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  • Lawrence Sheriff School
    Clifton Road
    CV21 3AG
  • Head: Dr Peter Kent
  • T 01788 542074
  • F 01788 567962
  • E
  • W www.lawrencesh…
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Warwickshire
  • Pupils: 895; sixth formers: 301
  • Religion: None
  • 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 9th November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

It feels like a school with more sporty than arty tendencies, but on our visit we witnessed a gusto rehearsal of The Tempest in the impressive old Victorian mock-Tudor main hall, affectionately dubbed Big School. While it may not boast the gloss and grandeur of nearby Rugby School, the boys’ pride in their school is clearly undimmed. Students must follow strict uniform rules: ‘a smart uniform makes a smart person’, says one year 10, pointing out that staff often refer to the boys as ‘gentlemen’. ‘So it’s important that…

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11: State Grammar School exam is administered by the LA.

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Dr Peter Kent (50s), joined in 1997 as deputy head and has been head since 1999. Originally from Liverpool, studied English Lit at Sheffield and then to Leicester to complete an MBA in educational leadership and a PhD in school culture. Title of thesis: ‘Can you shape a school’s culture?’ Conclusion: ‘Yes, but only in partnership with the students and parents.’

Previously head of English at Liverpool College, found himself comfortably ensconced in the independent system but wanted to work at a state grammar. Upon discovering Lawrence Sheriff (LSS), he was ‘blown away’, finding it ‘very unusual, very distinctive.’ As head, he sees his role as ‘keeper of the culture’, but clearly not happy to rest as a mere custodian, he declares himself driven by a ‘power to innovate’. Gwen...

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