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Headmaster’s Letter 13th February

Posted on 13th February 2020

Dear Parent

Term dates

Thank you to those parents who have already submitted their views. It was a very short consultation window; I have decided to extend the consultation period to the end of Friday 21 February. Please would you send all comments to the enquiries email above. Please note that it will not be possible to acknowledge receipt of comments. You can view last week’s letter setting out the proposed dates here.

French Homestay

The French Homestay trip departed at 5.30am this morning. The party of 51 students in Years 10, 11 & 12 is led by Mr Holland. He is being supported by Mrs Bradbury, Mrs Sharp, Mr & Mrs Sunter and Mrs Ferguson. They return on Tuesday. I’ll tweet updates as and when they come in but please be aware that it is unlikely that updates about the return journey will be tweeted. It’s easier for students to relay this information on the day. As ever, my thanks to the staff team for relinquishing part of their half-term holiday.

Half-term activities

The Design and Technology department will be open to students in Years 11 and 13 tomorrow (Friday) and Monday (both days 9am – 2pm). Thank you to Mr Donington, Mr Birch and Mr Hutson for enabling the students to work on their non-examined assessments.

School performance data

The Department for Education released the latest school performance data last week. Last year’s Year 11 and 13 students did extremely well in their exams. Regrettably, The Times newspaper, which published the top five schools in each county omitted us: using their measures we should have been placed top. The Times uses average GCSE scores per student as their ‘lead’ statistic.   The students and teachers should be acknowledged for what they achieved last year. For the record, below is what was achieved. (Figures where our data was #1 of the top five Lincolnshire Schools is in bold and in red.)

Caistor Grammar School 
Ave points at GCSE per student72.9
% achieving EBacc88%
Pupil progress+0.64
Average grade at A levelB
Average point score at A level39.9

If you’d like to look at more data on the School, you can access the DfE school performance site here or you can read our academic statement on the website here.

I wish you all a happy half-term,

Yours sincerely

Alistair Hopkins