King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth
|King Edward VI Grammar School|
|Motto||"Dieu Et Mon Droit"|
|Department for Education URN||142262 Tables|
|Head teacher||James Lascelles|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Tennyson, Hobart, Franklin, Smith|
|Colour(s)||Red and Blue|
The dissolution of the monasteries in 1548 placed the future of education in Louth at risk. 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, which was administered by a Foundation which exists to this day. In 1564, Elizabeth I granted the manor of Louth and some additional property to support the school.
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. Between 1968 and 1997, the school was for 14-18 year old pupils only, with the majority of entrants transferring from 3 local high schools.
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 battle by teachers' union NASUWT, after he was permanently crippled by an electric shock caused by faulty wiring in a science lab.
Previously a foundation school administered by Lincolnshire County Council, King Edward VI Grammar School converted to academy status in September 2015. However the school continues to coordinate with Lincolnshire County Council for admissions.
Notable former pupils
- Corinne Drewery, lead singer of pop group Swing Out Sister
- Rt Rev William Elsey, Bishop of Kalgoorlie from 1919–50
- Edward John Eyre (5 August 1815 – 30 November 1901), explorer of the Australian continent and Governor of Jamaica
- Andrew Faulds, Labour MP from 1966–74 for Smethwick, and from 1974–97 for Warley East
- Frederick Flowers
- Sir John Franklin, author and explorer, who attended from 1797 to 1800
- Rt Rev Field Flowers Goe, Bishop of Melbourne from 1887–1901
- Simon Hanson, drummer with the band Squeeze
- Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden (1 April 1822 – 19 June 1886), English naval captain and Turkish admiral.
- Tom Hood, playwright
- Francis Hopwood, 1st Baron Southborough CMG CB
- Christopher Maltman, Opera Singer
- Robert Mapletoft, Master from 1664–77 of Pembroke College, Cambridge
- Nathan McCree, music producer and composer of the original Tomb Raider game music
- Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth, Professor of Government since 1986 at the University of Hull
- Captain John Smith, a mercenary and the first elected president of Virginia, famous for his supposed relations with Pocahontas, attended from 1592 to 1595
- Major Peter Surtees MC
- Charles Heathcote Tatham, (1772–1842) architect
- Chris Wright, founder and chairman of Chrysalis Group
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet, who attended from 1816 to 1820.
- Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Watson VC
- Louth, LIN. GENUKI. Retrieved on 19 March 2013.
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- Peter Surtees. Daily Telegraph. (4 March 2002). Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- "Tennyson's tree faces the axe"; BBC News, 18 June 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2012
- "Victoria Cross and medals from Lincolnshire hero to be auctioned". Lincolnshire Echo. 4 December 2014.