About Lakers

New head 2016Lakers School is a very special place, a family, where everyone’s individual skills, strengths and talents are recognised and rewarded. Our high academic aspirations are balanced with giving every pupil in our care the very best chance to succeed. Our school mission statement reflects this: ‘success for all through challenge and support’ underpinned by our cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, equity, equality, democracy and solidarity.

Working together with parents, our dedicated and enthusiastic staff will help your child reach their potential. When the learner is committed, they will achieve. This Summer our results improved by 12% on the 2015 figures, with 46% of our pupils achieving 5 A* – C’s including English and Maths.

A diverse range of extra-curricular activities, from theatre visits and art clubs to a full and exciting sports programme, complement our personalised curriculum so that every child’s interests are catered for and their skills can shine. Our aim is that every student leaves us happy, confident, proud of their success and fully equipped to face a modern and demanding world.

Everyone at Lakers feels very proud of our school. The best way to find out why is to see us in action. Please feel free to ring to arrange a visit at any time.

Mr John Reilly, Interim Headteacher, Lakers School


About the School

The school opened in 1910 as a small secondary school serving the local area. Its buildings only covered an area the size of the present administration block with 4 classrooms catering for pupils staying on until the age of 14.

The school grew steadily as other small secondary schools closed, with students arriving from Joys Green and Lydbrook and to accommodate the extra students the school was largely composed of wooden sheds in the area where the quadrangle is presently. One of the biggest changes was in 1965 when, after a major building programme, Coleford Secondary Modern School closed and joined this site. Around this period the Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School was also built on a plot of land adjoining us and Bells (Coleford) and East Dean (Cinderford) Grammar Schools were closed.

Berry Hill grew to become one of the largest Secondary Modern schools in Gloucestershire, when in 1985 local reorganization took place and Lakers Comprehensive School was formed.

The changes to the site have been massive and continue to this day to such an extent, where almost all buildings have been refurbished or extended to a point at which old students of the school easily get lost.

For a site actively involved in promoting and providing education to the local community, it is intriguing to imagine what the next 100 years will bring.