Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
|Queen Elizabeth School|
|Local authority||Cumbria County Council|
|Department for Education URN||136357 Tables|
|Head Teacher||Cathy O’Neil|
|Age||11 to 18|
In 1591, Queen Elizabeth School (QES) was granted a royal charter and founded as a free grammar school. QES moved from its original Mill Brow location in 1840 to the newly constructed Springfield House on Biggins Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale. Girls were first admitted in 1905, and by 1930 there were 88 day pupils and 54 boarders, approximately half and half boys and girls. QES became a non-selective comprehensive school in 1978 and continued to take in boarders until the late 1980s.
In 1997 Springfield House, the boys' boarding accommodation, was redeveloped as a dedicated Sixth Form area. On 1 December 2010 QES became the first school in the county to convert to academy status. However, the school continues to coordinate with Cumbria County Council for admissions. QES offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs.
Notable former pupils
- Thomas Burrow, Indologist and former Boden Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford
- Lawrence Hargrave, aeronautical engineer and explorer
- Kate Ford, Coronation Street actress
- Adam Kaye & George Townsend, duo from Bondax
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