Spalding Grammar School

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The Queen Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School Spalding // Spalding Grammar School
Priory Road

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PE11 2XH

Coordinates52°47′00″N 0°09′12″W / 52.7834°N 0.1534°W / 52.7834; -0.1534Coordinates: 52°47′00″N 0°09′12″W / 52.7834°N 0.1534°W / 52.7834; -0.1534
TypeGrammar school;
FoundersJohn Blanche and John Gamlyn
Department for Education URN139304 Tables
Chair of GovernorsJohn Bennett
HeadmasterSteven Wilkinson
Age11 to 18
HousesBentley, Gamlyn, Hobson, Wykeham, Moulton and Johnson
Colour(s)Bentley = Blue, Gamlyn = Yellow, Hobson = Red, Wykeham = Green, Moulton = Pink, Johnson = Purple
PublicationThe Bentleian
Spalding Grammar School

Spalding Grammar School (SGS), fully known as The Queen Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School Spalding, is a boys' grammar school in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England.


The school was founded in 1588 by Royal Charter, applied for by a Rev. Johnson, and within part of Spalding Parish Church, called St Thomas's Chapel, until the 19th century. It was founded on its current site in 1881.[citation needed]

The school amalgamated with Moulton Grammar School of Moulton in 1939. Moulton Grammar School was founded under the will of John Harrox (died 1561) who was steward to Sir John Harrington of Weston. The School opened in 1562 with ten pupils and continued to educate boys from the district until it amalgamated with Spalding. The old school buildings still exist but are now private residences.[citation needed]

The school magazine, The Bentleian, dates to July 1922.

In October 2018 a decision was made by the school to stop sixth form pupils from using "ever-larger bags" to carry books, which were seen by the school as an injury danger to younger pupils. A temporary online petition was organised against the order.[1]


Spalding Grammar School admits pupils aged 11 to 18 from the council district of South Holland - an area of 500 square miles (1,300 km2) - some pupils travelling over 20 miles (32 km) to reach the school.[citation needed]

In years seven to eleven, only boys are admitted, but the sixth form accepts girls as well. Spalding Grammar is a selective school, and its entrants in the lower school are permitted only by taking the county-wide 11+ tests. The current number of pupils is 985. The sixth form has 277 pupils. There are 68 teaching staff.[citation needed]

School site[edit]

The school is in the south of Lincolnshire, on Priory Road in Spalding.

A sports hall was opened by boxer Henry Cooper in November 1993. In January 2006 new buildings were opened for ICT, sociology, technology, English and drama (with a performing arts studio). The Modern Languages lab was also built at the same time as the new buildings were opened. In late 2009, a new Business Studies block, new staff room and atrium were also built.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2015 the school received an Ofsted rating of Grade 2 "Good",[2] following a previous rating of a Grade 1 "Outstanding" in 2011, and "Good" in 2007.[3] The school converted to academy status on 1 February 2013.[citation needed]

In 2006, the school was granted Specialist Status as a Languages and Engineering College. It became the first school in Lincolnshire to gain joint specialist status in these subjects. Accompanying the specialist status was building work to improve general aspects of the school, and to provide a Language Lab and Engineering Lab for the teaching of the subjects. The school converted to academy status on 1 February 2013.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Moulton Grammar School[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hartley-Parkinson, Richard; "School bans bags so boy turns up carrying books in a microwave", Metro, 22 Oct 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018
  2. ^ "Spalding Grammar School", Ofsted report 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2019
  3. ^ SGS Ofsted Reports

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