LAWRENCE SHERIFF SCHOOL
A National Teaching School
Lawrence Sheriff to add a form of entry from September 2020
Last year LSS successfully bid for DFE funds that would enable the school to expand from four to five forms of entry. In recognition of the school’s continuing success and all that it has done to offer opportunities to students from a range of different social backgrounds, the department agreed to fund additional provision that will enable the school to admit 150 pupils per year from September 2020.
Central to the programme of grammar school expansion is a focus upon disadvantaged students. LSS was the first maintained school in the country to accept disadvantaged students with a lower pass mark and over recent years this criteria has been extended.
The qualifying score for disadvantaged students is now 20 marks below that for other pupils and there is no evidence that this has in any way lowered standards or made these students less successful when at LSS. The school continues to hold a range of events, both at LSS and in local primary schools aimed at encouraging disadvantaged students to sit the 11+.
Headteacher Peter Kent commented: ‘I recently came across my first headteacher’s report to governors from 1999, in which I commented approvingly on our growth to a total of 680 students. In 2019 we have around 960 students. Despite growing by nearly 50% over the past 20 years I believe that further development is necessary to secure the long-term viability of the school and in order to give as many local students as possible the opportunity to benefit from attending Lawrence Sheriff.