Kirton Middlecott School will be renamed Thomas Middlecott Academy as part of its planned conversion to academy status in the New Year.
The school consulted with students, parents and members of the community about possible names for the academy moving forward.
A spokesman for the school said ‘Thomas Middlecott’ was the ‘overwhelming favourite’ due to the significant contribution that the philanthropist made to the local area.
Head teacher Julia Polley explained: “Sir Thomas Middlecott founded the first Free Grammar School in Kirton in 1624, and there has been a school serving our local community ever since, so we felt it was only right to honour its heritage.
“Staff and students are excited about the future of the school and look forward to a fresh start as Thomas Middlecott Academy next year.”
Helen Stevenson, director of development at the David Ross Education Trust added: “We’re delighted that Thomas Middlecott Academy will be joining the David Ross Education Trust next year.
“Students will be able to benefit from a range of opportunities that our network of academies has to offer including new IT systems, unrivalled enrichment opportunities and increased academic expectations.
“Thomas Middlecott will also become part of a group of academies that work closely together to share best practice and build excellence.
“Charles Read Academy, based in Corby Glen, joined the trust in 2013 and has seen their exam results improve dramatically in the last twelve months.”
In 2013 Ofsted inspectors judged Middlecott to be inadequate and placed it in special measures.
The new logo and school uniform is set to be revealed in January 2015.