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Leicester Grammar School (often abbreviated to LGS), is an independent secondary school situated in Great Glen, Leicestershiremarker, 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 over 95% of Junior School leavers are accepted by the senior school.

The school has just over 70 teaching staff and 700 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.



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 Centremarker, the school was established within close proximity to Leicester Cathedralmarker and was founded with an Anglican Christian ethos. The first headmaster was John Higginbotham and under his stewardship the school grew from just 96 to 560 pupils within 10 years.


Over its short history, the school began to achieve a national reputation as one of the country’s leading academic institutions. In 1993, its headmaster was elected to the Headmasters’ Conference and the school has remained in its first division since then. In the same year, the School was ranked 15th nationally on A-Level results and acknowledged as the country’s top co-educational school.


In February 2007 construction began on a new school campus, located on a green field site near Great Glenmarker. 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 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 of playing fields. The new site opened in September 2008.

Entrance assessment

In common with many other independent schools, it requires prospective pupils to undertake a series of entrance examinations before they are accepted into the school. The majority of these pupils take the entrance examination when 10 or 11 years old, and these pupils present a large proportion of new students. An entrance examination for pupils wishing to join the school after studying for GCSEs is also required before entry into the school's sixth form.


As of 2008 Leicester Grammar School has moved to London Road, Great Glen, a much larger site.

There is one main teaching building, which includes a refectory, assembly hall (St. Nicolas) and all classrooms.


Leicester Grammar provides education for approximately 700 (2005/6) pupils 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 7 and 8).


On entrance into the school, pupils and teachers alike are designated a house, to which they belong for the entirety of their stay at the school. New entrants to the school are always allocated to the same house as their older siblings. The four houses are named after the four original patrons of the school. Each house has a colour, which is incorporated into both the house jumpers and t-shirts used during sports.

Masters House is named after the Master of Christ's Collegemarker, Cambridgemarker. Its house colours are navy blue and gold.

Dukes House is named after the Duke of Rutland. Its house colour is red. Dukes are the most recent winners of the annual Midland Bank Cup (2009).

Judges House is named after Mr Justice Skinner (now deceased). Its house colour is light blue.

Vice Chancellors House (very commonly abbreviated to VCs) is named after the former Vice-Chancellor of Leicester Universitymarker. Its house colour is green.


As Leicester Grammar School was situated in the centre of Leicester, pupils were transported by bus to various sporting activities in and around Leicestermarker, but since the 2008 relocation many sports are now played on site. There is a water based hockey pitch, one of eight in the country.


Leicester Grammar School pupils are obliged to wear a basic school uniform. Leicester Grammar School also issues an obligatory uniform for sports and physical education lessons, with PE shirt collars being the colour of the pupil's respective house.


  • Male sixth form pupils are able to wear suits and ties as long as they are deemed presentable to the public,
  • Pupils in lower years must wear navy blue blazers, white shirts and charcoal trousers, with a tie embossed with the school emblem.


  • Female pupils in the sixth form are able to wear smart clothes, including suits, as long as they are deemed presentable to the public,
  • Pupils in lower years must wear a skirt in the school tartan, a white blouse and a navy blue blazer similar to those worn by the boys.

House jumpers

Pupils in years below the sixth form also have the option of wearing a house jumper- a V-necked jumper with a line of colour (of their respective house) running around the neckline, apart from Masters which has yellow instead of dark blue on the jumper (because dark blue wouldn't show up).


Leicester Grammar School has come within the top 200 schools in Great Britainmarker several times in the past few years. The school out-performs local state schools in both results and attendance.

Local ties

The school is closely linked with Leicester Grammar Junior School, which the Leicester Grammar School Trust was given responsibility to in 1992 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul, based in Selly Park, Birminghammarker [203519].

Leicester Grammar School remains close with Leicester Cathedralmarker despite a significant presence of pupils from other faiths in the school. Choir rehearsals, School Foundation Day and Christmas services are held in the cathedral, as well as most daily school assemblies.

Notable Old Leicestrians

Former pupils of Leicester Grammar School are known as Old Leicestrians.

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Notable masters


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