History and heritage

Over 450 years of history

The academy has been at the very heart of education within Mansfield since 1561, when a Royal Charter was granted by Queen Elizabeth I for the provision of a Free Grammar School in the town.

The earliest benefactor was Lady Cecelia Flogan, whose extensive lands became the bequest that established the academy’s Foundation. To this Foundation were added bequests from other local benefactors in succeeding years.

The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation provided for a developing and successful school for boys until the late 19th Century when it extended its benefactions to provide for the education of girls. The Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Girls became established in 1885, and it was not until 1993 that the academy took on its current identity as a coeducational comprehensive school.

Queen Elizabeth's became a Voluntary Aided Church of England School over a decade ago and this partnership has continued since the conversion to academy status in 2012. The academy is currently sponsored by Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (DALP) with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham as an affiliated partner.

Queen Elizabeth’s Academy has a rich heritage and tradition, and is looking forward to a bright future. The aim of the academy and Diverse Academies is to inspire future generations of students to transform their lives so that they achieve every success they can in their journey of lifelong learning.