Northamptonshire Grammar School

Northamptonshire Grammar School
Pitsford- Northamptonshire Grammar School
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Established 1989
Type Independent School, Co-Educational
Headteacher Noel Toone
Founder Malcolm Robinson
Location Pitsford
England England
Students Approx. 280
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–18
Houses Hesketh, Robinson, Wake

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Coordinates: 52°18′11″N 0°53′32″W / 52.3030°N 0.8922°W / 52.3030; -0.8922

Northamptonshire Grammar School, established 1989, is a co-educational, 3-18 independent grammar school in Pitsford, Northamptonshire. Going from a 47 pupil school, with 4 buildings, it has expanded with a recent science building, The Sunley Building (the school's first update since 1998), and a new library. The school is currently teaching approximately 280 students. The current headmaster is Noel Toone.


History: Patrons and Trustees, 1987

In June 1987 a meeting was held, the main consideration of this was the need of a boys' independent day school in Northampton. Parents needed the right to choose the way in which their children were educated. So, The Northamptonshire Grammar School Trust Ltd came into being. With Patrons Christian Lady Hesketh OBE, DL, and Sir Hereward Wake Bart, MC, DL, and The Trustees, The Northamptonshire Grammar School Trust Ltd began the process of buying The Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School, Pitsford. With Pitsford Hall purchased, they sent out an appeal for £500,000 to begin their school. Northamptonshire Grammar School opened on Wednesday 6th, September 1989. With just 47 pupils and 9 members of staff, NGS was born. In 1999 it became a co-educational school, accepting pupils from ages 3 to 18. The school maintains a meteorological station, Pitsford Hall weather station, which was founded in 1998. The station is run by Sixth Form pupils as a long-term community service project and receives the patronage of broadcast meteorologist Alex Deakin.

Famous School pupils

Famous Jonathon Griggs Son of Max Griggs founding owner of Rushden Diamonds and Owner and heir Dr Martin Boots.

Notable visitors

Queen Mother

On June 30th, 1992 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visited Northamptonshire Grammar School and laid the Foundation stone of the Michael Robinson Memorial Library. A stroll down memory lane for The Queen Mother, as she regularly visited Pitsford Hall in the twenties and thirties as a guest of Captain Drummond, Master of the Pytchley Hunt. Indeed, some of those living in the village can remember the Royal Nanny taking the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret for walks in the village. The small conservatory at the front of the house was added by Captain Drummond so that the then Queen Mother, Queen Mary, could watch her granddaughters' riding lessons on the front lawn. This was renovated in time for the Royal Visit. The school now awards the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship.

Baroness Thatcher

In 1998 Northamptonshire Grammar School played host to ex-Prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who visited NGS to open the new science and technology building.

Overseas pupils

In recent years the school has brought in more pupils from abroad, in particularly Asia.[citation needed]

External links

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