Welcome to LMS
"Lincoln Minster School is like a lovely little family. The welfare and well being of their pupils is very important to them. The quality teachers and staff in general are of a very high standard. Both my children love School and are very happy therefore it’s a ten from me", Parent 2020
I have been very warmly welcomed into the school and am very much looking forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks and months, whether virtually or in real life, as soon as this is possible. I am particularly thrilled to have been asked to take up the Headship at Lincoln Minster School. Having spent much of my teaching life in and around Canterbury, working in partnership with the Cathedral there, as well as with various other sections of the community, moving to Lincoln feels like a natural fit. I have been a Director of Music in Grammar Schools for much of my career but have kept up sporting interests too: largely rowing, tennis and running. I have also been a boarding Housemistress and Deputy Head Pastoral, before becoming a Head. I am married to Paul, a professional singer, and have two sons, one teaching Modern Languages in a Sussex boarding school and the other, a Drama graduate, currently awaiting Officer Selection with the Army.
It is obviously early days for me at LMS, but I am very much looking forward to the year ahead. At a time in which it would be very easy to become rather inward-looking, we need to have inspiring things to look towards: I especially look forward to continuing to develop the excellent partnership projects begun by Mark Wallace. I shall also be seeking new opportunities for the school and ensuring that LMS continues to grow it's extraordinarily rich co-curricular offer alongside achieving such impressive academic results. What really inspires me as a Head, is helping all students to discover and pursue their ‘spark’ in life, and to ensure that we provide as many opportunities as possible for your child to be able to do this. An interesting thing for me is that the teacher who provided my real ‘spark’ experience at school – my Head of Music – has lived in Lincoln for many years, and I have always kept in touch with her. It feels particularly right to be coming to Lincoln, as a result!
In the meantime, the whole team here has done an amazing job in readying the school for a safe return. The quarantined boarders are now back in circulation, nearly all pupils have returned and the serious business of getting on with learning begins anew. The exact shape and content of public examinations next year is not finalised by Ofqual, but we feel confident that we are all rather more resilient now and are ready to adapt to the situation as it develops. We will, of course, update you with further details as they emerge.
We are very aware that 2020 brought with it a new range of challenges and pressures for our students, and we will be very alert for signs of anxiety and stress, as always. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if anything is concerning you, Covid-related or not. We are here to help.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students and their families a very happy and successful year with Lincoln Minster School.
Lincoln Minster School Headmistress
Head of Preparatory School
We always aim to put our pupils first, seeking to ensure that their talents and abilities are nurtured and encouraged to flourish in an environment of support and appreciation.
LINCOLN MINSTER SCHOOL
Choosing a school is one of the most important and significant things we do for our children. At Lincoln Minster School we understand how crucial this is, whether your child joins right at the start of their journey in Nursery or further on in our Pre- Prep or Preparatory departments.
It matters to us that the children in our school achieve their very best academically, and it matters to their parents. However, at the Preparatory School other things also matter; knowing how to be kind, respectful and honest and being able to show consideration to one another, team work, charitable deeds and many more. These values are reinforced in all that we do day-to-day and because of that we have happy children who are determined to learn and grasp every opportunity that the Preparatory School offers.
At the Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory School we are committed to delivering an excellent education for all our pupils, through small class sizes, the dedicated staff and the subject specialism and facilities that the children can access from Early Years up to Year 6. There are many opportunities for the children to flourish outside the classroom also, be it on the sports field or through the creative arts.
From the very beginning we encourage our children to make good choices, developing manners and self-motivation within a friendly and caring Christian ethos. There are opportunities for all as our children embrace a broad and balanced curriculum that stimulates and challenges at all stages. We have a special relationship with the Cathedral and we regularly attend for end of term services and our annual Prize Giving.
Situated in sight of Lincoln Cathedral the Preparatory School is a safe, happy and exciting place that enables our children to learn and develop not only academically but as a whole child and in turn confidence flourishes. We understand that your child’s foundation years are crucial as they are spent developing lifelong skills, knowledge and values.
I do hope that you will be able to visit our school and see for yourselves the impressive learning environment and facilities as well as experiencing the ethos and culture of respect, support and trust.
Fiona Thomas BEd (Hons) NPQH
Head Teacher - Preparatory School
AN EDUCATION FOR LIFE
Lincoln Minster School is proudly non-selective with no entrance exams. Pupils who will support the aims, ethos and expectations to which we aspire are welcome. We are confident that we can fully provide any child with a true education for life in line with their potential.
• An environment of support and appreciation
• An inspiring range of over 150 co-curricular clubs and activities
• Outstanding exam results
• Around half of our A Level pupils go on to study at Russell Group Universities
• 100% of pupils say that we give them the opportunity to learn and make good progress
• Our Preparatory School has been named 36 in the UK’s Top 100 Independent Prep Schools (Sunday Times Parent Power 2019)
Admission will be subject to the availability of a place and the fulfilment of the current admission requirements.
The School’s policies, including those referring to equal opportunity and disability, are available on request.
Completed application forms to be returned FAO The Admissions Department, Lincoln Minster School, Upper Lindum Street, Lincoln, LN2 5RW.
A non-refundable registration fee of £150 is payable alongside submission of the application form. This can be via BACS:
Sort Code: 20-46-50
Account Number: 30035688
with the pupil's name as the reference, or by cheque, please make cheques payable to “Lincoln Minster School”.
Application forms to be accompanied by the applicant's latest school report for the consideration of the Senior Leadership Team.
Successful applicants will be notified and forwarded Acceptance Packs to complete the admission process.
For further information and queries on the admission process contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have decided to join the Lincoln Minster family, our staff will support you throughout the entire admissions application process.
We are proudly non-selective, offering an all-through education in a nurturing and stimulating environment
About Lincoln Minster School
We aim to provide an environment that sets high expectations, facilitating stretch and challenge, where each child is stimulated to fulfil their potential in preparation for the next stage of their education and future employment.
Through an inspiring curriculum, exciting clubs, activities and trips, excellent academic and pastoral support, and dedicated and caring staff, we provide each and every one of our pupils with an ‘education for life’.
Through encouraging active involvement in a wide variety of inclusive co-curricular opportunities pupils are engaged in school life, engendering a spirit of community and co-operation. By working alongside pupils with different languages, perspectives, cultures and ways of working and learning, an understanding of a globalised future is developed, broadening understanding and preparing pupils for a life in global markets.
Lincoln Minster School seeks ways to develop pupils and staff with the willingness and skills to work effectively together in all we do, fostering long-lasting connections with local schools, the wider Lincoln community and United Learning schools to share facilities and to promote good practice. Alongside collaboration we support individualised 1:1 learning. We engage with our alumni and Friends of LMS to build a vibrant society supporting each other and the School.
AN EXCITING PLACE TO LEARN
Lincoln benefits from two successful universities and a large further and higher education college, making it an exciting place to learn once you complete your studies at Lincoln Minster School.
A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT LIKE NO OTHER
Set in Lincoln’s Historic Quarter, our Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and Senior School sites are fully-equipped to prepare our pupils for the careers of tomorrow, providing pupils with an inspiring environment in which to reach their potential.
Our Pre-Preparatory School consists of a modern building set within a beautiful walled garden overlooked by Lincoln Cathedral. The Preparatory School, a short walk from Lincoln’s Bailgate, has been extensively redeveloped and was opened in September 2014.
Our Senior School site is made up of a number of buildings, both new and old. The main Prior Building was purpose built and opened in 2002 by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. The sweeping, curved building overlooks the city and boasts fully equipped science labs, art studios, IT suites and our dedicated Sixth Form Centre. Our latest addition – the Harper Building – is dedicated to music and performance; it includes an impressive Recital Hall, music practice rooms and a fully-equipped drama studio, as well as a Sports Hall.
The sight of our pupils in their distinctive blazers and staff in their academic gowns processing to the Galilee Porch at Lincoln Cathedral for our End of Term Services and Prizegiving Ceremonies is a special one; a reminder of how important a sense of tradition is in a modern world and a modern school.
Through an inspiring curriculum, exciting clubs, activities and trips, excellent academic and pastoral support, and dedicated and caring staff, we provide each and every one of our pupils with an ‘education for life’.
Our aim is to provide an environment that sets high expectations, facilitating stretch and challenge, where each child is stimulated to fulfil their potential in preparation for the next stage of their education and future employment.
Offering a first-class education to every pupil
Challenging ourselves and our pupils to strive for the highest standards in curricular and co-curricular activities.
Offering a wide variety of inclusive opportunities to engage with school
life via our many and varied co-curricular opportunities
Engendering a spirit of community and co-operation
Developing an understanding of a globalised future by working alongside pupils with different languages, perspectives, cultures and ways of working and learning
Seeking ways to work effectively together in all we do
Preparing our pupils for digital life
Working with other schools and the local community to share facilities and to promote good practice
Engaging with our alumni and with friends of LMS
Inspiring staff to seek new and different ways to engage with the challenge of educating pupils for the twenty first century, meeting the needs of the curriculum in all its forms and extending beyond its constraints
Encouraging pupils to become independent learners
Valuing diversity in all its forms via our many and varied co-curricular activities and community involvement
Encouraging initiative and responsibility
Matching what we say with what we do•Listening and being responsive to the views of others
Expecting the highest standards of personal conduct.
Valuing everyone equally, demonstrating respect and care for people, ideas, and our environment
Valuing ourselves and our contribution, recognising the importance of those things which contribute to a sense of wellbeing, fulfilment and wonder
Demonstrating tolerance in our dealings with others, recognising that as a Christian school, all faith and non-faith beliefs are welcomed and supported
Generating a sense of responsibility for others
OUR CORE VALUES
We are proudly non-selective, offering an all-through education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.
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Step inside our diverse and welcoming community
Once you have decided to join the Lincoln Minster family, our staff will support you throughout the entire application process.
We are a proudly non-selective school with no entrance exams. We welcome pupils who will support the aims, ethos and expectations to which we aspire. We are confident that we can fully provide any child with a true education for life in line with their potential.
We are proud of our school’s offer and achievements:
An environment of support and appreciation • An inspiring range of over 150 co-curricular clubs and activities
Outstanding exam results
Around half of our A Level pupils go on to study at Russell Group Universities
100% of pupils say that we give them the opportunity to learn and make good progress
Our Preparatory School has been named in the UK’s Top 50 Independent Prep Schools (Sunday Times 2020)
To apply, simply download an Application Form from lincolnminsterschool.co.uk/apply
The completed form and registration fee should be returned to our Registrar, Miss Ellen Coates. at email@example.com
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The School’s policies, including those referring to equal opportunity and disability, are available on request. Admission will be subject to the availability of a place and the fulfilment of the current admission requirements.
Assessed based on examination
District, County or National level – depending on the sport
Outstanding artistic ability and commitment
Musicians with a minimum standard required by age group. Assessment based on audition
Assessment based on audition and interview
Each year, we are proud to award Scholarships to pupils who are capable of extremely high levels of achievement and who we believe will make a significant contribution to the life of the school.
Scholarships are offered at entry into Years 7 through to 12 and existing pupils can also apply in Year 9.
Awards vary and are dependent on a variety of factors, including references and assessment performance. Once awarded, they will continue for the duration of the pupil’s time at Lincoln Minster School.
New applicants can apply for Scholarships all year round , within the deadlines on our website. The selection process may include an interview and either an assessment, audition, or evidence of achievement depending on the subject areas concerned. Academic Scholarships are assessed on an annual basis on our Scholarship Assessment Day. The process of evaluating results commences immediately. Pupils may apply for more than one discipline.
Lincoln Minster School seeks to promote accessibility by making alternative payment submission options available through both our Scholarship programme and means tested Fees Assistance as appropriate.
Find out more and register your interest at lincolnminsterschool.co.uk/scholarships
Scholarships are available across a variety of subjects including:
NURSERY & PRE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Where the Lincoln Minster journey begins
We strive to create an exciting and inspiring learning environment in which children flourish. Our aim is to cultivate inquisitive minds through investigation and questions, enabling the children to make their own discoveries through thoughtfully planned activities.
We provide a broad range of experiences to help develop a love of learning and our sensibly sized classes allow for positive social interaction between children whilst maintaining a focus on each child as an individual.
Developing enquiring minds
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the starting point of each child’s learning journey and is designed to build the foundations of learning in a safe, supportive and caring environment filled with opportunities. Children from two years of age can enjoy our Nursery where we offer a broad curriculum, providing fun and inviting opportunities for the children to further their learning and knowledge through playing and doing.
We encourage independence, enquiring minds, imagination and communication and believe that a happy child is more open to learning. The progression from EYFS to Key Stage 1 offers a seamless transition as children benefit from the security of a familiar environment with friendly faces.
Time to discover, explore, enjoy and delight
In Key Stage 1 high yet achievable expectations are set for pupils on an individual basis. Great emphasis is placed on finding each child’s range of abilities and building upon all areas of their learning to give them an all-round education.
We continue to focus on creating independent learners, developing positive self-esteem and encouraging support of others.
Core class teaching is supported with specialist input in specific subject areas. Each class is taught by a class teacher who is involved in the planning and delivery of the core and foundation subjects, with subject specialist teachers delivering lessons in Music, Spanish, PE, Games and Swimming.
The core subjects of Maths and English are distinct subjects and taught separately but they also often link to specific topics. Our Creative Curriculum topics are linked to History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Computing and where appropriate, Science. Key skills are taught within each topic theme.
Outdoor learning is incorporated into the school curriculum. The beautiful outdoor learning area is an extension of the classroom where learning is enhanced.
Our Preparatory School, located just a short walk from our Pre- Preparatory and Senior School sites, builds on the foundations established during Key Stage 1.
Our priority is ensuring that each and every child is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential through a rich and varied curriculum, excellent teaching and pastoral support, and an exciting co-curricular programme of clubs and activities.
We aim to provide a first class education within a wonderfully dynamic and inspiring environment. We place an equal value on core, creative and technological subjects to provide a progressive curriculum, continually evolving to answer to the needs of modern society and encourage a development of crucial life skills including curiosity and self-motivation.
We have created a caring environment, which embraces core values such as respect and excellence, fostering community through a philosophy of care. Leadership, loyalty and teamwork are embedded through our assemblies, form, and house system, and pupils are helped to understand how their actions have an impact on others.
Our co-curricular activities programme provides children with a wealth of opportunities to pursue their interests or try something new. We aim to help children increase their confidence and self-belief, while cultivating new abilities which may develop into lifelong skills and interests and which encourage them to take on new challenges.
Our curriculum incorporates the following subjects:
English, Maths, Science,History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, French, Spanish, Computing, Games, Physical Education, Religious Education, Drama
Timetabled orchestra lessons for pupils in Years 5 and 6
Computing across the curriculum
We are proud to be have been named 36th in The Sunday Times UK Top 40 Preparatory Schools.
"Lincoln Minster School is like a lovely little family. The welfare and well being of their pupils is very important to them. The quality teachers and staff in general are of a very high standard. Both my children love the school and are very happy" - Parent 2020
Where core values of Commitment, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence are embraced.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guide Years 7 - 9
EYFS Curriculum Guide Nursery - Year 6
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Guide Years 10 - 11
At the Senior School we specialise in finding the best in every pupil and place equal value on cultural, technological, scientific, linguistic and creative subjects.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is also an important part of the KS3 curriculum. A team of skilled staff teach lessons on health and social well-being, citizenship, careers and financial awareness across the school and their teaching is often supported by visiting speakers. Find out more in our Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guide, available on our website.
Sixth Form Curriculum Guide - Years 12 - 13
During Years 7-9 pupils will study from the Key Stage 3 curriculum, subjects include:
Modern Foreign Languages French and Spanish
Preparing all pupils for a successful future...
"Minster has been such a great choice for our daughter. She is so much more confident since she has moved schools. She receives lots of encouragement and positive feedback that has helped her understand how she is doing." - Parent 2020
Year 9 Options
Throughout Year 9, pupils will also start to consider their future with career lessons. At the end of the academic year, pupils will discuss their options with their Head of Year and plan which subjects to continue with to GCSE level, throughout Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). At Key Stage 4 there are six compulsory subjects which continue to be part of the curriculum: Mathematics, English, Core modern Foreign Language and GCSE Double Science. Pupils then study their additional four chosen options, gaining 10 GCSE's in total. Pupils also benefit from PSHE, Games and Careers Guidance, although these are not examined.
There are numerous possible combinations to allow for a completely free choice. Following consultations with pupils and staff, an option pattern will be issued from which pupils must then choose their option subjects. Subject Options (dependent on demand):
Sport and Physical Education
Grading System From September 2018, all GCSE subjects now follow the new specifications as per the curriculum reforms. The GCSE grading scale of 9-1 is used – with 9 being the top grade.
A unique and enviable study
Our vision is to cultivate an independent
learning community where each pupil
feels a sense of belonging; motivated
and determined to make the most of
The exceptional quality of our pastoral
care ensures that time in our Sixth
Form is spent productively, whilst being
successful, fulfilling and enjoyable.
Together, we work towards promoting
progress, through providing an enriching,
engaging and challenging study
Opening up doors
We regularly achieve in the region of
90% of all pupils gaining entry into their
first-choice university, as well as securing
places on competitive apprenticeships
with companies such as Siemens and
A Level study is challenging but
immensely rewarding. The expectation is
that our pupils will become increasingly
enterprising and emerge as skilled,
knowledgeable and competent
Preparation for the future
All pupils are entered for the highly
regarded Extended Project Qualification
(EPQ) where they independently choose
a topic and question to research, write
up, and present. Frequently, pupils
choose to focus on an area of personal
interest which is directly relevant to
their Higher Education subject choice
and which helps demonstrate their
interest and commitment as well as
developing their specialist vocabulary
Providing a curriculum that is rich in
academic rigour, breadth and variety is
essential. We offer an extensive choice
of A-level courses as well as vocational
options for pupils with the introduction of
BTECs in Travel and Tourism, and Music,
CTEC Business and a Level 3 Certificate/
Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.
We are confident that with our broad
and inclusive curriculum for Post-16
study, as well as specialist teachers
and outstanding academic and pastoral
support, we can meet the needs and
requirements of each and every one of
Sixth Form entry
Places are offered subject to satisfactory GCSE predictions and results. Additionally, pupils will be expected to meet the specific subject entry
requirements for their A Level choices. International applicants for A Level entry must pass our entrance examinations.
More information can be found in
our Sixth Form Curriculum Guide.
We are recognised for the excellent pastoral care we provide to pupils who enjoy a warm and caring school community. We truly value and support one another, encouraging our pupils to embrace their unique strengths and potential.
Our exceptional standard of pastoral care ensures that each individual has the confidence to contribute and succeed at every stage of their school life. Pupils are supported by Mrs Jenny Muir, Assistant Head: Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead, Form Tutors, dedicated Heads of Year and Mrs Joyce our School Nurse. Additionally, the pastoral team is supported by two counsellors and external agencies as necessary and appropriate.
We firmly believe in valuing pupils for who they are and not just for what they can do. Each of our pupils is encouraged and supported to achieve their academic and social potential with personal, vocational and academic guidance along the way.
Pupils are supported in building the self confidence required to face their academic and personal challenges, both during and following their time at the school and are also encouraged to exercise individual and social responsibility.
Our pastoral curriculum encourages the development of these skills through PSHE lessons, visits from external speakers, involvement in national anti-bullying and mental health campaigns as well as the opportunity to join and lead our pupil social action and well being groups. As a result, pupils are afforded opportunities to develop and exercise important life skills.
A safe home from home
Three spectacular boarding houses in the heart of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter.
This boarding option is available to pupils who live reasonably close to the school and prefer to return home at the weekend.
This option can be a great help if home is too far away for the daily journey to be reasonable.
Boarders stay with us full-time, except for school holidays when they return to their parents or named guardians.
All of our boarding houses are just a short walk to school sites and are overseen by highly experienced and approachable boarding staff. We pride ourselves on making every pupils’ boarding experience a happy and productive one and have a range of boarding options to suit every family. Step inside a boarding culture where each boarder, whether termly, weekly or flexi, are all treated as equal members of our boarding family.
Our most flexible boarding option can offer pupils the chance to enjoy one-off stays or regular short-term stays to suit the individual needs of the family (subject to availability). Pupils who flexi-board may stay a set number of nights a week, or may vary their nights as they see fit, with others popping in only occasionally.
Flexi-boarding allows any day pupil to enjoy the facilities and companionship of our boarding houses by enjoying the experience of boarders’ activities, to have a sleepover with friends, to solve the problem of needing to stay at school late on a particular day, or simply to assist parents who might have a short-term commitment that takes them away from home.
“The Mount Boarding House is the Junior boarding house at Lincoln Minster School. We are a mixed community of boys and girls, of varying nationalities.
The Mount is a Victorian house set in its own grounds with mainly twin and triple rooms with boys and girls bedrooms in different areas of the house. The Mount has two communal rooms where boarders can watch TV or DVDs, play video games, board games or just relax. There is also a music room, equipped with a piano, guitars and a microphone for boarders to enjoy some music practice or just a jamming session.
A well-equipped craft room ensures that there is always material available, whether it is for school homework projects, organised craft activities at the weekend, or just for when boarders are feeling creative.
Outside we have a multi-purpose hard court area for sports such as tennis, netball and football, and grassed areas where boarders can play swingball, badminton, or just relax. The garden is a popular area where all ages play together and we also have a greenhouse and garden plot for those interested in gardening.
There is always plenty to do here, with regular activities in the house and local area, including swimming, go-karting, eating out, trips to the cinema, shopping, wildlife parks and more. The school also offers a varied selection of after school sports, creative and other fun activities which boarders can get involved in.
We have a prep room with desks and computers so there is plenty of space to do homework, with staff on-hand to provide support and encouragement, and with Wi-Fi available too.
We want pupils to be happy living here, and we have a friendly team of House Assistants and current boarders who will help you to settle in.”
Miss Diane McCallum
Housemistress, The Mount
The Mount: Boarding for pupils in Years 3 to 9
Hillside: Boarding for girls in Years 10 to 13
We are a community of girls from Year 10 – Year 13. Ms Caig is the House Mistress and she is ably assisted by a helpful and caring Assistant Housemistress and Boarding Gap Student.
We live in a Victorian house, just across the road from the main school building. An orchard to the rear of the building is a lovely area where students can enjoy the outdoors on sunny afternoons. In the house there is a large common room and well-equipped kitchen, where you can prepare snacks after prep in the evening and at the weekends.
Accommodation ranges from a small number of single rooms (for Year 13’s) to shared rooms. You will be able to Skype family and friends, as there is Wi-Fi throughout the house. We hope your stay in boarding will be happy and enjoyable and, when the time comes, that you will leave with many treasured memories. "
Ms Rebekah Caig
Hillside House Temporary Housemistress
for boys in Years 10 to 13
“The class sizes are really small, which means you get lots of support from the teachers and your ideas get heard.” LMS Pupil
"Welcome to Eastgate House Boarding House, the senior boys’ house at Lincoln Minster School for a community of pupils from Years 10 to 13.
We live in a Victorian house on a large leafy property with lovely lawns, beside the school. The layout of the house is such that we are fortunate to have two spacious common rooms which lead off from a size-able entrance hall plus two kitchens in which to prepare snacks after prep in the evening and at the weekends.
There is Wi-Fi throughout the house, so you should have no trouble Skyping family and friends.
Accommodation at Eastgate House consists of shared and twin rooms, shared dorms and a small number of single rooms (available for Year 13's). Each pupil has their own wardrobe space, bedside table, desk, lamp and lockable locker for storage.
We hope your stay in boarding will be happy and enjoyable and, when the time comes, that you will leave with many treasured memories. "
We aim to:
Create a happy environment where every pupil can make the most of their ability and have the courage to try new things
Foster in pupils the application of effort (intellectual, physical and/or creative), a genuine interest in their work, the ability to be independent – to think and learn for themselves, and to be self-motivated
Provide a broad and balanced curriculum where the pupils are given breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding which extend beyond current norms and challenge expectations
Ensure that a variety of skills are taught so that every pupil has the opportunity to discover and nurture their own talents, both academic and non-academic, fostering in them a true love of learning.
Take different abilities into account, whereby positive teaching methods and expectations are adapted to meet and exceed the academic needs of every individual.
Ensure equal opportunities in the classroom in relation to gender, race, class, special educational needs and beliefs
Ensure a standard of excellence of teaching throughout the school through the recruitment and professional development of highly qualified teachers who are conscientious, hard working and compassionate to the needs of each individual pupil
Encourage teachers to look upon change as an integral part of everyday life in school, and to further this through formal staff development which closely matches the needs of strategic priorities of the school and the individual teacher.
Highly qualified, caring and enthusiastic teaching staff
Our teachers are committed to offering the very best quality of teaching, learning and academic support.At Lincoln Minster School we ensure that a blend of support and challenge is offered to each and every pupil in order to best equip them as lifelong learners, well prepared for a fluid and dynamic 21st Century work place.
Creativity and individuality are celebrated throughout the school, with an endless array of opportunities for pupils to express themselves.
Art facilities throughout the school are truly unique. From the Pre-Prep classrooms looking out to inspiring and beautiful grounds, to a dedicated and wellequipped studio at our Prep School and our Senior School art studio overlooking the city, complete with graphic design lab and photography studio.
We believe that the Performing Arts can help individuals to build confidence and to develop character. From Shakespeare to Nativities, school plays to smaller performance pieces, our pupils are eager to express themselves. We also offer the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) programme and pupils from as young as Year 1 are regularly entered for examination in Verse and Prose, Acting and Devised Performance. The Harper Building is home to our Senior School drama studio which is incredibly versatile. This professional equipped space allows pupils to explore multiple elements of theatre, including lighting, stage management and set design.
Music is a key component of the school’s curriculum throughout all year groups. Whether it is the Year 5/6 orchestra, strings ensemble, jazz band or PrePrep choir, our pupils are encouraged to involve themselves fully. Our Harper Building benefits from individual practice rooms, classrooms and a purpose-built Recital Hall - the ideal venue for concerts, performance rehearsals and workshops. We also hold memorable concerts throughout the year in the nave of Lincoln Cathedral.
"Minster has been such a great choice for our daughter. She is so much more confident since she has moved schools. She receives lots of encouragement and positive feedback that has helped her understand how she is doing. My son has also had an amazing time at Minster and it has been the making of him. "- Parent 2020
We firmly believe that sport is for everyone and aim to ensure that children of all abilities and aptitudes have a positive experience and learn to appreciate the enjoyment and benefits to be gained from physical activity.
Pupils begin competing in fixtures from Year 3 onwards and our Preparatory School has enjoyed a consistent record of success in cross-country, netball, hockey and rugby.
At Senior School our pupils enjoy local, regional and national sporting success in many disciplines including cross-country, tennis, squash, cricket, hockey, rugby, football and netball.
Sport at the school is complemented by the wide range of co-curricular clubs and activities on offer. Pupils at the Senior School can, for example, become involved with sailing, golf, horse polo and a range of outdoor pursuits with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our Sports Hall at the Senior School provides excellent indoor facilities, complete with indoor cricket nets, we have our own mini AstroTurf at our PrePreparatory site as well as outdoor netball courts at all sites.
Our Sports grounds are a short walk from our Senior School where we have squash courts, an all weather hockey pitch, cricket squares and a rugby and football pitch. We also have use of tennis courts at nearby Eastgate Tennis Club, and make ever increasing use of sailing facilities on the outskirts of Lincoln.
"The school has encouraged my sons to perform better by identifying their strengths and providing the relevant support." Parent 2020
Sport and Physical Education are an important part of school life. A wide range of activities are available to boys and girls, both for talented individuals who have particular interests, and also for those whose motivation is more recreational and social.
Technology has the power to transform how people learn and at Lincoln Minster School we aim to stay abreast of technological advances to provide our pupils with an education that will equip them for life. Within the classroom, all teachers use interactive whiteboards or Apple TVs to provide an innovative teaching and learning environment.
Computing is studied throughout all Key Stages and from Year 10 pupils can choose to study Computer Science. Outside the classroom we offer a range of technologically-focused co-curricular activities, including Coding Club and Robotics Club.
iPads for Pupils
We are constantly working to add and enhance value to the education we provide, and technology has always played an important role in this. We have introduced iPad technology into our teaching and learning to provide one-to-one learning with mobile devices in the classroom where each pupil in our Senior School will receive their own device. Ou iPads are available for pupils from Year 5 to Year 13.
In an ever-changing world, we need to prepare our pupils with the knowledge, techniques, skills and processes to be able to thrive safely in the technological world we live in and to have the ability to adjust, in order to prosper amongst the changes that the future will bring. The introduction of iPads provides us with even more opportunities to continue to do this successfully.
Our aim is for all pupils to be aware of the opportunities available and foster good self awareness, to know their strengths and their values, so they can make their own well informed decisions.
Our pupils receive career support from Year 7 through to Year 13 and we use a combination of dedicated career lessons, external speakers and work experience to create a comprehensive career programme. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to become self-aware career planners who can research university courses, possible future careers and gap year plans. We guide them through writing CVs, personal statements and interview techniques, in order to support them with their future transitions.
A lifelong process influenced by abilities and passion
There is a variety of Careers and Higher Education events throughout the year, including a week’s work experience for all Year 10 pupils, regular guidance and a two-day Higher Education and Futures programme in Year 12.
We provide specialist briefs from universities, employers, the Armed Forces and apprenticeship champions to ensure we cater for every individual’s needs. We also use specialist Career Matching tools in Year 10, involving ability, aptitude and skills testing to help pupils engage with their own personal motivations and values.
in addition to career lessons and briefs, the Careers Department offers one-to-one career interviews for pupils throughout the School. Pupils make choices about their own career paths, continuing education and training, which will ultimately help them to reach their goals.
The first step along a path to a rewarding career
Term Dates 2020/21
School Fees 2020/21
The two most commonly debated topics within secondary education currently are how schools and universities can forge stronger links and globalisation.
At Lincoln Minster School we have established strong relationships with our city’s two universities, Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln, and we actively engage our pupils in opportunities and experiences at both.
Pupils can attend first year undergraduate lectures at the universities to help them understand the difference between a learning and teaching environment at school and a lecture setting at university.
Additionally, all our Sixth Form pupils are members of the University of Lincoln Library and Resources Centre, which allows them to access thousands of online and hard copy resources. This helps our pupils when researching content for their Extended Project Qualification, which our pupils commence in Year 12.
We have recently launched an exciting ‘2+3’ partnership arrangement with the University of Lincoln whereby pupils can study in our Sixth Form for two years and then progress onto the University for their undergraduate degree.
Furthermore, we have a mentor scheme in place for our pupils between Lincoln Minster School and the universities. The universities also help us with preparing our Sixth Form pupils for Post-18 education with career talks, UCAS application support, skill testing, mock interviews and subject specific advice.
With 20% of our roll being international pupils from Kazakhstan, Spain, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Canada and Russia to name a few, this adds a real melting pot feel to the school community. We learn from and celebrate the cultural diversity at the school, embracing significant event, such as the Chinese New Year.
Globalisation is embedded into the curriculum and shared in assemblies/workshops where pupils of different cultures and backgrounds learn to appreciate and respect each other. Our day pupils develop good friendships with our international pupils and often invite them to their houses.
International pupils blossom under the bespoke support they receive from dedicated staff, with each individual need, both pastoral and academic, being addressed personally and empathetically. The varied curriculum and wide range of co-curricular activities on offer, links to the universities as well as dedicated ESOL lessons and celebrations of different cultures, enable international pupils to thrive in our diverse educational environment.
co-curricular clubs and activities at our Senior School
A*-B - 75.59%
43% 9 -7
100% 9 - 4
of parents say that our teaching enables their child to make good progress