Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Gainsborough
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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Gainsborough

Queen Elizabeth's High School
The school crest
Morton Terrace

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DN21 2ST

Coordinates53°24?38?N 0°46?39?W / 53.410664°N 0.777519°W / 53.410664; -0.777519Coordinates: 53°24?38?N 0°46?39?W / 53.410664°N 0.777519°W / 53.410664; -0.777519
TypeCommunity grammar school
Motto Tradition, Achievement, Opportunity
Established1589 (1589)
1983 (merger)
FounderSir Robert Somerscale
Local authorityLincolnshire
Department for Education URN120655 Tables
Chairman of the GovernorsD. S. Holmes
HeadmasterDavid Allsop
Staffc. 100 teaching, 28 support
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 1200
HousesAusten, Brunel, Churchill, Darwin, Elgar and Scott
Colour(s)     Red (Elgar),      Gold (Austen),      Blue (Churchill),      Purple (Brunel),     Silver (Scott),      Green (Darwin),
PublicationThe Q.E. News
Former PupilsOld Ganians

Queen Elizabeth's High School is a mixed grammar school in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England. The school, established in 1983, but with a timeline to 1589, is an amalgamation of the previous Gainsborough High School and Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School.


Although the details are unclear, Gainsborough appears[to whom?] to have had a small grammar school from the 15th century provided by the local clergy, where possibly several of the Pilgrim Fathers received their early education; among its alumni was John Robinson. Lessons were first held in a room above the porch of the original All Saints church. Many of the school's early records were lost during the reign of Charles I, owing to the prominent Puritan sympathies of many associated with the school who sought to avoid detection, and so had the incriminating records destroyed.[]

In 1589 Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to Sir Robert Somerscale to establish Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for boys, with the express purpose of providing an education in the classics and divinity for the sons of the emerging middle class in the town. In 1828, the Chartist poet Thomas Cooper sought to set up a rival grammar school, but failed, and saw his school absorbed by Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School.[]

From 1795 until 1940 Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School was located on Cox's Hill, at what is now the Hickman Hill Hotel. An equivalent grammar school for girls, Gainsborough High School, was founded in 1920. In 1940 both schools moved to the present Morton Terrace site, on which the local technical college was also based. Under the Tripartite System they became fully state grammar schools, having been fee-paying before then. The schools merged to form Queen Elizabeth's High School in 1983.[] Before amalgamation Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School had 4 houses: Cox (red), Elliott (white), Hickman (Blue) and Marshall (green).

On 7 December 2012, the school was host to the BBC Radio 4 show 'Any Questions?', which was held in the Upper School Hall.[1]

In 2013, following a lack of funding which affected most Grammar Schools, a £2 million grant from the Local Authority and a £500,000 grant from central government was given in order to expand and renovate the school. This enabled the construction of a new sports hall, a two-storey teaching block and the refurbishment of College House.[2][3]

On 7 March 2014 the Sixth Form Centre was relocated to the 1872-built College House building, as the previous centre had become crowded[4] College House has currently fallen into disrepair following the amalgamation with Gainsborough High School of which it had been part, and is yet to be fully restored to a state in which it is adequate for the functions of which the school would like to use it for.[5][6]

School structure

Each year from 7 to 11 has approximately 180 pupils, and each year is divided into six forms.

The sixth-form generally contains approximately 145 pupils and is divided into six smaller forms. From 2011, cohorts of 180 were accepted into the sixth-form.[contradictory]

There are six houses named after notable Britons: Austen, Brunel, Churchill, Darwin, Elgar and Scott. The houses compete in sporting events as well as art and music competitions.

Before 2008 the houses were Frobisher, Drake, Raleigh and Grenville. After 2008 form rooms were moved into house blocks instead of year blocks to promote the new house system, and aimed to mix the year groups together to strengthen house community.


The school annually admits 180 students into Year 7 and 150 into Year 12; around 1000 students make up the lower school (of those aged 11-16) and another 250 make up the sixth-form (16-18). Approximately 700 of those attending are girls and 500 are boys. A number of external pupils are also admitted to the sixth-form each year.[]


Pupils at Queen Elizabeth's High School usually take ten or eleven GCSE examinations in Year Eleven, and dependent on satisfactory grades can enter the sixth-form to take four A-Level qualifications.

Members of Queen Elizabeth's High School and Gainsborough Choral Society perform in an annual Christmas carol concert, "Carols for All." Phillip Ainsworth (previous Head of Music) conducts.

Music is historically important to QEHS, with the Anglican choral composer W. Stanley Vann being head of Music during the 1930s. Recent drama productions have included Return to the Forbidden Planet, Godspell and Disco Inferno.[]

All pupils in year 7 take four periods of French, Spanish or German. At the end of year 7, pupils take up an additional language from French, German or Spanish. They must then take a GCSE in either French, German or Spanish, and may take either Spanish, French or German at A-Level.[] In the academic year starting September 2016 French was phased out,[contradictory] leaving only Spanish and German at a KS3 level. Latin, previously taught, was phased out of the curriculum.

Extracurricular activities

Cricket, rugby, football, and athletics are the main boys sports, and hockey, netball, tennis and athletics the main girls sports.

Inter-school matches are played against other grammar schools in Lincolnshire, and a few public schools and secondary modern schools. Several[quantify] cricket sides have won the county schools' competition, and several[quantify] Ganians representing Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Yorkshire at county level.[]

Pupils are encouraged to serve the community, some carrying out volunteer work in the local area.[] A number of sixth-formers have taken part in Young Enterprise.[]

Debating teams have won local competitions, including the Youth Speaks Competition, and have competed in a national competition.[7]

Awards and recognition

An Ofsted inspection in 2008 described the school as "outstanding".[8] League tables for Lincolnshire released by the BBC rate Queen Elizabeth's High School overall 10th: ratings based on English Baccalaureate results place the school joint ninth, for A/AS-level points per pupil third, and adjusted for Value Added nineteenth.[9] The BBC A-Level league tables rank the school second best in Lincolnshire.[] The majority[quantify] of sixth-form pupils at the school go on to higher education with many gaining medicine places and a number each year getting offers from Oxbridge.[]

Old Ganians

Former pupils are known as Old Ganians (O.G.s).

Academia and science


Public Service



See also


  1. ^ BBC iPlayer - Any Questions?: Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough Archived 11 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 13 Jan 2015 (pt 0001)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Gainsborough: New building opens at QEHS". www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "VIDEO: Ex-pupil of Queen Elizabeth's High School officially opens newly renovated College House". www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "'Unfit' school has £2.5m makeover". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Council, Lincolnshire County. "North Sandsfield House, now College House at Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough|Lincs to the Past". www.lincstothepast.com. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "This is Lincolnshire - Students speaking up on issues that matter". This is Lincolnshire. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough". Ofsted. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Secondary school league tables in Lincolnshire". BBC. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Brian J. L. Berry, Dean" Archived 28 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine; University of Texas at Dallas. Retrieved 27 June 2012
  11. ^ https://marinalewycka.com/bio.html
  12. ^ "Stanley Vann" Archived 15 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine; The Telegraph, 1 April 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2012
  13. ^ Shaw, Tony (Dr); "Windmill Wood: A Biography of Midlands Artist Karl Salsbury Wood" Archived 19 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine; 29 October 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2012
  14. ^ "From bobby on the beat to assistant chief constable"; The Grantham Journal, 27 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/members/former/bio?id=232608270
  16. ^ Gordon, Alexander; "Knollys, Hanserd"; Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 31

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