Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School,伊丽莎白女王文理中学，伊丽莎白女王文理学校Blackburn, Lancashire BB2
Tel: 01254 686300 Fax: 01254 692314
• CO-ED, 4–18, Day
• Pupil 825, Upper sixth 75
• Termly fees £1380–£2445
• HMC, SHA
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Originally founded in 1509, it was re-founded in 1567 under royal charter by
Elizabeth I and moved to its present site in 1884. The solid, well-designed and
well-equipped buildings make a compact campus of about 16 acres in the
north-west outskirts of Blackburn. Its junior school is on the same site, with
an early years section. There have been considerable developments over the
years, including recently a sixth-form centre, ICT suites and a digital modern
languages laboratory. Girls were first admitted to the sixth form in 1978 and
the school became fully co-educational in 2001. The school has high standards of
teaching and very good examination results. Christian in emphasis, the school is
inter-denominational in practice. There are close links with the cathedral.
Sportsmark Gold Award with Distinction shows strength in sport and games; also
strong in arts and music. Active commitment to community services.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 825 day pupils (760 boys, 65 girls).
Senior department 11–18, 628 pupils (571 boys, 57 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4–6, 7–11 and 16. Own exam used; for sixth-form
entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade B (including sixth-form subjects). Baseline
testing on entry (NFER CATS). No special skills or religious requirements. State
school entry, 65% intake at 11 plus 15% to sixth form.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 2 pa scholarships: 1 at 11 for top
entrant (value 33% of fees); 1 Ogden Trust science scholarship for state school
entrant to the sixth form (up to 100% of fees). Also means-tested bursaries at
11 and 16, value up to 50% of fees. Parents not expected to buy textbooks;
maximum £500 extras.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Dr David Hempsall, in post since 1995. Educated at Manchester
Grammar and Cambridge University (history). Previously Headmaster of Scarborough
College, Head of History at Rugby, and Assistant Master at Sir William Nottidge
School. Also former Chairman and Treasurer of HMC North West and former SHMIS
Committee Member; former Trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice and Vice Chairman of
Scarborough NHS Trust.
Teaching staff: 78 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 8%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 91 pupils in fifth year: 91% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 3% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 60 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 91 in upper sixth: 47% passed in 4+ subjects; 48% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 384.
University & college entrance 76% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (3% after a gap year). 12% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 26% in science & engineering, 8% in law, 42% in
humanities & social sciences, 12% in other vocational subjects. Others typically
go on to vocational training or directly into employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 27 subjects offered.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 5 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
some take a further AS-level in upper sixth. General studies taught to all, AS
and A-level additional options. 13% take science A-levels; 13% arts/humanities;
74% both (all sixth formers take a mix of arts and science AS-levels). Key
skills unit compulsory in lower sixth, and integrated into sixth-form courses
Vocational: Work experience available, in fourth year for all, in sixth
form for many.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level.
Regular exchanges (France and Germany).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons/week in Years 7–8)
and across the curriculum. 100+ computers for pupil use (7 hours a day),
networked and with email and internet access.
Music: Up to 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include choral groups, orchestra, string quartet,
wind band. Pupils involved in county students’ orchestras and in cathedral
Drama: Drama within curriculum, AS and A-level may be taken. Some pupils
are involved in school productions; at least 2 major school drama/musical
productions a year.
Art & design: On average, 18 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Graphic design also
Sport & activities
Sport: PE, choice of seasonal games eg swimming, basketball, netball,
soccer, rugby, tennis, golf, cricket. Fifth and sixth form only: weight
training, skiing, ice skating, climbing. GCSE and A-level PE offered.
International junior athlete and ice hockey player; former pupils include
amateur golf champion, world croquet champion; regular representatives in county
teams at various sports; ISFA cup winners (2001 and 2004).
Activities: Community service encouraged. Up to 30 clubs, eg angling,
art, chess, Christian Union, computer, dance, debating and public-speaking,
drama, geography, maths, model railway, modern languages, running, table tennis,
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl, head of
house and house prefects, appointed by the Headmaster and school.
Religion: Religious worship actively encouraged.
Social: Trips overseas include exchanges (France, Germany) and
expeditions (eg Prague and China 2002, New York 2003). Pupils allowed to bring
own car/bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils expected to adhere to school code. House points
accumulated through a credit system for good effort, fine work and positive
contributions to school life. Sanctions revolve around a weekly detention for
Former pupils Russell Harty; Bishop Peter Hall (Bishop of Woolwich);
Sir Kenneth Durham (Unilever); Professor Keith Miller (Sheffield University);
Ivor Bolton (conductor, Glyndebourne); Michael Winterbottom (film director);
Gary Smith (film producer); Wayne Hemingway (designer); Krishnan Guru-Murthy (TV
presenter); Mick Jackson (novelist); Peter Holloway (flamenco guitarist); Nick
Dougherty (professional golfer); James Beattie (footballer).