Skegness Grammar School
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|Motto||Murus Aeneus Conscientia Sana
(A sound conscience is a wall of brass)
|Established||1483; 1933 at current site|
Day and boarding school
|Founder||William de Waynflete|
|DfE URN||138757 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Students||760 pupils (366 boys, 394 girls)|
|Ages||11–19 (in certain cases)|
|Colours||Bottle Green and Gold|
Selection to the school is by the 11+ examination or, in the case of boarders, by entry test or personal interview. The current school roll consists of 760 pupils including 204 pupils in the sixth form. It provides boarding facilities for about 70 pupils who do not live locally, or whose parents are required to work away from Lincolnshire or abroad.
Originally founded over 500 years ago by a Lord High Chancellor of England, Skegness Grammar School was the first British secondary school to be awarded Grant Maintained status by the government in 1988. The school has been classed as a High Performing Specialist School, due to the progress the pupils have made over the five years of compulsory education in years 7 to 11. Formal evaluation of recent Sixth Form results shows that the school has established and maintained excellent teaching standards that have led to high levels of progress.
In 1483 William Waynflete, also called William of Wainfleet, later the Bishop of Winchester, Provost of Eton College and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain founded Magdalen College School in his home town of Wainfleet to act as a satellite feeder school for Magdalen College at Oxford University that he had also founded.
In 1933 Magdalen College School closed and was incorporated into its newer and larger buildings at Skegness where it became Skegness Grammar School.
The school is organised into four houses all named after historically prominent people or famous Lincolnshire men:
Lumley - after Lord Lumley, the ninth Earl of Scarbrough a major local landowner who was responsible for developing Skegness as a major Victorian holiday resort.
Magdalen - after the Magdalen College School in Wainfleet founded by William of Waynflete, one time Bishop of Winchester and founder of the college by the same name at Oxford University.
Newton - after Lincolnshire's most famous son Sir Isaac Newton, FRS (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727) who was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian.
The Education Reform Act of 1988 introduced the concept of Grant-maintained schools which shifted the school funding away from the local education authority to direct grant support by central government. Skegness Grammar was the first school in the UK to both apply for and be awarded grant maintained status.
The grant maintained system was dis-established by the new Labour government in 1998 and schools were offered the choice of returning to local education authority funding or opting for foundation status.
The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2012, and is now sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust.
Notable former pupils
- Noël Greig, playwright.
- Neil Wallis, deputy editor of the News of the World, former editor of the Sunday People.
- "The Magdalen College School, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, UK". BBC. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- "First grant maintained school". Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- "Noël Greig obituary", The Guardian, 23 September 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2011