Ormskirk Grammar School

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Ormskirk Grammar School
The Old Grammar School, Ormskirk - geograph.org.uk - 1528436.jpg
The school building seen in 2009 while being converted to apartments
Established 1610
Closed 2001
Type Grammar school, later comprehensive
Location Ruff Lane
L39 4QY
England England
Coordinates: 53°33′54″N 2°52′46″W / 53.5650°N 2.8795°W / 53.5650; -2.8795
Local authority Lancashire
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

Ormskirk Grammar School was a school in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, England.


It was founded circa 1610 and moved from the original school house at Barkhouse Hill to Ruff Lane in 1850. The architect Sydney Smirke designed the original school room and school masters house which is to the west of the main school building. The school was consistently extended for the next 150 years to extend either side of Mill Street. It was situated in the east of the town, towards the hospital.

In the 1960s it had 750 boys and girls, and 850 in the early 1970s.


It became a comprehensive in the late 1970s, year by year, with around 1,000 boys and girls.


It closed when the school amalgamated with Cross Hall High School, resulting in the formation of Ormskirk School in 2001 and was largely demolished to make way for housing in 2005 leaving only the original building on Ruff Lane which has now been converted into flats.


The school's archives are held at Lancashire Archives.[1]



  • History of Ormskirk Grammar School in Lancashire, David Orritt, 30 November 1988, Carnegie, ISBN 0-948789-26-3
  1. ^ "The Ormskirk Grammar School Archives". The National Archives. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 

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