1926–2003), aeronautical engineer.
- Patrick McGoohan (1928-2009), actor and film and television director.
- Clive Priestley CB (1935-2012), Chairman of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College Trust
- Peter Preston (born 1938), journalist, former editor of The Guardian.
- Timothy Cook OBE (born 1938), Clerk to the Trustees, City Parochial Foundation.
- Richard Hudson (born 1939), linguist.
- Hubert Lacey (born 1944), psychiatrist
- Tudor Parfitt (born 1944), professor of Modern Jewish Studies at University College London.
- Julian Besag FRS (1945-2010), statistician
- Robin Parfitt (1946–2006), educationalist and headmaster of Danes Hill School
- Stephen Smith (born 1948), educationalist and headmaster of Bedford Modern School
- Stephen Mitchell (born 1949), journalist, Head of Radio News at the BBC.
- Lt Gen. Andrew Figgures CBE (born 1950), British Army officer.
- Bruce Woolley (born 1953) performer/songwriter.
- David Collier (born 1955), sports administrator.
- Martin Goodman (born 1956), writer and Professor of Creative Writing at University of Hull
- Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE (born 1957), senior Royal Navy officer
- Marcus Rose, (born 1957) rugby player, former England full-back.
- Richard Merriman (born 1958), cricketer, Leicestershire CCC.
- Chris Wreghitt (born 1958), professional cyclist
- John Dickie (born 1963), Italianist author, historian and academic
- Mike Nelson (born 1967), contemporary artist
- Martyn Gidley (born 1968), cricketer
- Felix Buxton (born 1971), one half of the dance duo Basement Jaxx.
- Wayne Dessaur (born 1971), cricketer, Nottinghamshire CCC.
- Amit Gupta (born 1972), film director, of Resistance
- Christopher Hawkes (born 1972), cricketer
- Nigel Mills (born 1974) Conservative MP for Amber Valley since 2010.
- Giles Kristian (born 1975), author and former model.
- Ben Hammersley (born 1976), journalist.
- Anthony Clark (born 1977), England badminton player.
- Charlie Bewley (born 1981), actor.
- Harry Gurney (born 1986), cricketer, Leicestershire CCC.
- Sam Sweeney, (born 1989), folk musician, Bellowhead.
- Will Hurrell (born 1990), rugby player, Leicester Tigers/Coventry RFC and England U20 wing three-quarter.
- John Brooks (born 1990), professional English football referee, who currently officiates in The Football League and English Premier League.
- Shiv Thakor (born 1993), cricketer, Leicestershire CCC. - Youngest Ever Centurion For LCCC
Notable masters at the school include:
- Bill Williams, former Welsh rugby league international, taught mathematics and sport at the school 1950 to 1962
- Colin Dexter, the novelist was a sixth form classics master at the school (1957–59).
- The Hon. Rodney Elton, later 2nd Baron, was a master at the school between 1964 and 1967
- Stephen Smith (OL), was a history master at the school between 1970 and 1993.
- Trevor Tunnicliffe, former first class cricketer, was director of cricket 1995-2013.
- Martyn Gidley (OL), former first class cricketer, is currently (2013) a teacher at the school.
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- (Norman) Colin Dexter in Contemporary Authors Online, Gale 2002, accessed 2008-10-23
Further reading 
- History of Loughborough Endowed Schools by Alfred White, Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough, 1969 ISBN 0-9500740-0-4
- Five Hundred Years Enduring: A History of Loughborough Grammar School, by Nigel Watson, James & James, London, 2000, pp. 144, E28.00, ISBN 0-907383-43-2.