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  • Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
    West Park Road
    BB2 6DF
  • Head: Mrs C Y Gammon
  • T 01254 686300
  • F 01254 692314
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Blackburn with Darwen
  • Pupils: 1,096; sixth formers: 130
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Open days: October. Visits to any part of the school, including Junior School, can be arranged at any time.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Requires improvement 1
      • Early years provision Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th May 2017

What says..

School founded in 1509 by the second Earl of Derby, granted Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567. Moved to present site in leafy Blackburn suburb in 1884. Went direct grant in 1944, returned to private sector in 1976 and back to the state sector again in 2014. Excellent reputation for games. Three-time Sportsmark Gold award-winners and voted the local Sports School of the Year a few years back. The school is efficient, friendly and impressive with a warm atmosphere and respectful students. Students are evidently proud of their school...

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What the school says...

Extended hours facility available for ages 3 to 11, from 7.45 am and up to 6pm separate tariff applies. New nursery also available from 3 months to 4 years, 50 weeks of the year 7.30am- 6pm.

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Grammar School (Edexcel Certificates)

Other features

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Claire Gammon, previously deputy head. Maths degree from Lancaster and PGCE from Edge Hill; worked at Liverpool College before joining QEGS in 2002 as a maths teacher. She has been head of year, head of maths and assistant head as well as deputy head.

At the junior school, Mrs K L O'Donoghue, is acting head. She was previously deputy head and is standing in whilst the head, Alison Wharmby BEd (Manchester), is on long-term sick leave.

Academic matters

'All our heads of departments are accountable,' says the school. To this end, marking is closely monitored and there are regular meetings with staff. Science is the school’s trump card but other areas such as art also delivering creditable results. Became a free school in September 2014. French taught in dedicated languages room...

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Special Education Needs

At QEGS, we have a teacher in charge of co-ordinating our response to diagnoses of SEN. We receive reports from the appropriate agencies and qualified professionals and act upon the recommendations made. Our experience suggests that pupils so identified, with the sympathetic support of highly-qualified teachers, prosper by fulfilling or even exceeding their measured potential. 09-09

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

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