Leicester Grammar School: Leicester, Leicestershire, UK

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Leicester Grammar School (often abbreviated to LGS), is an independent secondary school situated in Great Glen, Leicestershire, England. It was founded in 1981, after the loss of the city’s state-funded grammar schools. Leicester Grammar School is closely affiliated with Leicester Grammar Junior School, and in general the majority of Junior School leavers are accepted by the senior school

Leicester Grammar provides education for boys and girls  aged between 10 and 18, including GCSEs and A-Levels. Some of the rarer subjects offered by the school include Ancient Greek and Latin (Latin is compulsory for years 6, 7 and 8). The school has just over 90 teaching staff and 800 pupils, all of whom are day-students. It has its own preparatory form for children in Year 6, and its own sixth form for Years 12 and 13. Each student at the school is a member of a house, allowing a system of inter-school competition in sports and other pastimes such as chess, general knowledge and karaoke (which was won by Judges last year).

In common with many other independent schools, Leicester Grammar School requires prospective pupils to undertake a series of entrance examinations before they are accepted into the school. The main entrance examination takes place at the start of the term in January. Papers are taken in verbal reasoning, English and mathematics. Entry to the sixth form is by interview, offers of a place being conditional upon the GCSE grades gained.

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About the school

The school was founded in 1981 as an independent, selective, co-educational day school in an attempt to recapture the standards and traditions of the city’s former grammar schools. Located in four late-Victorian buildings in Leicester City Centre, the school was established close to Leicester Cathedral and was founded with an Anglican Christian ethos.  Over its short history, the school began to achieve a national reputation as one of the country’s leading academic institutions. The school is co-educational and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who show academic potential.

In February 2007 construction began on a new school campus, located on a green field site near Great Glen. The new development allowed for school growth, restricted by its former location within the city centre. Leicester Grammar Senior School now shares the new site with its sister school Leicester Grammar Junior School, each with its own main school buildings and sharing the refectory and sports facilities. Previously, the school had no playing fields of its own and had transport pupils to various sporting facilities by bus; the new school has 75 acres (30 ha) of playing fields. There is one main teaching building, which includes a refectory, assembly hall (St. Nicholas), drama studio, music recital room and five wings housing all classrooms.

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Over fifty teams represent the school in the major sports of Netball, Rugby Football, Hockey, Cricket, Athletics and Tennis. A diverse range of team and individual activities form part of the extra-curricular programme. A large number of students represent Leicestershire and regularly achieve regional and international representation in a variety of sports. School teams from all age groups are winners of county and regional level competitions. The school has close relationships with Leicester Tigers, Leicester Ladies’ Hockey and Leicester Men’s Hockey teams, with current and past pupils representing these clubs at all levels.

As Leicester Grammar School was situated in the centre of Leicester, pupils were transported by bus to various sporting activities in and around Leicester, but since the 2008 relocation most sports are now played on site. Leicester Grammar School is surrounded by 75 acres of playing fields with two all-weather hockey pitches [one sand-based and one water-based], 5 rugby pitches, a dedicated cricket pitch, 8 floodlit hard tennis courts/netball courts along with a standalone pavilion with integral catering and changing facilities. The indoor sports complex offers multi-use courts for badminton, basketball and netball. Indoor cricket nets and table tennis are also available in the main hall along with a fitness suite, a gym/dance studio and a swimming pool.

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London Road, Great Glen, Leicester LE8 9FL

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