Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

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Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School
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Coordinates51°15′53″N 1°05′48″E / 51.2648°N 1.0966°E / 51.2648; 1.0966Coordinates: 51°15′53″N 1°05′48″E / 51.2648°N 1.0966°E / 51.2648; 1.0966
TypeVoluntary controlled grammar school
MottoMeliora Sequamur
(let us aim for better things)
Religious affiliation(s)Mixed
Local authorityKent
Department for Education URN118840 Tables
Chair of GovernorsPaul Addis
Executive HeadteacherMathew Baxter
HeadteacherAngela Scully
GenderFemale (mixed Sixth form)
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 1025
HousesAusten, Curie, Fonteyn, Johnson, Nightingale and Pankhurst
Colour(s)Navy, Gold and White
PublicationLangton Scientist Journal

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School is a single-sex voluntary controlled grammar school in Canterbury, Kent, England. The school originated in the Middle Ages as an educational foundation for children in Canterbury, emerging as a separate school for girls in 1881. Its brother school is Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys which resides a mere half mile away.

The school is 'selective' in its intake, with prospective Year 7 students having to take the Kent Procedure for Entrance to Secondary Education ("eleven-plus") examination. Around 155 new students are accepted every year at age 11, and around 60 students every year join the sixth form from other schools. 2010 saw the successful introduction of boys into the sixth form.

In the school's Ofsted inspection (July 2014) it was rated 'Good' overall.[1]


The history of the school begins with the Blue Coat Boys' School housed at the Poor Priest's Hospital which had been founded in the Middle Ages. In 1881, two new schools (a girls school and a boys school) succeeded it and were called the Canterbury Middle Schools. However, to dispel rumours that they were solely for the use of the middle classes, they were renamed in 1887 to become the Simon Langton Girls' and Boys' schools, named after Simon Langton, an Archdeacon of Canterbury who in 1248 had left behind legacies to the Poor Priest's Hospital.[citation needed]

During the Baedecker Blitz in the Second World War, the old school buildings were destroyed - they were situated in what is now the Whitefriar's Shopping Centre and rebuilt on its present site (just off the A2050) in 1950.

In 2005, Simon Langton Girls' became a specialist school in music and information and communication technology (ICT).

In 2008, the national Gold ArtsMark was awarded to the school for the third time in 2008, for excellence in Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Textiles. ArtsMark is the benchmark for arts education provision and Simon Langton Girls' received the Gold award in 2002, 2005 and 2008. Jane Robinson became the head teacher in January 2008.

In 2010, the school gained the International School Award.[citation needed]


The school‘s main classroom block is a 1940s building, originally planned to become a military reserve hospital, which contains thirteen science laboratories, classrooms, studios for art, music and drama, Design Technology workshops and a refurbished Sixth Form centre with a library, computer suite and Common Room. The site is charaterised by its green spaces, bordered with steep grassy hills and large trees, which pollinate over the summer.

The school site also has a large sports field, as well as a netball/tennis court and an Orchard, run by the Biology Dept. in conjunction with the WellWorld Project, which aims to promote biodiversity in schools.

Recently, a £20m project has begun to build a new classroom block and Sports Hall on site, to replace the original 1940s building, which is set to open in September 2020.

Academic performance and Ofsted reports[edit]

A 2009 Ofsted inspection[2] found that the overall effectiveness of the mathematics subject to be outstanding, stating that "Many students experience outstanding teaching" from "some exceptionally talented teachers" and "some excellent use is made of computer-linked whiteboards to enhance students’ understanding." "Achievement post-16 is good. Standards are very high."[citation needed]

Ofsted lead inspector, Ian Stuart, wrote a letter to pupils on 7 June 2007 to tell them they were "developing into fine young people" who were "outstanding ambassadors" for their generation following the 2007 Ofsted inspection which rated the school as "outstanding" in all areas.[3][better source needed]

Academy proposals[edit]

In 2016 the governing body of Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School began consulting on the possibility of the school converting to academy status. The application to DfE was cancelled after some protest.[4]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School" (PDF). Ofsted.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Legal advice sought on Canterbury grammar academy plan 'concern'". BBC News. 19 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Imogen Bain". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Whitstable bowls player Sian Gordon makes Commonwealth Games squad". Kentish Gazette. 19 August 2009.
  7. ^ Fennell, J. L. I.; Foote, I. P. (1981). "Professor Anne Pennington (1934-1981)". The Slavonic and East European Review. 59 (4): 565–571. ISSN 0037-6795. JSTOR 4208386.
  8. ^ "Rupert Bear Memorabilia Saved for Canterbury". Canterbury City Council. 21 February 2005.

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