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Lancaster Royal Grammar School
  • Lancaster Royal Grammar School
    East Road
    LA1 3EF
  • Head: Dr Chris Pyle
  • T 01524 580600
  • F 01524 847947
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18 with a coeducational Sixth Form.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Lancashire
  • Pupils: 1,227; sixth formers: 378
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Boarding £12,345 - £13,545; Day - free
  • Open days: Contact the school
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th January 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Lancaster is a city with a small town feel - pupils come from every walk of life and are a very genuine mix. Unashamedly academic but takes all-round education seriously and delivers - recognised by pupils and parents alike. Team games rather than individual sports dominate though increasing opportunity for minority interests that will last a lifetime. Much encouragement to join in – no place for couch potatoes. Boarding gives the school an edge and identity and attractive facilities have understandably brought a resurgence of interest from…

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What the school says...

Lancaster Royal Grammar School is a state grammar school with a coeducational sixth form. We offer a rigorous academic education and a wide range of extra-curricular activity taking in 150 local boys and up to 24 boarders (with no tuition fee) each year. Welcoming girls into Sixth Form from 2019.

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Dr Christopher Pyle MA (Cantab) PhD (Cantab) NPQH (mid 40s). Previously a deputy head at Perse School, Cambridge and before that head of geography there, particular interest glaciers, hydrology and climate change. Briefly a manager at Anglian Water before taking up teaching. Married to Sally, a mathematics teacher at a local school, with three young sons, two of them pupils at the school. Headed north back to roots in the Lakes and lured to LRGS as ‘the nearest thing to an independent school’. Parents and pupils comment positively on his visibility.

He has been churchwarden and PCC member of a large Anglican church. A keen runner, he has also completed the Devizes to Westminster canoe race for charity, and is a fan of the Lakeland fells.


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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

All the boys at LRGS have qualified for a place at the School via the 11+ examination. A few boys with visual, hearing or mobility needs have SSA support. Currently three boys have support for very mild Aspergers. Pupils are screened for dyslexia on arrival. Mentoring support, either from staff or senior boys, is available for all junior pupils. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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sometimes, but not in this year

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