Our history

On 1st March 1561 Queen Elizabeth I put her seal to a Charter which established the “free grammar school of Queen Elizabeth, for the education, training and instruction of boys and youths in grammar". There is written evidence of a public school in Kingston at least two hundred years earlier, and some historians have suggested that the Charter was in effect putting the royal stamp on a school that had been operating off and on since the Middle Ages.

To read more, please visit our online archive.

the history of our School Houses PDF

Lovekyn Chapel PDF

The Lovekyn Chapel is still used by the School today, and is available to hire for weddings and concerts. Visit venue hire to find out more.


To read more about our Kingstonians visit alumni.

(Clockwise from top left: our boat house on the Thames (date unknown); an Elizabethan Pageant taking place in 1929; James Cracknell rowing for KGS circa 1990; School Assembly 1930.)