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History of Lucton School, Lucton School

History of Lucton School

The original Lucton School was founded in 1708 by John Pierrepont, a successful London Vintner, whose origins were in rural North Herefordshire.  Pierrepont wished to undertake charitable works on his retirement from business and determined to establish a school for the education of boys aged 7 – 13 from the local villages, for whom there was previously no school available.  The School was built  on land purchased from Pierrepont’s friend, Sir Herbert Croft of nearby Croft Castle and endowed through the purchase of tithe rights on local land.  Pierrepont himself set out detailed rules for the foundation and running of the School.  It was to provide a Christian education, featuring Greek and Latin as well as reading, writing and arithmetic to some 80 day boys.  

The regime in those early days was severe, summer lessons starting at 6am and finishing at 5pm.  In winter, the hours were from 8am to 4pm. Teaching took place in the Schoolroom, which is now known as the Queen Anne Dining Room.  Education was free to 50 children from poorer families, whilst (up to 30) children of tenant farmers could expect to pay an annual fee of ten shillings (50p).  The Master’s salary was £50 per year with the use of the house and grounds.  Sadly, John Pierrepont did not live to see his school flourish – he died in 1711, a tragically short time after its opening.

The School was extended in the Victorian period and sadly, in 1985 the school closed following the withdrawal of the assisted places scheme and problems with a major building project. A new charitable trust opened a new school in 1989 with just 4 pupils and was reported in the Times newspaper as being the smallest independent school in the country. 

Since 1989, the school has grown to its present number – 350 students, both boys and girls. There is provision for the full age range (six months to 18 years) from the Nursery to the Sixth Form.  There are some 90 boarders and pupils come from all over the world.  

© 2012 Lucton School. Lucton Pierrepont School Educational Trust is a Registered Charity No. 518076
Company No. 2059659. Registered Office: Lucton School, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PN

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