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Important Information for New Year 7

LGGS   YEAR 7 2021 2022

Welcome to LGGS!

We hope you are looking forward to starting with us in September. Thank you for choosing LGGS for your secondary school education. We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you settle into our school community. 

Jackie Cahalin, Headteacher

The information below will be updated during June 2022

Book Recommendations

Our School Librarian, has compiled a recommended reading list for our new Year 7 pupils. These books can be found in the school's Library.

You may wish to read some of the books on this list over the summer months. You can access e-books and e-audio books online, free of charge, via your local public library. If you are not currently a member of the Library you can apply to join online.

Recommended Authors for Year 7

Music Tuition

At LGGS we have a thriving music tuition provision, with around 200 students learning an instrument/voice within school. The system has proven to be a great success over the years with many of our students achieving graded exams, performing in school bands and choirs and some even going on to perform in national ensembles. A number of our students have also used their lessons at LGGS as a springboard to becoming professional musicians.

What tuition do we offer?
We pride ourselves on the variety of instruments we can offer at LGGS, in the hope that there is something to appeal to everyone! The following tuition disciplines are available for 2021 – 2022:

Brass: Trumpet / Cornet / French Horn / Trombone / Tuba
 Acoustic & Electric Guitar / Electric Bass
Piano / Keyboard 
 Violin / Viola / Cello / Double Bass
Voice: Singing tuition for all abilities
Woodwind: Flute / Clarinet / Saxophone / Oboe / Bassoon / Recorder

When and where do the lessons take place?
All Year 7 to 9 lessons take place during the school day on a rotating timetable. This ensures that pupils do not miss the same academic lesson every week. Each teacher is in school for one/two days of the week.
For Year 10 – 13 students, lessons can be arranged before and after school and during lunchtime/break to ensure minimal disruption to GCSE and A Level lessons.
Lessons take place in one of the 5 practice rooms. The room number will be made clear on the timetable.

Will we receive updates on our child’s progress?
Yes. Once a year, the tutors will complete individual progress reports, which will be given to the students. This will include a record of attendance.

How long are the lessons and how much do they cost?
We offer two types of lesson:

  • 20 min individual (recommended for beginner/intermediate students – e.g. up to grade 4)
  • 30 min. individual (for more advanced students – e.g. grade 5 +)

All instrumental staff charge £33 per hour, so the cost of each lesson is:

  • £11.00 for a 20 min lesson
  • £16.50  for a 30 min lesson

You will be invoiced by the tutor at the start of each term and be expected to pay for a full term in advance. The number of lessons will vary depending on the length of the term. If you wish to stop lessons you must inform us at least 2 weeks before the end of a term. Lessons will then stop at the end of that term. If we receive Pupil Premium funding for your daughter then she is eligible for free tuition.

Who are the tutors and what do they teach?

Area Teacher           Instruments
Brass Mr A Boardman Trumpet / Cornet / Trombone / Horn
Drums Mr J Bernadis Drum kit / Percussion

Mr D Kellett
Mr D Shooter

Acoustic / Electric Guitar

Harp Miss A Pearson Harp

Mr M Stringer
Mr F Holm


Mrs R Martin
Miss P Holt
Ms J Lawrence

Violin / Viola
Cello / Violin


Miss H Latham
Mrs I Garner



Mr J Woodhouse               
Mr R Urwin                   

Flute / Saxophone / Clarinet
Basoon / Oboe

Music Production Mr D Shooter Music Production, including creating electronic music, learning how to use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and recording techniques.
Music Theory Mrs C Gardner                                                      

Our music theory teacher works exclusively online, through Zoom and specialises in taking students through the Grade 5 Music Theory exam. She teaches all the way up to Grade 8. Mrs Gardner charges a separate rate to our other tutors.
20 mins = £20
30 mins = £15

What happens next?
If you wish for your daughter to begin instrumental tuition, simply complete the online form via the link below:

Find out more and how to apply


LGGS Pupil Premium Entitlement 2021-22

Our aim is to make Lancaster Girls’ Grammar school as open and inclusive as possible to all children. The school prioritises pupils eligible for Pupil Premium in its admissions’ policy and wishes to support those pupils and families when they join LGGS.

We appreciate that pupils may travel longer than the average distance to school in order to access a selective education so we provide some support with transport costs. Our main aims in using the funds are to ensure that pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding have equal access to the opportunities available to every pupil in our school and are supported so that they can achieve at the very highest standard.

If your child is currently eligible, a free school meal will be provided through our cashless catering system.  For any child offered a place at LGGS (i.e. who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years) we will provide:

  • Help towards the cost of school uniform. In Year 7 all reasonable uniform costs can be met through Pupil Premium. This includes school sports kit and specialist equipment e.g. lab coat. Year 7 pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium have a fund of £180 to spend at our uniform suppliers. The fund can also be used to top up items of uniform eg new skirts, maroon jumper in KS4.
  • Free essential equipment for lessons –the pack to start Year 7, which includes a calculator, art materials etc is provided free.
  • Free essential school trips – which are part of your child’s education will be free, e.g. trips to theatres, museums and field trips which form part of teaching subjects in the curriculum. This does not apply to extra-curricular trips e.g. ski trips, etc.
  • One free residential trip -This is usually the Year 7 French trip which will help develop independence and friendship.
  • Free lessons in school to learn to play a musical instrument.
  • A free book whenever we have a visiting author for the year group.
  • Free Revision Guides which are purchased by the school
  • Support with the cost of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award enrollment
  • Help with transport. There is a cap of £350 on the support we can fund for the annual cost of transport. Parents are asked to seek the most cost effective way of travel to school eg a monthly ticket or season ticket.

Once we have confirmed that you child is eligible and you wish them to benefit from the entitlement then assistance is given automatically with the minimum of fuss. If you have any queries please contact the Headteacher, Mrs Cahalin, directly or Mrs Mason, School Business Manager.

There is also much additional support at LGGS which is available to all pupils as required and prioritised for students in receipt of Pupil Premium,. This includes

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