Applications are now being taken for candidates to take our 11+ tests in September 2021, when they will be in Year 6. The closing date for applications is August 13th. Please follow this link to apply.

Headmaster’s Letter 12th March

Posted on 12th March 2021

Dear Parent,

Thank you 

Thank you to everyone who has supported School this last week with our return from the virtual world. I am immensely proud that we were able to start lessons promptly on Monday morning due to an early test start. Thank you too for all that you are doing to try to keep School as safe as possible. I sense that nationally the picture is improving so I hope that when we return after Easter we can make further adaptations. Students have been quick to adapt to their former routine and have worked with us in making School a purposeful and happy place.

For our exam groups, we are now waiting for specific advice from exam boards about how they want teachers to assess the ‘basket of evidence’ that will be collated up to the end of next half-term. I hope that the assemblies and video we produced last week has helped to reassure Years 11 and 13. There will be more information before the end of term. We are assessing what we know they know!

Testing 

I wrote yesterday to explain that our testing regime is now in the final round. Students are receiving their home testing kits with instructions about how to conduct the tests at home. There is no need to report negative tests to us when you upload your results to the NHS – but you must report a positive test. If an asymptomatic student does return a positive test, then they should book a PCR test at a test centre to confirm or reject the positive LFD home test. If the PCR test is negative students can return to School. A small number chose not to participate (1%), because of concerns about a false positive. If the opportunity to have a confirmatory PCR test makes the thought of home testing more acceptable, please contact us to receive a home testing kit for your child.

English Speaking Union 

(from our correspondent – Sapphy Dunn – Y11)

On Wednesday evening, Jonathan Omonbude (chairperson), Sapphy Dunn (speaker) and Holly Bradbury (questioner) (all Y11) competed in the ESU public speaking regional finals over Zoom. They competed against Loughborough Grammar School, Oundle School and Northampton High School. Sapphy spoke on the topic, “Is social media still guilty of limiting our political viewpoints?” Jonathan and Holly worked with Loughborough’s speaker who spoke on the topic, “Man is born free and yet he is everywhere in chains” – Rousseau. The Caistor team was praised for their enthusiasm, research skills, and energy. But, in the end, it was Loughborough Grammar School who finished first and Caistor who were placed runners-up. Congratulations to Holly who won the best questioner award. It was a great privilege and lots of fun to be a part of. Thank you to Mr McTernan who gave up much of his time to support the team throughout the competition.

Road Safety 

You can read the latest Road Safety Letter from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership here. [link]

Free virtual work experience 

Mrs Bradbury wrote to explain that we have had to cancel the Year 10 work experience at the end of this year. In the meantime, students in Years 10 and above have received a link via their School email accounts explaining that there are some fantastic ‘virtual’ work experience opportunities. You can explore this in greater detail here. [link]

I’m also attaching a link in this letter for students in Years 9 to 12 who are considering a career in Medicine. The Zoom call takes place on Wednesday March 17 from 7pm-8.30pm. The poster is here. [link]

Vacancies 

Adverts for our Performing Arts and PE Technician are now on the website. These post are idea for someone looking to take a gap year pre- or post- higher education/gap year. Go to our vacancies page for more information. [link]

All good wishes for the weekend,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster