Margaret Thatcher’s Grantham school to be a listed building

KGGS students picking up their A-Level results last week. Pictured are: Rosie Booth, Emily Steer, Chloe Barclay, Rachel Meredith, Grace Richardson and Charlotte Eggleston. Photo: 0133A
KGGS students picking up their A-Level results last week. Pictured are: Rosie Booth, Emily Steer, Chloe Barclay, Rachel Meredith, Grace Richardson and Charlotte Eggleston. Photo: 0133A

Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School has been listed a grade II building by Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey, it was announced today.

The decision to list Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, follows advice by English Heritage highlighting the school’s architectural and historic interest and the fact it remains relatively unchanged since Margaret Thatcher attended.

Built in 1910 to the design of H.H. Dunn, Margaret Thatcher received her secondary education there between 1936 and 1943.

Ed Vaizey said: “This is an outstanding example of an Edwardian grammar school with an eclectic architectural character and built by the architect H.H. Dunn who specialised in education buildings. But as well as its architectural interest the school has huge historical interest, and the education Margaret Thatcher received there was a formative experience which went on to affect her life and political convictions.”

Emily Gee, Head of Designation at English Heritage, said: “This handsome Edwardian grammar school possesses real historic interest for its association with Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Margaret Thatcher’s connection to her home town was a poignant one, and her views on education were no doubt shaped by her experiences in this building, where her maiden name is recorded on the head girl board.”

The news comes as pupils pick up their GCSE results today at the school.

LOOK OUT FOR FULL GCSE COVERAGE IN TOMORROW’S JOURNAL AND A FIRST LOOK AT PLANS FOR A MARGARET THATCHER STATUE IN GRANTHAM.