GCSE and A Level exam results success
Enrichment Weekends for boarders
International Newsletter |
Fixed Fees for 2018/19
Improved safety with our new airport procedures
Revamped uniform now available
Welcome to the second edition of Lincoln Minster School’s International Newsletter. I hope this message finds you well having enjoyed the summer holidays.
I would like to thank you for your warm feedback to our first newsletter. I am glad you have enjoyed the content. We will aim to produce one newsletter per term, so you are fully engaged in what is happening in the boarding houses.
Despite the long vacation, life has not stood still in the boarding houses as we prepare for our pupils to return this week and next.
Our A-level and GCSE results were outstanding, and we are very proud of the achievements of each and every one of our pupils. You will be able to read all about the success stories inside.
Also, in this edition, we will be sharing with you, our exciting Trips and Activities schedule for the year. We have put a lot of thought into this year’s programme, having taken feedback from the boys and girls last year. As you can see, there is plenty of variety and lots for the boarders to enjoy.
Exeat weekends were replaced in May with Enrichment weekends with our first such trip to Disneyland - a weekend to remember! The enrichment weekends will continue this academic year.
We are introducing BTECs to our post-16 curriculum provision from this term. It is very exciting to be launching courses in Business Studies, Food Science, Music and Travel & Tourism. They will complement what we already offer as A-levels in the Sixth Form and widen an already extensive choice of subjects for our pupils.
There have been a number of staff changes within boarding since the end of term and our new boarding team will be introduced to you in this newsletter. As well, there is a warm tribute to those boarding staff that have moved on from Lincoln Minster School.
J.M. Wallace - Headmaster
Welcome to our International Newsletter
A message from Headmaster Mark Wallace
Over the last few weeks of term and over the summer months we have been reviewing all aspects of our boarding provision from staffing to trips to airport transportation.
In terms of our staffing provision we were very keen to adopt a structure more in line with the needs of our boys and girls, and where the staff have the skill set to match those needs.
You will see from the profiles below that we now have expertise in English teaching, ESOL provision, Mandarin speaking, Exams provision as well as an international Basketball player within our boarding teams.
Carl Freckleton will take over as Head of Boarding. Carl has been involved in boarding at Lincoln Minster School since September 2015 and he has led The Mount Junior Boarding House since April 2016. Carl will continue as Head of The Mount in addition to his Head of Boarding role.
Carl has already been very busy in the houses this summer making plans for the smooth return to LMS of existing and new boarding pupils, alongside his wife Maxine who is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Forensics at the University of Lincoln. Carl has prepared a full induction programme for our new pupils.
Working with Carl will be:
Joan Nicola – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher. Joan has been at Lincoln Minster School since September 2017. She will be an Assistant Houseparent.
Marcelo Nicola – Exams Officer and Learning Support Assistant. Marcelo has been at LMS since April 2018.
Youling Koh – Studying a master’s degree in criminology at our partner university, University of Lincoln. Fluent in Mandarin. Youling will be a gap student.
Boarding HOUSE Staffing
We very much look forward to working with this new team and they are very excited to get started in the next week!
Antonio Ganfornina – Head of Eastgate Boarding House, Head of Modern Foreign Languages. Antonio has been at LMS for 9 years and Head of Eastgate for 2 years.
Michal Grzegorcyk – studying a Master’s degree at our partner university, the University of Lincoln. Michal is an international Polish basketball player who coached all our basketball teams last season. He will be the Assistant Houseparent.
Tasha - Michal’s partner is joining him from Poland and is looking forward to working with the boarding community
Linda Dykes – Head of Hillside Boarding House, Learning Support teacher. Linda has been at LMS for 14 years as Housemistress at Hillside and Eastgate House, and Head of Hillside for 2 years.
Rebekah Caig – Assistant Houseparent. Rebekah has been at LMS since September 2017 and worked in The Mount Junior Boarding House last year.
Jacqueline Wright – English teacher. Jacqueline has been at Lincoln Minster School since September 2016. She will be a boarding tutor.
A Fond Farewell
Of course, it goes without saying that we will also very much miss those former colleagues in boarding who have contributed so much to our boarding community over many years. We say goodbye and a huge thank you to:
"In total these colleagues have contributed 69 years to boarding and we cannot thank them enough for their time with us and for making all three boarding houses homes from home for so many of our pupils. We wish them all the very best for the future."
J. M. Wallace
Hugely successful year for A Level exams
Once again, Upper Sixth leavers had a hugely successful year with their A Level results.
Nearly a quarter of all grades were at A*/A with 62% of grades at A*-B. An outstanding 84% were graded A* to C. These excellent results reflect the hard work and commitment of a wonderful year group who threw themselves into all that Lincoln Minster School has to offer.
As ever, the most important thing to celebrate is not the overall headline figures, but the individual successes behind them and the journeys and outcomes that these grades enable. Our pupils will move on to a wide variety of different settings – some to highly competitive school leaver programmes at Marks and Spencer and Aldi, others going to Russell Group universities such as Leeds, Loughborough and Birmingham, and a whole range of diverse courses from Chemical Engineering to Photography to Architecture. 91% of the year group achieved their first choice destination. We are proud of them all.
Read the full stories on GCSE and A Level results on our blog.
Pupils sat a combination of the newly reformed GCSEs (graded 1-9) and iGCSEs.
8% of all grades were at grade 9, the highest possible and most challenging grade to achieve. Overall, 37% of grades across all the GCSEs sat were at A*-A or 9-7. An incredible 94% of all grades were at A*-C (or 9-4 in the new currency).
The success of a school cannot be measured in results alone, it is also about the pupils’ experiences, the breadth of opportunity and the friendships formed.
Yushi achieved nine 9 grades and three 7s, he said:
"I have enjoyed my time at Lincoln Minster, the school is very friendly. I want to study Natural Sciences at university. I would like to be a Bio-Chemist”
GCSE results testament to pupils' hard work
ESOL Teacher Gains Specialist Qualification
Lincoln Minster School teacher, Elly Murray BA(Hons) PGCE CELTA, has achieved the highly regarded Cambridge Qualification in English for Non-Native Speakers after an intensive course at York St. John University.
"The course has given me a greater insight into the pedagogy of teaching linguistics and the theoretical delivery of practical teaching to students whose first language is not English. The course was assessed through detailed lesson planning and implementation, plus written assignments, group work and self-evaluation.
This new skill set will enable my ESOL pupils at Lincoln Minster School to access the English language in a highly structured and personalised approach. Plus it will give them the opportunity and confidence to access the GCSE and A Level subjects we offer here and work towards improving their IELTS score that will help them gain a place at a British University, if they so wish."
"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.
We are pleased that in addition to our British boarders, we have a diverse range of boarding pupils from around the world. Lincoln Minster School currently has boarders from:
We are pleased to announce our fees remain unchanged for the third year in a row for boarding.
In line with our commitment to strive for the best value for money, each component of our budget across our schools has been reviewed to ensure that every piece of expenditure is absolutely necessary and delivers the best value and educational impact.
Our updated fees for 2018/19 can be found here
Since November last year, the school have completed a review of three elements of airport travel for the overseas boarding children. These have included the cost of travel, safety of the children, and the distances the children have to travel by road after they’ve arrived at a UK airport.
Cost of travel – the school will send out a timetable for the coming academic year, detailing the dates that the school would like the boarding children to travel to/from the UK for the school holidays. The school will provide a bus service on the dates shown on the timetable, and the cost of this bus service will be covered by the school. If a child chooses to travel on a date not shown on the timetable, then the cost of a taxi will be invoiced to parents. We very much hope that boarding children will utilise the free bus service on the dates in the timetable.
Safety of children – to meet the safeguarding requirements placed on the school, and to ensure the highest level of safety is provided to our boarding children, the school now has staff to meet the children arriving at a UK airport. Staff also escort the children going back to the airport at the start of a holiday period. These staff travel to/from the airports on the free bus service provided by the school, and which is another reason why we’d like children to travel on the days shown on the published timetable – as it is more cost effective and ensures safety.
Travel to/from UK airports - Following feedback from the boarding children, the journey from Heathrow Airport to Lincoln can be long and tiring – 164 miles. Depending on the traffic, it can take between three and four hours to get from Heathrow Airport to Lincoln, following a twelve hour flight to the UK. The school would like parents to consider using Manchester Airport instead of Heathrow, as Manchester is closer to the school and easier to get to by road. Another option would be Lincolnshire based airport, Humberside Airport, which is only forty minutes north of Lincoln. Humberside Airport operates four flights a day with KLM to Schipol Airport, which then connects to countries all over the world. A recent price comparison exercise of a flight from Hong Kong to Heathrow using British Airways, and a flight from Hong Kong to Humberside Airport using KLM, identified almost identical prices. We hope parents will consider using KLM, taking children to Humberside Airport which is only 32 miles from the
We are currently working on producing a new International Prospectus to share with families and agents at overseas events and on our website.
The prospectus will showcase the School's facilities, staff, ethos and aims, as well as giving an insight into the historic city we are located in.
Lincoln is a beautiful city: offering an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping, great arts and culture and a wealth of places to eat and drink.
The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside ready to be explored with walks and cycle routes, where you'll find quaint market towns, beautiful scenery, and aviation history.
Uniform made easy
August 2018 saw a move to new uniform supplier, Schoolblazer.
The move aims to make it simpler for parents to order school uniform, with an intuitive online shop and free returns policy.
Parents can register online to see our improved uniform list, benefit from Schoolblazer's Intelligent Sizing System and order uniform with name tapes applied free of charge.
The full list of uniform can be found here.
Year 6 pupils made a profit of £495.47 in national competition, the Fiver Challenge.
RAF Workshop on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for Year 9 pupils
National Challenge Success for Prep Pupils
Sixth Form competition success with
Lincolnshire recipe book
Pupils Shine at Final of National
App Design Competition
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.
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
Enrichment Weekend Launch
From September 2018, Exeat Weekends for boarders have been replaced by Enrichment Weekends - a full and varied programme of trips and activities catering to all boarders.
The first such event, a trip to Disneyland Paris, was open to the whole school community and encouraged boarding pupil integration, enabling further practice of the English Language.
"This list of activities is not exhaustive and will be developed as the year goes on, making the most of local events and boarder requests."
Mr C Freckelton,
Head of Boarding
Enrichment Programme 2018/19
Dry ski and sledging
New York trip
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.
"There is so much support in so many areas; subject teachers, mentoring, school nurse, ESOL. We also have lots of different clubs to choose from.
The Sixth Form community offers perfect opportunities from doing the Extended Project Qualification, to Young Enterprise, to applying to be a prefect.
The class sizes are small, so you build a really good relationship with your teacher."
Sixth Form Pupil 2017/18
Find out more.
Pizza night in The Mount
First Aid Training at the Lincolnshire Show
Water Obstacle Course at Tattershall Lakes
Fun in the Boarding Houses
Snowboarding on the dry slopes
Baking at the Mount
In partnership with:
"A unique, tailored golf performance programme for UK and international pupils delivered in partnership with PING, Lincoln Golf Centre and Woodhall Spa Golf Club, the home of England Golf. Providing an outstanding education and developing children and young people's golf in Lincolnshire with high quality coaching, industry experts and world class facilities."
Find out more about the Golf Performance Programme here.
The academic year will see the start of a unique and inspirational programme for our pupils to participate in, with high-profile coaches and performers visiting Lincoln Minster School.
We have sessions planned for pupils to take part in the programme every half term with the aim to see what it takes to become an elite performer, analyse training methods and to look at the psychological traits needed to being an elite athlete.
Read more here.
Golf Performance Programme
Sports Ambassadors Programme
Well done to Sixth Form pupil Sophie who made the Yorkshire Diamonds County Cricket team this Summer to play in the 2018 Kia Super League.
Studying for a BA and MEng in Engineering at the University of Cambridge and President of Christ's College Amateur Dramatics society.
Studying Architectual Engineering Design at Sheffield University.
"As a member of the National Youth Theatre, I have recently finished the 60th Cambridge University European Theatre Tour with a production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' . My plan is to complete my MEng and go into training as a Patent Lawyer on graduation.
I wouldn't be where I am today without my time spent at LMS; the support from teachers and staff with interview practice and extra support really gave me the help I needed to successfully obtain a place at Cambridge. While boarding I was also able to develop my independence and be confident about stepping out into the world.
My favourite memory of my time at the school has to be taking part in the Senior productions every Christmas. "
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Oliver Jones (Class of 2015)
“I am an alumnus of Lincoln Minster School after having studied at the school until 2017.
“My time at LMS helped me get to where I am today via all the helpful and friendly staff, who created a working environment geared towards fun and success.
“My advice to current pupils would be to work hard (of course!), it really does pay off in the end. But, also to remember you’re only young once so make the most of your time in and out of school.
“In the future I would like to graduate my masters and go on to become a chartered engineer, and eventually go into the industry.”
Matthew Hurst (Class of 2017)
Flood Risk Officer for the Environmental Agency
Past pupil follows passion to success
Daisy Stones (Class of 2014)
"I studied at Lincoln Minster School from 2007 to 2014 and then went on to study Geography at BSc at Durham University, as a member of St Cuthbert's Society College.
LMS shaped me to be the person that I am and also gave me the foundations to build a successful career in flood risk. I was encouraged to pursue my hobbies outside of academia; in my case, music. During my time at University I was an active member of the Music department and this allowed me to travel to Budapest, Hungary and to Ljubljana, Slovenia on orchestra tours. The music department at LMS gave me the opportunities to perform in some incredible venues; Lincoln Cathedral, Westminster Abbey as well as venues in Paris and Germany to name a few!
During the summer of 2017 I undertook a placement with Lincolnshire County Council under WSP as a Drainage Technician. Not only did this give me experience of working within a professional environment but also allowed me to build on my skills and knowledge from University.
Following graduation I accepted a job as a Flood Risk Officer within the Environmental Agency in Lincoln. I was able to draw upon my skills I acquired during school fieldwork trips to Iceland and Switzerland during my interview"
"What makes an excellent education? I think it is an education that focuses on values such as respect, commitment, integrity, care; the list is endless. But, it is the way in which those personal qualities are developed by the school and through the opportunities on offer that makes an excellent education and indeed a school. "
Fiona Thomas - Head of Preparatory School
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of pupils say that our school gives them the opportunity to learn and make good progress
of parents say that our teaching enables their child to make good progress
of A Level leavers go to their
first choice university
94% Grade 9-4 (A-A*)
37% Grade 9-7 (A*-A)
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Thank you Lincoln Minster for all the nurturing that our child has received alongside her education."
- Parent, 2018