Loughborough Grammar School
Founded in 1495, Loughborough Grammar School is one of the oldest and most academically successful boys’ schools in the UK. Around 1,000 boys, including 60 boarders, from the age of 10 to 18, are educated at the School. Situated on a stunning, open campus in the centre of England, Loughborough Grammar School is within easy reach of East Midlands and Birmingham airports, while Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester Airports are not too far away.
The School has two boarding houses which are run by a housemaster and his wife as well as assistants who live on the site.
All boys sit the School’s entrance examination at 10+ and 11+. At 13+, entrance is either by the School’s examination or by Common Entrance (CEE). Sixth-form places are offered based on a report from the candidate’s school as well as predicted GCSE (or equivalent) results, or based on their performance in the School’s own tests. International students who wish to join the sixth form are required to undertake a cultural enhancement programme.
A very flexible and wide-ranging curriculum is offered through Years 6–11, where tradition and the latest technological disciplines combine to provide a distinct educational experience. Boys study at least nine subjects at GCSE. In 2014, the overall GCSE pass rate was 95%, with almost 30% of all grades awarded at A*. At A Level, 27% of grades awarded were at A* and 57% at A* or A.
Thirteen boys went on to study at Oxford and Cambridge and Harvard in 2014. Over 95% of all boys leave to pursue degree courses at the country’s most prestigious universities.
Around 50 clubs and societies for all ages and tastes, from bridge to karting and ceramics to ‘bugs’ are run by the School. A great deal of emphasis is placed on getting the most out of all boys’ potential, irrespective of their strengths. There is a wide variety of sports on offer, and Loughborough’s boys are regularly selected for regional, county and national teams. There is also a host of music, drama and sporting activities available.
‘Our aim is to send out young men who are caring and confident; who have achieved to their potential and have a determination to make a positive contribution with their lives.’