Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith

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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith. Picture.jpg
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith.
Motto Semper Eadem
(Always Constant)
Established 1564
Type Academy
Selective grammar school
Headteacher Mr Christopher Kirkup
Location Ullswater Road
CA11 7EG
England Coordinates: 54°39′33″N 2°45′29″W / 54.65912°N 2.75799°W / 54.65912; -2.75799
DfE number 909/5401
DfE URN 136732 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 833
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Blencow, Lowther, Tudor.
Colours Blue and Silver.
Website www.qegs.cumbria.sch.uk

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) is a coeducational selective grammar school in Penrith, Cumbria, England. The school currently has approximately 830 pupils.

The school has been described as being "...about taking the best aspects of the traditional grammar school ethos and blending them with the most useful elements of good practice in modern education".[1]

QEGS has a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring Ullswater Community College and Carlisle school Austin Friars St Monica's School in both academic and sporting capacities.


It moved from its original premises in St Andrew's churchyard to its present site on Ullswater Road (A592), close to the railway station, in 1917. It is Cumbria's only grammar school.

Academic Traditions[edit]

The school has a very strong academic tradition. QEGS boasts that its A-level geography results were highest in the country for 2007. In terms of its students' academic achievements QEGS is the best secondary school in Cumbria judged by the percentage of students achieving "5 good GCSEs or similar".[2]

Due to the strong support students receive from staff, as well as the strong sense of community and friendship throughout the school, very few students leave the school until they have completed their A-levels. For instance; only six of the one-hundred and twenty students left education before they had completed their A-levels from the 2004-2011 academic school year.

Sporting Achievements[edit]

The school also is very successful in regional sports competitions, particularly in rugby and cross country running. The most popular sports are rugby union, football, athletics, cricket, netball, hockey and cross country in which it has been Regional Champion, beating Sedbergh School in 2006.

In April 2008, the QEGS 1st XV reached the final of the Daily Mail Vase competition at Twickenham Stadium, where they were narrowly beaten in the dying minutes 13-14.

In April 2013, the QEGS 1st XI won the Holland Cup tournament in Amsterdam.


The admission process is through an Eleven Plus style exam, which tests mathematics, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning or spatial intelligence. The top 120 applicants are offered places at the school.

It is not unknown for families to move to the area so that their children can attend the school. The intake of 120 places per year has not changed for some time.

Notable former pupils[edit]