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The prep class sang to us in French. Sixth form classes varied from one-on-one in German to three studying politics. All focused. An academic hothouse but there’s a very relaxed, happy feel to the place. It’s not all about academia, empathy and well being now have equal emphasis. The children we met were all very welcoming, friendly and engaging, more than happy to chat. ‘Well rounded individuals, confident but not arrogant, such a good reflection on the school,’ said a parent. ‘I chose the school because it is…

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Leicester Grammar is a remarkable school. Founded in 1981 alongside the cathedral, it expanded rapidly, moving in 2008 to a rural, spacious campus with exceptional modern facilities, shared with its own Junior School. Today it is one of the leading co-educational independent schools in the country, providing an exciting and inspiring all-round education for pupils aged 10-18.

Our ethos combines the best of traditional values and academic study with a forward-looking and ambitious preparation for a life of success and happiness in a rapidly changing world. High expectations are complemented by rich and varied co-curricular opportunities, and all our endeavours are underpinned by a strong sense of diverse and mutually supportive community. Our pupils achieve great things, leaving us as fulfilled and generous young adults, with a natural self-confidence which enables them to make a powerful difference to society.

Our website will help you to form initial impressions, but you will only experience Leicester Grammar’s many special qualities by coming to meet us with your son or daughter. I very much look forward to welcoming you.

Happy browsing from all of us at Leicester Grammar!

John Watson
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Since April 2019 John Watson, previously head of Bablake School in Coventry. Degree from Oxford in classics and modern languages, PGCE from Exeter and advanced certificate in educational management from Leicester. He has also been head of department at Sevenoaks and Millfield and deputy head at Trinity School, Croydon.He was hugely respected by Bablake parents and pupils, not least because of an abseil down the school tower. Very quickly becoming equally liked by parents at LGS. We can see why — quite a gentle character but don’t be fooled as his softly softly approach gets results. Likeable and personable.

Moved to Leicester Grammar to be principal of whole trust which incorporates three schools — ‘It’s refreshing to have this strategic role whilst also getting to know the children in my own...

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Special Education Needs

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

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