Landau Forte Academy QEMS

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Landau Forte Academy Qems
Motto Achieving potential, Striving for greatness
Established 1588 (1588) (as Queen Elizabeth's Boys' Grammar School)
Type Academy
Principal Mitchell[1]
Location Ashby Road
B79 8AJ
England England
52°38′29″N 1°41′34″W / 52.64132°N 1.69266°W / 52.64132; -1.69266Coordinates: 52°38′29″N 1°41′34″W / 52.64132°N 1.69266°W / 52.64132; -1.69266
DfE URN 137146 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 855
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Houses     Freville
Colours      Blue and      Red
Website Official School Website

Landau Forte Academy QEMS (Formerly "Queen Elizabeth's Mercian School", until 1 September 2011) is an 11-16 secondary school with academy status located to the north of Tamworth, a small market town in Staffordshire in the Midlands near Birmingham. It is often known simply as QEMS (pronounced "quems"). Since 1 September 2011, the school has been owned and operated by the Landau Forte Charitable Trust, after being transferred from the Staffordshire's LA control.

It is situated in Perry Crofts, on the eastern side of the A513, at the junction with the B5493 (former A453), around a half-mile north of Tamworth town centre.

Specialist status[edit]

As a state school, it was awarded specialist status to teach as a Music College. QEMS gained status as a Specialist Music College, under the UK Government's Specialist Schools scheme, in 2005. This specialist status also gives funding to other departments, most notably ICT.


Grammar school[edit]

It was the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on Ashby Road, a co-educational grammar school.


It became a comprehensive in 1979, merging with Mercian Boys' School, a secondary modern school which moved from Hospital Street in 1960. The school was renamed Queen Elizabeth's Mercian School, a combination of the two schools' names. The "Mercian" in the school name refers to the fact that Tamworth was the headquarters of the Anglo-Saxon province of Mercia.

In April 2008, two teachers and seven pupils were injured by a bottle of silicon tetrachloride.


In November 2004, a 16-year boy was convicted of arson and sentenced for four years at Stafford Crown Court. He started a fire at the school on Sunday 13 April 2003, causing £1.73 million in damage. Petrol had been poured through a window of room 353 to start the fire. Chase Terrace Technology College had been burnt down the year before, costing £8 million. Insurance cover for both was provided by Zurich Municipal. The headmaster was Gordon Owers. Six fire engines were in attendance, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, with fifty firemen. Six classrooms and an assembly hall were destroyed.

Former teachers[edit]

  • Prof Geoffrey Bullough, Professor of English Language and Literature from 1946-68 at King's College London (taught English from 1924-6)


QEMS is based in several buildings across the school. Overall, there are six buildings (Main Block, DT, RE, Middle Block, Elizabeth Block, Girls' Gym) and mostly each department is based in one of the buildings.

Building Schools for the Future (BSF)[edit]

Along with all of the other secondary schools in Tamworth, QEMS was due to be rebuilt under the Government's BSF scheme. The addition of a Sixth-Form Academy meant that the size of the QEMS site would have been reduced, and centralised. The first stage of building work was due to begin by March 2010, but was scrapped in July 2010. Nonetheless, the school was transferred to the Landau Forte Charitable Trust's control, effective 1 September 2011, as part of a bid to receive investment from the Government to replace the lost BSF money.

Academic results[edit]

In recent years, it has been getting GCSE results under the England average. Tamworth borough gets the lowest results, on average, in Staffordshire. In the academic year 2010-11, QEMS received the highest GCSE results in Tamworth, at a rate of 5 9% 5A*-C grades including Maths and English, above the national average.


The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School[edit]


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