The History of Lewes Old Grammar School

The School has long been established at the centre of the historic county town of East Sussex and is proud that it can trace its origins back to the educational foundation started by Agnes Morley during the reign of Henry VIII.

The pupils (all boys at that time) had a typically rigorous, Latin-based education fitting them for further study at Oxford or Cambridge. (Perhaps the most famous was the diarist John Evelyn.) The school remained in Southover for about 200 years, when the generosity of another local benefactress, Mary Jenkins, allowed the headmaster to lead his flock up the hill to the present site in St Anne’s. That building served the Grammar School for well over a hundred years before the people of Lewes raised funds to replace it, in 1851, with what we now know as Mead House.

During and after the Victorian period the school had rather more downs than ups – a story vividly told in our 500th-anniversary book, Floreat Lewys. Under the guidance of Roy Mead, who took over the school in the 1960s, it eventually emerged to become the successful co-educational establishment we know today. The school expanded into the neighbouring St Clair House in 1968 and Tyne House in 1994, with the Junior School a little way off in King Henry’s Road.

The most profound change of all, however, was the merging of LOGS with Lewes High School for Girls (formerly Leicester House School) in King Henry’s Road. Mead’s earlier dealings with it had been less than welcoming; however, he bought the school in January 1977 and took over the running of it. It wasn’t until 1998 that the school became truly co-educational with boys and girls taught together.

The academic standing of LOGS is strong and growing but not to the detriment of its traditional friendly and supportive ethos.

We like to think of ourselves as not only an exceptionally happy school - but also a busy and purposeful community.

Morley House

The most profound change of all for Lewes Old Grammar School was the merging of Lewes Old Grammar School with Lewes High School for Girls (formerly Leicester House School) in King Henry’s Road. The building was once a Nursing Home until it became a school. Mr Mead bought the Lewes High School for Girls in January 1977. It remained the girls' school until 1979 when the junior school and the girls' school changed sites during the summer of that year. The junior school has flourished since then and developed its own identity; now known as Morley House.