King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth

King Edward VI Grammar School (sometimes abbreviated to KEVIGS or KEVIS) is a grammar school located in Louth, Lincolnshire, England.

King Edward VI Grammar School
Edward Street

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LN11 9LL

Coordinates53°21′49″N 0°00′35″W / 53.3636°N 0.0098°W / 53.3636; -0.0098Coordinates: 53°21′49″N 0°00′35″W / 53.3636°N 0.0098°W / 53.3636; -0.0098
TypeGrammar school;
Motto"Dieu Et Mon Droit"
Established1276; 745 years ago (1276)
FounderEdward VI
Local authorityLincolnshire
Department for Education URN142262 Tables
Head teacherJames Lascelles
Age11 to 18
HousesTennyson, Hobart, Franklin, Smith
Colour(s)Red and Blue
AlumniOld Ludensians


As early as the 8th century schooling was available at Louth,[1] but the oldest reference to a school is in a passage by Simon De Luda, the town's schoolmaster, in 1276.[1]

The Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1548 placed the future of education in Louth at risk.[2] Leading figures in the local community petitioned the King, Edward VI, to secure the school's future, and on 21 September 1551 the school was given a plot of land and money raised from three fairs by the king,[1] which was administered by a Foundation which still exists today.[3] In 1564, Elizabeth I granted the manor of Louth and some additional property to support the school.[1]

Until 1964 King Edward's was a boys' school. In 1903 a girls' boarding school for 400 pupils was established nearby in Westgate House on Westgate, which became King Edward VI Girls' Grammar School. Both schools amalgamated in 1965 when administered by the Lindsey County Council Education Committee. Between 1968 and 1997, the school was for 14-18 year old pupils only, with the majority of entrants transferring from 3 local high schools.

School male boarders lived at The Lodge on Edward Street until 1971, afterwards at The Sycamores on Westgate, and later at an old maternity hospital on Crowtree Lane next to the main school building. Girls boarded at Masson House and The Limes houses on Westgate.

In 2007 the school made the news after agreeing to pay a former teacher £625,000 - the largest ever teacher compensation package - following a 3-year battle by teachers' union NASUWT, after he was permanently crippled by an electric shock caused by faulty wiring in a science lab.[4]

Previously a foundation school administered by Lincolnshire County Council, King Edward VI Grammar School converted to academy status in September 2015. However the school continues to coordinate with Lincolnshire County Council for admissions.


Pupils pass the 11-plus examination to attend the school, and many come from satellite villages surrounding it.

Notable former pupilsEdit

Philip Norton in March 2018

Previous HeadteachersEdit

  • Herbert Branston Gray (1878-1880)
  • Mungo Travers Park (1880-1884)
  • William Walter Hopwood (1885-1900)
  • A.H. Worrell (1900-1911)
  • S.R. Unwin (1911-1917)
  • E.A. Gardiner (1917-1941)
  • Hedley Warr (1941-1958)
  • Donald Witney (1958-1981)
  • John Haden (1982-1992)
  • James Wheeldon (1992-2006?)
  • Claire Hewitt (2006?-2008)
  • James Lascelles (2009-Present)


  1. ^ a b c d Louth, LIN. GENUKI. Retrieved on 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ History of Louth Archived 29 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Historic England. "The Studio, attached cloisters and railings, King Edward VI School, Louth (1415550)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
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  5. ^ "Tennyson's tree faces the axe"; BBC News, 18 June 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2012
  6. ^ "Victoria Cross and medals from Lincolnshire hero to be auctioned". Lincolnshire Echo. 4 December 2014.

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