HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visits Steyning Grammar School
27th July 2015

On 7th July HRH the Duchess of Gloucester visited Steyning Grammar School for a tour of the school’s boarding campus and Church Street, Lower School to meet with staff and students.  This visit marked the 400th Anniversary of the school and was in recognition of the school’s unique ‘Day and Residential’ status and the excellent learning outcomes for students.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester is a patron of a large number of organisations, many that have an educational connection.

Her Royal Highness was met by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper who presented:  Mrs Denise Patterson, High Sheriff of West Sussex; Mrs Pat Arculus, Chairman, West Sussex County Council; Councillor Tricia Youtan, Chairman, Horsham District Council; Mr Tom Crowley, Chief Executive, Horsham District Council; Mr Tony Blaker, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police and representing Steyning Grammar School, Mrs Marion Gue, Chair of Governors; Mr Donald Lamont, Vice Chair of Governors and Mr Nick Wergan, Headteacher.


HRH The Duchess of Gloucester met by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper 


Mrs Marion Gue, Chair of Governors meets HRH The Duchess of Gloucester 


Mr Lamont, who chairs the Governors Boarding Committee said: “We are very proud of our outstanding boarding provision. This was a unique opportunity for Boarders and staff to show off our facilities and explain their experience of boarding at Steyning, which they did with characteristic enthusiasm."

Headteacher Mr Wergan then escorted Her Royal Highness into the newest of the boarding houses, Bolton House to meet members of staff:  Miss Danielle Cook, Director of Boarding; Mr Tom Leighton, Deputy Director of Boarding; Nathan Chesney the Head Boy for Boarding, Houseparents and boarding students.


Headteacher Mr Nick Wergan introducing Mr Tom Leighton, Deputy Director of Boarding 

Miss Danielle Cook, Director of Boarding said: “Students and staff were delighted to show case our Boarding facility, in particular Bolton House which opened in 2012 providing modern accommodation where sixth form students from around the world and the Home Counties learn and live independently. Boarding students from Years 9-13 were keen to share how they have built friendships and memories in this special vibrant and culturally diverse environment.”

The tour included a visit to the Church Street, Lower School site to watch a Clay Modelling Workshop with Year 7 pupils and a Journalism Workshop held in one of the oldest parts of the school ‘Brotherhood Hall’, originally a merchant Guild Hall dating back to around 1461, where Her Royal Highness had an opportunity to meet students.

Before departing Mr Wergan introduced Mrs Jo Clear, Director of Key Stage 3 and a posy was presented by Sixth Form Boarder Emma Waldron.


Sixth Form Boarder Emma Waldron presents a posy 

Mrs Clear said: “The students were thrilled to show their work to Her Royal Highness and to explain why the Steyning Downlands Scheme is such a special place for the local community. This will be a day the students will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Mr Wergan, Headteacher, Steyning Grammar School said: “We were delighted to host this important visit. Steyning Grammar is a unique and highly successful school, and we’re so pleased to be able to show off our fantastic boarding ‘home’ for some of our students, and the creative talents of our brilliant Year 7s. We pride ourselves on combining a tradition of excellence with innovative teaching and learning, and the visit today really symbolised this for our school community.”


Meeting boarding students


                 Meeting students in a journalism workshop


About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our website  for more details or to register your interest in the events.


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