Sir John Nelthorpe School

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Sir John Nelthorpe School
Established 1669
Type Voluntary controlled comprehensive
Headteacher Mr Robert Biglands
Founder Sir John Nelthorpe
Location Grammar School Road
DN20 8AA
Coordinates: 53°33′15″N 0°29′24″W / 53.5541°N 0.4900°W / 53.5541; -0.4900
Local authority North Lincolnshire
DfE number 813/4501
DfE URN 118112 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 626
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Chair of Governors Mrs E Wells
Website SJN

The Sir John Nelthorpe School, is a secondary school and sixth form located on Grammar School Road and Wrawby Road in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England.


Grammar school[edit]

Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School
The Sign of the Nelthorpe Arms

The school, also referred to as SJN, was formed as a grammar school in 1669 by Sir John Nelthorpe, who was born in Brigg in 1614. He was unmarried and wanted his wealth from his estate across Lincolnshire to create a school in his name. The buildings were opened around 1680, and the Upper School Library dates from this time. New buildings were added in 1879, and the Nelthorpe family have retained strong links with the school.

The grammar school in the 1970s had around 350 boys. Brigg Girls' High School, on Wrawby Road, had around 250 girls, and became the lower school. These schools were administered until 1974 by the Lindsey Education Committee, based in Lincoln.


It became a co-educational comprehensive in 1976.

Recent improvements have included a new canteen, full refurbishment of the drama hall and science labs, redecoration of English classrooms and improved security. The school was one of two in Humberside LEA that had a boarding house; Bridlington School (a former grammar school) was the other. Since 1996 it has been administered by North Lincolnshire; the LEA's offices are in Brigg.


The school offers a variety of subjects, with a wider range of options being introduced for year ten to take into account different learning pathways. It shares the sixth form, known as the Brigg Sixth Form College, with the town's other comprehensive school, The Vale Academy. Brigg Sixth Form has a partnership with Baysgarth School sixth form, allowing students to opt for a wider range of subjects. 'A' level results have traditionally been high, with many subjects placed in the national top 25%. There is a strong emphasis on the wider curriculum, with successful expeditions to Malawi (2012) and India (2014) [1] and major Great War research project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.[2] Its students are currently district netball and cricket champions and winners of the Magistrates Mock Trial competition.


Students are well-behaved, welcome responsibilities, socialise sensibly and are tolerant of and show respect for each other and adults.[3]

  • In many lessons students are provided with imaginative, stimulating and challenging activities that meet their needs appropriately.
  • Students in Key Stage 4 achieve well and attain standards higher than that seen nationally. The performance of students supported by pupil premium funding is improving.
  • The progress made by lower-ability students is tracked carefully and effective additional support is given to help them improve their progress.

Sir John Nelthorpe was labelled good in 2014.[4]

Current academic performance[edit]

In recent years GCSE results have been consistent at over 70% A*-C. In 2015, 74% of students achieved 5 grades A* to C including English and maths, and 46% achieved the Ebacc, both figures the highest in North Lincolnshire [5]


The school is for ages from 11 to 18. The Lower School is on Wrawby Road.

Partner schools[edit]

Since 1996, it has had a partnership with the Gymnasium Leoninum in Handrup, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) in Germany.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Brigg Grammar School[edit]

Sir John Nelthorpe School[edit]

Brigg Girls' High School[edit]


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