Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
|Headteacher||Mrs Jackie Cahalin|
|DfE URN||136381 Tables|
|Houses||Aalborg(J), Perpignan(K), Rendsburg(L), Lublin(M)|
|Publication||LGGS Chronicle (annual)|
Lancaster Girls' Grammar School (LGGS) is a selective state grammar school with academy status for girls on Regent Street in Lancaster, England. It first began in order to boost the education of women in the early 1900s and has been doing so ever since.
LGGS gained Technology College status in 1995, and Language College status in 2007, and has been consistently ranked among the top twenty performing secondary schools in the country. 2008, for example, saw excellent results at GCSE with the percentage of A*/A grades at 80%. Their average point score of 601 placed them at 15th in the best state schools tables (Daily Telegraph). 7 girls gained 11 A* grades and 10 A* grades were gained by another 6 pupils.
Recently the school has just passed its centenary year bringing a few changes along with it. The school logo has been updated and the uniform changed along with a new hall added to the main part of the school building.
Lancaster Girls' Grammar school has a House system as girls are sorted into these house in first year, and remain affiliated with them for the rest of their school career. The Houses are named after the twin towns of Lancaster:
- Aalborg represented by the colour blue
- Perpignan represented by the colour green
- Rendsburg represented by the colour red
- Lublin represented by the colour yellow
The Houses provide a very competitive spirit between girls and are the basis for many inter-house competitions throughout the year, including the Performing Arts Festival, Sports Day and the Music Festival.
As of September 2016, a fifth house will be added.
School Calendar Events
- Performing Arts Festival - a winter festival where Year 12 students direct a mini musical act, a drama piece, and dance drama.
- Public Speaking - a competition where one girl from each form talks on a subject. A guest judge is invited and the winner from each year group receives a colour badge.
- Children in Need - the biggest charity event on the school calendar, this is a non-uniform day with a spectacular show at lunchtime.
- International Week- this gives the girls a chance to learn different languages, take part in activities and eat food from different countries. On the last day girls are invited to dress up as a different country.
- House Challenge - similar to University Challenge.
- Sports Day - Years 7-10, Year 12 (and sometimes the teachers) take part in interhouse athletic events.
- Music Festival - a summer festival with many music classes for the houses to compete in.
Along with these, there are various balls and dances students can attend, as well as numerous sporting, musical and theatre arts events.
The school was founded in 1907 as the Storey Institute. It was made in an effort to boost girls' education and once was a fee-paying school but this came to a halt after the events of world war 2. The school closed for a short period during this time and some students would sleep in the building although it was not considered a boarding school. Since this time, LGGS has been a thriving part of the Lancastrian community, often taking part in some of the town's main events such as the Lancaster Music Festival and Light Up Lancaster.
LGGS sixth form is a recognised college, the school's website states:
- With approximately 320 students studying for their A Levels at LGGS, we are a flourishing community offering a wide range of courses. Our Sixth Form is enhanced every year by a large number of students who join us from other schools; in 2015 we welcomed 64 such students. We have an excellent academic reputation and in 2015, 74% of A Level grades were grades A* to B with 18.5% at A*. This reflects the very high standards of teaching and learning at LGGS."
Notable former pupils
- Victoria Woods, Editor of Harpers & Queen from 1991-4
Catherine Gee - Journalist
Dr Leanne Sunter- analyst for the DfE and blogger
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