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Leicester Grammar School

INTRODUCTION FROM Dr Sarah Dauncey I am very pleased to invite you to read this first edition of a document which illustrates the range and depth of engagement that the Leicester Grammar School Trust has with the local and wider community. It also sets out to provide a guide to the economic footprint of the Trust. It is not a definitive, comprehensive document and is inevitably historic in terms of the quoted examples, albeit referencing the recent past. It is nonetheless a document with which we are all proud to be associated, as it supports the Trust’s philosophy of being outward looking, with the aim of engaging in an effective, ongoing and productive way with the community, both near and far from our home base. Dr Sarah Dauncey (Chair Of Trustees)

CONTENTS P4 Educational Partnerships P6 STEM Activities P8 Economic Footprint P10 Charitable Projects P12 Community Service P14 Shared Facilities and Sport P16 The Arts P18 Bursaries and Financial Support P19 Looking to the Future

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PARTNERSHIPS Since 2015 Leicester Grammar School has worked in partnership with two local maintained schools, Gartree High School and Manor High School. These informal partnerships have worked to the benefit of all concerned and continue to thrive; indeed, in 2018 they were recognised by the Times Educational Supplement when they formed part of LGS’ nomination for an ‘international independent schools award’ in the category of ‘Whole School Community Initiative of the Year’. The schools’ respective Deputy Heads (Academic) meet at least once a term to identify areas where the schools can operate in conjunction; these ideas are then cascaded down through the appropriate channels. Middle managers, such as the respective leaders of each schools’ teaching and learning bodies and their HoDs, have also linked up to good effect. Examples of the partnerships in action include: • The joint staging of enrichment activities such as foreign language plays, subject-specific lectures and musical performances; • Mutual lesson observations to share best practice in teaching and learning; • LGS HoDs acting as points of contact and advisors to the other schools’ subject leaders as they have prepared for the introduction of GCSEs; • Joint INSET and collaborative staff training projects, including events staged at each of the three schools that have been attended by all three of the schools; • Senior Managers’ informal sharing of techniques and approaches for dealing with delicate management matters. • LGS’ attendance at the post-16 information evenings at Manor and Gartree; • Manor and Gartree’s presence at some of LGS’ large keynote events such as the Big Bang STEM Fair. The partnerships continue to be greatly valued by all parties and new ways to build them for the benefit of all are being examined at every opportunity.

We have three members of staff who are governors in other schools: Caroline Rigby, Junior School Headteacher: Kingsley Girls, Leamington Spa Charlotte Calland, PE teacher: St Bartholomew’s, Quorn Philippa Clare, Biology Teacher: Lutterworth High School (Vice Chair of Governors)

East Midlands Group Leicester Grammar School belongs to a cluster group of independent schools within its region known as the East Midlands Group. The group provides opportunities for the teachers of the schools in question to regularly meet and share best practice; to co-host joint events; and to work as one in a coordinated fashion on issues that are common to all. Each year one of the member schools acts as host for meetings for each of the schools’ subject leaders, beginning with the meeting for Deputy Heads Academic and concluding with a gathering of the respective Heads. As well as LGS, the members of the EMG are: Kimbolton School, Ratcliffe College, Stamford High School, Stamford School, Trent College and Wellingborough School.


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GOVERNORS IN OTHER SCHOOLS “I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of Lutterworth High School Academy Trust, a state funded 11-16 academy. I have been a governor for four years and have just been re-elected for a second term. I chair the Achievement and Attainment Sub-committee and am part of the Personnel and Finance Sub-committee. In my formal role I attend around ten meetings each year to help provide strategic leadership, act as a critical friend and hold the academy to account for overall performance. Some of my key duties include being interviewed during any Ofsted inspections with a particular focus on performance data, contributing to the recruitment process for senior staff having oversight of the accounts. I particularly enjoy supporting the School in a range of more informal ways, for example by attending school concerts and drama productions, the Leavers’ Prom and prize-giving ceremonies. I help the Science Department in any way that I can, for example by providing GCSE revision sessions aimed at challenging the most able students and by using my contacts at LGS to provide up-to-date information e.g. regarding changes to science A levels and news about university entrance and degree courses.” Philippa Clare, LGS Biology Teacher


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STEM St Cuthbert’s Science Day The LGS Science Department hosts an annual Science Day for the local state primary school, St Cuthbert’s Great Glen. The children learn a great deal as well as having a lot of fun. It gives them an introduction to working in a lab and using a large number of different pieces of scientific equipment. The day encourages the pupils to make careful observations and think logically by following a series of deductions to reach a conclusion- to solve a murder mystery. For many pupils it is the first time they work in this kind of setting. The aim is inspire some of them to think about the possibility of choosing the sciences in the future. We hope that it also gives all of them an small insight into how science works.

The event was a huge success in terms of science and of raising the profile of Manor High School. Many visitors signed up to follow us on Twitter and were so enthralled with the Oobleck that they were going to experiment at home on their own. It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with visitors, excite both young and old people about science and challenge ourselves to do something we’ve never done before. Dr Kellett MPhys, Head of Science, Manor High School

Year 6 Team Maths Competition Every Year, some time in November, around 50 Year 6 pupils from around 8-10 South Leicestershire gather one Tuesday afternoon at Leicester Grammar School for the Year 6 Team Maths competition. Pupils compete as part of a team of four in a number of different mathematical rounds including a “Countdown” round where they try to invent a calculation given a set of numbers to give a particular total, a “Puzzle” round where they try to solve varying mathematical puzzles and culminating in a “Relay” round where pairs of pupils race to solve a short problem before running across the room to pass the next question to their team mates.


The Big Bang Fair

Highlights of the day included Heartwise Leicester training over 300 people in the life saving skills of CPR and how to use a defibrillator, and The University of Leicester Ophthalmology Department testing 40 pairs of children’s eyes as part of their ongoing research into the development of vision in childhood.

Leicester Grammar School hosted its third consecutive Big Bang Science and Technology Fair in 2017 and it proved to be even bigger and better than ever! Over 3000 visitors aged between 0 and 80+ years from over 170 schools, nurseries, Brownie and Guide groups, as well as home-educated children, enjoyed the 60+ activities on offer.

WOW! What an event! Leicester Grammar School should be extremely proud of what it has achieved over the last 3 years. I have done this for a long time, but Saturday really excited me with the full scope of the event. It really felt like you had nailed it on all fronts and were rewarded by the attendance!

Budding engineers tested their bridge building skills with a 12m long cable stayed bridge, played ball games with remote controlled robotic arms and learnt how to fly a microlight with a full size Flexwing simulator. The Immersive Theatre’s 360 Planetarium gave people the chance to ‘fly across the night sky’, and the Astro Zone let visitors taste ‘meteor’ ice cream, build and launch a rocket, play with a plasma ball and learn all about space travel with the Science Theatre. Animal lovers met Exotic Zoo’s meerkats and some overcame their fears of tarantulas and other reptiles such as the python! Potential doctors honed their injection skills and learned how to stitch a wound with Medical Maverick’s fake arm.

James Silcox, Programme Director - Big Bang Near Me Midlands Region

PepsiCo showed visitors the science and engineering behind making Monster Munch and Wotsits. FUZE inspired the next generation of app builders with their hands-on programming workshop. Meanwhile Leicestershire Police demonstrated forensic science and drug testing. There were also a host of Police and Fire and Rescue vehicles to explore and Helicentre even landed their helicopter on site and allowed children to climb in to the cockpit!


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The Leicester Grammar School Trust employees 243 local residents, whilst our on-site catering company Sodexo employs a further 19 members of staff.

Economic Footprint Local firm, Ausden Clark, run the Trust’s pupil bus service throughout the county. In 2016-2017 their revenue from LGS bus routes was over £255,000.

Leicester Grammar School and Leicester Grammar Junior School raised over £20,000 for local, national and international charities in 2016-2017.

From 2008-2018 excluding the purchase of Stoneygate School and the site in Great Glen, The Trust has contributed £11.5 million in capital expenditure.


Working together for over 15 years, Leicester Grammar School is a highly valued customer of Ausden Clark. As a travel service provider we work with the School on a daily basis and it is our largest customer for contracted school runs within Leicestershire. The large number of daily school runs allows us to employ additional driving staff with guaranteed working hours. We also provide a substantial amount of private hire for the School. As we use local suppliers where possible, this also leads to our increased spend with fuel suppliers, the vehicle service and maintenance company, staff uniform provider and other related businesses. Sharon Mallon, Ausden Clark

HMC ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT For the first time, an independent consultancy has analysed the economic benefits that independent schools bring to Britain. Its conclusions for the schools represented by the Independent Schools Council are striking: • An annual contribution to GDP of £9.5 billion – larger than the City of Liverpool, or the BBC • More than 227,000 FTE jobs in Britain supported by ISC schools – one for every two ISC pupils • More than £3.6 billion in tax revenues flowing into the Exchequer each year • Annual savings for the taxpayer of £3.0 billion – equivalent to building more than 460 new free schools every year • Additional annual contribution of £1.0 billion to GDP arising out of the high academic performance of ISC school pupils • A report by Oxford Economics for the Independent Schools Council.


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CHARITABLE PROJECTS At the time of writing, we have already raised over £3500 for various charities this academic year.

LGS Charities Committee This academic year we have already seen lots of pupil engagement and interest in our new House Charities. Each House has selected a charity to support and are organising events throughout the year to raise money and awareness. VCs ran a “Fun Run” and “Guess of the number of Gummy Bears” for their charity, Rainbow Africa. Judges are running a FIFA competition to support Ramakrishna Ashrama and have held cake sales. They will also be running an Easter Egg hunt this term. Dukes hosted the Halloween themed Lower School Disco in aid of Hope Against Cancer. Masters have met with a representative from Dogs Trust to make exciting plans and have had a Guess the name of the Dog competition already.

We continue to run our weekly form cake sales, where forms bake and then sell their goods to their peers, giving all funds to a charity of the form’s choice. So far, these include: • Wishes4Kids • WWF • Movember • Water Aid • Children in Need • Young Minds • Macmillan • Matt Hampson Foundation • Cancer Research UK We have had OL and Miss Universe GB Anna Burdzy come into school to talk to us about Sheroes Hangout, a charity we fundraised for with a nonschool uniform day on November 3rd. This term’s nonschool unifrom day will raise money for Macmillan. The 6th form raised money for Save the Children with their Christmas Jumper day.


Tanzania The Grammar School last visited Tanzania in July 2016 with a party of sixth form pupils under the direction of Dr Boyce. It was the third time we will have visited the country and our sister school in Moshi. The very first link to Pasua High School, near Moshi in Tanzania came when the then Headmaster, Chris King, climbed Kilimanjaro with his three OL sons, James, Andrew and Henry in 2009. Sponsored to climb the mountain the £4000 they raised initially went towards funding laptops and computers for the school.

in large vessels with wood as the fuel to heat the vegetables that might be available with it. The need for a new cooking facility and dining hall was selfevident and as a result of the charitable fund raising efforts of the school the larger part of £50,000 has been raised to construct this facility. The foundations of the building were dug in 2010 but nothing happened to progress the scheme until the funds from the Grammar school began to move the project forward.

Since that first visit there have been three more major trips involving sixth form pupils who have helped with repainting classrooms and with teaching a range of lessons to the pupils. The experience has been far from one way as our pupils have learnt rudimentary Swahili but more fundamentally how to live a happy fulfilled life with few material possessions.

The photographs show how the project is now out of the ground and the walls are under construction. As is the way in so much of Africa, the scheme is now stalled as local bureaucrats argue over the payment of taxes which are said to be due for the construction of the dining hall. Discussions with the Bishop of Kilimanjaro are on-going and it is hoped the scheme can progress to completion in the near future.

The schools catering facility has been very primitive and all the meals for the pupils are based around a diet of Ugali. Ugali is a dish of maize flour, millet flour or Sorghum flour cooked with water to a porridge- or dough-like consistency. It is the most common staple starch featured in the local cuisines. This is cooked

In the meantime, a party of 6th form pupils are returning to Pasua in the summer of 2018 and the newly appointed Headmaster is looking forward to them helping to teach the pupils a range of different subjects.

Penang Orphanage In July 2017, 36 of our students enjoyed a two-week girls’ sports tour to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The students aged 15 to 17 visited the Ramakrishna Ashrama orphanage before they flew home. The girls had taken with them an assortment of gifts including pretty hair accessories, notepads, colourful pens, pencil cases and stickers to present to the underprivileged girls of the home. Before the trip, the girls had a successful fund-raising campaign taking part in a triathlon, selling cakes and serving smoothies made with bicycle-powered blenders. In total they raised RM16,981 for Ramakrishna Ashrama. This is the second time since 2014 that the school brought its students to Penang and the orphanage. The president of the orphanage said “Their visit is a blessing to the children in our home.”


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COMMUNITY SERVICE Leicester Grammar School has been a proud supporter of the National Citizen Service for many years. Introduced by David Cameron, the scheme encourages students to give up some of their time to participate in a range of outdoor activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and sailing; to gain experience of group activities in a business type challenge and to help in community based action such as environmental projects. To us, this has always seemed a tremendous opportunity for all our students and we have been lucky to have many visits to school from the staff at NCS who do a tremendous job in encouraging the students here to seize new opportunities and, in particular, for those who possibly do not do many extra-curricular activities in school, to go outside of their comfort zone and do something different and of value to them as individuals and to their community. We know that all the students who have participated in the scheme have gained a huge amount from it, way beyond a certificate from the Prime Minister and the chance to include details about NCS on any future UCAS application. We will continue to encourage our students to support NCS. Being awarded the title of Champion School 2016/2017 is a source of great pride for us all at Leicester Grammar School.

DofE VOLUNTEERING At Leicester Grammar School the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is very popular with around 60 students working towards their Bronze Award in Year 10 and a further 30 working towards their Gold Award in the L6th. Students begin their Bronze award in the January of Year 9 in order to complete the Physical, Skill and Volunteering sections prior to expedition training. For the volunteering activity students volunteer in charity shops, talk and play games with the elderly in care homes, help with community sports teams, assist the Junior School Staff with sports practices or help to run the Bronze groups if at Gold level.

I have really enjoyed working as a ward assistant, talking to patients as well as helping them with daily tasks such as meal times. It’s an amazing experience to have an inisight into the workings of hospital and I am proud to support the work of the nurses and housekeepers keeping the hospital clean and tidy. Katie, LGS Year 12 student Volunteers at St. Luke’s Hospital, Market Harborough


SIXTH FORM COMMUNITY SERVICE In the Sixth Form, LGS students are given the opportunity to take part in a community service programme. The majority of students carry out their voluntary work on Tuesday afternoons through the year. Others volunteer at weekends or specific times after school, for example at local Scout groups at their usual meeting times. Every year there are approximately 30-40 students who opt into the scheme. As well as helping pupils at our Junior School as French assistants and hearing the children read, helping with extra curricular clubs etc. a large number of local organisations also benefit including: · Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital · South Lodge Care Home, London Road, Leicester · Age UK Befriending Service, Humberstone Gate, Leicester. Loneliness and social isolation are more common than you think and for many are closely linked to remaining independent and enjoying good physical and mental health. The befriending services offer companionship and support to older people who are lonely or isolated, provide a link to the outside world and can act as a gateway to other services and support. Befriending involves matching an older person with a volunteer befriender who can call for friendly conversation and a listening ear on a regular basis. · Spinney Hill Primary School · Oxfam Bookshop, Market Harborough · Glenfield Hospital (Royal Voluntary Service) · Aigburth Residential Care Home, Oadby · “The Well”, Kibworth Beauchamp · Oxfam, Queen’s Road, Leicester · Bloodwise shop, Lutterworth · St Bennett’s Care Home (Wigston) · Scope shop, Oadby · St Luke’s Hospital, Market Harborough · Harley House Care Home

I really enjoy volunteering at the Bloodwise Charity Shop in Lutterworth, my home town, because I get to meet so many interesting people and help a worthy cause simultaneously. I have also developed several new skills throughout the 4 years I have been there, such as re-wiring plugs, something I definitely would not have learnt to do anywhere else. Imogen, Sixth Form student


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SHARED FACILITIES AND SPORT We are particularly proud of our links with the local community and we were accepted as a Team Training Base for both the 2012 London Olympics and the Rugby World Cup 2015. The Canadian national side based themselves at our site for the duration of the 2015 World Cup, providing the opportunity to observe and learn from world class international performers. The school hosted a warm up match between India and West Indies in June 2017 as a precursor to the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Our facilities have also served as a training base for the South African Springbok and New Zealand Maori Rugby sides, England U19 Cricket, England U18 Rugby and we annually host a wide range of county Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Table Tennis and Tennis finals. We also staged a Women’s Cricket World Cup warm up game between the West Indies and India. We have a large number of external clubs and organisations who use our extensive sports facilities both during and outside of term-time. A number of these clubs are open to students, parents and the local community who are looking to become members or attend specific courses. Or if you want to give your children the opportunities to enjoy a safe and fun filled school holiday, keep active, grow in confidence and learn new skills, our range of holiday camps should appeal to all personalities and ages, from singing, dancing and drama to a wide range of sporting activities.

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U3A – University of the 3rd Age – swimming pool You do not need to be a serious swimmer to join the group. We have a wide variety of abilities from those who rapidly swim many lengths each week to those who just enjoy a splash around and a chat. All appreciate the excellent pool at the Grammar School.

Penguins Swimming Academy’s swimming lessons are based at Leicester Grammar School in Great Glen. We believe our pool is the perfect environment for your child both to be introduced to swimming, and train towards more competitive swimming.


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City Cricket Academy The facilities at the school are fantastic and it has helped our youngsters to develop their game. During the summer holidays we have hundreds of youngsters who attend our events and many of them travel from abroad to join us. There are plenty examples where parents have really liked the facilities seeing it for the first time and decided to enroll their children in the school. We take lot of pride in our association with the school. Many youngsters who go to Leicester Grammar school train and play for us in the Leicestershire youth league in various age groups. Some of them have even moved to our senior men’s teams.

Cricket Academy have a strong and important “ City relationship with Leicester Grammar School. The association

goes back more than twelve years. Since the Great Glen site was opened in 2008, we have been running our summer camps and cricket tournaments at LGS every year and we look forward to many more to come.

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THE ARTS Music in the community The Music Department is actively involved with the local community. During the Lent Term each year the LGS Choral Society performs a major choral work accompanied by the School’s First Orchestra, and many local residents are members of the choir. In the same term the school’s Big Band gives a concert in aid of a local charity in front of a large audience; organisations which have benefited recently have been LOROS and the Anthony Nolan Trust. Each year the school hosts three concerts by internationally renowned musicians, and these are open to the public. Indeed, local people are welcome to attend all concerts at the school, whether given by visiting musicians or members of the school. In addition, school ensembles frequently give concerts in the community to help fundraising. Performances in venues such as Billesdon and Stoughton parish churches are annual events, as is the Big Band’s concert at The Little Theatre. Every year sees other examples of school musicians performing in the community.

Bardi Symphony Orchestra In 2014 Leicester Grammar School entered into a partnership with the Bardi Orchestra, in which the orchestra rehearses free of charge at the School and offers LGS students advantageous opportunities to attend performances by the orchestra and to rehearse/perform with the orchestra. Each year the orchestra gives a concert at LGS in which members of the school perform as soloists. In 2018, the School’s much-valued partnership with this fine orchestra continues with a concert featuring a Sound of Music Medley and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.


Supporting the work of artists The school’s cultural life is enhanced by a programme of exhibitions of work by prominent artists, staff and former students to which local residents are invited. Artists are given the opportunity to display their work and the chance to sell their pieces commission free. Previous exhibitions have included: • • • • • •

Advent Term ‘10 Exhibition of the portrait and preliminary studies of Martin Johnson by Bryan Organ Advent Term ‘14 Exhibition of recent sculpture by Dave Morris and recent paintings by Lorraine Marsden Lent Term ‘15 Exhibition of recent paintings by Greg Harris Trinity Term ‘15 ‘Elemental Connection’, a performance piece by Annie Wright, Oxford Brookes University Advent Term ‘15 Recent paintings by Paul Wright, Kevin Fazackerly, and Mark Shattock Lent Term ‘16 Exhibition of works on paper, textiles, ceramics and glassware by Gillian McFarland, Ruth Singer, Michaela Hawes, and Graeme Hawes • Advent Term ‘16 New Beginnings and exhibition of work by alumni of this school who had just graduated • Lent Term ‘17 Touring exhibition of Chinese Calligraphic and Brush drawings

Rotary Technology Tournament The Rotary Technology Tournament is held at Leicester Grammar School in February each year. There are usually more than thirty teams from secondary schools across Leicestershire that take part, as well as teams from De Montfort University. There is a new challenge each year for the students to solve, ranging from, ‘Transporting a package across a ravine,’ to ‘Building static and movable bridges across a river’. Students have to produce working models, which are then tested and finally judged at the end of the day. At the heart of the Technology Tournament is the ethos of teamwork, partnership and problem solving, and delivering a solution to a given task. There are three entry levels to the competition, foundation, intermediate and advanced. There is one winning team at each level.


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BURSARIES AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT Each year Leicester Grammar School awards bursaries and scholarships to help fund the fees of talented pupils who will benefit from the educational opportunities offered by the School. The provision of education is the primary charitable object of the School and our grant making policy aims to improve access to the School for those who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a Leicester Grammar education. The School’s policy is to make awards on the basis of the applicant’s educational ability and his or her family’s ability to pay. Bursary support is available either for new applicants to Year 7 and above into the School or for existing pupils whose circumstances have changed. Bursaries of up to 100% of the termly fee are available, subject to rigorous testing of financial need and limited by the overall bursaries budget.

Funding of Bursaries and Scholarships Bursaries and Scholarships are funded from charitable donations, commercial activities, and from School fee income. In addition to the non-fee sources of funding, the School believes that an aspiration to provide 5% of fee income as spending on Bursaries and Scholarships should be the Trust’s target.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship Leicester Grammar School is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for a full scholarship for students hoping to join the Sixth Form. The funding for this is from the Sir Thomas White Trust and covers the full tuition fee for both Sixth Form years. Suitable applicants must: • permanently reside in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland • expect to achieve 9 grades at GCSE at level 9-7 • be currently educated in a state school • have a family income of less than £45,000 (and this can be means tested on application) • be interviewed by representatives of the Sir Thomas White Trust who make the final selection. To convince the interviewing panel you will need to show ambition and drive to succeed

Bursaries: 71 pupils received means-tested financial assistance totaling over £710,000 in 2016-2017 18



On every step of our journey we have worked with other people and organisations for mutual benefit.


I do hope that this document showcases and explains the many ways in which Leicester Grammar School Trust plays a full and enjoyable part in its community, but it is important to recognise we are determined not only to sustain this involvement but to extend and deepen our community links in the future. We are particularly keen to significantly increase our provision of bursarial support year-on-year. For everyone involved in the Trust, this is not merely a case of believing that we should engage with others; we believe that schools such as LGS, LGJS and Stoneygate have a moral responsibility to do so, both for the benefit of our own people and those with whom we wish to work. We are not, and never have been, an austere educational ivory tower; our ethos is one that encourages inclusivity and appreciation of all walks of life. To that end, we are always seeking new partners and opportunities for community involvement and just as we will continue to seek out such openings, we wholly encourage external organisations and individuals to approach us with worthy and interesting schemes. Prior to our 2008 relocation to Great Glen, the schools within the LGS Trust played a huge part in the life of the city of Leicester; our move encouraged us to widen our horizons to encompass more of the county of Leicestershire. In recent times we have become a nationally-renowned educational establishment and we now confidently look to a future in which we have international aspirations and interactions. On every step of our journey we have worked with other people and organisations for mutual benefit. That instinct will remain at our heart as we move towards, and then beyond, our fortieth anniversary in 2021. James Rich Interim Headmaster September 2018

An HMC co-educational school for pupils aged 10-18 For further information, please contact us: admissions@leicestergrammar.org.uk 0116 259 1900 www.leicestergrammar.org.uk Leicester Grammar School London Road, Great Glen, Leicester, LE8 9FL

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