Lancaster Royal Grammar School is a top day and boarding grammar school of around 1000 boys aged 11–18, including 200 boarders and a thriving sixth form of over 300.As a state boarding school, education at LRGS remains free. Parents only pay for the boarding element and our boarding fees are highly competitive. Families are able to choose full-time or weekly boarding to suit their needs. The boarding community at LRGS is readily recognised as the heart of the school, helping boys achieve remarkable success in all areas of school life.
This top state boarding school is arranged over the upper site and lower site.
The upper site includes the Cricket Pavilion and pitches benefitting from the backdrop of the Ashton Memorial in Wiliamson Park and offering incredible views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland hills. It is also the location for the Design and Technology Centre, the Science centres, boarding accommodation, Maths and English classrooms, ICT suites, as well as; Wyresdale House, our centre for pastoral care, and the Medical Centre.
The main school reception, staff room, Food Technology and the Cafe are located in the modern 'City View' complex, all within the upper site, alongside the Dining Hall and the International Building (IB). IB is home to our Art studios, Chaplaincy, Religious Studies, Business and Economics rooms and the InspirUs programme.
The lower site is made up of some of the most historic buildings including; Old School, housing the school Library, Sixth Form Centre, Drama Studios and teaching rooms. Old School House is a Grade II listed building, formerly the Headmasters house, now used as the Development Office with formal rooms for holding meetings and events. New Building dates back to 1929 and includes the Assembly Hall and teaching rooms. The lower site also has boarding accommodation, the school General Office at Lee House, the Sports Hall, Combined Cadet Force, the Gymnasium and Swimming Pool and the Music studios and Recital Room. Some school buildings date from the Victorian era, while others, such as our most recent boarding accommodation, are just a few years old.
The School was endowed in 1472 and is one of the oldest state funded schools in the country. Originally situated close to the Priory Church and Lancaster Castle, the LRGS moved to its present site in 1851 when Queen Victoria granted the Royal title.
LRGS has a long tradition of providing excellent opportunities for boys to excel academically as well as a national reputation for sporting and extra-curricular achievement. Students achieve consistently high academic standards and are supported by a strong and effective pastoral system. The School became an Academy in 2011.
Storey House is the junior boarding house of LRGS and is home to around 35 Year 7 & 8 pupils. One of the main aims of Frankland House is to offer a smooth transition between the junior house (Storey) and whichever of the two senior houses the boys then move onto. Frankland was created in September 2008 to accommodate all the Year 9 boarders. Following a major refurbishment of what was previously the School House annexe, the boys were able to move into a mix of single and double rooms with a newly created recreational space.
Boarding - Year 10, 11 & 6th Form Ashton/School Houses
Ashton House has between 50 and 60 boarders at any time, aged between 13 and 18. Situated on the Bay View site, it consists of two buildings; Ashton House and Ashton Annexe. Both buildings have a range of bedrooms, amenities, recreation rooms and a kitchen for the use of the boys. Whichever building boys are in they are fully involved in the House community. A rolling programme of refurbishment and development ensures that the excellent appearance is maintained.
In the Sixth Form, pupils may be located in either the house or the annexe, dependent upon numbers and preferences. Whenever possible Sixth Form pupils are given a single room, with Upper Sixth Formers given priority. The original Victorian Gardyner House has been refurbished to provide common rooms and recreational areas blending well with the modern accommodation blocks. The new building comprises double and single rooms, all of which are en-suite and have internet access. The boarders are grouped by year group, with a number of prefects rooming nearby. There is a large welcoming kitchen where matron bases herself and where boys can make drinks or cook. A magnificent oak dining table (kindly provided by donations) has become the social hub of the house, where boys chat, relax and even have the occasional banquet! In addition there are two spacious recreation rooms with large screen TVs, pool and table football. Adjacent to the bedrooms there are two cafés, with tea and coffee-making facilities. Boys can let off steam in the playground outside or enjoy the quiet grassed courtyard.
This top state boarding schools offers a wealth of clubs and societies' activities, which take place after school or at lunchtimes and, in some cases, at weekends and during holidays. Many of these activities are supported by the Annual Fund, which aims to support the widest possible range of extra-curricular activity to all boys in the school. Some of the clubs and societies operate in co-operation with Lancaster Girls' Grammar School, for example those concerned with music, drama and debating. The list of societies is constantly changing, reflecting the interests of staff and pupils, but over the years has included the following:
5-a-side Football, Activ8, Amnesty International, Armchair Generals, Army Shooting, Bad Boyz Bakin’ , Badminton Club, Beginners Mandarin, Board Games Club, Brass Group, Bridge Club, CCF Army, Navy, RAF, Canoe Club, Chess Club, Christian Union, Climbing Club, Coding Club, Cross Country Club Doctor Who Catch up, Drama Club, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze, Silver, Gold), Dungeons and Dragons, Fair Trade Committee, Fitness Club, Geographical Society, Go Club, Handball Club, Hockey Club, History Society, Homework Club, Insanity T25, InspirUS Club, International Club, Junior Debating Society, Junior Quiz League, Linguistics Society, Laurel and Hardy, Appreciation Society, Lego Club, Music, Orienteering Club, PhilThy, Quiz League, Roleplaying Club, Rowing and Fitness, Sci Fi and Fantasy Club, Senior Boarders Gym Club, Swimming Club,Technology Club , Tennis Club, Texas Hold'em Society, Warhammer Club, Whewell Society
Every year, about 140 boys enter the five Year 7 forms. There is no streaming and all boys follow the same general programme which includes English, Mathematics, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Art, Technology, Food Technology, Physical Education, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and a course in Language skills. As part of the curriculum in Year 7 all boys spend a few days on a residential course in Glenridding, where they have an opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities. The curriculum followed in Year 8 is similar to the above, and all boys take Latin, plus an introduction to Spanish or German.
In Year 9 there are few major changes in curriculum content. A range of expressive arts courses is available, including art, music and drama. Boys can choose to carry on with Spanish/German or opt for Greek.
Pupils entering Year 10 take compulsory GCSE courses in English, English Literature and Maths (which are setted). They then have a choice of seven other subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Systems and Control, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, History, Geography, Latin, Religious Education, Art and Design, Music, Spanish, PE, Theatre Studies, French, German and Greek. They must choose at least two sciences and one MFL. This pattern is maintained in Year 11 where most pupils will sit examinations in at least 10 GCSE subjects.
In addition to the subjects studied, each boy will also follow a project programme designed to raise awareness and support the boys in all the wider aspects of social education, including physical education, health, citizenship etc. This is provided to all boys in a manner appropriate for their age and development, emphasising the importance of healthy living, family life, community involvement and personal relationships.
A small proportion of pupils (about 5%) leave the school at the end of Year 11 to pursue a variety of job opportunities or to embark on courses in further education. The vast majority remain in the Sixth Form where a wide range of AS and A-level courses is available, including most of those listed above plus Further Mathematics, Economics, and Business and Management. Further details of these and other courses are given in the Sixth Form Courses Guide, which is on the Sixth Form Admissions page.