Loughborough Grammar School is one of the oldest schools in the country with a history stretching back over five hundred years.

By tradition, it was founded in 1495 by Thomas Burton, a prosperous wool merchant who set aside endowments in his will to provide income for Masses to be said for his soul by a chantry priest in All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough: such priests often established schools and the one which burgeoned from Burton’s bequest evolved into the Grammar School.

In the early 1850s, demand for space motivated the move from the heart of the town to the leafy Walks and the beautiful Victorian gothic buildings that you can see today. Since then sensitive and award-winning architects have added to the original building, meticulously adhering to its distinctive style: the existing splendour of the main school and its quadrangle is a testament to their painstaking work.

You can read more of this fascinating story in the separate Archives website. There is also an excellent book which details our complete history and which includes many old photographs, maps and artists’ impressions: copies of this may be obtained from the school.