Lewes Old Grammar School
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|Type||Independent day school|
|Local authority||East Sussex|
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The School can trace its origins back to the educational foundation started by Agnes Morley in 1512, making it the 38th oldest school in the country. The school was proprietarial until 1989 when an educational trust was founded and is now governed by eight trustees.
The School has been at its current site at the top of the Lewes High Street since the 19th century. Morley House, the junior school, which includes the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS), is situated in a residential suburb, in a house which has been updated and extended. The senior school occupies three listed houses in the High Street of Lewes which have been refurbished and extended.
The Junior School, for ages 4–11, is housed in its own building, Morley House in King Henry's Road. The Senior School is situated in the centre of Lewes, occupying three former townhouses, Mead House, Tyne House and St. Clair House, all of which are grade II listed buildings. The curriculum followed includes three foreign languages (French, Spanish and German), and sciences are studied as individual subjects at senior level. Expansions to the sixth form college have allowed for the study of psychology, theatre, and graphic design.
The sixth form produces a number of theatrical events, featuring the orchestra, choir and actors from the school. The most notable of these is the annual VIth form pantomime, performed on the last day of the Autumn term. The last assembly of each academic year is primarily held and organised by the leaving upper VIth form.
The school has a number of regular "trips", among them the annual ski trip, a week spent at a sports training camp in Lanzarote, and every two years some members of the VIth form venture to Morocco for 10–11 days, visiting Marrakech, Zagora, and travelling into the High Atlas mountains to visit a school with which LOGS has been in contact with regularly. In recent years LOGS and this school have carried out exchanges, LOGS having several fundraising events in order to pay for travel from Morocco to the UK.
Every year the senior school carries out a sponsored "school walk"—usually from the senior school in Lewes across some of the South Downs to Stanmer Park and back. One of the most popular charities is Fish Aid—a charity set up in memory of a former student of LOGS who died of cancer.
There are three houses in the school—DeMontfort house, Barbican house, and Malling house. Each of the houses competes in several events throughout the year. Each house performs a Christmas pantomime before the VIth form pantomime on the last day of Autumn Term.
Notable former pupils
- John Evelyn - Famous polymath and diarist.
- Wynne Edwin Baxter - Coroner of most of the Whitechapel murders