New A Levels and vocational supplements
International Newsletter |
Senior Tennis Team National Success
Talented international pupils perform at Spring Concert
New Golf Performance Programme
Exeats replaced by Enrichment Weekends for boarders
I hope you enjoy the first edition of our International Messenger which will become a regular communication as we continue to work together.
This has been an incredibly busy year at Lincoln Minster School and I wanted to share with you a number of the initiatives we have introduced or are introducing from September.
Last weekend saw us replace ‘Exeats’ with ‘Enrichment weekends’ and we were extremely excited to take our students to EuroDisney. As you can imagine they (and the staff) are really enjoyed the experience. As a further mechanism of supporting integration with the day community, our international students invited a friend with them on the trip which was great to see.
From September our already impressive co-curricular offer will be further enhanced with the introduction of our Golf Performance Programme. This has been established in association with Woodhall Spa Golf Club (the home of England Golf and where we will play), Lincolnshire Golf Centre and Ping, the largest golf manufacturer in the world, who are partners with us in this new venture. Our students will benefit from the expert coaching of England Golf’s professional coaches.
Also from September we will be introducing vocational courses in Business, Music, Food Technology and Travel & Tourism to supplement our A-level offer. We feel this is an important step in our curriculum offer as some students can be more practically orientated which these courses are very much aligned with. As well, Textiles is being introduced to our A-level subject offer.
Our partnership with the University of Lincoln continues to grow and expand. As well as our Memorandum of Understanding with the University, in place for the student pathway from LMS to UoL. Our pupils' Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is fully supported by the University, with all Sixth Form LMS students automatically becoming members of the University. This allows them access to the wonderful facilities on offer such as the Library and Sports Centre. From September, all our students taking the EPQ will have a postgraduate mentor provided by the university in the area of research our students are conducting their project. Additionally, our Sixth Form students have an open invitation to attend undergraduate first year lectures to get a ‘feel’ for what courses, they may be interested in, are like.
The University and LMS are looking at further projects next year such as mini-MBAs, Leadership courses for LMS students delivered at the University and further sporting links. This year we have already developed our basketball links, where the university's top player from Poland is coaching the LMS basketball teams.
As you can see there is a lot to be excited about. We certainly are! Everything we are doing here is very much with our international students in mind.
If you are ever in the UK and would like to visit us to see first-hand what we are doing, then we would very much enjoy seeing you in Lincoln. It is a beautiful city steeped in history, yet with a modern feel.
With best wishes
Welcome to our International Newsletter
A message from Headmaster Mark Wallace
Partnership with local university provides unique study opportunities
Lincoln Minster School and the University of Lincoln have teamed up to offer a unique study experience in one of the UK's most dynamic and historic cities.
Pupils choosing to study for their A Levels at Lincoln Minster School, followed by an undergraduate degree at the University of Lincoln, can enjoy an exclusive scholarship to support their studies.
This scholarship offers pupils the chance to benefit from an outstanding five year education programme with access to Gold Standard teaching, excellent links to industry and tailored careers advice.
Sixth Form Students at Lincoln Minster School benefit from studying an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
In this video, Headmaster Mark Wallace and the University of Lincoln's Professor Ian Barnes talk about what the qualification is and why it is valuable to those going on to university after their A Levels. Find out more about what the EPQ offers and see what some of our current students have chosen as their subject matter.
Prep School ranked in UK Top 50
Lincoln Minster Preparatory School has been listed in the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100 Preparatory Schools for the second year running, soaring up the league table to 44th place.
Schools are ranked by aggregated average scaled scores achieved by children in reading, spelling, grammar and maths in their SATs tests taken at the end of the primary phase in Year 6.
In 2016 the school, which is not academically selective, ranked in the Top 100 for the first time in 90th position. Just one year later it has soared to 44th position as a result of pupils’ attainment in the summer term.
Find out more
EPQ - Extended Project Qualification
"English is an additional language (EAL) for 41 of our pupils, whose needs are supported in separate EAL lessons, some on a one to one basis. The school has identified 145 pupils as the most able or talented for whom the curriculum is modified and extension activities provided. "
We provide our international students with ESOL lessons (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Our ESOL Department includes highly-qualified teachers who liaise closely with curriculum teachers to ensure that all students’ needs are met.
Lincoln Minster is a school of friendship, warmth and care. We value and support each member of our community as a unique individual, with unique needs, strengths and potential. All pupils are in a Tutor Group, a Year Group and a House. The Tutor and Head of Year are responsible for academic and pastoral matters. We attach great importance to Pastoral Care.
We aim to enable each pupil to fulfil his or her own potential both academically and socially.
New A-Level Subjects
We are delighted to announce some exciting new additions to our Post-16 offer.
Further to the details in the 6th Form Curriculum Guide, we are pleased to share with you details of five additional Post-16 subjects on offer from September 2018:
A-Level Textile Design
Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Food
BTEC Travel and Tourism
As you can see, the Lincoln Minster School Post-16 offer is now a blend of academic A Levels and vocational BTEC studies.
This is an exciting new venture for LMS as we offer an alternative pathway to learning with these vocational subjects for 2018. Students will be in a position to benefit from a more 'hands on' way of learning as academic study is combined with project work and links to industry.
The Mathematics Department have had another very successful set of results after Year 11 pupils were entered into the iGCSE in January, 25% of our students achieved an A* and 48% achieved an A or A* in early sitting.
These excellent results are especially pleasing when you look at our international cohort as they achieved 55% at A*, 73% at A*/A and 100% A to C.
Celebrating outstanding GCSE Maths results
Prep pupil achieves Gold in Primary Maths Challenge
Year 11 International student Sandy achieved 97% in both maths exams after attending daily catch up sessions!
She says: "I find maths teachers here really helpful. I attended lots of extra after school sessions with Mr Cochrane to prepare for my A Level study".
In the Spotlight
Year 5 pupil Andy is one of just 6% of children in the country to be awarded a Gold medal after taking part in the bonus round of the Primary Maths Challenge.
Earlier this year Andy achieved the highest possible Accolade and scored a very impressive 24 out of 25 marks.
In total, 1857 medals have been awarded across the country with only 167 of them being gold. We are all immensely proud of Andy and his achievement, he will be joining our Senior School pupils for the next round of the Junior Challenge to give him further experience of Maths Challenges.
More International successes:
Yushi achieved 96.5 % average
Sebastian achieved an A*
Angel achieved 94% average after attending daily revision classes after arriving in the summer!
International Success Stories
Young Enterprise helps young people learn about business and the workplace in the classroom under the guidance of volunteer mentors from the world of business.
A group of our Sixth Form students this year have produced a hard-backed recipe book, 'A Little Taste of Lincolnshire', which illustrates Lincolnshire’s eateries' favourite dishes from their menus.
The team were acknowledged for all their hard work in receiving the Best Trade Stand award, the Best Company Report award and the Runners up award.
Participation in Young Enterprise undoubtedly adds to a CV, encouraging young people to hone the employability skills they need – such as teamwork, practical thinking, punctuality and business-like behaviour – to succeed in the world of work.
of pupils say that our school gives them the opportunity to learn and make good progress
of A Level leavers go to Russell Group universities
of parents say that our teaching enables their child to make good progress
co-curricular clubs and
activities on offer
Lincoln Minster School offers a bespoke direct pathway to Higher Education for our international pupils.
Those who study their A Levels at Lincoln Minster School can benefit from a direct route to further study at the university of Lincoln.
Our 2 + 3 Programme is innovative within the education sector and is the future for International education and relationships. We are proud to represent an exclusive pathway to an education for life.
Lincoln Minster School and University of Lincoln
Promising young golfers to receive specialist coaching with our new programme in partnership with Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincoln Golf Centre and PING - launching September 2018.
The programme will offer young people the chance to access world-class golf facilities, specialist individual coaching and competitive opportunities whilst benefitting from a high quality education at Lincoln Minster School.
Children on the programme will benefit from the expertise of England Golf’s Neil Harvey who has 25 years of golfing experience and is a PGA Advanced Member, as well as specialist coaching from Lincoln Golf Centre’s Paul Logan who is ranked 5th in Europe and is a member of the highly regarded Belfry Golf Club Professional Golfers Association. The programme also benefits from the support of PING who will provide pupils with apparel from their headquarters in Gainsborough.
Lincoln Minster School was rated ‘Excellent’ for pupils’ personal development in a recent ISI inspection and aims to provide an inspiring all-rounded education alongside the specialist programme.
The programme launches in September 2018 and is currently accepting enquiries. Find out more.
Launch of new Golf Performance Programme
“We are delighted to announce the launch of our Golf Performance Programme which aims to give young and potentially elite players the opportunity to develop their golf on world class facilities whilst also benefitting from our inspiring education for life.”
Ladies World Number 3 squash player, Fran Wallis, is a coach at Lincoln Minster School.
Fran has played for England for 17 years and has never lost a game playing for the country, she has also been Veteran Sports Person of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards. As a result, a lot of LMS students are thriving at the sport.
Year 5 student Charlotte enjoyed success at a recent Copper England Squash Competition in the Boston Squash Open Championships.
The 10-year-old pupil is currently ranked 22nd nationally and was also invited to attend a Squash England Aspire Programme for U13’s at The Park, Nottingham, where players train above County Level with England Squash Coach Neil Guirey.
Lincoln Minster School has recently introduced two overseas cricketers to coach throughout the term.
Leg spinner, Ben Rolfs from Australia and Dan Price, from New Zealand have been playing cricket for nearby Lindum Cricket Club for the summer.
Professional Cricketers to
deliver sessions to pupils
World Class Sport Coaches at LMS
Students enjoyed an extremely successful weekend at the British Tennis Finals.
Both teams have been competing since September against 180 other schools, starting in each category to get to this stage in the competition. After successfully winning all of their matches, both the girls and boys teams made the last 8 in the country! A fantastic achievement in itself, with only three other tennis academy schools with two teams in the finals.
Lincoln Minster School 2018 Senior Mixed British Schools Runners up!
Co-curricular Clubs and Activities
We are proud to have over 150 clubs and activities at the school.
From horse polo to sailing, music to debating to art and mini-mudder.
Senior Tennis Team in the British Finals
Taking place every Tuesday for Senior School pupils, our Polo Club is open to any pupil that can ride.
New Argentinean Coach, professional player, Santiago Oubina.
Exclusively the only school in Lincolnshire to offer polo
Year 8 pupil Lucy and pony, Pancake, had great success at the Arena indoor Cross Country at Arena UK. They got 1st place in the big 1m-1.05m class! Pancake was the only pony in the class against competitors on horses! Lucy was very proud of her little pony getting the fastest time! Lucy also took part in the Youth Development League in Sheffield, for Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club. Lucy now has to compete in the U15 group, although she's still only 12. She got a brilliant result finishing in 2nd place in the 800m.
In the spotlight: Lucy
Wassail! Wins Best Classical Music Education Initiative at 2018 Teachers Music Awards
Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy won the Classic FM Best Classical Music Education Initiative at this year’s Music Teachers Awards.
The piece, which was commissioned by United Learning and premiered in two concerts in December, bringing together over 1000 staff and students from across the group's schools including Lincoln Minster School, was written by celebrated composer Alexander L’Estrange.
The award, which was presented to Catherine Barker, United Learning’s Head of Music and Performing Arts, was voted for by the general public via Classic FM.
Talented international pupils perform in Spring Concert
A truly special evening in Lincoln cathedral as pupils performed for a delighted audience at the Spring Concert.
The performances included a wide range of musical entertainment, paying homage to some of the more classical musical pieces, some popular upbeat songs and highlights from musicals. There were a variety of solo pieces such as Russian student Amaliya's memorable West Side story performance of 'Somewhere'.
International Arts Competition Japan 2018
Three talented Lincoln Minster School pupils have entered their artwork into a competition to represent the UK in the International High School Arts Festival at the National Art Centre in Tokyo. The winning artist will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Japan to see the exhibition.
Student artwork appears on two wings in the Cathedral Quarter as part of exciting new trail.
The Lincoln Business Improvement Group and Visit Lincoln ‘100 Voices’ trail has arrived in Lincoln, aimed at providing an opportunity for people to explore the area, the history of the RAF and have fun in the process! There are eight exciting trails as part of ‘100 Voices’ which form part of this year’s RAF100 celebrations recognising 100 years of the Royal Air Force. Routes feature the ‘100 Voices’ displayed on ‘wings’, which will be comprised of information compiled through research carried out for the special project.
The 100 Voice Trails have also presented a fantastic opportunity for Lincoln Minster School – as Wing Sponsors, to involve A Level students by featuring eye catching art work on wings in the Bailgate. These beautifully decorated information panels, are to connect the stories of people who have experienced life in the RAF from its’ foundation in 1918 - leading to Lincolnshire being recognised as Bomber County. The trails include a variety of routes, ideal for both hikers and cyclists. The ‘100 Voices’ Trails is an exciting new development ready for families and individuals to enjoy from May 5th, throughout the summer until September 2018.
A Level students make an impact on the ‘100 Voices’ Wings Trail
Class of 2011 - Actress in a number of major television series and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate.
In the Spotlight
Past Pupil: Eliza Butterworth
Find out more in our Alumni section below
Specialist teaching in a vibrant atmosphere; we believe that every child, whatever their ability or natural aptitude, should be able to enjoy drama and performance.
Our teachers encourage a sense of professionalism and production values, in an environment where everyone is encouraged to get involved.
Exeat Weekends become Enrichment Opportunities
Boarding at Lincoln Minster School consists of three spectacular boarding houses in the heart of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter.
All of our boarding houses are just a short walk to school and are overseen by highly-experienced and approachable boarding staff.
We offer termly, weekly and flexi-boarding options.
A safe and welcoming home from home.
From September onwards, we will be rebranding our Exeat weekends as Enrichments weekends. These will consist of specially organised activities for our boarding community.
Our first Enrichment Weekend took place on the 4th of May with a trip to Disneyland Paris - it was also open to our wider school community, thus encouraging integration and further practice of the English Language.
Year 7 pupil, Andrei came to Lincoln Minster School for a term, the Russian international student settled into the Mount Boarding house perfectly. He immediately began immersing himself in with other students and in a very short space of time, his English drastically improved. Andrei also incorporated conversing bilingually here amongst both English and other Russian students.
We currently have a limited number of boarding places available for September
Find out more
Boarding House Developments
As an independent school which is constantly growing and developing, we are currently planning a development of our boarding provision to include a new purpose built extension.
The above images are the beginnings of our future vision of boarding at the school.
Boarding Ski Trip
Pizza night at the Mount Boarding House
Easter egg hunt at the Mount Boarding House
Fun in the boarding houses
ISI REPORT 2017
"Principles and values are actively promoted which facilitate the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant, law-abiding citizens. Boarders’ views are actively encouraged and their opinions and concerns are appropriately considered by staff. Any prefect system operating in the school is suitably managed. "
Doctoral Candidate in Nuclear and Particle Physics at Brunel University London.
Actress in a number of major television series and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate.
Following completion of his A Levels, he obtained a Second Class (Upper Division) MSc degree in Physics, and the Associateship of the Royal College of Science from Imperial College London. Whilst reading physics as an undergraduate, Alexander became involved with High Energy Physics (HEP) group’s work on the “Phase II Tracking Detector” upgrade for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the future High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Having been awarded a Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) doctoral scholarship with the HEP group at Brunel University London, he has continued work on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory led “Tracking Detector” upgrade proposal, in addition to working on physics searches involving singly produced “top quarks”.
Meet the alumni: Alexander Morton
Meet the alumni: Eliza Butterworth
“I am extremely proud to say that I attended Lincoln Minster School from the tender age of 4 all the way to 18! The school gave me some of the most exciting, challenging, and shaping years of my life that I will always treasure.
I have been working as an actor in various major television productions for the BBC, ITV and Netflix. I have recently been playing the recurring role of Aelswith; King Alfred the Great’s wife in BBC/Netflix production of ‘The Last Kingdom’.
“My other television appearances include Lucy Hamilton in the BBC’s ‘WPC 56’ and Holly in ITV’s ‘DCI Banks’. I have also performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, appeared in the upcoming video game;’ Star Citizen’, recorded BBC Radio plays and filmed a short film called ‘A Very Ham-Fisted Steak Out’"
Past pupil racing success in Indy500
Past pupil and racing driver, Jack Harvey, recorded his best Indy Car finish to date at the Grand Prix of Long Beach recently.
Making his fifth Indy Car series start, the talented driver took the checkered flag in twelfth position after 85 laps of close racing. Harvey ended the session around the 11-turn, 1.9-mile temporary street circuit, setting the seventeenth quickest time with a lap time of 1:08.8207 seconds! Qualifying for Sunday’s race had been frustrating for Harvey and the team. He commented; “Qualifying didn’t go as great as we had hoped, the times just didn’t come together in that session when we needed it.” Despite the curve balls that occurred during the race, Harvey continued to fight on and after 85 laps of racing, he crossed the finish line in P12. “We moved forward and that was the goal,” said Harvey. “We had a good race and we showed what we can do and that we deserve to be here.” Next up for Harvey is the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27th.
Anna, Kitty and Isobel had fun meeting HRH Prince of Wales at the Louth livestock market recently.
The girls' smiles paint a picture worth a thousand words!
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