Skegness Grammar School

Skegness Grammar School (sometimes SGS) is a coeducational grammar school and sixth form with academy status, located in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England.

Skegness Grammar School
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Vernon Road

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PE25 2QS

Coordinates53°08′56″N 0°20′02″E / 53.1490°N 0.3340°E / 53.1490; 0.3340Coordinates: 53°08′56″N 0°20′02″E / 53.1490°N 0.3340°E / 53.1490; 0.3340
TypeGrammar school
Day and boarding school
MottoLatin: Murus Aeneus Conscientia Sana
(A sound conscience is a wall of brass)
Established1483; 539 years ago (1483)
(1933 at current site)
FounderWilliam de Waynflete
Department for Education URN138757 Tables
Head teacherMr Jude Hunton
Age11 to 19 (in certain cases)
Enrolment600 pupils
Colour(s)Bottle Green and Gold

Selection to the school is by the eleven-plus examination or, in the case of boarders, by entry test or personal interview. The school roll consists of 472 pupils including 106 pupils in the sixth form. It provides boarding facilities for pupils who do not live locally, or whose parents are required to work away from Lincolnshire or abroad.

Skegness Grammar School was founded over 500 years ago by a Lord High Chancellor of England. It was the first British secondary school to be awarded Grant Maintained status by the government in 1988. The school has been classed as a High Performing Specialist School.


Magdalen SchoolEdit

In 1483 William Waynflete, also called William of Wainfleet, later the Bishop of Winchester, Provost of Eton College and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain founded Magdalen College School in his home town of Wainfleet to act as a satellite feeder school for Magdalen College at Oxford University that he had also founded.[1]

In 1933 Magdalen College School closed and was incorporated into its newer and larger buildings at Skegness where it became Skegness Grammar School.[1] The school opened on Wednesday 20 September 1933, and cost £30,000 for 200 places.[2] The headteacher was Kenneth George Spendlove.[3]

School housesEdit

The school is organised into four houses all named after historically prominent people or famous Lincolnshire men:

Lumley - after Aldred Lumley, 10th Earl of Scarbrough a major local landowner who was responsible for developing Skegness as a major Victorian holiday resort.

Magdalen - after the Magdalen College School in Wainfleet founded by William of Waynflete, one time Bishop of Winchester and founder of the college by the same name at Oxford University.

Newton - after Lincolnshire's most famous son Sir Isaac Newton, FRS (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727) who was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian.

Tennyson - after locally born Alfred Lord Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and one of the most popular classical English poets of all time.

Grant maintainedEdit

The Education Reform Act of 1988 introduced the concept of Grant-maintained schools which shifted the school funding away from the local education authority to direct grant support by central government. Skegness Grammar was the first school in the UK to both apply for and be awarded grant maintained status.[4]

The grant maintained system was dis-established by the new Labour government in 1998 and schools were offered the choice of returning to local education authority funding or opting for foundation status.


The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2012, and is now sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust.

Notable alumniEdit

Former teachersEdit


  1. ^ a b "The Magdalen College School, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, UK". BBC. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. ^ Times Wednesday 20 September 1933
  3. ^ Times Saturday 26 August 1933, page 11
  4. ^ "First grant maintained school". Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Noël Greig obituary", The Guardian, 23 September 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2011
  6. ^ "Former Boston and Skegness UKIP candidate takes up new post". Boston Standard. 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ Times Tuesday 22 September 2009, page 59

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