Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne

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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
QEGS Ashbourne Logo.png
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Logo: The Coat of Arms and Motto of The Cokayne Family
Motto En bon espoyr
Established 1585
Type Academy
Head of Academy Mr Scott Garrity
Chair of Governors Mr Max Jeffery
Location The Green Road
Coordinates: 53°01′19″N 1°43′46″W / 53.02198°N 1.72936°W / 53.02198; -1.72936
DfE number 830/4500
DfE URN 136972 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students ~1400
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Cokayne, Boothby, Hull, Spalden
Publication QEGS Press
Website www.queenelizabeths.derbyshire.sch.uk

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School (QEGS) is an academy school for 11- to 18-year-olds in the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England. In the academic year 2009–10, there were 1396 pupils on roll.[1]

Both the main school and 6th form are often within the top 25 in league tables,[2][3] and in October 2008, Ofsted marked the school as "good" or "outstanding" in all sections.[4] In 2009 the school celebrated 100 years at the Green Road site.[5]


The school was founded in 1585 by a group of men including Sir Thomas Cokayne (or Cockayne), High Sheriff of Derbyshire,[6] and Thomas Carter of the Middle Temple, London.[7] Sir Thomas Cokayne granted £4 a year out of his lands towards the maintenance of the school.[6] He is often credited as the founder of the school; this is due to his Lordship of the Town of Ashbourne and the fact the school took his family's coat of arms.[8] The original building still exists today.

The school relocated to its current site on The Green Road in 1909.[9] In 1973 QEGS took over the Ashbourne County Secondary School on Old Derby Road, but they both remained as two separate sites. QEGS was awarded technology specialist status in 2005, and a new technology block was built with the funding received.[9] On 1 August 2011 it converted to Academy Status and became an Independent State School but still serves the same catchment area and has the same admissions procedures.

Current buildings[edit]

  • 'Old building': is the oldest part of the school, and is used for teaching maths and ICT. It also holds some smaller classrooms for SEN teaching.
  • 'Science corridor': runs adjacent to the old building. Chemistry and physics are taught here. It is connected to the main building by a corridor with the library off it. The drama studio and gym are also connected to the science corridor.
  • 'West wing': holds the main SEN classroom and a Sixth form chemistry lab.
  • 'East wing': contains a computer room, and several offices.
  • 'Teaching block' or 'New building': the largest building of the school. Subjects taught here include modern foreign languages, geography, history, biology, English, religious studies, PSHE and art.
  • 'Halls block': contains the canteen, main hall, sports hall, and the music department.
  • 'Old technology block': several technology workshops, as well as food technology areas.
  • 'New technology block': built in 2005, this contains up-to-date technology classrooms and workshop.[citation needed]

Sixth form centre[edit]

There are two buildings at the sixth form centre, where sixth form studies are taught, such as psychology, sociology and economics. An extension to the sixth form centre has now been added which is now open to staff and pupils, including a new information technology suite.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Gordon Bourne (1921–29) Obstetrician and author[10]
  • William Charles Langdon Brown CBE (1931–), Banker [11]
  • Captain Sir Robert Beaufin Irving OBE (1877–1954)[12]
  • Raymond Spencer Millard, (1920–97), Civil Engineer[13]
  • William Kenneth Ward, (1918–95), Under-Secretary, Department of Trade[14]
  • Neil Cooper, (1973–), drummer for Therapy?, teaches drumming at QEGS.[citation needed]
  • Andrew Lewer MBE MEP (1971-) Derbyshire County Council Leader (2009–13) and MEP for the East Midlands since 2014.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Profile". Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  2. ^ "The Independent: Average Level 3 point score per student Top 200 Comprehensive or Modern". Retrieved 2010-07-01.  (Linking article)
  3. ^ "The Guardian: A-Levels: Comprehensives and Academies results 2009". London. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Ofsted: Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School". Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School: Centenary Celebrations". Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  6. ^ a b COKAYNE, Sir Thomas (1520-92), of Ashbourne, Derbys. | History of Parliament Online
  7. ^ Carlisle (1808), Concise Description of Grammar School Foundations, vol.I, p.202
  8. ^ Stephen Wright, ‘Cokayne, Sir Thomas (1519–1592)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 24 Feb 2010
  9. ^ a b "Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School: Brief History". Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  10. ^ ‘Bourne, Gordon Lionel’, Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008 accessed 18 Feb 2009
  11. ^ Brown, William Charles Langdon’, Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008 accessed 18 Feb 2009
  12. ^ ‘Irving, Captain Sir Robert Beaufin’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 18 Feb 2009
  13. ^ Millard, Raymond Spencer’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 18 Feb 2009
  14. ^ ‘WARD, William Kenneth’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 18 Feb 2009
  15. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/124943/ANDREW_LEWER_home.html

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