Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, or QEGS as it is called by its community, is a former independent fee-paying school, that converted to a 4 to 19 co-educational Free School. It provides the highest standards of education to children both from Blackburn and the wider Lancashire communities following an independent ethos.

QEGS staff pride themselves on knowing their pupils and students as individuals, something which is not always possible in other schools. Teachers strongly encourage involvement in the many extra-curricular opportunities that the school offers, so that a balance is maintained between traditional classroom studies and other activities that can lead to sporting and creative opportunities. This was judged to be an outstanding feature of the School by Ofsted.

QEGS understands that academic performance is vitally important, and that to give their pupils and students the best chances in life, examination results must be the best they can possibly be. They know this can only happen with a high standard of pastoral care, and in an environment where pupils and students can approach staff safe in the knowledge that their time and expertise are available to them.

Open to all

QEGS believe passionately that every child has a right to access excellence and ensure that the pupils and students in their care achieve the highest academic standards. They also believe that all children should have access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including competitive sports fixtures, and inspirational creative experiences. They desire to instil in every pupil and student a lifelong love of learning, the confidence to try new experiences, and a desire to pursue excellence in all they undertake.

The school remains true to its historical roots, whilst being forward thinking in their teaching, ensuring that they prepare all its pupils and students to succeed in an increasingly competitive global market and to play their full part in their wider community.

One of the oldest schools in Lancashire, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School retain their independent-school ethos, and place a strong emphasis on high academic standards, exemplary behaviour, and extra-curricular commitment. From their 500 years of experience as educators, they know this combination is a guarantee of success.


Pupils and students of all ability levels and backgrounds discover and develop their potential through a programme of academic challenge, leadership development, and wider curricular life, within a culture of high aspiration, mutual respect, and consistent expectations of behaviour, enabling them to become active learners and dedicated members of their communities.

Learning to be of service

QEGS Latin motto is ‘Disce Prodesse’, which loosely translates to ‘Learn to be of service’. It epitomises the character of the school and remains a central part of their mission to develop well-rounded human beings. QEGS unlocks individual talent, encourages healthy competition and scholarship, and promotes leadership and teamwork.

QEGS’s mission is to develop a diverse school that provides the highest standards of independent education to their local and wider community, whilst remaining true to their historic roots and original charitable purpose. They encourage the habits of aspiration, application, attendance, and healthy living whilst continuing to offer a breadth of educational and extra-curricular experiences.

Their broad and balanced curriculum goes beyond the National Curriculum, with pupils studying English, Mathematics, three separate sciences, Classics, History, Geography, Music, Art, Design Technology, Computer Science and Ethics and Philosophy. Pupils also study either French or Spanish, and can later study Latin, German, Business and GCSE Physical Education.

GCSE & A-Level Success

Pupils and students at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School were celebrating some amazing GCSE and A-Level grades this August. The headteacher Mrs CY Gammon, said: “We are very pleased that the hard work and commitment of our pupils and students has been rewarded with such excellent results, in what has been a difficult two years.

“Many of our GCSE pupils will be enrolling in the QEGS Sixth Form for their post-16 education, and we also look forward to welcoming many external applicants. For those pupils in Year 11 and students in Year 13 who are moving on to new pastures, we wish them the very best and hope that they continue to embrace the values that they have learnt at QEGS.”

Open Events

If you are interested in learning more about Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, and what they offer pupils and students from Lancashire, they are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 2nd October 2021, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at the school on West Park Road, Blackburn, BB2 6DF.

QEGS are also holding a Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 23rd September 2021, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at their Sixth Form Centre, based in Singleton House on West Park Road, Blackburn, BB2 6DF. This event is open to pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 who are considering their post-GCSE education.

Video tours, staff presentations and more information are available on their website