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Headmaster’s Letter 11th February

Posted on 11th February 2022

Dear Parent,

The weekly newsletter seems to grow with every edition. It’s a good omen: School is becoming busier and busier as more and more activities return. I’m also pleased to see some reports from students. We’ll begin with this report from Ayesha Shabaz (Y9) about the ‘Step into the NHS’ competition that Mrs Leaning and Mrs Banks have run through the Chemistry department.

Step into the NHS

This half-term, year 9 took part in a ‘Step into the NHS’ Careers competition. Either alone or in small groups, we needed to produce an advertisement about a job that was part of the NHS. We spent around 4 weeks working on the project, with 2 lessons in the computer room and 2 weeks to work on it from home. We were not limited to commonly known careers such as doctors or nurses, and we discovered many jobs that didn’t have any correlation with medicine, and what responsibilities were involved with them. Personally, I found the project quite interesting, as it gave me an insight into potential future professions. It was also quite fun to partake in because we could do whatever we wanted (for example, some people made short videos).

My partner and I made a mini game to advertise estates managers who oversee the upkeep and day-to-day running of an NHS estate. We chose this career because we thought it would appeal to more people. Estates managers usually have a degree in a relevant subject such as facilities management, building surveying or property management. The educational requirements don’t involve any sciences, which again, are commonly associated with the NHS. We thought that this gave an opportunity for more people to want to get involved with the service.

Many of my friends also enjoyed this project too, and thought it was ‘different’ from a normal chemistry lesson. Overall, I think that it was an interesting project to do, and it would be good for future year 9 pupils to have a go at it as well.

ESFA Small Schools Cup

We were knocked out of the cup by Brooke House College, Leicestershire a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a report from Lucas Dawson (Y10):

On Thursday 3rd February 2022 we travelled to Leicester to play Brooke House College, an independent football college who play train for four hours every day. Since the draw we knew we were going to have a hard time, especially as our keeper Matthew Quill was injured.

We set off at 10am in the morning and stopped at a service station about half way. After a quick food break, we were back on the road for approximately an hour and a half.

We got to the facilities and realised how good they were straight away, then we went to get changed. On the way out to the field we saw Micky Adams (a well-known man in the football community who has managed Leicester in the past and played a total of 438 league games, including 5 years at the highest level with Southampton).

It was a difficult first half and unfortunately, we were 4-0 down at half time. I thought we were unlucky not to get a penalty.

At full time we came home with the loss and the missing of a few players in our team cost us. But overall it was a pleasure to play and a good day despite the result.

Overall, the team have thoroughly enjoyed the competition and all the experiences it has brought. After the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s been great to get back playing as a team.

English Schools Union Speaking competition


Our Year 11 Public Speaking Team, who qualified from the East Midlands English Schools Union Heat, together with Stamford School, go on to the regional final in March. The other teams competing were Lincoln Minster School and Nottingham High School. Well done to our speaker Jack Attridge, Chairperson Lara Baugh (who also won the Best Chairperson prize) and our questioner Megan Allison (all Y11). Special mention also goes to Holly Bradbury in Year 12 for her support in our preparation sessions and to Mr McTernan who supported the team at the competition.


Fantastic Beasts competition

I’m delighted to announce that Neve Watson (Y9) won our Eddie Redmayne-endorsed film script competition. Mrs Jago is hoping to pick up the Eddie-signed book next week.


Runners up Beth Crowther (Y10), Maggi Li (Y8) and Lily Spedding (Y8) will each receive a £10 One4All voucher so they can either see the film Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore (released on 8th April) or buy the book.

Be Aware

Mrs Buck, Deputy Head, has uploaded more information about online safety and ‘netiquette’. Please do read them and have a conversation with your child. You can access the page here, [link] and look under the sub-heading, ‘Relevant Documents.’

Year 9 First World War Living History Day

Students from Year 9 took part in a memorable First World War Living History day led by Richard Brighton (The History Squad). In the morning they were given a dramatic presentation of the experiences of the young men who enlisted and their lives in the trenches. Personal stories of the horrors and of heroes to include ‘Sergeant Stubby’ were explored alongside the practicalities of wearing puttees and handling a wooden Lee-Enfield rifle known as a “smelly”. In small groups, students were then able to view objects to include letters from soldiers to loved ones, a periscope, a bayonet and to practice being drilled as soldiers. Many thanks to Richard Brighton for an informative and engaging day for our students.

House Drama

Please be aware that the House Drama competition will take place on Wednesday 16th March in the Town Hall (performed in the morning to students in Years 9 and 10 and in the afternoon to students in Years 7 and 8) This will be an own clothes day for students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 with a £1 collection on the day. This will be followed by public performances of all the House plays in the Town Hall on that same evening Wednesday 16th March at 7.00pm. You are very welcome to join us and the event will finish at approximately 9pm. There will be a short interval at around 8pm. Please keep the date in your diary.


A letter about arrangements for supervision of participants before the evening performance will be sent to parents of participants on ParentMail on Friday 25th February. For safeguarding arrangements, it is essential that this form is completed by parents of participants.


For me, this is a very poignant evening as it was the last big school event before schools closed in March 2020. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.


Caistor Fringe Arts Festival

We’ve received several beautiful art submissions for our fringe festival. The theme is ‘Celebrating Diversity’ Submissions close on April 1 and can be submitted in School. My thanks to Sapphy Dunn (Y12) and Head of English, Mrs McNeilly, for their efforts in producing what promises to be a celebration of the School’s creativity.


A small number of students have started to wear septum rings. We allowed students in Y12 and Y13 to wear a discrete nose stud as part of our dress code last year: this concession was made last year following discussions with the Sixth Form council. Septum rings are most definitely not permitted. Students will often say that they cannot remove the ring because it needs to remain in place for six to eight weeks. Please note that this is not a justification to keep the ring in. They must be removed, even if it means starting again at a more appropriate time. Thank you for your support.

JCQ exam advice – Ofqual website for specifics

On Monday, exams boards released details of the content of A level and GCSE exams. Teachers will be ensuring that revision is focused on the published topics. However, it will continue to be necessary to deliver the content of all courses before the focused revision can begin. We’re insistent on this because as well as preparing students for their grades, we also want students to be ready for ‘next steps.’ JCQ have prepared a very good advice sheet explaining how the ‘Advanced information’ will work. Please click here – [link]

Work at CGS

We’re recruiting for September already. Please look at our vacancies page on the website. More immediately, I’m looking for an IT Technician to work with us across four days. The details will be there early next week. Please do pass make anyone aware who might be interested in working with us.

Congratulations to…

Alice Fearn (Y10) who has been selected to represent Lincolnshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championship at Hope Farm, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on March 19th. Alice is warm weather training in Vilamoura, Portugal, with her running club over half-term!

I wish you all a relaxing half-term break,



Alistair Hopkins