Today the governing body still exists and is still chaired by a member of the Sandys family. The governors operate the school as a museum and as a venue for hire. They also manage the remaining estate of the school to raise funds for the young people of Hawkshead to assist with their further education or with their entry into a business, profession or trade.

The Museum

The museum operates a guided tour which brings the School to life. You can feel the atmosphere and almost believe you are in a working schoolroom of 200 years ago. Admission is £2.50 with discounts for groups of over 12 people.

  • Discover how a grammar school worked in the 1600’s
  • See the original desks in the school room
  • See the Charter signed by Queen Elizabeth I and the silver seal
  • Find out why the boys drank beer and smoked at school
  • Understand why the masters allowed them to carve their names on the desks
  • See William Wordsworth’s own carvings amongst those of other pupils
  • Learn about Wordsworth’s time at the school


Looking for somewhere to hold a special meeting or event? Let the unique atmosphere of the Old Grammar School provide the answer. To hire the School room, please contact the curator, Terry McGarr, on 015394-36674 or


Application for grants can be made by any young person resident in the Ancient Parish of Hawkshead (which includes Satterthwaite but not Colton - see map) in writing to:

Joanne Heather
Hawkshead Grammar School Foundation
Scutcheon House Farm
Far Sawrey
LA22 0LQ.


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