Lancaster Royal Grammar School - advice please!!

(42 Posts)
iclaudius Mon 10-Dec-12 21:27:00

We have a year 11 boy who is thinking of going here to board...
We have to make a decision quite soon and are not able to visit the school until a week or so before we pay the deposit ...eek

We live a way away and therefore have no friends with insider knowledge - we'd love any information - good or bad....

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kjwh Sat 03-Oct-15 19:27:22

My son has just started his third year at LRGS and couldn't be happier.

He's not really into sport and was worried about the emphasis they put on Rugby etc., but after the first couple of games lessons, he was put into a lower group where there was no pressure. Now in year 9, he's opted out of Rugby and had a choice of Hockey, Table Tennis and Cross Country, so he doesn't need to play rugby anymore.

He's never once complained of bullying which is what we were most worried about as he's a "sensitive" boy. Never once got up in the morning and not wanted to go. He seems to have a wide circle of friends both in his own form (they're not split up yet so stay together for all but a couple of lessons), and also from other forms mainly from the bus journey in and the games lessons.

The "sporty" boys do seem to stay apart from the "dorky" boys but from what we can gather, there's no problems between each group.

The worst that my lad has complained about is that some of the older boys (meaning years 10 and 11 mostly) are a bit rough, i.e. pushing past in the corridors and through doors etc., which sounds more like they're throwing their weight around rather than bullying.

paddyclampitt Fri 02-Oct-15 23:05:07

My DS has just started there as a day pupil and he is very happy there! It is very sporty which is good for DS but no issues with bullying as yet !

mumisconcerned Fri 05-Jun-15 13:25:02

Hi everyone
My son is starting lrgs as a day pupil this September and we are out of area.Is there any updates about lrgs :I mean is there still bullying issues and how is it overall?

Lancsmumof2 Sat 16-May-15 13:43:06

I have friends with boys in years 7, 8, 11 and sixth form and they all recommend the school. I don't think it has any more of a bullying problem than any other school. (Perhaps just more touchy parents!). It is highly thought of in the area and does well on The Times list etc. My year 5 son will certainly be sitting the exam in September even though we are out of area. I believe the new head is doing good things too.

iris1234 Tue 12-May-15 01:40:03

iclaudius, any comment from you after entering the school?

iris1234 Tue 12-May-15 01:36:08

Any update in Lancaster Royal Grammar? Overall boarding life, support from school, is it ok?

Albehk Fri 16-May-14 00:38:59

Any more about bullying in LRGS? My son will be a Year 9 boarder in this school. I'm so worry as we're from overseas ...

Chester66 Thu 05-Dec-13 01:15:02

Taffy would really like to hear more about anti bullying group. I have a son at LRGS experiencing problems.

taffy123 Wed 03-Jul-13 10:56:43

Have 2 sons there and would not recommend it to anyone. Its covered up bullying for 18 months and just sweep it under the carpet. I have 2 other parents that I know who also have had their sons in a terrible emotional state due to bullying. I am really shocked at the boys morals and how they get away with their attitudes and I am trying to get a anti bullying group set up. Academically my boys thrive but socially it is unacceptable the morals of the school are very low. Just my opinion of course and a few others as the boys have a pack mentality and are never made accountable for their actions by the teachers. I would move my sons but they continue to stay and put up with it for the academic rewards only. Feel free to contact me for any more information.

gemmataylor13 Mon 24-Jun-13 15:22:31

The school is a fantastic school. Our boy excelled there but we did have problems with one of the cleaners being inappropriate with him. As far as I am aware she is still there

Juja Wed 13-Feb-13 21:28:20

Iclaudius Did you decide for or against Lancaster? - my DS is going as a boarder this Sept and is very excited - he is bright but not sporty - it seems a big enough school to all and the new headmaster is excellent. The matrons in the junior house are lovely

NotAParentSorry Wed 19-Dec-12 17:41:59

No idea how I ended up here but I'm a student in the LRGS sixth form, so if you have any questions fire away.

iclaudius Tue 11-Dec-12 21:36:03

iccle i'll hold you to that if he goes!!!! ;)

I'll pay you!

icclebabyjesusheave Tue 11-Dec-12 20:37:48

If you're worried about him being out on the town, just tell him you've got a couple of Mumsnetters spying on him and reporting back grin.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 11-Dec-12 19:51:31

I think the sport is more important earlier in the school. By sixth form there are other skills you can have which are admired. Earlier in the school it's them who like rugby, and them that don't iyswim. I imagine sixth formers are past that.

iclaudius Tue 11-Dec-12 19:48:43

I think he can be quite competitive - academically ...

Slightly worried about the sport as he's not very - despite 'looking' the part!

PetiteRaleuse Tue 11-Dec-12 18:53:44

They are pushy. If he responds well to pushiness he should be ok.

iclaudius Tue 11-Dec-12 18:37:47

Ickle you 'self corrected' so are forgiven ;)

That is do helpful thank you - I am just a little scared that DS will be out on the town a bit.... We live a fair hike away so he would be there a fair few weekends... I am hoping they are pushy and for a big school the results look good...

I guess I'll have to ask how much feedback we get about his performance and how often ..

icclebabyjesusheave Tue 11-Dec-12 18:20:03

Their, not there. <rolls eyes at self> Obviously I am not a good advert for the Girls' school with that appalling grammar!

icclebabyjesusheave Tue 11-Dec-12 18:19:16

I know the school quite well. It has an excellent reputation locally, good pastoral care and extra curricular activities and brilliant exam results. They are very motivated to get the best out of their boarders as its there reputation on the line. A friend of mine sent her DS there to board despite living locally as they were better at getting work out of him than they were at home. grin

I live in the area and went to the girl's school. By the time you get into 6th form, generally no one cares which school you're from. Lancaster is a small town city and while the two universities means there are a lot of student nights, I've never witnessed serious trouble in town over the weekends.

iclaudius Tue 11-Dec-12 18:07:37

Crikey thanks for your input - I will look at the link now!

iclaudius Tue 11-Dec-12 18:06:37

Eddie that does really help actually - especially you saying you WOULD send your DS there...

DS 2 is academically v bright and I would want them to push him .. He is very capable but lazy and SHOULD be top university material. He does go to a non boarding state grammar now and my main concern really is that being away from us pushing him - the schoo may not push to get the most out of him

This is obviously a boarding issue not specific to Lancaster but from what you are saying Lancaster sounds ideal ..... Eeek!!! It's such a minefield but on paper Lancaster looks perfect!

EddieIzzardIsOrange Tue 11-Dec-12 18:01:29

Oh sorry Petite, think i misunderstood.

I think theres a bit of 'joshing' that I've seen but nothing that wouldnt be between other schools regardless of grammar or not...and they've always been nice enough to me, letting me on first with the pram at the bus stop etc

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