First established as a grammar school for boys in 1877, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College is now a sixth form college located in Leicester, England. As a sixth form college it is now headed by Sandra Hamilton Fox who was appointed the seventh principal in August 2012.There are approximately 2,000 full-time 16–18-year-old students and 140 teaching staff. More than 40 subjects are offered at A Level. Mathematics and Sciences account for more than a third of enrolments.The college was awarded Learning and Skills Beacon Status in April 2003.Early historyFoundationAfter William Wyggeston's death in 1536, his brother Thomas Wyggeston, as a trustee, used part of the money to establish a grammar school in Leicester.Grammar schoolsWhilst this school, known as the Elizabethan Grammar School eventually became defunct in the 19th century, it was re-founded on the site of the old Wyggeston Hospital as the Wyggeston Hospital School which took its first pupils on 30 April 1877. This gave its name to the later Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys which, after the reorganisation of local government led to the system of education in the City of Leicester becoming comprehensive, became Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.Wyggeston Grammar School for Girls, also known as Wyggeston Girls' Grammar School, was founded not long after the boys' school. In 1976 the site became Wyggeston Collegiate Sixth Form College, known as Regent College since 1996.Sixth form collegeThe college, which has over 2200 students, was founded in 1978 following a re-organisation of secondary education in the city. Many parts of rural Leicestershire went comprehensive in 1968.
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