Loughborough High School

Loughborough High School

Infobox UK school
name = Loughborough High School

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motto = "Fais Ce Que Doit Advienne Que Pourra" ( _fr. Do What You Must, Come What May)
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established = 1850
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type = Independent
religion = Christian
president = Prof. R. J. Mair
head_label = Headmistress
head = Bridget O'Connor
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chair_label = Chairman of Governors
chair = H. M. Pearson
founder = Thomas Burton
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street = Burton Walks
city = Loughborough
county = Leicestershire
country = England flagicon|England
postcode = LE11 2DU
phone = (01509) 212348
fax = (01509) 215720
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staff = c.50 full-time
enrollment = c.600 students
gender = Girls
lower_age = 10
upper_age = 18
houses = Burton, Hastings, Storer and Fearon
colours = Red and white color box|Red color box|White
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website = http://www.loughhs.leics.sch.uk/
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Loughborough High School (commonly LHS) is a fee-paying independent girls' secondary school in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. It is one of three schools known as the Loughborough Endowed Schools, along with Loughborough Grammar School and Fairfield Preparatory School. The Endowed Schools share a board of governors.



The High School was founded in 1850, when Loughborough Grammar School moved to a new site to the south of the town centre. At this time, the foundation was extended to girls.

The school celebrated its bicentenary in 2000, when it was visited by HRH Princess Anne.


The main bulk of the campus faces onto a central quadrangle. The east side of the quad, closest to main access of Burton Walks, is occupied by what is the oldest building but seems to be nameless, being referred to as the 'Main building', and housing the administrative aspects of the school including the Headmistress' study and also the Cope library (formerly the dormitory when the school accepted borders). This building continues around the north side but here contains the main hall, art studios, technology rooms and a lecture theatre. Attached to the end of this building are the Cloisters and Rokeby which largely compromise of classrooms and a sixth form common room. Other general classroom buildings facing the quad are the Chesterton Building to the west and the Charles block to the south. The drama building is to the south, and in addition the newly built music building, shared between all three of the endowed schools, is on the other side of Burton Walks.

Also on the other side of Burton Walks are the gymnasium, science building and astroturf pitches, the latter of which is also shared with the rest of the Loughborough Endowed Schools.


The pupils are all girls but there are some joint lessons in the sixth form with the Grammar School, an all-boys school.


Candidates sit an entrance examination to gain admission to the school, usually at the age of 10, so as to enter Year 7 at the age of 11. There is also a 13+ exam, for those wishing to enter at Year 9, and a 16+ exam for girls wishing to enter at Sixth Form level.

Girls are entered for GCSE examinations in Year 11, AS-levels in Year 12 and A2-levels in year 13. Girls usually take 9 subjects for GCSE, 4 for AS-level and 3 for A-level.

Extracurricular activities

Music and Drama

The Construction of a new Music School by the Endowed Schools in 2006 enabled a greater level of cooperation than had previously been possible. Two orchestras, a choir and a number of swing/jazz bands are amongst the ensembles run at the Music School, and these perform regularly at school concerts and elsewhere. The Endowed Schools Big Band and Concert Band have competed nationally at the English Concert Band Festival, and these bands also tour abroad regularly.

Girls from the High School also regularly appear in joint dramatic productions, usually at the 182-seat Drama Studio, located within the Queen's Building at the Grammar School. The showing of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' was perhaps the most successful production to date, winning huge acclaim from staff and students alike.


The school has excellent sport facilities. Teams in hockey, netball, cross country and athletics compete to national level and regularly win leagues and championships. Badminton, rounders, football, rugby, tennis and swimming are also taught.

House System

The school operates a house system; every girl is placed in one of four houses: Burton (Yellow), Hastings (Green), Storer (Blue) and Fearon (Purple). It is a total mystery as to how these girls are placed, but areas where they live are thought to be a factorFact|date=June 2007. The house system provides internal competition in a number of sporting disciplines as well as extracurricular activities including music and drama.

Currently it has been 18 years since Storer have won House Music, and Fearon have won the House Competition only once (in 2007) in roughly 50 years. Storer won House Drama in 2008 and came second in House Music.


Like their counterparts at the Grammar School, may be known as Old Loughburians. These include:

* Sarah Clackson (1965-2003), Coptologist.
* Jo Dyer (1983-2007), Army officer killed in Iraq.

External links

* [http://www.loughhs.leics.sch.uk Loughborough High School]

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