Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith.
Selective grammar school
|Headteacher||Mr Christopher Kirkup|
|DfE URN||136732 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Blencow, Lowther, Tudor.|
|Colours||Blue and Silver.|
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".
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.
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".
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.
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 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
- Lawson Soulsby, Baron Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, Microbiologist
- Charlie Hunnam, British Actor
- Oliver Turvey, Racing Driver
- Will Addison, Rugby Player
- David Jones, Professional Climber
- Sarah Hall, Novelist
- Harriet Beaty,