The Friary School

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The Friary School (formerly Friary Grange) is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. The school became an arts and sports college in 2006 and despite this status being withdrawn by the DofE in 2010 the subjects remain high-profile in the school and local community. The school shares its sporting facilities, including astro-turf pitches, a sports hall, a multi-gym, and a swimming pool, with Lichfield Council for community use. Interestingly, the rife bullying comment is continually being removed from this page. Probably damage limitation. As a further update, the bullying is very slowly being addressed, especially slowly - to the detriment of the mental health of the children involved.


With the introduction of Comprehensive secondary education in the period 1970-73 a new school opened on Eastern Avenue as Friary Grange initially taking older pupils. The former girls' grammar school at St.John Street was renamed The Friary and catered for younger pupils. The school was finally united at Eastern Avenue as The Friary in 1987. The St. John Street site became Lichfield college with the city library and records office moving to the site in 1989. Previously a community school administered by Staffordshire County Council, in September 2019 The Friary School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by the Greywood Multi-Schools Trust.

Notable former pupils

Sian Brooke, actress Siobhan Dillon, actress and singer John Eccleston, puppeteer, writer, television presenter and programme creator David Charles Manners, best-selling author, theatre designer and charity co-founder Daniel Sturridge, England and Liverpool FC footballer Brad Foster (boxer), British Title-Winning Boxer
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