Spalding Grammar School

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Spalding Grammar School
Established 1588
Type Grammar school;
Headmaster Steven Wilkinson
Chair of Governors John Bennett
Founders John Blanche and John Gamlyn
Location Priory Road
PE11 2XH
Coordinates: 52°47′00″N 0°09′12″W / 52.7834°N 0.1534°W / 52.7834; -0.1534
DfE number 925/4603
DfE URN 139304 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 68
Students 919
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses Bentley, Gamlyn, Hobson, Wykeham, Moulton and Johnson
Colours Bently = Blue, Gamlyn = Yellow, Hobson = Red, Wykeham = Green, Moulton = Pink, Johnson = Purple
Publication Bentlian

Spalding Grammar School (SGS), fully known as The Queen Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School Spalding, is a boys' grammar school located on Priory Road in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, for pupils aged 11 to 18. In December 2011, the school was granted an "Outstanding" rating from Ofsted.[1] The school converted to academy status on 1 February 2013.[2]


It was founded in 1588 by Royal Charter, applied for by Mr Johnson, and located within part of Spalding Parish Church, called St Thomas's Chapel, until the 19th century. It was founded on its current site in 1881.

Merger with Moulton Grammar School[edit]

In 1939, the school doubled in size, having amalgamated with Moulton Grammar School[3] in Moulton. Sir John Gleed was Chairman of the Governors from 1928-46.

Moulton Grammar School was founded under the will of John Harrox (died 1561) who was a 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.

New buildings[edit]

A large sports hall was opened by boxer Henry Cooper in November 1993, and 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. [4]


It has a school magazine called The Bentleian;[5] copies dating back to July 1922 are in the school library.

Spalding Grammar School

Admissions and current state[edit]

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 headteacher is Nigel Ryan (MA Cantab). The current number of pupils is 919.[6] The sixth form has 320 pupils (with 120 female). There is 68 teaching staff.

Specialist and academy status[edit]

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. [7]

School partnerships[edit]

Through the Language Status, the school has partnered with a High School in Wuxi, China. This new opportunity means the school will be offering both staff and pupils the chance to visit Wuxi on Teaching, Sport and Drama exchanges. Links will also be fostered using technology such as the Language Lab installed at the school, allowing students to be paired with Chinese students and speak to them in real time using VOIP communication in order to practice their respective languages. Mandarin has now been introduced to the curriculum.

School opportunities[edit]

The school offers many opportunities to its students, such as a range of Flex days. It also offers the Year 7 Free Learning Block and the Sixth Form Enrichment Block. Also for the new year 7's the school offers a residential at the end of the year which sometimes changes, one used to be to France now it is to Spain. The school offers many after school clubs, such as cricket and chess.

Physical Education Department[edit]

The Physical Education Department at Spalding Grammar School has a wide selection of extra curricular activities. Along with regular Ski Trips, the school ran a variety of mainly football-focused trips to the USA, Spain and Holland.

Music department[edit]

The School has an active music department, with its own Brass Ensemble, Concert Band, Early Music Group, saxophone ensemble, String Ensemble and Rhythm and Blues Band. It has a variety of instruments that are able to be used during lessons, and a range of good iMacs for use by the pupils.

Dramatic arts[edit]

Spalding Grammar School has a long history of dramatic performances. From the annual Speech Day Revue (where Sixth Form Students perform a showcase of songs and sketches about life at Spalding Grammar School) to more recent productions, such as Honk!, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest. As of September 2011, the Drama department is no longer able to offer GCSEs and A-Levels in Drama.

Recent productions[edit]

One production was William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The production was performed in the round which director and former Head of English, David Wheeler, believes allows a special relationship to develop between actor and audience. The script was condensed to around two thirds of its original length. This allowed modern songs to be added into the play, ranging from Genesis' 'I Can't Dance' to 'In the Navy' (originally by The Village People). The play was met overall positively and Spalding's local paper the Spalding Guardian gave the performance a strongly positive review.[8]


The school is located in the south of Lincolnshire in the town of Spalding on Priory Road.[9] The school is obliged to accept pupils from the council district of South Holland - an area of 500 square miles (1,300 km2) - meaning some pupils travel over 20 miles (32 km) to reach the school.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Moulton Grammar School[edit]

The Grammar School in Moulton 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 until it amalgamated with Spalding in 1939.

Former teachers[edit]

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