Our school: Lütjenburg Gymnasium

Lütjenburg Gymnasium was founded in April 1965, and under its first head teacher Hans-Werner Ecker the first cohort of school leavers left in 1972. In the same year it merged with the other secondary school in Lütjenburg as part of the pilot project “Co-operative Comprehensive”, which lasted until 1982.

Since 1982 Lütjenburg Gymnasium has been independent. During the 1980s the school developed its own profile under its second head teacher Wolfgang Will (1977-1998).  Under its third head teacher Dr Karsten Wendt (1999-2010), the rejuvenation of the teaching staff was front and centre. One of the oldest groups of teaching staff in the state (the average in 1995 was 54 years old) became one of the youngest, with an average age of under 42 in 2010. Under Dr Wendt’s successor, Wolfgard Bock (2010-2017), the new assembly hall was created, the Gymnasium reverted to a nine-year educational programme and acted to improve public outreach (open days, school flyers, a new homepage). In addition, in these years Lütjenburg Gymnasium became a “School of the Future” and “School of Culture”, as well as being awarded the Schleswig-Holstein Career Choice Seal (Berufswahlsiegel Schleswig-Holstein) in 2016.

In 2015 Lütjenburg Gymnasium celebrated its 50th anniversary with a festival week, during which all pupils and staff went on a school trip to Gottorf. There was a school party, an open day and a ceremony in the assembly hall. A commemorative work, “Lütjenburg Gymnasium at 50” (50 Jahre Gymnasium Lütjenburg), was published.


Since the end of the 1980s the number of pupils has steadily grown, and from 2002 to 2016 over 600 pupils were being guided on their way to their leaving exams. After saying goodbye to the double leavers’ group (of 107 pupils) in summer 2016, the number of pupils will now be under 600 for a transitional phase of two years. At the beginning of the second half of the academic year in February 2017, the long-term deputy head teacher Frank Seidel assumed the office of head teacher.


 The Gymnasium and the comprehensive school make up the Hoffman von Fallersleben School Centre of Lütjenburg. Due to the short distance between one another, the relationship between the two schools in the Centre is a permeable one – this means that changing schools in either direction is easy.

Life at our school is traditionally characterised by the extraordinarily good cooperation between all involved (parents, teachers and pupils), which can be seen both during every school day as well as the collective work on school development, conferences and projects.


Translation: James Shelley (2019)