appleby grammar school
Rory visited Appleby Grammar School to meet Head Teacher Andrew Lund, school governors, staff and of course students. Rory discussed a variety of issues connected with the Grammar School – which has an ‘A’ level pass rate of 95% and a GCSE 5+ A*-C rate of 81.4% – and was given an overview of the wide academic and extra-curricular programmes. He admired the school’s strong focus on student participation and its international links with, amongst other countries, South Africa and the Netherlands. He committed to working to build a website for students.
Rory said: “I was enormously impressed by all that the staff and students of AGS are achieving. There was a great atmosphere in the school, whose heritage – it received its Charter from Queen Elizabeth in 1574 – sits so comfortably with its very modern goals. I’m particularly pleased to learn of its strong links with the other Eden secondary schools, and with the Appleby Heritage Centre. Offering vocational subjects is equally important as academic ones, and its status as a technology college enhances its position in a community that will benefit from graduates with real technical expertise. As a major local employer it is integral to Appleby, and I’m looking forward to visiting again soon.”