- Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
Infobox UK school
name = Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
motto = "Turpe Nescire"
Latin:"It is a disgrace to be ignorant")
type = Private Grammar School
religion = Christian/None
head_label = Headmaster
head = M.R. Gibbons AKC
postcode = WF1 3QX
gender = Boys
lower_age = 7
upper_age = 18
colours = Black & Gold color box|Blackcolor box|Gold
free_label_1 = Former pupils
free_1 = Old Savilian
website = http://www.wgsf.org.uk/
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) is an independent fee-paying school in
Wakefield, England. QEGS is distinct from most other schools in that it was founded by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1591at the request of leading citizens in Wakefield(headed by Thomas Saville and his two sons) 75 in total and some of whom formed the first governing body. [ [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wakefield/cathedral/cath16.html History of Wakefield Cathedral 16th Century ] ]
1854QEGS moved to its present site in Northgate, Wakefield, into premises designed by the architect Richard Lane [cite web |url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=445042 |title=Images of England—Detailed Record |accessdate=2008-07-03 |publisher= English Heritage] and formerly occupied by the West Riding Proprietary School. [cite web |url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=-hgHAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA172&lpg=PA172&dq=%22West+Riding+Proprietary+School%22+richard+lane&source=web&ots=_o9wiaSodU&sig=SKVat_YY_APXKafxGN0j9nXOK2k&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA172,M1 |title=The Annals of Yorkshire from the Earliest Period to the Present Time By Henry Schroder, page 172 |accessdate=2008-07-03 |publisher=Published by George Crosby, 1852 ] [cite web |url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C4EAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA142&lpg=PA142&dq=Loudon%27s+Architectural+Magazine+Richard+Lane&source=web&ots=Ql-g_EGi6J&sig=sbnlwViKF6Wz0Uayaw6Hd0XB4vI&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result |title=Loudon's Architectural Magazine, And Journal of Improvement in Architecture (edited by John Claudius Loudon), page 142 |accessdate=2008-07-05 |publisher=Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown Green & Longman; and Weale Architectural Library, 1834 ]
Tripartite System, QEGS was a Direct-Grantschool, but following the abandoning of the grammar schoolsystem in Yorkshire, it became fully independent again.
The school is part of a "foundation", with both QEGS Senior and Junior schools joined together, along with the nearby "
Wakefield Girls High School", "Wakefield Girls Junior School", and "Mulberry House", which is a nursery and pre-prep department.
As of 2007, The current
headmasterof the school is Mr. Michael R Gibbons, who succeeded Mr Robert Mardling in 2001. The current Deputy-Headmaster is Mr. J S Slack, who replaced Andrew Derbyshire in 2005.
QEGS is a member of the
The school is renowned nationally for attaining excellent pass rates in both A-Levels and GCSE's. In 2006, the pass rate for GCSE (5 or more at Grades A* - C) was 100%, which was matched by the A-Level students who also achieved a 100% pass rate. [ [http://www.isbi.com/isbi-viewschool/1960-QUEEN_ELIZABETH_GRAMMAR_SCHOOL_SENIOR_SCHOOL.html Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (Senior School) ] ]
A new building (the Saville Building) was opened in
2005by Ted Wragg, the famous educationalist. The new building provides a new 6th Form Centre, English Department, state-of-the-art Theatre, and Learning Resources Centre for the pupils of QEGS. One of the most popular new developments is a cafe in the 6th Form Centre, which has been nicknamed "Janini's Paninis" by students, a title which has since become the 'official' term for the cafe.
The school is often remarked for its sporting ability, having achieved frequent success in a number of sports. Over 83% of the school boys represent QEGS in one sporting event or another. The most popular
sportis Rugby Union, followed by Cricket, Hockey, Athletics and Basketball. In 2006, the under-15's Rugby side reached the " Daily Mail Cup" final, but were unable to match the achievement of the 1996 U-15 team who won at Twickenham. As well as plenty of sporting opportunities, the School also gives students the chance to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
In Popular Culture
David Storey's Booker Prizewinning novel "Saville" (1976) includes an account of the experiences of a working class boy at a Yorkshire grammar school in the 1940s. Storey, like the protagonist of "Saville" a miner's son, is an old boy of QEGS.
*The school is mentioned in the novel "
Nineteen Seventy-Four" by David Peace.
Notable Old Savilians
:See also .
John Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden, Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading, and chair of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution, which in 1957 published the Wolfenden Reportthat recommended the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
* T.D. Barnes, Professor of Classics in the University of Toronto 1976-2007
* Professor Alan M. Taylor, Director, Center for the Evolution of the Global Economy, Department of Economics,
University of California, Davis
Lukas Wooller, keyboardist with the band Maxïmo Park.
* Andrew Cocup, AKA Andy Cato from the band
Kenneth Leighton, classical and Anglican church musiccomposer.
* Sam 'Whiskas' Nicholls, guitarist with Leeds alt-rock band
¡Forward, Russia!and founder of Dance to the Radiorecord label.
* John Scott, famous choirmaster and organist.
Noel Gay, famous composer of popular music
David Storey, playwright and novelist, winner of the Booker Prizein 1976 for Saville.
David Firth, animator and dark comedy writer, best known for the Devvoand Salad Fingersseries.
Richard Henry Lee, sixth President of the United States in Congress assembled.
Jonathan Baume, trade unionist
William J. Howard, American-born Politician and Free Trade activist.
* Mike Harrison, former captain
England national rugby union team.
Mike Tindall, world cup winning rugby unionfootballer.
* Mike Smith, England and Gloucestershire cricketer
Ben Woods, flanker for Newcastle Falconsand England Saxonsrugby union.
Greg Wood, former England U19 cricket captain
Alister MacKenzie, British golf course designer (1870-1934)
Adam Pearson,Current Derby County Chairman, former commercial director of Leeds Unitedfootball club and former chairman of Hull City A.F.C.
* Matthew Lynas, current RRC 100km champion
* Andrew Tunningley, former full back with Saracens and England A
John George Haigh, serial killerin England in the 1940s.
* John Radcliffe, British physician (1652–1714).
* [http://www.wgsf.org.uk Queen Elizabeth Grammar School website]
* [http://www.qegsdofe.co.uk The Schools Duke of Edinburghs Award Website ]
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