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Encyclopedia > Wisbech Grammar School

Wisbech Grammar School is an independent school in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire for ages five to 18. It was founded in 1379 by the Guild of the Holy Trinity and is therefore one of the oldest surviving schools in England. [1]. In 1905 Wisbech High School was established in Harecroft House on the North Brink, offering the same educational opportunities for girls that the Grammar School offered to boys. The two schools were amalgamated in 1970, the boys moving across the river to share extended premises on the North Brink, and the new school has continued to build upon the traditions of both former establishments. An independent school is a school which is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operation and is instead operated by tuition charges, gifts, and perhaps the investment yield of an endowment. ... OS Grid Reference: TF460098 Lat/Lon: Population: 20,200 (2001 Census) Dwellings: 9,145 (2001 Census) Formal status: Town Administration County: Cambridgeshire Region: East of England Nation: England Post Office and Telephone Post town: Wisbech Postcode: PE13, PE14 Dialling Code: 01945 Wisbech (IPA: ) is a market town and inland port... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

The school was granted Independent status with effect from 1 September 1983 and a decision was taken by the Governors to increase the size of the school roll. The number of pupils has risen from 400 to nearly 600 and includes approximately 150 in the sixth form. The school is currently a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) is an association of the headmasters or headmistressess of 242 leading day and boarding independent boys and coeducational schools in the United Kingdom, Crown dependencies and the Republic of Ireland. ...

Major expansions of the school buildings have seen the addition of classrooms, four laboratories, computer rooms, a sports hall, assembly hall/theatre and library. A new sports pavilion was completed in 1993 and a £1M performing arts centre was completed in April 2003 with extensive facilities for English and music teaching, drama and music technology.

A junior and Infant department was opened in September 1997 after St Audrey's Convent closed. The Convent was a feeder school to the Grammar school, and its closure was a major setback. Many at the time said the school would not survive this. However, the then headmaster, Robert Repper took a significant risk, and transferred most of the teaching staff from the Convent to the Junior Department, effectively taking over and merging the schools. In hindsight, this was a huge advantage to the Grammar School, and it is doubtful that the school would be in as strong a position today, had this risk not been taken.

The Junior Department is now known as Magdalene House, the name reflects the school’s long-standing, but tenuous, historical links with Magdalene College, Cambridge. Full name The College of Saint Mary Magdalene Motto Garde ta Foy Keep your Faith Named after Mary Magdalene Previous names Buckingham College Established 1428 Sister College(s) Magdalen College Master Duncan Robinson Location Magdalene Street Undergraduates 335 Postgraduates 169 Homepage Boatclub Magdalene College (pronounced ) was founded in 1428 as... This article is about the city in England. ...

Notable alumni

Thomas Herring (1693-23 March 1757) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1747 to 1757. ... The Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader and senior clergyman of the Church of England, recognized by convention as the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... Thomas Clarkson by Carl Frederik von Breda Thomas Clarkson (28 March 1760 – 26 September 1846), abolitionist, was born at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, and became a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire. ... This article is about the abolition of slavery. ... Claire Goose (born 10 February 1975) is a British actress. ... Anton Rodgers (born 10 January 1933, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire) is a British actor. ...


  • Rev. John L. Blake, "Thomas Herring", A biographical dictionary: comprising a summary account of the lives of the most distinguished persons of all ages, nations, and professions; including more than two thousand articles of American biography. (Philadelphia,: H. Cowperthwait & co., 1859). pg. 588. [2]
  • H.L. White, A History of Wisbech Grammar School, (Wisbech, 1939).

External links

  • Official site

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Wisbech - LoveToKnow 1911 (712 words)
Other institutions include a grammar school founded in the middle of the 16th century and provided for by a charter of Edward VI., the Cambridgeshire hospital, a custom-house, a cattle-market, and an important corn-exchange, for Wisbech has a large trade in grain.
The castle is alleged to have been built by William I., and was converted from a fortress in the fens into an episcopal palace between 1471 and 1473.
In 1190 tenants of Wisbech Barton acquired an exemption from tolls throughout England, confirmed by John, Henry IV.
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