Cirencester Grammar School

Cirencester Grammar School (CGS) was a grammar school in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, founded in about 1461 and closed in 1966.

Cirencester Grammar School


The principal founder of the school was John Chadworth (d. 1471), Bishop of Lincoln. He is recorded in Lincoln Cathedral as a "Gloucester Man". He was educated at Oxford and was afterwards a Fellow and Provost of King's College, Cambridge.

Princess Alexandra of Kent visited the school on 23 July 1958 as part of its quincentenary celebrations.[1]


The school finally closed in July 1966, at the end of the summer term, as part of a reorganisation of county schools. In September 1966 its forms became part of the Cirencester School, combining with pupils from the Deer Park Secondary Modern School, and the new First Form entrants for 1966 went directly to the Deer Park site. Eventually the old Cirencester Grammar School forms all moved there, also.

The School's Victoria Road buildings still survive much as they were in 1966. They were taken over by a junior school (previously in Lewis Lane), which was subsequently joined by a primary school. The junior school closed in July 2010

Notable former pupilsEdit

Notable staffEdit

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was music master at the school from 1959 to 1962, and it was here that he started his lifelong association with writing works for non-specialist children to perform. He wrote many works for the school's orchestra and choir, including O magnum mysterium. The school took part in the 1962 Bath Festival, with Yehudi Menuhin playing a composition by Sixth former Stephen Arnold.[2]


  1. ^ Court Circular in The Times, July 24, 1958 (Issue 54211), pg. 10, col A
  2. ^ Menuhin Plays Work By Schoolboy in The Times, June 18, 1962 (Issue 55420) pg. 5, col F

Coordinates: 51°42′44″N 1°57′35″W / 51.71222°N 1.95972°W / 51.71222; -1.95972