LRGS head to switch schools

Andrew Jarman.
Andrew Jarman.

LANCASTER Royal Grammar School head Andrew Jarman is to return to teaching when he steps down at the end of this term.

Mr Jarman, head of the school for the past 11 years, will join the staff of Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster on a one year contract as a maths teacher in September.

He will be succeeded at LRGS by Dr Chris Pyle, currently deputy head of the Perse School, Cambridge.

“I am retiring from headship but I wanted to continue in the classroom,” Mr Jarman said.

“My immediate plans are to work on a one year contract at Ripley and I am very much looking forward to it.”

Old boys of Lancaster Royal Grammar School said goodbye to Mr Jarman at celebrations on Saturday which marked the start of the centenary year of the Old Lancastrian Club.

At the school’s founders’ day service at Lancaster Priory, Mr Jarman spoke of the pride, contentment and fantastic honour he felt to have been part of the school.

He admired the history and ethos of the school, its boys and staff and said it was a shame there were so few grammar schools and parents could not vote to bring them back again.

He thanked the club for its amazing support and said it was the envy of every head he knew in the UK.

Retiring club president John Lea paid tribute to Mr Jarman’s headship under which the school, he said, had reached a higher peak.

Mr Lea said he had visited all of the club’s nine branches during the year and congratulated John Leake, secretary of the Cambridge branch for the past 50 years.

Former school chaplain Fr Jonathan Hemmings said Mr Jarman had embodied what he considered to be the cardinal virtues of the school – loyalty, respect, gratitude and service, which represent the school’s initials, LRGS.

n Meanwhile, seven old boys of Lancaster Royal Grammar School have had their achievements honoured by the school.

Their names have been inscribed on an honours board recognising distinguished service.

They are: Peter Dornan, particle physicist at Imperial College, London, Tom Frears, director of ICI and chairman of L’Arche UK, Graham Jones, Air Vice-Marshal, RAF, and chartered engineer, Maurice Lowther, chairman of the Water Companies Association and founder and vice-president of Wateraid, Ian Park, chairman of the Press Association, Kevin Roberts, worldwide chief executive officer of Saatchi and Saatchi, and the late Don Waddell, former town clerk of Lancaster.